Run, Joey, Run; Put the Bone In, by Terry Jacks; Independence Day, by Martina McBride; and Have you Forgotten, by Darryl Worely.
All worthy nominations, to be sure. In the comment threads, The Night Chicago Died and Ironic were quite popular. Ironic, while really inane, doesn't bother me, and The Night Chicago Died doesn't make my list only because of Jack Black's parody of it in High Fidelity ("Angina's tough."). Here's my list, in no particular order:
- She's Like the Wind, by Patrick Swayze -- "She's like the wind . . . in my tree." 'Nuff said.
- Conquistador, by Procol Harum -- I crack up every time I hear the line "You reek of purity." The song is soooo pompous.
- In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus), by Zager and Evans -- This song actually hit #1 on the Billboard charts in July 1969.
- Jukebox Hero, by Foreigner -- "But that one guitar/that felt good in his hand/and he knew right away . . . " It's like an auditory kick in the crotch.
- Shakin', by Eddie Money -- You could make a pretty good argument that a number of Eddie Money songs should be on this list, but, to my mind, Shakin' is the worst because it has the word "tits" in it. What, did a 6th grader write the lyrics?
Finally, for the worst band ever, for me it begins and ends with Manhattan Transfer. Their entire catalogue is one big suckfest.