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