If there were a way to banish these songs off the airwaves forever, I would be in favor of it.

For the past couple weeks at my gym, they've been tinkering with several different radio stations for us gym rats to enjoy while we workout. Normally I have my earbuds in and my iPod blaring my own tunes, but there's been several times lately when I've forgotten it at home on the charger because I bought the thing eight years ago and the batteries are getting old.

In any case, they've been flipping back and forth from several different satellite stations every day, but there's been a few days in a row now where it's been stuck on a pop station and they've been playing some extremely annoying "hits" over and over again like they're brand new or something.

For instance, just today I walked into the men's locker room and suddenly the song "Bad Day" came on again and another dude just immediately sighed and said, "Oh J---s C----t... not again!" To which I laughed and pointed up to the speakers and said, "You mean this?" and he just nodded his head.

So that got me thinking: What other songs could go away forever and never come back?


  • 1

    Daniel Powter - "Bad Day"

    Let's start with the song that started this whole rant:

    Most prominently known as American Idol's elimination song back in its fifth season in 2006, it later became a world-wide hit on it's own. It was the seventh most played song on the American radio that same year, and I would know because I was working part-time at KROC and had to hear it ALL. THE. TIME. Which is probably why I still cringe every time I hear it, like today.

  • 2

    Baha Men - "Who Let the Dogs Out"

    17 years later and we still don't know who let the dogs out.

    Relegated to mostly sporting events to fill time between the action, this song could most definitely disappear forever.

  • 3

    Gwen Stefani - "The Sweet Escape" ft. Akon

    Wooohoooo.... Yeeehoooo!

    Admit it! Before you even click play you can already hear the howling it in your head! This is another one of those songs I hear at sporting events a lot just to get the crowd into it, especially at Twins games at Target Field in-between pitches.

  • 4

    Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"

    In 2011, it became nearly impossible to go out in public without hearing someone humming the catchy hook, “Hey I just met you / And this is crazy / But here’s my number / So call me maybe?” In case you finally got this song out of your head for good, then I apologize if I just put it right back in there.

  • 5

    Hanson - "MMMBop"

    With their recent announcement that they're going out on tour for their 25th Anniversary, there's suddenly been a resurgence of people jamming this 1997 hit.

    I mean, good for you if you bought tickets like my wife and are going up to 1st Ave to see them sing this song (more than once I'm guessing) this October, but please don't subject the rest of us to the same torture when it's still months away!

  • 6

    Justin Bieber - "Baby"

    The fact one of my all-time favorite rappers, Ludacris snuck onto this track really disappointed me. All of Justin Bieber's music can go you know where, but this one is definitely at the top of the list.

  • 7

    Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"

    If you haven't been paying attention, all these songs on this list have one thing in common: an extremely catchy hook. But deep down you somehow knew after hearing this one over the airwaves for the first time, that you were suddenly going to hear it everywhere!

    I like and respect the message that she's sending within the song, but that doesn't mean I want to hear it repeated another 20x's in a three-minute period.

  • 8

    Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'"

    I'll end the list with a oldie but goodie, but one that certainly gets abused all the time.

    I love this song, but nothing annoys me more than when a bar or wedding DJ ends their night with it. Because:

    A) It's so predictable and lazy.

    B) They act like it's their crowning achievement of the evening because they picked a song everyone knows the words to.

    This song wasn't even that big a hit back when it was originally released, but for some reason it's now a glorified classic. Some things aren't meant to make sense.

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