Worst lyrics of all time revealed!

Des'ree, Razorlight and Snap are main offenders

Des’ree’s 1990s hit ‘Life’ contains the worst pop lyrics of all time, according to a listener poll held by BBC 6 Music.

Thanks to music fans voting in the station’s Taxing Lyrical survey, Des’ree won the unflattering honour over Razorlight’s ‘Somewhere Else’ and Snap’s ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’ – the latter artists both collecting 30 per cent of the votes respectively.

The offending Des’ree lyrics are: “I don’t want to see a ghost/It’s the sight that I fear most/I’d rather have a piece of toast


/Watch the evening news”.

6 Music presenter Marc Riley, who counts down the Taxing Lyrical Top Ten tonight (May 4) says, “Bad lyrics can come in all forms – some acceptable, some less so. Dumb is sometimes OK, but pious and pretentious and pompous are obviously never to be encouraged nor tolerated.”

ABC singer Martin Fry, who is at number 4 for his lyrics to ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’, told Riley, “I have been waiting for this kind of accolade for years. The most memorable lyrics are often the stupidest.”

The BBC 6 Music Taxing Lyrical Top 10 is as follows:

1. Des’ree‘Life’

“I don’t want to see a ghost/It’s the sight that I fear most/I’d rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news”


2. Snap‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’

“I’m as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer”

3. Razorlight‘Somewhere Else’

“And I met a girl/She asked me my name/I told her what it was”

4. ABC‘That Was Then But This Is Now’

“More sacrifices than an Aztec priest/Standing here straining at that leash/All fall down/Can’t complain, mustn’t grumble/Help yourself to another piece of apple crumble!”

5. U2‘Elevation’

“I’ve got no self control/Been living like a mole now/Going down, excavation/High and high in the sky/You make me feel like I can fly/So high/Elevation”

6. Toto‘Africa’

“The wild dogs cry out in the night/As they grow restless longing for some solitary company/I know that I must do what’s right/Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”

7. Oasis‘Champagne Supernova’

“Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball/Where were you when we were getting high?”

8. Duran Duran‘Is There Something I Should Know?’

“And fiery demons all dance when you walk through that door

Don’t say you’re easy on me you’re about as easy as a nuclear war”

9. Human League‘The Lebanon’

“Before he leaves the camp he stops/He scans the world outside/And where there used to be some shops/Is where the snipers sometimes hide”

10. Black Sabbath‘War Pigs’

“Generals gathered in their masses/Just like witches at black masses”

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