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World’s Worst Songs: “Let There Be Cowgirls” by Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle is a modestly successful country singer who’s managed to chart a few singles since 2000. “I Breathe In, I Breathe...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Playground in My Mind” by Clint Holmes

Is there anything more lovely than the voices of little children in song? Most things, actually. At World’s Worst World Headquarters,...

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World’s Worst Songs: Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”

(Stay with me on this one. I think I can make the case.) Even though some people believe that profanity is a linguistic copout or the sign...

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World’s Worst Songs: Harry Chapin’s “Sequel”

Hell yes, I read your comments. And you asked for it: this week’s installment of World’s Worst Songs stars “Sequel”...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Taxi” by Harry Chapin

Good storytelling involves not only what you leave in, but what you leave out. What’s left out is what makes Bobbie Gentry’s...

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World’s Worst Songs: “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago

Wait, what? Chicago’s third single, “25 or 6 to 4,” was released in the summer of 1970, and it is flat awesome. It proves...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers scored solo hits beginning in 1977, but many of his early singles seemed to exist out of time. They sure didn’t sound...

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World’s Worst Songs: Animals Run Amok

This is the final edition of World’s Worst Songs before Christmas, so here are a few short takes on three reviled holiday records,...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Christmas Carol” by Skip Ewing

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Laura Miller wrote a brilliant essay called “The Kitschification of September 11,” which...

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World’s Worst Songs: Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”

Dan Fogelberg’s wuss-rock holiday epic “Same Old Lang Syne” is the foundation stone upon which World’s Worst Songs...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Between now and Christmas, World’s Worst Songs will single out some of the season’s ickiest perennials, starting with a song...

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World’s Worst Songs: “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook

Thanksgiving, the first American holiday and arguably the most unique, doesn’t get much respect anymore. It’s been reduced to a...

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The #1 Albums: “Abbey Road”

Certain albums in this series present a particular challenge, as we’ve noted before: What can one say that’s fresh about some...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Batdance” by Prince

Hollywood has been making Batman movies more-or-less continuously for a generation now, going back to 1989 and continuing through this past...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Miss America” by Styx

It has been suggested to me that I include “Come Sail Away” by Styx in this feature. But “Come Sail Away” is...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom”

You think finding a different bad song to write about every week is easy? That there’s no psychological price to be paid for this...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News

I am always happy to accept reader suggestions for this feature, although I think this is the first request I’ve actually fulfilled....

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World’s Worst Songs: “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder

We love us some Stevie Wonder around here. From his hits off the Motown production line in the 60s to his groundbreaking solo work in the...

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World’s Worst Songs: Chuck Berry’s “My Ding-a-Ling”

Forty years ago this fall, Chuck Berry’s career was in renaissance. His last hits of any consequence had come in 1964, but in 1972 he...

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World’s Worst Songs: “What a Wonderful World” by Kenny G with Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong is one of the most important figures in the history of music. Critic Gary Giddins says he “invented modern...

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World’s Worst Songs: Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

While the scope and audacity of the September 11 attacks was shocking, that the United States had finally been hit was not. Informed...

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World’s Worst Songs: Two by Tony Orlando & Dawn

How many times have I prefaced one of these features by apologizing? I am a Rod Stewart fan, but “Hot Legs” sucks. I love Bob...

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World’s Worst Songs: “The Fast Food Song”

I beg of you, in the name of all that’s holy, tread carefully with the video embedded below. It will suck out your soul and kill it...

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World’s Worst Songs: Telly Savalas

The best thing about writing World’s Worst Songs is when people disagree. I am under no illusions that my opinion in these matters is...

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World’s Worst Songs: Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight”

OK, this one hurts. But in the grand scheme of things, it was not entirely unpredictable. No artist with a major reputation needs the...

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World’s Worst Songs: Craig Morgan’s “Corn Star”

I grew up on a farm. The proceeds from a small herd of dairy cows put clothes on our backs and two of us through college. Farming is hard,...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Wind Beneath My Wings”

“Wind Beneath My Wings” expresses a lovely sentiment: “you’re my hero, you’re everything I would like to be,...

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World’s Worst Songs: Rod Stewart’s “Hot Legs”

Lots of us—and I am a particularly big offender in this area—have praised Rod Stewart’s early solo work to the skies at...

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World’s Worst Songs: “Disco Duck”

Novelty songs are a chancy proposition for a feature such as this. Many novelties are awful by design, in their attempts to capitalize on a...

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World’s Worst Songs: Heart’s “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You”

When people like me gripe about artists left out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Heart is one of the first bands we mention. As the...