Top 10 Worst Lyric Lines in Rock

Prepare to be embarrassed, here are the worst lyrics in rock history.

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For this week's Wednesday Question, we asked you to name the single worst lyric line in the history of guitar-driven genre.

As always, you guys delivered, reminding us of some of the most ridiculous lines of all time.

Check out the list you compiled below.

10. Black Veil Brides - The Legacy ("We'll change the world with these guitars")

Cheesy stuff doesn't cut it for UG, so the idea of "changing the world with these guitars" wasn't exactly met with ecstatic praise.

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9. Metallica - Frantic ("My lifestyle determines my death style")

James Hetfield delivered some truly profound and deep lyric in his career, but not too many of them came from "St. Anger."

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8. Bullet for my Valentine - Riot ("Riot! woohoohoo Riot! woohooohooo Here come the sirens here comes the law woohoohoo Run from the sirens run from the law woohoohoo")

The collectively bashed "Temper Temper" record is widely considered to contain some of the worst Bullet for My Valentine music ever. One of those tunes is "Riot" and its not-too-clever chorus you guys opted for.

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7. Any Falling in Reverse line

Ronnie Radke and co. simply aren't UG's cup of tea, so just about any of their lyrics work fine for the list. How about "Tragic Magic?" "Magically I turn / Tragedy into / Melodies over / Catchy beats it comes so / Naturally so smooth and / Casually thats why they / Call me king of the / Music scene / La la la la la..." Wow...

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6. Warrant - Cherry Pie ("Swingin' in the living room / Swingin' in the kitchen / Most folks don't / 'cause they're too busy bitchin' / Swingin' in there 'cause / She wanted me to feed her / So I mixed up the batter / And she licked the beater")

So cheesy it made a full circle and became cool, Warrant's "Cherry Pie" did manage to stand the test of time and basically become an epitome of cheesy '80s rock. Well, it's something.

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5. Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing ("I'll kiss your eyes and thank God we're together")

Arguably the band's biggest hit, Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" is constantly finding itself on the border of cheesiness, crossing the line on several occasions. One of them is of course the "I'll kiss your eyes and thank God we're together" line.

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4. Lou Reed and Metallica - Pumping Blood ("If I waggle my a-s like a dark prostitute, would you think less of me?")

Late Lou Reed delivered quite a few odd lines in his career. Take the "Pumping Blood" lyrics you guys singled out as one of the examples. Mr. Reed was also in charge for the whole infamous table thing.

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3. Any Line by Nickelback

Seriously, what the hell is on Joey's head? Cracking the big 3, just about any Nickelback would do. So how about "Everything I Wanna Do?" "You and me sittin' in a tree, F-----K-I-N-G"?

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2. Quiet Riot - Let's Get Crazy ("I wanna kiss your lips... not the ones on your face!")

The Quiet Riot gang brings us closer to No. 1 with "Let's Get Crazy" line - "I wanna kiss your lips / Not the ones on your face" ...

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1. Limp Bizkit - Nookie ("I did it all for the nookie C'mon / The nookie C'mon / So you can take that cookie / And stick it up your, yeah! / Stick it up your, yeah!")

Finally, the one and only Mr. Durst. You shouldn't go too hard on the guy, after all, he did it all for the nookie.

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171 comments sorted by best / new / date

    This is a good list, I found myself laughing at a fair few of these xD
    Can we do a Top 20 worst Limp Bizkit lines?
    "My lifestyle determines my death style". Crap album but I liked that lyric.
    Didn't Kirk write that one? Seems like it in the documentary "Some Kind of Monster" also a great lesson in band dynamics and how NOT to record an album.
    yeah kirk wrote that one. and the rest of the band laughed and kinda ridiculed it. and then it ended up in the song
    james wrote it, kirk just read it aloud cuz james was writing during some sit down in the studio
    I thought that line was the best line on that album, and one of the more clever ones they've come up with.
    metallica are so retarded for writing an album on 'their worst time ever'. honestly what normal band would write an album when their bassest has lest, their vocalist is in rehab and their drummer is being a dick (even more than usual)
    What happened to Lulu's "I am the table"?
    I mean, is it really a bad line? The other on this list were just stupid or super cheesy but this one is just incomprehensible
    Actually i think it might be a stupid mispronounciation, i'm pretty sure that he was supposed to sing "Tablet" considering that the rest of the lines are speaking of The 10 commandments.
    Its misinng "you know my name not my story" from Megadeath.
    your an inbred fag, megadeth have more talent in one ink cell off of one of their album covers than you or your entire family does
    I'd be disappointed if Fred Durst didn't lift this trophy. He's the definition of lyrical herpa derpa. Examples: "Why is everybody always pickin' on me?/Does anybody really know a thing about me?" "It's just one of those days/Feelin' like a freight train/First one to complain/Leaves with a bloodstain" "Nobody loves me, nobody cares/Nobody loves me, maybe I’ll go eat worms"
    "Nobody loves me, maybe I'll go eat worms" made me spit out my drink. Man!
    "It's just one of those days/Feelin' like a freight train/First one to complain/Leaves with a bloodstain" Huh... all this time I'd thought that line was "first one to the plane, leaves with a bloodstain". And I'd never stopped long enough to think about it to realise that makes no sense...
    Oh come on guys, Five Finger Death Punch got the most nominations aside from Frantic haha
    I've long held that "One, two, **** you" is the worst lyric line I've ever heard. And they made that their catch phrase, too.
    5FDP actually have brilliant lyrics, yeah not all of them are good but a good 96% are which is pretty good if you ask me
    I feel any Falling In Reverse and any Nickelback line are a bit presumptuous. Like when worse album was any Oasis album and any Kiss album.
    I agree. Personally I feel that while a lot of the critisism aimed at Nickelback is valid, claiming their lyrics are bad isn't. Writing lyrics is one of the things they do quite well, in my opinion.
    They're not bad. They're just insanely derivative and unoriginal. But they fit in to the melody well enough.
    Im a mixed fan of FIR, I like their music, but I dislike Ronnie alot, but I believe hes a pretty decent lyric writer. There are a few songs (Especially off Fashionably Late) that are pure laziness in my opinion. Good Girls Bad Guys, Rolling Stone, Alone, Fashionably Late, are examples of this, I like them as guilty pleasure songs, but as far as song writing goes, they are just crap. I can pretty much say the same of Nickelback too.
    You gotta get back up from the wreckage above and walk right through the fire. No matter what happens, the fact is that the flames keep getting higher. You gotta keep it going, keep tiptoeing through the fire and the flames and the pain of knowing. That the world is dark, gotta keep on going, gotta give that spark, gotta keep on.... etc. Good stuff.
    Isn't the Frantic line by Krik Hammett? I also do not think it's bad
    Yeah it actually makes perfect sense to me, I don't see why it's hated on so much...
    because he is shit, always uses wah and constantly just plays as many notes as he can on solos
    'Tis indeed by Kirk Hammett. And 'tis indeed a good lyric, in my opinion. I actually found it thought-provoking.
    On an album with not many redeeming moments I thought it was one of the best lines on the album. Frantic was a good song.
    Agreed, I dont think that line was bad at all. If there was was a bad lyric from St. Anger, it would definitely be "What don't kill ya make ya more strong."
    replica_ · Apr 25, 2014 03:41 PM
    No table?
    I think the one nomination for it wasn't clear enough so UG didn't count it
    The table belongs to the worst lyric lines in history of all music.
    You say that, but one day you are going to wake up feeling like a table and it's not gonna seem like such a bad line after all. Whether it's like a glass coffee table, a wooden dining table, or a kitchen table from Ikea missing that one vital screw, it doesn't matter. We all feel like this from time to time, and no one likes it. But we fight on and write songs to help shed these feelings of having 4 immovable legs and drink coasters on resting on our flat surfaces.
    I missed this one... I would've nominated the most Spinal Tappish lyric I know, by Van Hagar: "Only time will tell If we stand the test of time". I mean, really, it makes David Lee Roth look like TS Eliot.
    Yes, I always thought that was one of the stupidest, along with Maidens "She'll teach you more than you can know".
    A "good" bad line would have been: It's Wayne's world! It's Wayne's world! Party Time! Excellent! WIOU! WIOU! WIOU! WIOU! Even if it's hilarious...
    Nickelback gets too much flak, their old music isn't too bad actually, but meh
    Agreed. Silver Side Up and All The Right Reasons had some really good, really heavy stuff on it (Too Bad, Never Again, Side of a Bullet, Animals). However, after that they became more and more pop, and their creativity seemed to stay behind. Whenever a friend disses them, I tell them to check out those two albums. It's a nice realization of what they used to be, and a grim reminder of what they have become (see Avril's Hello Kitty song and remember Chad Kroeger wrote it).
    All The Right Reasons is a terribly poppy record though..
    But it's got some pretty cool tunes like Fight For All The Wrong Reasons, Side of a Bullet and my guilty pleasure song Savin' Me. Though I tend to think it wasn't as good as The Long Road.
    yea side of a bullet is cool. it's about dimebag. silver side up was a good album, too. the new shit is definitely shit, though
    Agreed, I actually enjoyed Silver Side Up, even if it was a bit derivative. If they kept the style of their earlier albums then I don't think they would get as much flak as they're getting now.
    Nickelback actually have some great lyrics,im not their biggest fan by any stretch of the imagination, but they can ****ing write (when they're not trying too hard to be cool)
    To be fair, warrants cherry pie was terrible on purpose He wrote a song about pussy as a **** you to the record company when they demanded a hit single It was pretty much I ****ing dare you to put this pussy ballad on the radio And they did
    And he has felt ashamed for it ever since. Seriously, he regrets ever writing that song because that is all people remember him for. It's sad really.
    No gonna lie, St. Anger has grown on me, and I thought the lyrics were pretty spot on
    I know there are enough complaints about Lulu on this site already, but wow. I disliked that song immensely.
    Surprised Asking Alexandria, Capture The Crown, and Attack Attack! didnt make the list...
    You're missing one from Scars on Broadway, the song is Chemicals "...when I say f*ck the world, let's get ready to rock as I piss on your face while you suck on my cock", it's an incredibly catchy chorus, but those lyrics are crap.
    I wouldn't say the Warrant lyrics count since those lyrics were intentionally cringey and beautiful in their own way if you think about it haha. Surprised that one Woe is Me line that goes something like "How can you talk shit with a dick in your mouth" or whatever isn't on here.
    "I'm not DeNiro, I'm Amarillo" - The Offspring - I Choose WTF is that about??
    I'm sorry but the worst lyric I know of is in billy joel's "captain jack": "your're 21 and still your mother makes your bed, and that's too long."
    "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" borders on cheesy? It's about as cheesy as power ballads can get. I still like the song but it's not very subtle.
    My winner is Van Halen Up for breakfast: She put the cream in my coffee (first thing in the morning) Put that butter on my biscuit (honeydew my melons) Cherries on bananas (gonna need a second helpin') You know I'm up for breakfast so early in the morning Got bacon on the table (first thing in the morning)
    "but not too many of them came from "St. Anger." St Anger has some good deep profound lyrics, and if you consider that Frantic is about Hetfields alcoholism, it makes sense, but to me, Load/ReLoad have the most profound and deep lyrics.
    I see people were just playing safe with the answers. "anything by Nickelback" is just another cheap way to please people. But in reality up to The Long Road they had pretty solid lyrics. Even some of the recent songs got some decent lyrics, far from the worst lyrics in rock. I wonder why bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Kiss, The Kinks, Van Halen were mentioned. They might be classic bands, close to a "legendary" status but they have notorious bad lyrics. Incredibly cheap, tongue in cheek stuff.
    Some of the crap on Super Collider or Th1rt3en easily could have made this list. Burn, Baby, Burn and Wrecker contain some of the laziest lyrics ever written.
    they're stil better than anything you can think of. th1rt3en was a metal masterpiece and is better than anything metallica have done and ever will
    I was expecting good bands with an occasional bad lyric. Why was anyone listening to this enough to hear the lyrics?
    Make love like a man I'm a man That's what I am, yeah Make love like a man Your kinda man That's what I am -Def Leppard,Make love like a man
    'Make love like a man I'm a man That's what I am, yeah Make love like a man Your kinda man That's what I am -Def Leppard,Make love like a man' HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA That is hell terrible. No wonder I hate Def Leppard...
    To be fair to Aerosmith they didn't actually write those lyrics the song was written and they were asked to perform it, as for the rest of them.....
    Good Charlotte's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous entire chorus is cringe-worthy, I definitely would've voted for that. "Lifestyles of the rich and the famous They're always complainin' Always complainin' If money is such a problem Well they got mansions Think we should rob them"
    Americans who want to hear proper lyrics Listen to Manic Street Preachers!!!!! Never made it in the U.S.
    Especially their early albums, up until The Holy Bible. The post-Richey Edwards lyrics can be pretty spotty...
    My favorite lyric from Lulu is "The hair on your shoulders/The smell of your armpit/The taste of your vulva and everything on it," but I suppose that one works in it's place... Also, I'm sort of astonished by the lack of Hollywood Undead on here, as I've always considered them the continuation of Fred Durst (although perhaps a bit more rap than rock).
    Worst lyric I ever heard was from a band supported us a few years ago who will remain nameless: "I'm hot for your metal love." Had to drink a whole bottle of whiskey after that one.
    I love how UG always seems to make up an explanation for whatever makes the list as if they agree with it. A lot of these aren't really that bad in the context of the songs though. The Aerosmith lyric isn't really that bad, and they didn't even write the song.
    That Warrant lyric is very similar to a live Chuck Berry recording "We Boogied in the kitchen, we boogied in the hall, I got some on my finger so I wiped it on the wall"