They may be catchy, and they may have been big hits — but they're also just plain bad, says a magazine.
Blender magazine has published its list of the worst songs ever, and 1985's "We Built This City," by Starship tops the list.
The tune "seems to inspire the most virulent feelings of outrage," says editor Craig Marks. "It purports to be anti-commercial but reeks of '80s corporate-rock commercialism. It's a real reflection of what practically killed rock music in the '80s."
Also making the list are "The End" by the Doors, the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence."
"It's the freshman-poetry meaningfulness that got our goat," Marks says of S&G's classic. "With self-important lyrics like, 'Hear my words that I might teach you,' it's almost a parody of pretentious '60s folk-rock."
The full "worst song ever" list appears in the May issue, which hits stands Tuesday in New York and Los Angeles and April 27th nationwide.
- We Built This City, Starship, 1985
- Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus, 1992
- Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung, 1986
- Rollin', Limpbizkit, 2000
- Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice, 1990
- The Heart of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News, 1984
- Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin, 1988
- Party All the Time, Eddie Murphy, 1985
- American Life, Madonna, 2003
- Ebony and Ivory, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, 1982