What are the most irritating songs from the 60s?

(and early '70s)
Not worst songs, mind you. If it was worst, odds are we’d all be saying MacArthur Park. And that wouldn’t be all that interesting.

No, I mean songs that are like a fingernails on a blackboard to you. Post songs that make you cringe when you hear them, and explain why!

For example:

Me and You (and A Dog Named Boo). Gag retch choke…>barf<.
The singer went to the Lena Lamont (from Singing in the Rain) School of Pronounciation.
“Tra-velin’ an’ livin’ off th’ ‘lee-ind’”
“got caught stealin’ from an ol’ heee-ehn”,
“Oh how I wish we were back on the road ag-eee-n”

Also, And I never pictured “livin’ off th’ lee-ind” as robbing farmers as much as digging for roots and such.


San Franciscan Nights (by the Animals)

Cop’s face
is filled with hate
Heavens above,
He’s on a street
called “Love”
When will they ever learn?

Stupid, unsubtle, lyrics, bad rhymes plus the anti-cop message just irritate me.

and another:

I don’t like “Eve of Destruction”: too depressing, but I conceed it’s well done. However, a conservative group(The Spokesmen?) did a rebuttal song called “Dawn of Correction”. And it has the unusual position of being one of a very few songs that discusses Mutually Assured Destruction. And it has the unique distinction of being the only song in favor of it. And it’s such a ham-handed, badly rhymed piece:

The western world has a common dedication
To keep free people from Red domination
And maybe you can’t vote, boy, but man your battle stations
Or there’ll be no need for votin’ in future generations

So over and over again, you keep sayin’ it’s the end
But I say you’re wrong, we’re just on the dawn of correction

There are buttons to push in two mighty nations
But who’s crazy enough to risk annihilation?
The buttons are there to ensure negotiation
So don’t be afraid, boy, it’s our only salvation

or, puke-iest of all:

Signs, Five Man Electrical Band
Dave Barry suggested that this is the epitome of smarmy hippie-ness. I agree. Plus the guy is trying desperatly to sound like Dylan. And he’s no Dylan.

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing
will be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the house,
“Hey, what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out
or to keep Mother Nature in
If God was here he’d tell it to your face,
man you’re some kind of sinner”.

Plus, he tries to rhyme “in” with “sinner”. Tsk

Anyone have any others to suggest?


Anything by the Yardbirds.

I swear, those singers had no sense of intonation.

I think it’s so groovy now
That people are fin’ly gettin’ together.
I think it’s wonderfulla how
That people are finally gettin’ together.

Reach out in the darkness
Reach out in the darkness
Reach out in the darkness
And you may find a friend!

And some friends and I have opened an exclusive circle of hell for Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun”

Anything by Rita Pavone. Ew.

Terry by Twinkle

One day he’ll know how hard
I prayed for him to live
Please wait at the gate of heaven for me

To Sir, With Love

“S-A-T-U-R, D-A-Y, Night!
S-A-T-U-R, D-A-Y, Night!..”

OK, we know how to spell saturday, shut up all ready you Bay City Rollers!

“Western Union”

(Oh, did I really say that?)

Red Rubber Ball by Cyrcle

[Slight nit pick] Saturday Night was a '70s song [/slight nit pick]

[nitpick on the nitpick]
The OP said, “(and early '70s)”.

[nitpick^3] “Saturday Night” came out in 1975, therefore, it’s a mid-70’s hit[nitpick^3]
“Wooly Bully” - I’d rather be disemboweled by rabid spider monkeys than listen to this attrocity.

“Watch it now” indeed!

" In the year 2525, if man is still alive…"


  1. Anything by the Doors.

  2. Anything by the Who.

IMHO, the two most over-rated and talentless groups in the history of music.

[annoying whine]

ONE is the loneliest number…

[/annoying whine]

Gosh, it’s hard to know where to start. I work for a newspaper but record a show for a local FM station every morning. One of the little games we play in the 40 minutes that I’m there in the morning is to walk past someone else humming or singing one of those 60’s or 70’s songs that gets stuck in your mind all day and just won’t quit.

Some of our favorites:

Surfin’Bird by the Trashmen
Billy, Don’t Be a Hero, Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
(OK, that one’s about mid-70’s, but so heinous that
it belongs on every bad song list)
Honey, by Bobby Goldsboro
(the epitome of the crass manufactured emotion weeper
as opposed to a song of genuine emotional depth)
Good Morning Starshine
(“glibby glob glibby,” indeed!)
The Elusive Butterfly, Bob Lind

Something Stupid, Sinatra & Sinatra

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy Ohio Express
(the worst? bubblegum rock song of the Buddah label
Gosh, we could go on and on…


Who’s tripping down the streets of the city
Smilin’ at everybody she sees
Who’s reachin’ out to capture a moment
Apparently pre-lobotomy.

“Sugar Sugar” by the Archies
“The Ballad of the Green Berets”
There must be something wrong with me. I like all the songs mentioned in the OP, except “Eve of Correction”

Oh, and PharmBoy, who dissed The Who:

I hope you’re visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of Keith Moon :stuck_out_tongue:
(but I do agree with you about The Doors :)).

Sugar, Sugar is a great pop tune!

And it was sung by cartoon characters, that’s gotta be worth something.