Wednesday Question: Most Cringeworthy Rock/Metal Song Ever

Name that song that makes you feel painfully awkward on the inside...

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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think about those songs that make you feel painfully awkward on the inside and answer this:

What's the most cringeworthy rock/metal song ever?

Feel free to elaborate on your answer too, it will spice up the list with some irresistible charm of the UG people.

THE RULES - post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).

Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

Finally, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another classic UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Kid rock - All Summer Long. "we were trying different..things...and we were smoking funny...things" the whole song just sounds like a bad freestyle rock...rap?
    Not only that but it takes 2 classic songs and ruins them both. The cringe is only made that much greater when you think you're about to hear Warren Zevon but get slapped in the face by realizing it's Kid Rock. FALSE ADVERTISING GOD DAMMIT
    I agree with this nomination. I have this album and according to my iTunes playlist, I haven't listened to this song since 2011.
    I can't stand that song, let alone Kid Rock, but I thought that the concept of blending two songs (Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama) was cool, just executed poorly. Perhaps they were just fucking around in studio saying how well the two songs tied together and just threw together some shitty lyrics? I guess we'll never know. I sure as hell couldn't take it seriously. :/
    Rockstar - Nickelback!
    It's cringe worthy, but kind of entertaining in a simple way. I always thought Photograph was so much worse, no?
    This was literally the first song that popped in my head when I read the question!
    Not that cringe-worthy. Actually quite okay. It showcases current generation extremely well. If you had to choose Nickelback (and of course you had to), I'd go with Photograph. 'What the hell is on Joey's head?!'
    This is the worst song ever recorded and it's not close. This whole album got so much airplay when it was released and this gem got the most. The second Chad Kroger's obnoxious double tracked voice hits my eardrums, I see red.
    Anything by Five Finger Death Punch.
    Jekyll and Hyde for a specific song, but they've got so many
    Yo yo there's a fuckin demon inside.
    Ole' Nessie
    Haha FFDP definitely have some brilliant lyrics! Slipknot's Heretic Anthem always made me cringe, that chorus is one of the worst in metal Ever! And I like this band. But if your 555.... Crap....
    As a former Death Punch fan, I'd say Under and Over It, You, Jekyll and Hyde, Dot Your Eyes, Wrecking Ball, Let This Go, and Matter of Time rank as the cringiest of their cringe-fest. At the same time, I feel the need to mention a few good ones: Cold, Coming Down, Remember Everything, I Apologize, Wrong Side of Heaven. They're mostly a shit-show, but they have their moments.
    Remember Everything is among the cheesiest power ballads I've ever heard and it's not even from the 80s.
    People either love or hate this band
    idk why you're downvoted, you're totally right. Everyone is either a bitchy fanboy or a hater when it comes to Five Finger Death Punch.
    I'm gonna throw out "The Pride". When your "metal" starts referencing Facebook, MySpace, IPods, and Disneyland (in the same song, nonetheless), you know your entire audience is made up of tweens and hipsters. Bah.
    brokeNCYDE - Freaxxx The peak of cringe from emo/scene/core or whatever the kids call it now.
    HOW IS THIS A REAL THING I had never heard this song until just now. I have no idea what to think of that.
    No idea how this is even considered metal tho. Same with Design The Skyline and Blood On The Dance Floor.
    We Built This City by Jefferson Starship. The most unrock n roll song about rock n roll.
    I fucking hate that song it shitted up gta for me along with that cult of personality song.
    Attack Attack - Stick Stickly
    I agree but that song is genius though. The structure, I mean brutal breakdown, cheesy chorus with autotune, I mean AUTOTUNE, in metal, that's pretty awesome, nobody ever did that before, brutal breakdown, cheesy autotuned refrain, brutal breakdown and that electronic autotuned final is awesome. Plus epic Crabcore, this song is a classic now for the crabcore and for being super bad, I love it <3 Pure genius.
    I remember one of my friends who'm i went to school with, told me to check these guys out...I've never regretted doing something so much in my entire life and that includes not punching this dude in the face for suggesting i listen to these guys
    How has no one mentioned these guys yet?
    Im a big Falling in Reverse fan, and honestly id put Bad Girls Club on there. I loved their first album but seriously Alone is a masterpiece compared to BGC which is saying something because Alone is... well, something for sure.
    I can't tell if Ronnie Radke was trolling on that album or not. Either that or he was genuinely trying to write a pop record
    Crazy Town - Butterfly
    Just came to put this on. Embarrassing. If I was the chili peppers I'd ask for my music back!!!
    I've never heard of that band, seriously are they a rock/metal band?
    Rap metal/nu metal. Think Limp Bizkit or Kottonmouth Kings, only worse.
    Nickelback - Photograph
    limp bizkit - nookie
    P.O.D. - Youth of a Nation
    May I ask why this song is cringe-worthy without getting ripped to shreds?
    I like that one though lol. How about Pop Evil? They made a fun song in "Boss's Daughter" and then just terrible shit ever since. Every time I hear them on the radio I want to vomit. When Rock 101 plays FFDP, Pop Evil, and Theory Of A Deadman in the same block I call it the hour of sour.
    They're actually one of the more doable bands to have come out of that scene imo.
    Dancing in the street - Bowie/Jagger
    This should be Number 1, because we let that happen. No one said don't do it and look what we got. Then Bowie did the same shit with Freddie Mercury and the only good that came from that was a bass line for Vanilla Ice to use.
    Yeah, and I'm not just nominating this because of the family guy reference. The song was just plain silly. And although David Bowie and Mick Jagger made good songs individually, this proves that not everything that is good can be mixed together. It's like chocolate flavored cheese... I liked under pressure btw
    Oh my, I almost forgot the granddaddy of cringe.
    'Twas mentioned prior..HOWEVER, you graced us with the video.
    You're right. I did a ctrl F for Rolling Stones, but it was listed as Jagger/Bowie. My bad.
    KISS - "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
    I was thinking about this song today and how all those mouthbreathers at KISS shows sing along to this without realizing how phenomenally shitty and disco it is.
    Until this day I'm still wandering how worthy is to listen kiss this days (I however enjoy the carnival sessions, but it must be for the grunge-influenced sound)
    This HAS to be 'blame it on the boom boom' by Black Stone Cherry. I mean seriously...
    First time I'm hearing this and the cringe is extremely powerful. My face aches.
    So many damn cliches within this band, and they sound even worse with the new guy... is it still 2001?
    I clicked randomly into the middle of the song, thinking "How many cliches could there really be?" First thing I heard: "So close but still so far away". I'm done.
    St. Anger - Metallica. That snare sure makes me cringe..
    Frantic-tick-tock tick-Tick-TICK-TOCK!! That one is way worse for me.
    For years, those lyrics have stood out to me as some of the worst I've ever heard, both in content and delivery. It legitimately makes me cringe.
    MY LIFESTYLE DETERMINES MY DEATHSTYLE has been making me cringe since I was 14 years old.
    Ole' Nessie
    I was thinking more about Fuel and how bad those lyrics are! Give me fuel give me fire give me that which I desire.....terrible!
    Buckcherry - Too Drunk to Fuck Featuring the brilliant lyrics, "She just found out I'm too drunk to fuck. Looks like I'm not getting laid."
    The Pride by 5 Finger Death Punch That is the one where they go on for 3 minutes naming great (or not so great) American icons, right?
    Rush, Tai Shan....just typing it makes me shudder.....
    I'll agree it's cringeworthy but it's hardly rock or metal.
    Not sure if you knew this but..... Rush is a progressive rock band. Like, um, one of the pioneers and basically one of the most rounded and popular rock bands of the past 40 years. Progressive rock is a very wide base and id say this song fits that stigmatism pretty well. If you don't believe that then google it bro.
    It's not as good but it doesn't make me cringe, I find it rather boring with just the flutey thing and the beats but the occasional bass riffs are nice.
    I love the music, but fuck, When I read the lyrics of the song I wish Geddy started to write lyrics instead of Neil..
    Limp Bizkit - Hot Dog Despite the pretty cool riff,the lyrics are very cringy to anyone older than 12 years old.
    If lyrics are bad it's cuz they sampled NIN's Closer. Lyrics of a virgin 16 year old discovering porn...
    Thank God I didn't buy the record back in the day, I would feel ashamed, although half of the album is worthy, especially with songs like boiler and hold on. Durst started to write worthy lyrics in results may vary
    Bon Jovi - Have a Nice Day So dumb.
    Most Bon Jovi stuff after Slippery When Wet kinda makes me cringe, but that's probably because my sister always sings along really loud and doesn't realize how wrong she sings. It's really a pain to my sensitive ears.
    for me, its "Jump" by Van Halen. No offense to the band or even the song. But I used to work at a trampoline school and I would be in charge of the music. Ever sunday I would have to play the same cd for my morning class at 8am. the first song on that CD was Jump (hilarious right... cause we work at a trampoline place, some one thought this was clever) Anyways, that song would haunt my Sunday mornings after a Saturday night of drinking. Coming in Hungover, and hearing that synth blast right in your ear made me hate that song so much. You may ask "Why didn't you switch cds?"... oh how I tried. The parents and the kids would come and give me shit. They some how fell in love with this CD over the years. Anyways.. thats my story on how "Jump" haunts my dreams and anytime I hear it on the radio, I need to switch songs.
    Yeah, it's a pretty cheesy song, but I kinda like it, I'm not exactly a fan of Van Halen (it's really the only song by Van Halen I listen to.) It's apparently about some dude commiting suicide, or something, so that's cool.
    "Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey Good song but, has been played to absolute death in recent years
    Good Charlotte - The Anthem An ironic song about not wanting to be like some loser written and performed by a band of losers.
    I thought good morning revival was a pretty good but damn they can't write a song by any means...
    I can't stand listening to anything by Poison. Especially "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
    The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World. I mean just listen to it.
    Or My Pal Foot Foot. Man, the Shaggs are just the best at being the worst.
    This was hilarious!!! If I can keep myself convinced that the drums didn't actually belong to the song but were just added to make it sound even worse... I will persuade myself that this is the case.
    Anything by Machine Head from the Burning Red and Supercharger albums
    Fuckkkkk, how about that new one they made that attacked Phil Anselmo/Racists? I don't even want to look it up and find the correct name because I can't handle the cringe. Wayyyyy worse than anything on the Burning Red.
    Creed - With Arms Wide Open
    Am I the ONLY one who actually likes this song? The solo could use work, but I honestly like his weird vocal style.
    Well seeing as how at the time of this writing it has 2 downvotes, I'd say you're not the only one who likes it. I don't completely dislike the song, but some of Scott's vocal inflections in the song really make me shudder. In hindsight, I should have nominated the song "Illusion" because I really can't stand that song, but "With Arms Wide Open" crossed my mind first.
    Thrash Addict
    Any song from Manowar
    Especially this one
    Or Warriors of the World: "If I should fall in battle, my brothers who fight by my side Gather my horse and weapons, tell my family how I died Until then I will be strong, I will fight for all that is real All who stand in my way will die by steel"
    Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober Reinforcing my belief that Amy Lee is completely full of herself, almost every line in the intro ends with the word "me."
    Shinedown - I Dare You The opening guitar riff and chorus lyrics are just so cheesy.
    Cut the Chord is fucking awful too. They've just been cringe worthy since sound of madness. It has everything: empty words, child choir chanting freedom, weirdly unauthentic toughness in front of the camera.
    State of My Head is terrible too.
    State of my Head was bad on first listen and it's still bad. At Rock on the Range Brent was intro-ing the song and said something like "After a while we want to get creative with our music, not to say we've exhausted certain sounds, but it's good to do something else." 2 things. 1.) It's true, but that song sucks. It's a shit take to force a change. 2.) You wouldn't have to half ass apologize for the change in sound if you didn't have the fanbase you did.
    Kid Rock-All Summer Long. I hope he burns in hell for this desecration. Let him change his name into Kid Hippetyhop, or Kid Disco or something. Cunt.
    I'm going to throw in Spaceship by Puddle of Mudd. Great, thrilling, imaginative, epic, instant classic and better than Nickelback- all words that don't describe this steaming pile.
    This will probably get buried, but Rock Me Tonight - Billy Squire. Who knew a music video could ruin an awesome guitarist so horribly