The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics: The complete list

The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics: The complete list

Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who, during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, but they're made even worse when you consider who wrote them. Continue on for the complete list of the fifty worst rock/pop lyrics of all time.

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50. Cher - "Believe"

"Do you believe in life after love/I can feel something inside me say/I really don't think you're strong enough"

It often sounds as if the producer Mark Taylor did everything he could to chop and distort the words of this song. Unfortunately, they still come in as clear today as they did when this song was first released in the late '90s -- and they're just as unpleasantly infectious.

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49. Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"

"Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah/Some call me the gangster of love/Some people call me Maurice/'Cause I speak of the pompitous of love"

"The Joker" has always been a jukebox favorite of piss-drunk meatheads who believe they're charming enough to approach strangers. Which is appropriate, because the songwriter also seems to believe he's Oscar Wilde, yet he writes the lyrical equivalent of a soiled beer mat.

48. The New Seekers - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

"I'd like to build the world a home/And furnish it with love/Grow apple trees and honey bees/And snow-white turtle doves"

Begins as a Coca-Cola ad, becomes a twelve-million-selling single, finishes as a lesson to marketing students about how not to be a jackass while trying to appropriate youth culture.

47. Puddle of Mudd - "Control"

"I love the way you look at me/I love the way you smack my ass/I love the dirty things you do/I have control of you"

How much control can you have while someone is smacking your ass and doing dirty things to you?

46.Oasis - "D'You Know What I Mean"

"All my people right here, right now/D'you know what I mean? (yeah, yeah)"

There is no greater illustration of Noel Gallagher's 1997 demise as a songwriter than his inability to finish this sentence.

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