From overplayed radio staples to cliché soundtrack choices, songs that pigeonhole otherwise-great artists, and just simply bad-yet-beloved songs, these are truly the worst songs because they cannot be escaped. This is my plea to bury them forever.

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AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)


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Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” (1987)


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Alanis Morissette – “Ironic” (1995)


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Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” (2006)


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The Animals – “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)


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The B-52’s – “Love Shack” (1989)


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Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Takin’ Care of Business” (1973)


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Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)


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The Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (1963)


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The Beatles – “Yellow Submarine” (1966)


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Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)


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Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Piece of My Heart” (1968)


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Billy Joel – “Piano Man” (1973)


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blink-182 – “All the Small Things” (1999)


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Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are a-Changin'” (1964)


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Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Three Little Birds” (1977)


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Bon Jovi – “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986)


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Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)


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Cake – “Short Skirt / Long Jacket” (2001)


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Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You!” (2010)


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Céline Dion – “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)


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The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)


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Coldplay – “Fix You” (2005)


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Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love” (1967)


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Daryl Hall & John Oates – “You Make My Dreams” (1981)


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Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water” (1973)


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Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (1987)


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Devo – “Whip It” (1980)


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Don McLean – “American Pie” (1971)


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The Doors – “Light My Fire” (1967)


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The Eagles – “Take It Easy” (1972)


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Edwin Starr – “War” (1970)


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Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog” (1956)


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Eminem ft. Dido – “Stan” (2000)


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Europe – “The Final Countdown” (1986)


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The Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” (1998)


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Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (1997)


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Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City” (1987)


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Huey Lewis and the News – “The Power of Love” (1985)


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The Jackson 5 – “ABC” (1970)


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James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful” (2005)


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Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours” (2008)


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Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)


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Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (2003)


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John Lennon – “Imagine” (1971)


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John Mayer – “Your Body Is a Wonderland” (2001)


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Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'” (1981)


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Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son” (1976)


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Katrina and the Waves – “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)


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Kenny Loggins – “Footloose” (1984)


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The Killers – “Human” (2008)


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KISS – “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975)


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Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)


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Lipps, Inc. – “Funkytown” (1979)


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Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” (1955)


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Los Del Rio – “Macarena” (1995)


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Lou Bega – “Mambo No. 5 (a Little Bit of…)” (1999)


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The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Do You Believe in Magic” (1965)


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Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama” (1974)


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Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (2014)


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Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On” (1973)


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MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)


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Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (1991)


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Michael Jackson – “Man in the Mirror” (1987)


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Mumford & Sons – “Little Lion Man” (2009)


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Oasis – “Wonderwall” (1995)


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Owl City – “Fireflies” (2009)


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Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah” (2006)


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Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)


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The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (1983)


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Queen – “We Will Rock You” (1977)


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Quiet Riot – “Cum On Feel the Noize” (1983)


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Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge” (1991)


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REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1984)


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Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)


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The Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up” (1981)


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Run-D.M.C. ft. Aerosmith – “Walk This Way” (1986)


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Scorpions – “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)


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Seal – “Kiss From a Rose” (1994)


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Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back” (1992)


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Smash Mouth – “All Star” (1999)


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Sonny & Cher – “I Got You Babe” (1965)


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Steve Miller Band – “The Joker” (1973)


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Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)


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The Temptations – “My Girl” (1964)


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Three Dog Night – “Joy to the World” (1971)


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Toto – “Africa” (1982)


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Train – “Hey, Soul Sister” (2009)


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The Trashmen – “Surfin’ Bird” (1963)


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The Troggs – “Wild Thing” (1966)


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The Turtles – “Happy Together” (1967)


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Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)


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Van Halen – “Jump” (1984)


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Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl” (1967)


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Vanessa Carlton – “A Thousand Miles” (2002)


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Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)


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Village People – “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)


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Weezer – “Beverly Hills” (2005)


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The Who – “My Generation” (1965)


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Woody Guthrie – “This Land Is Your Land” (1945)