Wonder Wall" was recently voted the best pop song ever by a segment of the British public which is probably also responsible for the tabloids and Benny Hill. I don't get it. I can't even finish listening to it once. It sounds to me like your older brother, when you are 11, and he is about 13, and he is making fun of a song you like, by singing it in as unpleasant a voice as he can manage, without any noteworthy accompaniment. And it sounds like he is making up the lyrics at the same time, in a kind of sing-song, nasal, whine on the "now".
I was just stunned to learn, recently, that "I've Never Been to Me" was first released in 1977! 1977! Was it written by a man? I knew it! Written by Ron Miller, Kenneth Hirsch! How did I know? Because almost all bad songs written about women's roles are authored by men: "Having My Baby", "I am Woman".
And a good one: "You Don't Own Me" performed by Leslie Gore.
A British Worst
Singles of All Time List.
Of course these are not the worst singles of all time. Most people have never heard the worst singles of all time-- like "The Times They Are A'Changin'" by Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, or "Clouds" by Leonard Nimoy or "Big Yellow Taxi" by Bob Dylan-- because they simply have never been played on the radio.
So, actually, these are songs that stink even though they were massively promoted and acquired a certain following.
Honorable Mentions (added November 2007)
Three Times a Lady (Lionel Richie)
Every Thing I Do (Bryan Adams)
Puppy Love (Donny Osmond, written by Paul Anka)
Glamour Boy (Guess Who)
We Will Rock You (Queen)
Never Been to Me (Charlene)
Feelin' Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)
Do Yah Think I'm Sexy (Rod Stewart) Most ill-advised single of all time: Pet Me, Poppa (Rosemary Clooney). Most horrible earworm (tie): "Mandy" (Barry Manilow), "Sweet City Woman", (Stampeders)