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March 15, 2011

Worst song of all time?

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 8:15 am

This blog introduced a lot of people to The Room – arguably the worst movie ever made – so I feel obligated to alert you all to Friday by Rebecca Black, a strong candidate for worst song ever made. Enjoy(?):


  1. Nooooo! DON’T CLICK PLAY!! Not safe for sanity.

    Caught this yesterday, have been pouring bleach into my eyes and ears since, the images are still with me.

    Comment by andy (the other one) — March 15, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  2. “Friday (Song) is The debut of talented up and coming “artist” and civil rights activist Rebecca Black. “Friday” addresses the problems encountered by America’s youth on a day-to-day basis. Topics range from morning routines to civil rights issues reminiscent of Rosa Parks. Black, within the first minute of the song is relegated to the back seat of an overcrowded Chrysler coupe. Her choice to not wear a seatbelt is an allegory for Black’s rebellion against the prejudiced mores of society. In this vein Rebecca Black can be thought of as a modern day civil rights crusader, showing the ability of the landed nobility identify with the struggle of the proletariat.

    Rebecca Black explores new choreographic styles with her back up dancers the “Fraaans.””

    This is what used to be in Wiki. It has since been deleted. As far as I’m concerned if she’s not on wiki, she doesn’t exist.

    Comment by Simon Poole — March 15, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  3. I audibly gasped when they cut to a rap break. This is the whitiest crowd of mcwhitey teens ever to have a much older black rapping friend.

    Google reveals a Billboard article saying “For those not in the know by now, Black is just one of a number of wannabe pop stars coming from a production company called Ark Music Factory. The “factory” holds casting calls for young teen girls, and if you’re what they’re looking for, you’re flown to Los Angeles, where you’re written a “hit” single, record it and make a music video.” This makes me feel more confused than ever about the world.

    Thank you Danyl. Thank you.

    Comment by morgue — March 15, 2011 @ 8:39 am

  4. Just watched the video, and one question now haunts me. Am I now a paedophile?

    Comment by DT — March 15, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  5. What.

    Comment by Francisco Hernandez — March 15, 2011 @ 9:12 am

  6. Rap remix!

    Comment by Simon Poole — March 15, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  7. I’m definitely kicking in the front seat. although sitting in the back seat is also cool. what to do, life’s a bitch in LA.

    Comment by NeilM — March 15, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  8. Having thought about it for 5 minutes now, I can definitely declare the song not to be the Worst Ever. It’s certainly bad, but I can’t now remember anything about it except that “Friday Friday” riff that was stolen of Bieber. I didn’t even have to drink bleach to forget it (got as far as the child-proof cap).

    I posit that Beyonce’s Single Ladies is a far worse song, not just because it’s jarring and generally aurally offensive but also even if you listen to only ten seconds, that ten seconds will get stuck in your head and torment you for days. There’s nothing like that here – I’ll remember the video, and the awful rap sequence, but the actual song? I got nothing.

    Comment by marsoe — March 15, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  9. Oh c’mon. While it _is_ painful, worst ever? What is the name of the Chinese woman from Auckland who couldn’t carry a tune in a paper bag? Anything by Tiny Tim? Almost anything by Barry Manilow? There is way too much competition out there for “Worst Ever”.

    Comment by David in Chch — March 15, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  10. it’s the new coming of age story – from braces to autotune.

    Comment by NeilM — March 15, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  11. P.S. You just need to listen to Matinee Idle on National Radio on public holidays. Brilliantly BAD!!

    Comment by David in Chch — March 15, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  12. David in Chch obviously has a strong desire to click on this URL:

    Comment by Thomas Beagle — March 15, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  13. I’m with David in ChCh – for every new modern Rebecca Black there is an old and crusty Goombay Dance Band or Renee and Renato. There have been worse songs than this.

    Comment by Bearhunter — March 15, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  14. Why would you do that to us Danyl? * sobs * Why?

    Comment by Michael Stevens — March 15, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  15. Of the 60secs I managed to sit through, I’m pretty sure it’s a stream-of-consciousness Twitter feed being relayed direct to autotune from
    the Twitter API? Genius artistic statement on modern society…

    Comment by garethw — March 15, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  16. I refuse to believe that this could be anything but a parody.

    Comment by nic — March 15, 2011 @ 11:14 am

  17. First you peddle the soft stuff in the form of SST articles and then once you have them hooked you pound their sanity with Friday. Sick Bastard.

    Comment by leon — March 15, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  18. Of course the song sounds bad today, it is only a Tuesday!

    Come back on Friday – you will be much better attuned to its twin messages of liking Fridays and supporting civil rights.

    Comment by Rob Salmond — March 15, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  19. If the song is correct then ‘Friday’ comes after ‘Thursday’, which comes after ‘Wednesday’, so we don’t have too long to wait.

    Comment by danylmc — March 15, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  20. “Yester-day was Thursday, Thursday,
    “To-day is Friday, Friday”.

    It just blows my mind!

    Comment by DT — March 15, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  21. Hehe, you lot don’t like it cos she looks like Palin.

    Watching (part of) it a second time, they all look quite “normal”, with zits and things, boys with greasy hair. I guess if they’ve all had fun for a day and we’ve had a good laugh, no harm done really? Apart from the stalkers she’ll have for the rest of her life?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 15, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

  22. “you lot don’t like it cos she looks like Palin.”
    Paging Dr Freud. Paging Dr Sigmund Freud…

    Comment by garethw — March 15, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  23. Perhaps this should be on Sesame St (does that still exist?) – to teach kids the days of the week.

    Comment by wtl — March 15, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  24. It sounds too much like someone trying to mimic the autotune distortion, which is then being fed into autotune. Which is kind of cool in a way.

    Maybe soon they’ll be trying to mimic the “recorded in a bucket” sound of overcompressed MP3s.

    Comment by Moz — March 15, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  25. It is horrible, but not too dissimilar to half of what passes for top 40. I mean its not that far to jump from this to Lady Gaga..

    Comment by max — March 15, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  26. I’m sorry Danyl, but this song doesn’t even come close to our very own Lori Watt.

    For a particularly amazing viewing experience look up her very literal video to a song called ‘Chill In My Vein’.

    It cannot be beaten.

    Comment by Pete — March 15, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

  27. …and then there’s the Bob Dylan ‘original’

    which is – believe it or not – almost listenable.

    Comment by terence — March 15, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  28. There you go Pete, and you’re right, I sat through all of Friday, but couldn’t manage to do so with this…

    Comment by Sam — March 15, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  29. Best Youtube comment for Lori: “Imma let you finish, actually…are you Finnish?”

    Comment by Pat — March 15, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  30. Who holds the rights to Dillon’s music and who let this happen? It hurts…it just hurts.

    Comment by Tim — March 15, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  31. Decent novelty song; off-beat funny, and the tune isn’t all bad. Actually, kind of clever, poking gentle fun at the rock/pop genre. Didn’t get 2.7 mil hits (so far) on You Tube for nothing.

    Comment by Randy — March 15, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  32. Didn’t get 2.7 mil hits (so far) on You Tube for nothing.
    That’s right, it got them because it is a trending joke on Twitter.

    Comment by garethw — March 15, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  33. Oh yeah, garethw? It’s a joke worth your while, and that message gets through before people bother checking it. Why don’t you try tweeting a joke, like, maybe a link to your face. Bet no one checks it out!

    Comment by Randy — March 15, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  34. The trouble with labelling this ‘worst song of all time ‘ (and no im’m not clicking on that link) is it leaves no room for ‘We Built this City on Rock and Roll’ or ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ or ‘You Light Up My Life’ or ‘Imagine’ (the last two are the same song, btw)

    Comment by Rob Hosking — March 15, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  35. I entirely fail to understand what you’re saying but I think there’s a pretty sweet “YOUR FACE” joke in there somwhere so kudos…

    Comment by garethw — March 15, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  36. Great catch on “Imagine” Rob Hosking. John Lennon’s name should be stricken from the record just for that song. They said Debbie Boone flew to stardom on the wings of a turkey after “You Light Up My Life” became a hit. Jim Steinman was drunk when he composed “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” but he was drunk when he wrote all his songs. “We Built This City” is actually the backmasking of “Ode To Billy Joe,” so I can’t crack on it too hard.

    Comment by Randy — March 15, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  37. I tried tweeting a link to my face, and believe me, things got ugly. Even uglier than my face. Peace.

    Comment by Randy — March 15, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  38. Worst song ever? Well, it’s pretty bad, but it’s not nearly as bad as this.

    I present to you the wonder of the modern world that is that is Brokencyde’s Freaxx

    Comment by Josh — March 15, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  39. Favourite lines:

    “Tomorrow is saturday and sunday comes after that” – Thank christ, it always bedevilled me as to whether Thursday was after Saturday or after Tuesday. Confusion no more!

    “Fun, fun, fun, fun looking forward to the weekend” – presumably so you can cruise around in cars some more? Where is Bob Parker on the moral decay that this will encourage?

    Comment by Andrew Cushen — March 16, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  40. Judging by the opening lines, I think this is the sequel:

    Comment by Andrew Cushen — March 16, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  41. it always bedevilled me as to whether Thursday was after Saturday or after Tuesday.

    Actually, Thursday is after both Tuesday and Saturday (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

    Sorry to fuck with your head n all.

    Comment by Paul — March 16, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  42. Seeeebring, Seeeebring, what kids drive Chrysler Seeeebrings?

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — March 16, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  43. what kids drive Chrysler Seeeebrings?

    I believe the convertible Sebring is priced in the same segment as the Mazda Miata (MX-5), so a used one is not out of reach for moderately affluent young americans. It’s also not bad looking, and doesn’t suffer with a massive arse in the same way most european hard-top convertibles do.

    Comment by Phil — March 16, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

  44. Heh, the more you know.

    Perhaps this will do for used Sebrings what Vanilla Ice did for the Mustang 5.0.

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — March 16, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  45. Definitely not the worst song, but probably the worst version of ‘Friday’ we’ll ever hear. I’m looking forward to seeing what Timbaland or Jay-Z do with it when they produce the Nicki Minaj version.

    Comment by Steve Hickey — March 17, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

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