Have you ever heard a lyric that causes you actual physical pain when you hear it? We all have. I put this question to some premier music bloggers. I simply asked, "what song contains the absolute worst lyrics you've ever heard"? The resulting playlist contains the 10 worst song lyrics culled from the responses I received. Of course, what constitutes the "worst" is about as subjective as what constitutes "the best". Bad lyrics have differing effects on different people. Some folks can thoroughly enjoy a song with pathetic lyrics because they either: 1. don't listen to the words or 2. don't care about the words. For others, lyrics are the most important part of a song and detest any tune that is lyrically deficient.
Please contribute to the list by adding the song you feel deserves the designation of "Worst Lyrics" to the comments.
And Now For The List...
1. "Your Body Is A Wonderland" by John Mayer from the album Room For Squares - 2001
At least the title of this John Mayer song gives the listener fair warning. So it's my own fault that I've suffered through 4 minutes and 10 seconds of this over sexual, cheese-filled drivel.
It opens really strong with,
"We got the afternoon
You got this room for two
One thing I've left to do
So John, this "room for two" you speak of, is that like a Châteaubriand for two? Or maybe like a bicycle built for two? What the hell is a "room for two"? Is it just a small room? Or maybe a room with a bouncer that only allows two people in at one time? More likely, you really needed a word to rhyme with "you". Brilliant songcraft indeed.
"One mile to every inch of
Your skin like porcelain
One pair of candy lips and
Your bubblegum tongue"
"Porcelain skin", "Candy lips"? Let me offer a definition for you Mr. Mayer.
cli·ché n. A trite or overused expression or idea
As for "bubblegum tongue" I must say, I've never seen two words put together so badly.
I could do a thesis on why the lyrics in this song are so bad, but I will just leave you with some choice lines. They really do speak for themselves.
"And if you want love
We'll make it
Swimming a deep sea
"I'll never let your head hit the bed
Without my hand behind it"
"I know you're mine all mine all mine
But you look so good it hurts sometimes"
Selected by Robert of the Radish
2. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf from the album Bat Out Of Hell - 1977