The English are usually so polite and accommodating, but even they can take only so much; the limits of their good nature are revealed in UK paper The Sun‘s poll listing the most irritating songs ever recorded. It’s not a bad list; hard to argue with their top two: “You’re Beautiful,” by James Blunt (pictured), followed by Crazy Frog’s “Axel F.” Then again, I still find Hanson’s “MMMBop” (No. 3) and Mika’s “Grace Kelly (No. 8) pretty adorable. And as novelty songs go, “Macarena” isn’t nearly as intolerable as “Who Let the Dogs Out”
Overall, the list leans pretty Euro; where are Fergie’s “My Humps” and “London Bridge,” Gwen Stefani’s “Wind It Up,” or, lest you think I’m picking on current dance divas, Bob Dylan’s “Under the Red Sky”? For my money, the most annoying track ever is Meredith Monk’s “Walking Song” (a tune I hope to hear only if I ever watch The Big Lebowski again or am sent to Abu Ghraib), followed closely by Michael Bolton’s cover of “When a Man Loves a Woman” (sorry, Mandi’s mom) and Bruce Springsteen’s “Mary Queen of Arkansas.” How about you, PopWatchers?
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