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The 10 Cheesiest Songs of All Time!

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Mr. Cheese (Nick Ortman) is a Graduate of Columbia University's MFA program. He's a drummer and frequently writes about the music industry.

These ridiculous songs will truly get the party started!

These ridiculous songs will truly get the party started!

To quote nearly every bad song ever written, "you don't have to lie, baby," we all love cheesy songs. We all have a song that shows up at the top of our "most played" list that we aren't too proud of. It's the song we quickly scroll past in fear that our friends might judge us a little. Hey, what's wrong with having a laugh and a dumb grin on your face from time to time?

Below, you'll find some of the cheesiest dang songs ever written. I've included videos for each, so you can take in all of the bad dance moves and ridiculous hairdos.

Cheesiest Songs of All Time!

  1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"—Rick Astley
  2. "MMMBop"—Hanson
  3. "Baby"—Justin Bieber
  4. "I'm Too Sexy"—Right Said Fred
  5. "It's Rainy Men"—The Weather Girls
  6. "Who Let the Dogs Out?"—Baha Men
  7. "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"—The Offspring
  8. "What Is Love"—Haddaway
  9. "Walk Like an Egyptian"—The Bangles
  10. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"—Cutting Crew

1. "Never Gonna Give You Up"—Rick Astley

Song Facts:

  • "Never Gonna Give You Up" is Astley's debut single.
  • It was released on July 27th, 1987.
  • It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, and appeared on Astley's debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987).
  • The song was a worldwide number-one hit.
  • It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany.
  • The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

Worst Line in the Song:

"Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it"

2. "MMMBop"—Hanson

Song Facts:

  • "MMMBop" was released in April 1997 as the lead single from their debut full length studio album, Middle of Nowhere (1997).
  • The song was nominated for two Grammys.
  • "MMMBop" was a major success worldwide, reaching number one in at least 12 countries.

Worst Line in the Song:

"Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose
You can plant any one of those"

3. "Baby"—Justin Bieber

Song Facts:

  • "Baby" made the rapper Ludacris boat loads of money.
  • It was released as the lead single on Bieber's debut album, My World 2.0.
  • The track was written by Bieber, Christina Milian, Tricky Stewart, and R&B singer The-Dream.

Worst Line in the Song:

"Through the storm and through the clouds
Bumps in the road and upside down now"

4. "I'm Too Sexy"—Right Said Fred

Song Facts:

  • "I'm Too Sexy" was Right Said Fred's debut single.
  • The single peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Outside the United Kingdom, "I'm Too Sexy" topped the charts in six countries.

Worst Line in the Song:

"And I'm too sexy for Milan
Too sexy for Milan
New York, and Japan"

5. "It's Rainy Men"—The Weather Girls

Song Facts:

  • "It's Raining Men" is from The Weather Girls's third studio album, Success (1983).
  • It was released as the album's lead single on September 10, 1982 through Columbia Records and CBS Records International.
  • Paul Jabara wrote the song in collaboration with Paul Shaffer.
  • Paul Jabara composed the song in collaboration with Bob Esty.
  • "It's Raining Men" is a Hi-NRG and post-disco that incorporates elements of R&B, soul, and 1970s-style electronic dance music.

Worst Line in the Song:

"Get ready all you lonely girls
And leave those umbrellas at home"

6. "Who Let the Dogs Out?"—Baha Men

Song Facts:

  • "Who Let the Dogs Out" was originally released by Anslem Douglas (titled "Doggie"), it was covered by producer Jonathan King who sang it under the name Fat Jakk and his Pack of Pets.
  • He brought the song to the attention of his friend Steve Greenberg, who then had the Baha Men cover the song.
  • The song was released on July 25th, 2000. It became the band's first and only hit in the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • It gained popularity after appearing in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.

Worst Line in the Song:

"Get back, Gruffy, back, Scruffy
Get back you flea infested mongrel"

7. "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"—The Offspring

Song Facts:

  • "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" is the fourth track from their fifth studio album, Americana (1998).
  • It achieved significant pop and rock and alternative radio play and popularity, peaking at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • It was a major success internationally, reaching number one in 10 countries, including Australia, where it stayed at number one for six weeks and was certified quadruple platinum.
  • The song mocks a white man who likes to act like an African-American stereotype.

Worst Line in the Song:

"So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake"

8. "What Is Love"—Haddaway

Song Facts:

  • "What Is Love" appeared on his debut album, The Album.
  • The song was released on May 8th, 1993 as the album's lead single.
  • It was a massive hit in Europe, becoming a number-one hit in at least 13 countries.
  • Outside Europe, the single was moderately successful, reaching number 11 in the United States, number 12 in Australia, number 17 in Canada, and number 48 in New Zealand.
  • The song earned Haddaway the "Best National Single" and "Best National Dance Single" awards at the German 1994 Echo Awards,

Worst Line in the Song:

"No, I don't know why you're not fair
I give you my love, but you don't care
So what is right and what is wrong?
Gimme a sign"

9. "Walk Like an Egyptian"—The Bangles

Song Facts:

  • "Walk Like an Egyptian" was released in 1986 as the third single from the album Different Light.
  • It was the band's first number one single and was certified gold by the RIAA
  • It became Billboard's number-one song of 1987.

Worst Line in the Song:

"All the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (oh-way-oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette"

10. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"—Cutting Crew

Song Facts:

  • The song was released as the lead single from their debut studio album, Broadcast (1986).
  • It was first released on July 25th, 1986 in the United Kingdom, and then released to the United States on January 1st, 1987.
  • The song was written by frontman Nick Van Eede, produced by Terry Brown, John Jansen and the band, and mixed at Utopia Studios in London by Tim Palmer.

Worst Line in the Song:

"It was a long hot night
She made it easy, she made it feel right
But now it's over, the moment has gone
I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong"

These are just a few of the many terrible, but great, songs out there. If you're a fan of the ridiculous, I suggest watching some of the cheesy music videos that came out in the '80s. You won't regret it... or maybe you will.

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2021:

Great selection of songs. I have heard some of them. Thank you for sharing the details of the others.

Well thought and well written. Thank you.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 05, 2021:

Nice compilation.