There’s no better way to set the tone at a great sporting event than with quality music to get both fans and athletes alike rocking. But sometimes, we desperately need to just let a song die out.
While there are many hits across a vast array of genres that are perfect for the job, every track doesn’t have what it takes to make the cut. Many tracks that have become staples in football, baseball and basketball arenas need a quick and honorable death before they wind up on the next Toyota Prius commercial. Take a look at Void Magazine’s worst tracks to plague the ears of sports fanatics across the nation.
Billy Idol — “Mony Mony”
Album: Don’t Stop | Released: 1981
A remake of Tommy James & The Shondells 1968 single, Idol’s live version of the track released in 1987 went to number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, coincidentally displacing Tiffany‘s cover of another Tommy James’ song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” from the top spot. Idol definitely has his great tracks, such as “Eyes Without a Face,” and “Rebel Yell,” but this remake is definitely not one of them we want to hear in a stadium anytime soon.
Album: My Stepmother Is An Alien |Released: 1988
The only single by the British recording act was a number one hit in several countries such as France, Canada and Italy, along with the U.S. Regarded as a significant milestone in the development of British acid house music (yeah, that’s a real thing), the song title comes directly from a lyrical sample from “I Know You Got Soul,” a hit single by label mates, Eric B. and Rakim released only months prior. This sample is unfortunately one of the track’s few redeeming qualities.
Album: The Party Album | Released: 1998
This song from the Dutch dance-pop group became the group’s biggest hit in the U.S., peaking at number 26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and selling 405,000 copies. Despite this track’s success, its annoyance is rather unsettling in any setting.To make it even worse, this catchy tune has the capability of looping in your head for weeks at a time. You can always jump off the stadium if you’re in the nosebleed section though.
Album: Up | Released: 1992
This debut single from the British pop group satirizing the massive supermodel trend hit the top spot on the U.S. Billboard 100 and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Despite the song’s massive success, in 2007, it was voted number 80 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of the ‘90s. The following year, the song was rated number 49 on “The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!” by Blender. Additionally, in 2011, the track was voted number 2 on VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ‘90s. Consensus anyone? Let’s bury this one six feet under.
Album: The Final Countdown | Released: 1986
The Swedish rock band’s classic hit the top spot in 25 countries, including the UK. In the U.S., the song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 18 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. Contrary to the tune’s success on the charts Blender listed it as the 27th worst song ever, and both VH1 and Blender included it at 16 on the list of the “Most Awesomely Bad Songs … Ever.” It appears that the corniness of this track has been largely agreed upon, but that doesn’t stop people from screaming it every time it comes on.
Album: Cruisin | Released: 1978
Peaking at number 2 on the U.S. charts in early 1979, while claiming the top spot in a plethora of other countries, this song soon became the group’s biggest hit. The track is often rumored to be inspired by popular trends within gay culture at the time. In fact, one of the group’s creators, Jacques Morali, told Rolling Stone in an interview that the characterization of the group’s members, Indian, cowboy. etc., was thanks to a visit to a gay bar in New York. Sexual orientation of the group aside, this track and its accompanying dance has long been far too popularized in all settings. Let’s remember it fondly as we launch all copies of the track into deep space.