Top 10 Things We Regret Hearing

What sounds do you wish had never passed through your ears? Here's the final unbearable list.

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Some sounds are so offensive that it's almost impossible to forget their shriek. Whether it's an awful band, an unpleasant sound or just a crime against music, Ultimate Guiat readers nominated sounds they regret hearing. Here's the results.

Think you know a worse sound than the ones listed here? Post them in the comments below.

10. Lostrprophets

No one wants to listen to the sound of a sex criminal, which is exactly what sick frontman Ian Watkins is after being found guilty of the most unpleasant crimes ever reported on Ultimate Guitar. At least Gary Glitter is happy that the heat has been taken off him for a while.

9. Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono delivers "art" at an "exhibit" full of "happy" listers. Either that, or she's having a stroke in front of an audience. Now that really would be groundbreaking.

8. Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"

There was a time during 2012 when this song was inescapable - especially when its catchy hook gets caught in your head, whether you like it or not. One smart hacker even whipped together a website which plays any song on an infinite loop, using this as the default track which goes on, and on, an…

7. Fall Out Boy "Save Rock 'n' Roll"

SOMEONE, PLEASE, SAVE ROCK N' ROLL FROM THIS CULTURAL CAR CRASH!

6. The First 10 Seconds of Any Justin Bieber Song

Let's avoid grabbing Bieber tracks from YouTube - he has enough hits already. Instead, here's a fail compilation that shows Bieber's talented side.

5. The Ting Tings "That's Not My Name"

The two-piece that couldn't get past this one-hit wonder.

(So what was her name, after all that? Anyone?)

4. Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel are a German band who make awful sounds. They're not the first, and won't be the last, but this is the worst example of euro-rock around, according to UG readers.

3. Rebecca Black "Friday"

A schoolgirl with rich parents gets a songwriting package deal. Her singing is so bad that it sets the world literally on fire, ruining rain forests and boiling the oceans. The only things to survive are cockroaches, pebbles, and Rebecca Black who survives to record "Saturday."

2. Anything by Nicki Minaj

Why doesn't Nicki Minaj look real? Because she isn't. She was invented by dark forces who want to distract the population for their commercial means. Standard major record label strategy, innit?

1. Lil' Wayne's 'Rock Album' 'Rebirth'

A hip hop artist picks up a guitar and thinks he can record a rock album. His career flipped on a 180 turn and the world didn't know how to react. This could be the only thing worth listening to on the whole list, just because it's so darn surreal. Seriously, this is one of the worst albums ever recorded, and must be heard to be believed.

Think you've heard a worse album? Let us know in the comments.

113 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Eirien
    Yoko Ono is such an incredible lyricist: AAAAAHHHHH­HHHAAAOOOUUH OW WO UH UH UHHAHAHAHA UHHAHAHAHA UHHAHAHAHA UHHAHAHAHA UHHAOWHAOOH OOH HU UH OW!! OOH HU UH OW!! OOH HU UH OW!! WAHA HOOHA HOOHA HOOHA HOOHA HOOHAHA HOOHA AAAAAHHHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA HAHA HAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HO HO HO (indistinguishable) WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWO HUHOOHUHOOHOOHU HO HO.... WOHO OOHOOHOHA OOHOOHOHA OOHOOHOOHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA­AHAHAHAHA AHA AHA AHAHAHAHAHAHOOHOOHAHA UHAHA UHAHA UHAHA UHAHA UHAHAHOOHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA OOHHAHA OOHHAOH OOHHAHA OOHHAOH OOHHAHA OOHHAOH OOHHAHA OOHHAOH OOHHA AH HA HOO OH HO OOH HO OOOHHH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA AHHA HAHA ha OHHAHAHA OHHAUAHOOHHAUAHOOHHAUAHOOHHAUAHAHAHHA AHHA AHAHA AHAHA aaaaahhhhh..... (followed by a confided smirk)
    Maiden95
    With an occasional kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss me me kiss kiss meeeee thrown in
    Jacques Nel
    A song that's kind of doing the rounds here in South Africa a lot is that song by Will . i . Am and Britney Spears which I am absolutely sick of. It's playing everywhere and it's difficult to get out of your head...
    NirEk
    do you want to scream and shout and let it all out because of it..?
    Jacques Nel
    What have you done!? My day is ruined!
    codyjt5150
    Don't worry man. My day has been ruined since P&G decided to cancel Pringles Ridges.
    Smigzy
    Pringles suck anyway... no one cares Beside I think #1 was a typo. I'd listen to little Wayne on guitar over John Frusviante on a synth/drum machine any day
    Dannym95
    Will i Am is a bellend. His music is among the very worst in the charts. It's clear when you listen to his lyrics that he's not even trying. It's like he doesn't care to make music that will still be listened to a year after it's released. He does seem like an intelligent guy though - smart enough to know that primitive lyrics and generic pop beats will guarantee him chart success and popularity among foolish audiences pretty much every time.
    Jacques Nel
    He's a business man, so yeah, makes a few pops and bass lines on a pc, mix in a few repetitive elementary lyrics and bingo...charts...money
    BledGhostWhite
    "Whether it's an awful band, an unpleasant sound or just a crime against music, Ultimate Guiat readers" guiat.
    Jimjambanx
    I seriously cannot understand the reason why lil Wayne is famous. I mean, I'm not huge rap or hip hop fan, I've listened to a bit of old school rap and what not, but is there anyone who actually likes him? He sounds like crap, like he just got done taking half a ton of hash and bourbon, his lyrics are rubbish, and his songs suck. Even people I know who are huge into hip hop and rap agree he's atrocious. Then when he plays guitar and people actually cheer and think he's good at it, it makes me want to die a little.
    TheHydra
    Yeah. A lot of people like him. Modern "savior of 'intelligent rap'" Kendrick Lamar was massively influenced by him. He even made a whole mix tape called "C4" where he rapped over all the beats on Carter III, doing spot-on Weezy impressions the whole way. Lil Wayne is a huge deal. Mostly people shit on him because of the guitar stuff. But the Rolling Stones sucked at disco, yet you don't see people saying Exile on Main St. blows. At least not around here.
    Audible Warfare
    I love Tokio Hotel and I'm not going to apologize for it. Haters welcome.
    Eirien
    That's the first time I've heard them and yes, it's bland and derivative but not enough so to deserve a spot on the list.
    metalhead983877
    I listened to them a lot when I was younger. Yesterday, I listened to some of the songs that I really loved back then and, while it is not musical genius, I still enjoyed them quite a bit. To each his own I guess. But they really don't deserve a place on this list, even if they aren't really THAT good.
    skyturnedred
    I'd forgotten all about them, with good reason, but they didn't seem nearly as bad as anything else on this list.
    codyjt5150
    That Lostprophets video. Oh. My. God. It's very disturbing.
    Validischofe
    I feel bad for Lostprophets. Not Ian, of course, but the rest of the band. I'm not a fan, but the music they worked hard on and the name they made for themselves will forever be tarnished by Ian's horrible crimes. Their careers and the reputation of the band went down the toilet through the fault of one person. Can't help but feel a little bad for them.
    TJHague
    I actually thought Call Me Maybe and Save Rock'n'Roll were pretty good. Nothing phenomenal, but I certainly don't regret hearing them. I had never heard of Tokio Hotel either. I wouldn't call it 'awful sounds', it's just very generic rock. Easily forgettable, but nothing particularly complaint-worthy. Of course, I suspect that this list being published means that most of U-G disagrees with me...
    TJHague
    Man, this must be an off night for me. I just listened to the Lil' Wayne song and moderately enjoyed it. Nothing I would pay money for, but certainly not what I had psyched myself up for considering how it's talked about on here.
    Eirien
    That's probably one of the better songs I've heard from him and it's still awful. I can't believe any producer let him play guitar on a recording. They must've been coked off their tits to think that was a good idea. I have no idea what's going on with that tuneless singing with the sound of a dog throwing up in the background.
    dudester410
    Ha, trying be the producer who, after actually listened to wayne shred that shit up, had to find a way to incorporate that mess into an even messier song
    Nero Galon
    I remember Tokio Hotel from Guitar Hero World Tour. I know they're not to UG's taste at all but i've heard a lot worse.
    Macejko
    This elitism is pathetic ... if you dont like something dont listen to it .. dont hate
    iommi600
    I agree, but I like to think that no one is taking this list very seriously. After all, it's our preferences that matter when it comes to music.
    samjbow
    Yeah, can we not put Ian Watkins' horrific crimes on the heads of the rest of the band? That's completely unfair to them.
    darthrevan29
    c'mon...lostprophets doesn't deserve that...the rest of the band shouldn't pay for that guy's actions...
    Mr Winters
    That's how things are going to be now. Lostprophets will forever be a band of pedos, their music will forever be music for pedos, and you will be a pedo if you say you like their music. That's how the media works.
    kramer242
    I think Bieber should have been number 1. At least nowadays his headlines are enjoyable. It's nice to know Bieber is flaming out and should some disappear. Hopefully he buys a remote island, to never return.
    skootla
    I have to agree with number 10. I like the albums they made but listening to the tracks now makes me feel sick because it just reminds me of what he has done. I honestly feel so bad for the rest of the members of the band.
    CJMusics
    Most of this list is stupid. If you like music most of this isn't so bad. Sure lost prophets **** them and **** yoko ono she is a tard but The Ting Tings is bad ass! they are cool. Who cares if they are 1 hit wonders which they aren't they had a few big songs. Look at Vanilla Ice - Awesome hahaha and lets face it that song the phoenix by fall out boy is not really that bad. Its not about worst album names its about worst things heard. Its on all these lists, get original UG. Another thing to add. Holy Shit I just found out Rebecca Black has a song called Saturday. Fucking bitch is gonna steal the whole week from us some day soon!
    Anjohl
    What pisses me off is that that piece of shit Nicki Minaj can have a song on the radio with a refrain of "Higher than a mother ****er" that is barely even censored. I am sure that kids cant figure out the original message from: "Higher than a motha...yucker". Disgusting.
    Chickendirt
    10. Great band screwed up by a ****ed up lead singer. Do the rest of the band deserve this hate though? 9. Yeah have to agree 8. One of the worst pop songs of all time 7. Never bothered giving it much of a chance but there's been much worse albums, even by posers like Fall Out Boy 6. Should be higher 5. I actually really liked this tune. It was fun indie pop and they weren't one hit wonders in Australia. Their song Shut Up And Let Me Go was even better. 4. Never heard of them but they can't be the fourth worst artist of all time 3. Why did anyone ever give this a chance in the first place? 2. Probably the worst female rapper of all time and such a bad image for women worldwide 1. Exactly the same as 2 but change each feminine word with it's masculine opposite
    Lt. Shinysides
    good to see some originality in these lists. UG may just have the most negative, juvenile, childish "news section" of any website. Good to see we're above pandering to the lowest common denominator, even better to see that we're not above using the cop out "anything by..." line. Well done, author.
    ericguitarfob09
    Ultimate-Guitar is the Fox News of music websites.
    Kueller917
    It's more like a tabloid than Fox. At least until they start posting videos using a chalkboard to explain why rock is declining. Then it'll be Fox.
    Salvo416
    I should've mentioned this on the list too but I didn't Also I personally believe Nicki Minaj is the secret spawn of Rita Repulsa.
    Shavyi
    If you think Lil Wayne is the worth kind of music, you're gonna have a bad time.
    Eirien
    If you think Lil Wayne is music, you're gonna have a bad time. fixed
    vppark2
    In all fairness, I'm not a fan of new Fall Out Boy whatsoever, but I think it should be replaced by something worse, like....."We Built This City", for example or any Brokencyde or Design The Skyline song.
    solomonkane
    honorable mentions what the fox says so many people bitched about it I had to look it up and that horrible just got paid gotta get laid is worse than rebecca black
    Jazz1992
    I'm glad St. Anger didn't get nominated for once. Seriously, once you're able to listen past the horrible drums (and overall production), the thing is pretty damn good. Also, #1 is well deserved. The most horrible thing I ever encountered in my entire life.
    vppark2
    In all fairness, I'm not a fan of new Fall Out Boy whatsoever, but I think it should be replaced by something worse, like....."We Built This City", for example or any Brokencyde or Design The Skyline song.
    SunshineMusicO
    I may get hate for this, but Nicki Minaj has got spit. She can rap circles around anybody on UG. However this is the first time I've heard "Friday" and my goodness everyone was right, it's terrible
    chaoticfables
    We don't need to be 5-star chefs to know some foods taste bad. There are far better rappers than Nicki Minaj.
    cm-thrashing-45
    That is a great way to put it. I'm sick of those "you do better" fantards. I just found my new argument
    Maiden95
    Plain and simple Nicki Manaj "plays" some of the absolute garbage to ever enter my ear canal. And yay. The Tings Tings getting recognition for how f*cking bad they were.
    Jacques Nel
    Yeah no one on UG really cares whether she can rap, seeing as this is Ultimate Guitar, not Ultimate rap. And most of us can probably play circles around her. So screw her and her {insert color of choice} hair
    SunshineMusicO
    dawg I'd consider myself a proficient musician and rapping takes a lot of talent. She's famous because she looks different. People are sick of the same old same old, so here comes a talented young lady who POPS. Yeah, I can play circles around her too, doesn't mean I should disrespect her abilities. Musicians hate many pop stars because they're jealous. I'm jealous of many pop stars receiving bullshit fame and money. However, Nicki earned this shit because she broke the mould. She's a FEMALE rapper who has fresh rhymes. And I don't even listen to her! These are only from what I've heard on the radio and in lame parties! Wow you all hate me f*ck it
    CJSchecter96
    Talent? its rhyming at best. Half of the time its not even rhyming in English its in ghetto slang. and shes not even rapping just mumbling.
    MattFrancis
    "She's a FEMALE rapper who has fresh rhymes."Yeah i like the way in that song of hers she rhymes the words "stupid hoe" with "stupid hoe." Thats pure poetry....Seriously though if you think shes a good female rapper then Lauryn Hill will blow your mind. Nicki Minaj wouldnt have to act like a prostitute if she had any talent.
    Kueller917
    I think she really could be a lot better if she tried. I loved her part in Kanye West's "Monster". Makes me wonder what happened.
    Thedarkchild
    Tokio Hotel...so embarrassing. I feel ashamed that they represent German rock music in the world. But at least there still is Rammstein. Oh, btw, if you want to hear a great German thrash/groove metal band, listen to Drone.
    thebigredjj10
    Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Rammstein, Scorpions, Edguy, Avantasia, Accept... Nope, nothing to be ashamed of. One can't judge a music scene by its worst members. Most metal fans know that Germany is a hotbed for great metal, along with Sweden and Finland.
    Thedarkchild
    Thank you for your comment. It's hard for someone from Germany to actually judge what other people think of the country or its metal scene.
    Redfinton22
    That Tokio Hotel song doesn't sound absolutely terrible...maybe not the best song I've ever heard but I think there are far worse things that could have taken its place
    yukonchuck06
    I bought ONOBOX the year it came out, only to throw it away. lmao I didnt even open it
    LynchMobster
    To be honest, Nicki Minaj was actually decent before young money found her and transformed her image into a complete gimmick. And while Rebirth was definitely substandard, Drop the World with Eminem was an awesome track that i still listen to
    trentonlambert
    I had never actually listened to Lostprophets before now. I only know them for having the ultra-pedo singer, giving them a bad rep, but I wondered "What if they're not that bad? What if I really like them?". So I pressed play and gave it a listen... And it sounded like something that falls under that godforsaken "college rock" category. I hate that shit.
    indyrock91
    I've never understood the hate for Fall Out Boy. Sure Save Rock and Roll wasn't groundbreaking but it's a perfectly good pop rock album. Nothing more nothing less
    MetalMullet
    If you only hear Nicki Minaj and not see her abominations of music videos AND you can avoid to understand the "lyrics", she actually performs pretty good tunes.
    peachesenregali
    After trying to avoid listening to Tokio Hotel due to the awful publicity shots of them...it's at least comforting to know I was right.