A song sung by a young teenager named Rebecca Black is apparently being labeled by many as the worst song ever. (See here.) Sorry, but this song is nowhere near as bad as the songs I had to listen to when I was young and was a captive audience to what my parents were listening to. I tried to explain this awful, schmaltzy music once to a woman a few years younger than me who had had no experience with it, and she immediately said, “Oh, you mean top 40.” Not at all. At the time, I just couldn’t verbalize it, but now I can at least say this: music by Doris Day. Like this, or this. All right, my wife has reminded me that early Doris Day wasn’t so bad, and I’ll agree. It’s just too bad about some of her later stuff (and of course there were other artists who were singing the same awful sort of music at that time).
Then there was the song from circa 1962 called “Time After Time,” whose words consisted of nothing but the words in the title. I never knew the artist, though I keep hoping someone will post it on YouTube. And there was this song which was playing on a Honolulu radio station during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
There is actually a huge selection of bad songs that Rebecca Black’s song has to compete against, and I don’t think hers will be the winner.