The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics of all time: 50-41

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Sometimes we love a song because it's stupid. When the Flaming Lips immortalized a girl for not using jelly, for instance, we treasured the witty idiocy of it all. These are not those songs. These are the radio hits that tortured us with their inane babbling, with lyrics that sound epic and sentimental at first but are ultimately as shallow as a kiddie pool. There are a few stinkers here by some legendary artists, and there is also the rare unicorn of a mostly decent song being unfairly matched with some cringe-worthy lyrics. Keep reading for the first ten of the fifty worst rock/pop lyrics of all time.

See also:
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- The 50 worst rap lyrics of all time: 30-21

50. Cher - "Believe"

"Do you believe in life after love/I can feel something inside me say/I really don't think you're strong enough"

It often sounds as if the producer Mark Taylor did everything he could to chop and distort the words of this song. Unfortunately, they still come in as clear today as they did when this song was first released in the late '90s -- and they're just as unpleasantly infectious.

49. Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"

"Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah/Some call me the gangster of love/Some people call me Maurice/'Cause I speak of the pompatus of love"

"The Joker" has always been a jukebox favorite of piss-drunk meatheads who believe they're charming enough to approach strangers. Which is appropriate, because the songwriter also seems to believe he's Oscar Wilde, yet he writes the lyrical equivalent of a soiled beer mat.

48. The New Seekers - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

"I'd like to build the world a home/And furnish it with love/Grow apple trees and honey bees/And snow-white turtle doves"

Begins as a Coca-Cola ad, becomes a twelve-million-selling single, finishes as a lesson to marketing students about how not to be a jackass while trying to appropriate youth culture.



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Rob Salyers
Rob Salyers

Steve Miller, "Take the Money and Run", the infamous "Texas"/"facts is" verse.

Marla Christie
Marla Christie

Lisa! Amen!!! The line about his "untrimmed chest" makes me want to vomit every time!!!

David Court
David Court

These are bad, but let's never forget Jack Johnson's epic lines..."I'm gonna flood you, like a love river Awe baby the post man, is about to deliver Cook you up some dinner, a little pasta Listen to some music, a little rasta"

Tanya McAvoy
Tanya McAvoy

Limp bizkit- isnt that how they spelled it? That damn nookie song. And i second, anything by Train!

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