With more than 5.5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or trying to figure out who’s responsible for that off-key Groupon jingle that plays on YouTube constantly so you can murder them. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,509,334-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: List Of Music Considered The Worst
What it’s about: Music. Sure, there have been a few good songs throughout the years, but there have been so many bad ones. And while forgettable, lackluster songs are written and recorded every day, some terrible songs and albums have broken through to be immortalized as some of the worst music of all time. Naturally, Wikipedia is there to name names.
Biggest controversy: Some of these songs aren’t half bad. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” makes the list, partly because John Lennon supposedly hated the McCartney-penned tune, and because it came up in a listener poll sponsored by a candy company—not exactly the utmost authority. Spandau Ballet’s “True” also makes the list despite being, as far as we’re concerned, pretty good.
Strangest fact: That there is a clown-themed rap-metal novelty act that doesn’t know how magnets work. No matter how many books A.V. Club alumnus Nathan Rabin writes about the Insane Clown Posse, we will still have trouble believing that they’re a real band, with enduring popularity, and a song that asks, “Fucking magnets, how do they work? / And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist / Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed.”
Thing we were happiest to learn: Being terrible is no obstacle to success. Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park” is often cited as the worst song ever written, but it reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts, went to No. 1 in Australia and Canada, and was…