When they first hit the radio, most pop songs at least get to be just that — popular. “U.G.L.Y.” might be one of the few exceptions. As soon as this tune came out there were people who wanted to stop hearing it as soon as possible.
It got mixed reviews, with some people calling it inappropriate and ridiculous as Daphne and Celeste snapped back at people who called them ugly. They were booed off the stage during a concert because of the song. Weirdly, it did quite well in New Zealand.
“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.
‘It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time’
“It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time” should be banned everywhere. It’s sheer cacophony. The song is dissonant, jarring, and harsh on the ears. In general, insipid songs like this have a melody that attracts us to them.
Not this one. It is like clanging trash can lids with someone screaming nonsense in the background. Sorry Buckwheat Boyz, maybe next time.
‘Jam (Turn It Up)’
Having been married to music icon Kanye, Kim Kardashian figured, why not give it a shot? Her solo single “Jam (Turn It Up)” is a heavily produced conglomeration of electronic beats and the artist’s vocals. It was a success, but the celeb was not that impressed.
“Thirty years from now, I can be like, ‘Yeah, I did it...” Some artists struggle just to make it. For Kardashian, trying out a solo career was like trying on a designer evening gown.