“We Like to Party (The Vengabus)”
Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys thought they had hit it big with their party anthem, but most people who heard it more than once outside their native Netherlands wished they had kept it on the bus.
It’s fast-paced and energetic, with a bouncy synth track, but it’s the kind of song that really burrows in and will never get out, no matter how much you want it to stop playing in your head. Some have even referred to it as the low point of pop.
“I Should Be So Lucky”
It might be surprising to see the mighty Minogue on this list, but even our favorite soap opera actress-turned-singer isn't free from criticism. “I Should Be So Lucky” landed only a few days before the end of 1987, and despite shooting up the charts, the song had many listeners who said once was enough.
Despite this, it reached (or at least reached toward) number one in numerous countries outside of Australia, including the United States. It has even been added to Australia's Sounds of Australia registry.
Webster had all eyes on her when she appeared at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics at the age of thirteen, performing in the opening ceremony. She quickly capitalized on the fame with “Strawberry Kisses” which, despite a fresh, bright sound, quickly proved to be an earworm that most people would have preferred not to hear.
Webster's singing was still good, but the musical nature of the song soured even as it climbed the Australian charts. Though certified platinum in Australia, the song never charted in the States.
“The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)”
Las Ketchup wanted to do something for the world, and the something was “The Ketchup Song.” This was a gift, according to them, to the socially awkward.
You could do almost anything during the song, and it would fit the beat, which was almost the entire point — you didn't have to have much of a rhythm to enjoy the song. But constant radio play and the song's nonsense lyrics quickly got people sick of it. Still, it reached number one in at least twenty European countries.
Holly Valance was a big soap opera star, but she wanted to break into music. She didn't have a good start, releasing “Kiss Kiss,” a cover of a Turkish song, in 2002.
It became popular for the catchy tune, and the music video did well thanks to the focus on Valance's sterling physical attributes, but her singing chops just won't weren't up to snuff. After two more singles (which, along with this song, got pretty high on the charts though weren't much-loved overall) she went back to acting, and we're all thankful.