The Worst Song Ever Made… and Some of the Best

Want to know the scoop about what makes a particular song sound good or not? Might as well start with what science says are the ingredients that make up the MOST UNDESIRABLE SONG.

  • Over 25 minutes long
  • Has both loud and quiet sections, fast and slow tempos, different pitches
  • Large orchestra featuring bagpipes, accordion, and banjos
  • Lyrics cover topics such as cowboys and holidays

And now that you know what makes a song suck, let’s look at what makes a good song:

This very unscientific report comes to the same conclusion reached earlier – that “There She Goes” (by The La’s or Sixpence None the Richer, take your pick) is the gold standard when it comes to pop songs.
Other songs on the list?

  • REM’s “Get Up”
  • Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That”
  • The Beatle’s “Michelle”
  • Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”
  • English Beat’s cover of “Tears of a Clown”

Oh, there are others that make the cut – but you should do your own research and prove this one to yourselves.