This band nails the 80s big hair look. They’ve also managed to dial in the synth sound of the era as well. The highly charged tune relies on one riff played over and over and over. But it’s a powerful one that makes it a perfect workout song.
They mention that it’s the final countdown 13 times, just in case you forgot what you’re listening to. This repetitive and annoying song will definitely have you counting down until the song is over.
‘Cotton Eye Joe’
“Cotton-Eyed Joe” was a folk song and a nursery rhyme going back to 1865. It originated in the Deep South as a plantation work song. Before Rednex recorded it, a 1925 version was a popular hit song.
And now it’s a meme too. It’s very twangy and repetitive; if you don’t mind that and you like folk songs, you’re bound to love it.
Copacabana is one of those catchy cabaret songs that the 70s could not do without. It tells an interesting story, but all we remember is the chorus repeats. It’s a great refrain, for a minute.
While he is undeniably popular, Barry Manilow's shmaltzy quality can be pretty grating, and this song is certainly proof of that.
Starland Vocal Band
The only thing more grating than listening to “Afternoon Delight” is watching it. A close-up shot of the singer’s mug is a creepy introduction to the 1976 music video. The tune itself seesaws monotonously back and forth, swaying with a sing-song pitch.
Possibly the best version of the song is the one sung in "Anchorman." It really gets the comic twist it needed, making it much less annoying while at the same time showing just how cheesy it is.
Axel Foley was a Detroit police officer reassigned to the posh 90210 districts of LA. Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of the character in "Beverly Hills Cops" was legendary. And so naturally, the original '80s theme song became a hit too.
But then along came this inexplicable remake decades later, accompanied by a bizarre animated music video of an actual frog made by Swedish CGI artists and "musicians." It was huge, and we don't know why.