Basically – what were people thinking?! Maybe it was the trends during the release time?
But when you give these a listen you will really want to know how did these songs make it to the top spot in the music charts?
Most are annoying ear worms that you want to scratch out of your ear. Let’s review those times that the public had absolutely no musical taste whatsoever:
Mr Blobby – 1993
Mr Blobby, Destiny Music
It is an unknown logic that exists within this universe that enabled this AWFUL song to reach number 1 in the UK charts. Not once, but twice!
This novelty song knocked Meat Loaf off a seven week run at number 1 in December 1993. The nation’s ears thought they had found relief when Take That took the number 1 spot a week later.
But for some inexplicable reason the British public put Mr Blobby back at number 1 for the Christmas. Mr Blobby was the side-kick character of Noel Edmonson in his TV show Noel’s House Party.
Batdance – 1989
Prince, Warner Bros
Maybe it was thanks to his fame and notoriety? Or was it because we expect musical genius? What exactly helped the now late singer Prince achieve a number 1 with this weird and senseless song?
Well for starters Tim Burton’s Batman film used it on the soundtrack. It is possible it was just a last minute thrown together mish mash. It sounds like a patchwork of samples from the dialogue in the film set to rhythm tracks.
Prince was set to release a different song for the film, but he felt it was far too dark. It is likely that the huge public anticipation of the Batman film enabled this dreadful piece of music gain its number 1 slot .
Barbie Girl – 1997
Not only were people with good music taste appalled by this hideous piece of music, Mattel also took the band to court. Aqua were a Eurotrash dance-pop group with members from Denmark and Norway.
The song reached number 1 around Europe, in the UK, Australia and the US. Rolling Stone magazine called it one of the most annoying songs, in 2007. NME awarded it “Worst Single” in 1998.
But the catchy nature of this whiney tune was clearly too addictive for the people who felt they had to buy the single.
Tellytubbies Say ‘Eh-oh’ – 1997
Tellytubbies, BBC Worldwide Music
This toddler song became the Christmas number 1 song in 1997. This can be the only explanation for its popularity. Parents all over Britain wished to torture themselves by purchasing this single for their little darlings.
For some insane reason, this song got shortlisted for a Novello songwriting award. Despite most intelligent people deeming it irritating and annoying, it still holds the title of being one of the biggest selling singles in all of the UK chart history.
Do the Bartman – 1990
The Simpsons, Geffen
We could speculate that this ridiculous song reached number 1 in so many countries. Maybe because the now late Michael Jackson was singing back up on it?
There is even speculation that he wrote it. But we may never know as he was not credited due to record company restrictions. In the 90s, the cartoon show The Simpsons was a record level popularity. And while the song becomes a catchy earworm, it is not quality music at all.
The most bizarre fact about this song is that sociology students at a California University study it for their course .
Can We Fix It? – 2000
Bob the Builder, Grant Mitchell
Again, British parents must hate themselves, as buying this single for their kids for Christmas in 2000 caused “Can We Fix It?” to reach the number 2 spot in the charts.
And not just British parents! Australian parents fell prey to the demands of their children and bought it for them too. But a large segment of the UK population disagreed and voted it one of the worst songs of all time on a Channel 4 poll.
Crazy Frog – 2003
Axel F, Ministry of Sound
The bizarre rise to popularity of this awful excuse for a song is really as sign of the times. It shot to popularity as a ringtone and contained a controversial computer generated naked blue frog, that displayed all of its, ahem, private parts.
It was essentially a sample made by a Swedish actor who was pretending to be an internal combustion engine. After converting the “sound” into a dance mix, it reached number 1 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
It also became one of the most downloaded ringtones in the world.