A list of the most BORING SONGS of all time

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would have to include "Careless Whisper" and "Sex and Candy"

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Vanilla - No Way, No Way

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

life behind bras (admrl), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dude, this music is so BORING.

buzza, Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

would have to include "Careless Whisper" and "Sex and Candy"

fuck this thread

billstevejim, Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

otm

Bee OK, Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

would have to include "Careless Whisper" and "Sex and Candy"

fuck this thread

― billstevejim

you doesn't hasta call me johnson (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

that butterfly kisses song. a john prine song. a john parr song. welcome to the boomtown.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

can you feel the love tonight. some celine dion song(s).

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

In the Arms of an (the) Angel. sometimes I hear it at work 3 times a day by some classical hack bitch. Sometimes I hear it on tv while tortured puppies pay. AAAAARrrroooWWWWWWWWW

it made sense when i did it (Zachary Taylor), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Everything by R.E.O. Speedwagon

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

That would be Sarah McLachlan.

Yo, "Careless Whisper" is SO GODDAMN AWFUL, it is like the cheesiest of smooth jazz and just omg ugh

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

That song that is in every commercial for a romantic comedy made now with the lyric that goes "FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN"

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Any of that trite Lady Antebellum bullshit.

van smack, Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

John Cage - 4'33"

Darin, Saturday, 14 August 2010 05:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I find most Celine Dion too hilariously excessive to be boring.

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Saturday, 14 August 2010 06:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Billy Joel, Piano Man

iago g., Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Long and Winding Road

iago g., Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

fuck that careless whisper suggestion.

Let It Be.

reallysmoothmusic (Jamie_ATP), Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably something by Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 14 August 2010 13:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

I know we probably have a lot of Billy Joel apologists here (I have indulged), but Piano Man....please. I listen to classic rock stations a lot and the one Billy Joel song they play is Piano Man. It is not rock. It is not remotely cool.

i like barbecue ribs (u s steel), Saturday, 14 August 2010 13:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

wait I don't get it, where does it say it has to be cool? or not rock? Did I miss something? I really like Billy Joel up through The Stranger, but that song is interminable...the endless verses, the chorus you wish would stop from the first notes. C'mon!

iago g., Saturday, 14 August 2010 13:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

careless whisper??!

how's about this turd:

piscesx, Saturday, 14 August 2010 13:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

.the endless verses, the chorus you wish would stop from the first notes.

The lyrics that just don't quite work...

"they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
but it's better than drinking alone
"

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

a john prine song

what on EARTH?!

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. might even be the worst song ever.

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

some alt country song. or a song by the band death cab for cutie.

what if "middlebrow" is pubes? (Matt P), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine any planet on which a John Prine tune isn't anything but the funniest, catchiest song ever written.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

btw SBing anybody else who says Careless Whisper sucks unless they are referring to the Seether version

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Nomad" by Iron Maiden. it just drones on and on with a really godawful melody for an eternity

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mike & The Mechanics - Silent Running (Over Dangerous Ground)
Faithless - We Come One
The Lighthouse Family - Lifted
Snow Patrol - How To Be Dead

None of them do anything interesting whatsoever, they're just there.

Gavin in Leeds, Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

ahh come on Silent Running is cool.

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Clay Aiken - Invisible

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind. blase lyrics, and his flow is just annoying on this one, like he had an appiontment to keep

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

ITT: a list of the most SBed POSTS of all time

'ray Clamence (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

not really aimed at "Empire State of Mind" that

'ray Clamence (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

agreed with NV, I almost feel like using this thread to make a playlist instead

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

ahh come on Silent Running is cool.

It really bugs me how there's that weak keyboard riff over and over again with the vocal line following it in the chorus... It shouldn't bug me but it does. Blame BBC Radio 2, they kept playing it loads a couple of years back for some reason.

Gavin in Leeds, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I heard it ad nauseum as a kid, mostly cuz I used to insist that it was "can you hear me, Rudy?". I was obsessed with the Cosby Show at the time.

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias - Could I Have This Night Forever

Joanie Loves Shakuhachi (corey), Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I half suspect that anyone naming names in this thread is already wrong, because the songs that are TRULY the most boring of all time won't have made enough of an impression on yr brain to have the name of the song stick.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Though I'll pre-emptively note that I'm probably full of shit because my definition of boring is likely different than the ones being used to judge above. Some of these things aren't "boring" to me, they're just irritating.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

bah, 90% of these songs are too awful and grating and hateable to qualify as boring. the other 10% are genuinely good & some of you people are insane. this may as well be a worst songs of all time thread with some contrarian bullshit thrown in for good measure.

unregistered, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

(uh yeah, what Sean said)

unregistered, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Turkey In the Straw-trad.mid

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

the best I can come up with is The Kinks' "No Return", which I just looked up on Wikipedia and listened to on Youtube to confirm that it actually exists. nothing offensive — it's just a blank spot on one of my favorite albums, and it vanishes from my brain without fail about 30 seconds after it ends, even though I've heard it many dozen times.

unregistered, Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

see, my first nominee ("picture") is a song I consider both infuriating and boring. like when something is boring, I can't wait for it to be over so that my interest can be piqued again. and that's how I feel when I hear the song.

do we need to set groundrules in this thread? I don't think we should conflate "boring" with "unmemorable" as they aren't necessarily the same thing (although they certainly can me).

plate of dinosaurs (San Te), Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

a song can definitely be boring and memorable at the same time. "Picture" is so bland and sappy and MOR that (I assume) it sticks in your head as a particular bad relic of the early '00s. it's definitely boring, but it's dullness is mitigated somewhat by the fact that it distinguishes itself as a terrible song.

to be the most BORING SONG of all time, rather just a run-of-the mill boring song (of which there are thousands), requires a particularly high level of unmemorableness, to the point where it barely even registers as offensive. That Kinks song is the best I can do right now, but it just got a little less boring now that it's been nominated for something.

unregistered, Saturday, 14 August 2010 16:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias - Could I Have This Night Forever

so boring you couldn't even remember the title properly.

tbh i like quite a few of these songs! :'(

teledyldonix, Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

The "humorous" songs by Barenaked Ladies are fucking excruciating. The "earnest" songs by Barenaked Ladies are fucking boring.

Toad the Wet Sprocket is hella boring.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters are goddam boring.

James, lately I've been trying to give you a chance to win me back over, but I'm pretty sure you are essentially boring.

Sun Tea (Pillbox), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 19:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Doors-Riders on the Storm. Aural Ambien.

Sabbath to Ulver: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 19:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like him usually but Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly" has always seemed like the dullest, most generic single possible.

― clotpoll, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:48 (Yesterday)

NO

acoleuthic, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 19:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

over my head - the fray

aw i like this song. i (unfairly) extrapolate from the song that they're a boring band but i like the song

dont wear sh@q without the fu (tremendoid), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 19:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

WE KEPT FORGETTING THAT IT WAS ON. We'd listen for a few minutes, then get distracted by something, start talking, and then be all "shit, let's go back, we just missed like three songs," and we'd go back, and the same thing would happen.

I quite often put something on and then realise that I haven't paid any attention at all for 3 tracks. Quite often it's a compilation, and I've missed tracks by bands I wanted to hear, and I'll rewind but be completely unable to take any of it in after 20 seconds again.

But on one occasion I didn't even realise it had been there without me listening. I actually went up to the CD player to put something else on and was surprised it was already playing. "Oh... this aural wallpaper thing is music I deliberately put on, I remember now." Can't even remember what that was, which is how unmemorable it was, or I'd vote for it here.

vampire headphase (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tracy Chapman's Fast Car, which just goes on and on and on in a whiny, whiny way

The one time I don't do the dishes, I get ebola! (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 August 2010 05:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK JUST STOP IT

michangelo wuz a party d00d (San Te), Thursday, 19 August 2010 05:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Most things by Train

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Thursday, 19 August 2010 06:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Train is a very, very boring band.

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Thursday, 19 August 2010 06:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

finally something I can agree with!

michangelo wuz a party d00d (San Te), Thursday, 19 August 2010 10:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Wonderful Tonight" is the most boring song ever, proven by science. A trite chord progression, played at a turgid tempo for what seems like forever, with a riff that barely qualifies, as if Clapton were just checking to see if he was in tune after bending a string. Even he can't be arsed to care about the melody, and the bass line came out of a white box with black lettering reading "BASS LINE (1)."

a mix of music (Lionel Ritchie) and kicks (my tongue) (Phil D.), Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

.. and those are its good points.

Mark G, Thursday, 19 August 2010 11:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh my God do I hate Wonderful Tonight.

michangelo wuz a party d00d (San Te), Thursday, 19 August 2010 13:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

i used to like that song, way -- way -- back, and now i can't stand a single measure of it.

i really can't stand much eric clapton. not sure why. he is a very good guitarist, i'm sure, but . . .

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 19 August 2010 13:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Tracy Chapman's Fast Car, which just goes on and on and on in a whiny, whiny way

― The one time I don't do the dishes, I get ebola! (James Morrison), Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:09 AM (7 hours ago)

whoa, I didn't know Parts & Labor played on that song. is there an extended mix with a drum solo or something?

nonviolent j (unregistered), Thursday, 19 August 2010 13:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

funny that a song that is extremely short goes "on and on and on"

michangelo wuz a party d00d (San Te), Thursday, 19 August 2010 13:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think Thom Yorke's solo bunk is painfully boring.

van smack, Friday, 20 August 2010 02:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anything by Neil Diamond

albino python on cocaine (corey), Friday, 20 August 2010 02:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

die

van smack, Friday, 20 August 2010 02:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

hahaha

albino python on cocaine (corey), Friday, 20 August 2010 02:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

I second Neil Diamond. I have 0 tolerance. I'm sorry.

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Friday, 20 August 2010 03:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Part of my irrational dislike of Diamond, however, stems from an awful road trip through Canada or the Poconos or something, where my dad + stepmom INSISTED on playing Neil Diamond Gold on repeat in the car, and the only thing I had to combat it was The Bends, but one side of my headphones was broken, so it was the infuriating futility of trying to play Radiohead loud enough in one ear to block out Neil Diamond from the other.

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Friday, 20 August 2010 03:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

There is nothing boring about Hot August Nights. That is GOLD

van smack, Friday, 20 August 2010 03:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

An A+ live album if I may say so

van smack, Friday, 20 August 2010 03:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

I found the real list...

http://stereogum.com/477821/nme-50-best-new-bands-of-2010/top-stories/lead-story/

billstevejim, Friday, 20 August 2010 04:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

scroll down.. there is a soundcloud playlist of the 50 most boring songs i've ever heard in my life.

billstevejim, Friday, 20 August 2010 04:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

funny that a song that is extremely short goes "on and on and on"

boredom induces relativistic time dilation

The one time I don't do the dishes, I get ebola! (James Morrison), Friday, 20 August 2010 06:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I second Neil Diamond. I have 0 tolerance. I'm sorry.

― Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Friday, August 20, 2010 3:43 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

Boring does not = bad, people! FFS. If you hate neil diamond, whatever, but his songs are like the opposite of boring. They're fun pop songs.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 20 August 2010 06:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

KInda suspect that the most boring songs would be totally forgotten by everyone, making their appearance here pretty unlikely, and making the thread kinda self-defeating.

Sorry if someone's already made this point - I'm too drunk to read the entire thread.

PS - Just realized that the George Harrison song I just finished listening to w/out its making a single impression on me - thus making it a viable contender - is called "Run of the Mill", which is pretty amusingly appropriate.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Saturday, 21 August 2010 04:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love brian eno as much as anyone, but i put on the first disc of that instrumentals box today at work and jeez i was bored to tears. had to take it off. i mean it was probably my mood but it just sounded so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz to me at the time.

scott seward, Saturday, 21 August 2010 04:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

That song that is in every commercial for a romantic comedy made now with the lyric that goes "FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN"

This is "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield, which is kind of fun, even if it's not very good.

I vote for "Have A Nice Day" by the Stereophonics. It just doesn't DO anything.

ailsa, Saturday, 21 August 2010 10:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've never liked any version of "Lean On Me" tbh, it has a nasty false positive vibe in my head. That Snow Patrol song about lying down in the middle of the road and wanting a cuddle off a gurly-wurly is probably pretty boring too but it brings me out in so much spitting radge that it's hard to tell.

'ray Clamence (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 August 2010 10:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Stereophonics songs may not do anything but dude's voice is like sandpaper on the eardrums, thus ruling them out of "boring"

Think that David Gray album was probably playing during 50% of restaurant meals between 1999 and 2003 but I can't remember anything off it except the title line of "Babylon". Like, Coldplay are pretty boring but I can manage to hate them for it; David Gray was just there, and maybe you'd notice, maybe not.

Look at me with my up-to-date musical references. At least that turn of the century coffee-tablism seems to have died out a bit. Though there's a bunch of stuff these days which is just edged out of boring by fucking awful autotuned vocals, so maybe the kids who grew up with autotune can find that stuff dull, but it sets me on edge too much.

vampire headphase (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 21 August 2010 11:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't buy the "truly boring songs are forgettable" idea tbh. Truly boring songs are memorable for boring you to tears every time you hear them imo

'ray Clamence (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 August 2010 11:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

there are no boring songs only boring people

― max, Sunday, August 15, 2010 6:44 PM (6 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ranked #12 amongst 'false metallers' (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

(also: On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men)

ranked #12 amongst 'false metallers' (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've never liked any version of "Lean On Me" tbh

this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

(also: On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men)

― ranked #12 amongst 'false metallers' (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, August 21, 2010 9:04 AM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark

fuck you, suck a dick, DIE, bitch (cheap sound effect of tek blast)

michangelo wuz a party d00d (San Te), Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh come on that song is a pile...

ranked #12 amongst 'false metallers' (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

I didn't even mention "I'll Make Love to You" bcz it does have a memorable chorus despite its (almost transcendent) plodding sappiness. But On Bended Knee, the follow-up? Feh!

ranked #12 amongst 'false metallers' (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Brand New Heavies - Dream On Dreamer

Not the real Village People, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield, which is kind of fun, even if it's not very good.

aka the theme song from the Hills. Terrible but not boring.

akm, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 02:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

That minimalist piano instrumental on Talk Talk's Missing Pieces.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 27 August 2010 01:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

The 4 songs on "Tales From Topographic Oceans" are tied for this honor.

ImprovSpirit, Friday, 27 August 2010 02:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

I want to add "You Gotta Be" by Des'Ree.

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Friday, 27 August 2010 03:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

"45" by cornershop

funky brewster (San Te), Friday, 27 August 2010 14:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Gordon Lightfoot

Jazzbo, Friday, 27 August 2010 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^otm

peacocks, Friday, 27 August 2010 15:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

I saw NRBQ close a show with this song back in 1982. Terry Adams was reading the lyrics from a piece of paper and kept pretending he was falling asleep as the band slogged through it. They left the stage to thunderous applause, came back for an encore and started right back up again with the same song. This time boos.

Jazzbo, Friday, 27 August 2010 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

The only post you need in this thread is all in this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Essential_Kenny_G

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 27 August 2010 22:00 (3 years ago) Permalink


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