The worst song ever

Last year, at the Twin Cities branch of the BoingBoing Meetup Day event, musician Jeremy Messersmith brought the lyrics to a song he was working on—a song intended to be as terrible a song as he could possibly write. Now, you can enjoy "It's the Heat" as an actual recorded song ... a song that includes lyrics like, "There's a fire in my belly / That I can't put out / My two legs turn to jelly / Thrashing like a trout."


  1.  “There’s a fire in my belly / That I can’t put out / My two legs turn to jelly / Thrashing like a trout.”
    Sounds like someone had TacoBell for dinner!

  2. For truly terrible musical writing, I’m quite fond of the Dumbest Song Ever on Rock Band (see for the full version). A masterpiece of writing to all the worst flaws of a specific genre. It’s just a bonus that making it impossible to play on Rock Back also makes it into truly terrible music.

  3. Picked up my guitar to see if I could make this sound good. I am not ashamed to say that I could not. 

  4.  The worst song ever was in a cereal commercial a few years ago, the brand has been blocked from my memory by the horror of it. 

    1. If you’re including commercials, I’d go with the Calypso version of “We put the lemon in the Ty-D-Bol for you.”

  5. Paul Williams was instructed to write intentionally bad songs for “Ishtar.” He still cites that project as the most fun he’s ever had.

  6. I’m not sure this beats Eve of Destruction. In fact, the quoted lyrics sound positively derivative of that song’s classic line “My blood’s so mad, feels like co-ag-u-latin’.”

  7. Jeremy’s intentional bad singing actually takes away from the poor composition of the song itself, rather than enhance is terribleness. 

    So we’re really discussing a bad song combined with bad performance. 

    As you can see I take my bad songs very seriously.

  8. This song is good compared to this one, which was scientifically created to be the worst song ever.

    This song has: 
    holiday music, bagpipes, pipe organ, a children’s chorus and the concept of children in general (really?), Wal-Mart, cowboys, political jingoism, George Stephanopoulos, Coca Cola, bossanova synths, banjo ferocity, harp glissandos, oompah-ing tubas and much, much more.

  9. The very intent of writing a bad song may render it too good. I am more keen on dreadful song writing from folks who truly believe they have done an outstanding job. Fadades, the black metal genius from Alsace is my current hero in this area.

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