Top 10 musical duds of the nineties

By | September 6, 2011

SFGate

The funny thing about the songs on Rolling Stone‘s “Worst Songs of the Nineties” list is that everyone loved them (and, they may deny it, but many still do).

Sure, the magazine’s selection of junky tunes, voted by readers last week, names songs that most will probably agree belong there. “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “I’m Too Sexy,” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

But the list also includes old favorites that other readers argued are still headliners on their playlists: “MMMBop” by Hanson, Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping,” and the “Macarena” (see video below).

Still, you can say what you want about these singles, but they all boast of top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and, according to Rolling Stone, enough records to “fill 500 landfills.”

So which chart-topper now reigns as the queen of crappy nineties music?

“Barbie Girl” by Aqua. The 1997 musical parody about Mattel’s number one couple, Barbie and Ken, a one-time occupant of the no. 4 spot on VH1’s “Best Number One of All Time” poll, now takes the cake for the worst song of its decade, according to Rolling Stone readers.

But this isn’t the first-time the Aqua original took a hit; Mattel filed a lawsuit against the band for associating the busty doll with “sexual and other unsavory themes,” MTV News reported. But in the end, even they caved in, using the song as part of an ad campaign in 2009 (with revised lyrics, of course).

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