What Is Your Absolute Least Favorite Song?

by Thembi Ford

When we’re asked to share what music we absolutely couldn’t live without, or about our favorite one-hit wonder or guilty musical pleasure, it’s hard not to start reeling off the hits. There’s something about music that inspires, helps us hold on to old memories, and gets us through hard days. But that means that there also have to be a few songs that instantly make us cringe and drive us crazy, right?

Songs with sexually explicit content have always embarrassed me when they play in certain company, but there is one song that makes me uncomfortable even when I hear it alone. If I hear even a few strains of it my hand slams against the radio dial to change the station so quickly that I once jammed my index finger trying to avoid it. That song is “Too Close,” by Next.

“Too Close,” should be a long-forgotten relic of r&b history that reminds people of the late nineties, whatever you were doing with your life back then, and that time period when there was a deluge of guy groups singing about love and sex encounters in varying ratios. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Avant, Jagged Edge, Next, and all of those guys aren’t really around anymore, but I’m always SHOCKED when that nasty song “Too Close,” pops up the radio. This is a song about a man’s tendency to get an erection while dancing with a woman. Why is this a song? Why would anyone want to hear a song about this? Why do I have to be reminded that “when we’re grindin’ [you] get so excited”? Why is the poor harassed girl telling this guy about the “poke” she feels and asking him to back the hell up, just so he can respond with the line “you’re making it hard for me”? Dude, gross!

There are more explict songs with worse music and worse vocals, but thanks to its completely unnecessary subject matter, “Too Close,” is at the very top of my personal list of songs that I cannot tolerate.

Do you have music that you simply can’t stand to hear? Share in the comments!

  • LemonNLime

    Number 1 song I HATE right now…Dynamite by Taio Cruz. It KILLS me on the inside.

  • Dreaming

    Ohhhhhh, girl/boy, where do I begin!

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Any song with nicki minaj. I really hate her voice. I even tried to give that other black female rapper – azealea something- a chance but i just couldnt get past the fact that she something like nicki.

  • Yb

  • NoitAll

    Love me some Azealia Banks. Until she starts to take her clothes off.

  • ?

    Lil Freak by Usher and Nicki. In my mind the Confessions album is classic R&B. A man of Usher’s caliber should not be singing extra regular club songs. It sounded like something trey songz should have been singing (which he did with bottoms up), and that just made me sad inside. I hate to see a classic artist chase trends (which usher does alot now days).

  • Dalili

    LMBO! Oh goodness!

  • c0c0puffz

    That Treysongz “Sex ain’t better than Love” is overplayed and irking my nerves. Can he come out with another song so that can quit being played on the radio every 20 minutes.

  • Hushpuppies

    Hey What’s Going On by Three Non Blondes. We have satellite radio at my job and if/when this song comes on a die a little on the inside. Also, Beez in the Trap is pretty horrible.

  • Ms. Information

    @ Thembi..I agree with EVERY single song that you said gets on your nerves (are we telling our age?) :)..but add “Return of the Mack” which for me is the worse song ever made.

  • http://www.lovelossandlacquer.com/ Jin

    Funny enough, “Too Close” is the song that I hate the most as well. I hated it when it came out, but knew all the words because it was on constant rotation.

  • The Taker

    Hey where’s my comment.

  • Trica

    Hello I still love “Next” and their song “Too Close” Right now I hate any Nicki Minaj. I also hate “Party Rocking” by LMFO

  • Kenzy

    surprisingly my song is also by Next i HATE wifey….i HATED that song then and would change the station and i hate it now and still change channel

  • Kendra

    I absolutely cant stand listening to R&B by Joe

  • iQgraphics


  • iQgraphics

    I don’t listen to the radio because of the penis enhancement ads.

  • kidole

    My mind is overwhelmed by this question!

  • Dreaming

    Yes, I hate that song too.

  • Roses

    Anything by Brian McKnight -_-

  • Kacey

    ‘Wait’ (aka The Whisper Song) by the Ying Yang Twins. I.HATE.THAT.SONG!!!!!!!!!

  • iQgraphics

    i blocked that one out of my brain

  • Dalili

    LOL, I hear you, so is mine!

  • OSHH

    I really hate that song and word….just sounds incredibly stupid.

  • OSHH

    Really there are too many to name…
    Anything with Nicki Minaj
    Almost everything played on urban radio etc
    Most of hip hop and r&b in the last 10 to 15 years with exceptions etc

    A better question would be what are some of your favorite songs LOL

  • Priceless34

    Hated it too!!

  • MIkela123

    I used to dislike the group Jagged Edge. Out of all the great R&B guy bands of the 90s-00s (Jodeci, Blackstreet, Dru Hill…) I thought they were the worst. And I hated their song LET’S GET MARRIED. So unromantic.

  • Michelle

    How about 85-90 percent of the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop songs that have been played on the radio and on BET for the last 15 years?

  • bongomongo


  • sogone

    yes, girl, yes

  • sogone

    it is not worse than Butta Love

  • Jinx Moneypenny

    The majority of Talk That Talk [the album]. It’s seriously terrible as a whole.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir


    It’s that weird thing the singer does with her voice lol.

  • Shirl

    I must say that the song Closer by Corrine Baily Rae makes my neck itch. I hate that song and it seems like every time I got in my car it would be on the radio

  • Bridget

    Knocking the Boots, by H-Town.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    The songs I like the least come from any of these following performers (And I’m being kind by calling them performers being that I don’t consider them “artists”):

    Usher, Beyonce, Trey Songz, Rihanna, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Ciara, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., 2Pac, Adele, Keri Hilson, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy and Jennifer Hudson

  • Dalili

    GASP! Adele?! Why?

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Panties to the Side by The Dream

    I’ve got to take that and most of his albulm off my IPOD ASAP. What a disgusting song. I can’t believe he was able to get the words past his lips.

    ” Let me f_ _ _ you……”

    Chile bye!

  • Dreaming

    I know right, Dalili. I know that some people don’t like Adele because they think she is depressing, but to not consider her as an artist is weird.

    I agree with the list, but I don’t agree with Adele or Alicia being on there. When it comes to R&B music, she (Alicia) is one of the few popular artists who play their own instruments.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    LOL Corine Bailey Rae is the best. Try 5:55 by Charlotte Gainsberg.

  • Michelle

    Dream, your attitude is what’s wrong with a lot of today’s music consumers–you want to give someone praise for meeting what should be a given. Let’s not be so eager to give folks brownie points for playing an instrument even during a time when so many pop stars lack any real musical talent. The same thing goes for being able hold a note and sing on key. That said, personally, I find Alicia Keys to be overrated. She has recorded a few good songs, but overall, her music is nothing to sing about. I wouldn’t shell out any money to see her perform, but if someone offered me a free ticket, I might go.

    Adele doesn’t do much for me but I do think she has a nice voice and a positive attitude about navigating this industry, especially as a woman who has chosen to keep her clothes on. I’m not a big fan not because of the “depressing” nature of her songs; I just don’t find her material or the production on her albums to be particularly moving. Who knows, I might give her work another listen. Either way, to each his or her own. ;-)

  • Shirl

    Perverted Alchemist: I must respectfully disagree about Beyonce and Tupac however I couldn’t agree more about Jennifer Hudson (I refuse to pay good money to hear somebody yelling at me) and Adele. If anyone is truly overrated she is.

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    I pretty much agree with most of the list except for Adele. I think most people who do not like Adele heard about her AFTER the huge hype, or they are too used to being about big voices. If you take her for what she is she is quite soulful. And I like Alicia Keys. Not her most recent endeavors.

    While 2Pac did explore topics than most, his lyrical prowess leaves much to be desired. He became a legend after death.

  • Dreaming

    “Dream, your attitude is what’s wrong with a lot of today’s music consumers–you want to give someone praise for meeting what should be a given.”

    No, my attitude isn’t what is wrong with a lot of today’s music consumers, nor do I want to give someone praise for meeting what should be a given.

    I am of the opinion that more artists should be able to create their own music instrumentally. I was not bringing praise to Alicia Keys. My intention was to bring awarness to the fact that many artists in the R&B genre do not play an instrument.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Shirl I couldn’t agree more about Jennifer Hudson (I refuse to pay good money to hear somebody yelling at me)

    Shirl, I have some tickets to a Patti Labelle concert if you would like to go LOL.

  • Dalili

    @Dreaming: Yeah, am surprised she made the ‘atrocious list’ lol. I usually agree with most of @Perverted Alchemist’s music choices so I am curious about the reasoning. I’ve never been a fan of Alicia Keys, I thinks it’s great that she plays the piano so well but I think she’s overrated both lyrically & vocally.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    I’ll try to explain ths one Dalili, as I am speaking from the perspective of a serious music fan:

    I personally feel that Adele’s music is rather bland and insipid. Also, not helping matters is her less than stellar songwriting and her need to oversing. She’s being marketed and promoted under the guise of “true talent”, but musically and vocally there is nothing there. It’s just that Adele has hype machine known as Columbia Records (which is also home to Beyonce, by the way). She has huge hit singles, but no classic or definitive albums to her credit and I honestly think that she will be forgotten in a decade.

    As far as Alicia Keys, everyone always cites her playing an instrument and writing and producing her own albums. Angela Winbush did this as well, but the difference was Angela could actually sing and her music was actually good. I think Alicia Keys is getting by on two things: Her looks (Cute light skinned girl) and her promotion team over at RCA Music Group. Yeah, she’s popular with the teenybopper crowd and pop fans, but real music heads such as myself don’t care for her special brand of mediocrity.

  • solitairedoll

    Ugh. That photo of Next reminded me how much I DESPISE “Butta Love” (what the hell?) and “Too Close”. They were HORRIFIC!

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    Shirl, feel free to disagree all you want, but Beyonce and Tupac are marginal, at best.
    Beyonce may be cute, but cute does not pass muster as far as great music is concerned. Outside of being married to Jay-Z, what has she contributed to music outside of platinum plaques? At least with her husband, many can cite a few classic albums and memorable songs from his entire recorded output. However, the same cannot be said for Miss Knowles.

    And Tupac? Less than impressive rapper with an even less desirable catalog of work. He’s known primarily for his bad boy image and his looks, but not one of his fans can cite what impact he’s had on hip hop outside of random beefs and promotion of the “thug life” culture that happily endorsed. What kind of musical legacy is that to leave behind?!

  • Dalili

    Understood. Thanks for engaging me.

  • Michelle

    @Dreaming, I see what you were trying to convey now. Thanks for the clarification. BTW, I meant Dreaming the first time, not dream. I was thinking of dream hampton for some odd reason and didn’t catch the typo.

  • http://theposhbrownboutique.bigcartel.com/ posh brown

    always & forever (is it the force mds?) from the 80s makes me so ill. always has. i have to run for the remote or radio dial everytime i hear the first few notes.

  • Whitney

    I was sitting here laughing at this article because seriously, not until know, I’m really coming to a sense that the song isVULGAR. I’m 21 years old and never really paid attention or took the lyrics literally whenever this song plays. I had to be about 8 or 9 when this song came out and use to get down singing it. Now I think I know why when this song came on my mother would say, “Turn that up, that’s my song!”. LMAO!

  • Sweetpisces

    I second that…the best song on the album is ‘drunk on love’

  • Alexandra

    As of now, I can’t stand to hear Flo’ Rida’s suck ass “Good Feeling” song. It gets too much airplay in NY. I hate it so much! And his rapping is so horrible.

    I don’t like Pitbull’s pop hits either.

    But what?! I love that Next song.

  • Kiki

    “I like the crotch on you” and” Feelin’ on yo booty” both by R Kelly

  • Shirl

    Chic Noir: Great!!! Count me in however you are going to need several hours and several degrees in psychology to talk me down from the ledge after the concert :-D

  • Shirl

    Peverted Alchemist: I don’t think any of the todays “artists” are going to leave any kind of legacy. Everything nowadays is gimmick. I just happen to think Beyonce can sing. I was geeked when I first heard Anthony Hamilton b/c his voice is so old school but his last few endeavors were not that impressive. I’m still rooting for him though. True Tupac was a thug but I enjoyed his music. I can’t listen to rap today. None of it makes sense.

  • NY’s Finest

    Anything by: Tank, Akon, Tyrese, Beyonce(She needs to take a damn Sabbatical), Rhianna, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Katy Perry, LMFAO, Jay Z, and Trey Songz. These “artists” and their “music” just irritate the hell outta me.

  • Melissa

    I’m sure I’m tardy for the hate that song party but as soon as I read the question, I had to, just had to chime in…….my personal “oh, my freaking, fracking goodness someone please turn this off before i drop kick what ever is playing it” is…..Love by keisha cole….

    woo woo woo woo, my pressure is going up just thinking about it. i was never a fan from the first time i heard that caterwauling and i did my best to get past the constant radio play and did so decently BUT then, my neighbor, in her drunken “woe is me, these dudes leave me after taking everything i have because i give it over the my children and now all i can afford is this one cd” state would put that song on repeat. needless to say i almost went through her wall a few times and googled how to break in to a home so i could steal it.

    and all i could ever think was, no one loves you keisha because of this damn song and the way you sing it and never will. good lord, woman up, wise up, grow up and move the eff on!………………..thanks for listening

    (there’s a couple of others but this is the one….won’t touch brian mcknight and that one song)

  • Atheist & Proud

    2pac!? Are you kidding me? What about Dear Mama, Brenda’s Got A Baby, Changes, Keep Your Head Up, etc. I do understand that some of his songs are too vulgar to play in company of relatives and such but some tracks are realy good. So putting 2pac in your list is strange to me.

  • Atheist & Proud

    2pac!? Are you kidding me? What about Dear Mama, Brenda’s Got A Baby, Changes, Keep Your Head Up, etc. I do understand that some of his songs are too vulgar to play in company of relatives and such but some tracks are really good. So putting 2pac in your list is rather strange to me.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    “2pac!? Are you kidding me? What about Dear Mama, Brenda’s Got A Baby, Changes, Keep Your Head Up, etc.”

    You’re doing the exact same thing that virtually every 2Pac stan has done sine his death-recite the same small list of positive songs that he did- which weren’t really that much to begin with.

    “I do understand that some of his songs are too vulgar to play in company of relatives and such but some tracks are really good.”

    Some of his songs? How about 80% of his catalogue? That number seems more reasonable- and yes I heard all of his albums, so I am more than qualified to make my point. To say some of his stuff is really good is misleading. Go and listen to his first two albums or “All Eyez On Me” again and tell me I’m making this up.

    “So putting 2pac in your list is rather strange to me.”

    It’s not strange as I am a hip hop head (And there is a world of difference betwenn a fan of rap and a hip hop head). Once again, 2Pac was not that great of an emcee, and I’m interested in hearing emcees, not image driven rappers- in which 2Pac actually was.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    “Peverted Alchemist: I don’t think any of the todays “artists” are going to leave any kind of legacy. Everything nowadays is gimmick.”

    I can think of a few right now that’s going to leave a musical legacy- and that’s not saying much.

    “I just happen to think Beyonce can sing”

    Just because a person can sing doesn’t not mean their stuff is automatically good. Whitney Houston could sing her butt off- I’ll admit that, but that in no way means that she made great music.

    ” I was geeked when I first heard Anthony Hamilton b/c his voice is so old school but his last few endeavors were not that impressive.I’m still rooting for him though.”

    Did you hear his last three albums? “The Point Of It All” was one of his best albums, and that was out in 2008.

    “True Tupac was a thug but I enjoyed his music. I can’t listen to rap today. None of it makes sense.”

    What they play on the radio, yeah. However, that’s not the fault of the genre and more to do with what happened with radio over fifteen years ago.

  • CW

    End of the Road by Boyz II Men. I know people love it but I cannot stomach that song. Not even a few bars of it…

  • Slimcity

    Webbie -”gimme that” ugh! that songs makes me irritable

  • MySister’sKeeper

    That song “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge. For some reason I hear it all the time and it irks the hell out of me. Let a man propose to me saying “We ain’t gettin’ no younger, we might as well do it.” WRONG.

  • Amber

    I love this whole discussion going on in the comments section. Putting my own opinion on some comments aside (Beyonce is my life), I would like to suggest to people to STOP LISTENING TO THE RADIO. The radio is not where it’s at these days: too many commercials and too much commercial music. I use blogs and social media and such to find new music, and there is a lot more “musical legacy” potential to be found without listening to the radio.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir


    My dad went to see a Patti concert and he was pissed at her for screaming at him for half the night. I think he said Patti knew she gave a bad performance and Patti apologized & blamed her poor performance on hot flashes and the start of metaphase.

  • kim

    n$$@@ in paris by jay-z
    starships nicki manig

  • itsme

    Skeet Skeet by Lil Jon. Ugh! One of the most vulgar and disgusting songs I’ve ever heard.

  • Jo Anderson

    “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G

  • rhea

    Girl, YES!!!!!!!!!!

    I was in college when that song first came out, and the DUDES were playing that song like CRAZY!!!!!!!! One time, a guy lured me in his car by offering me a ride, and when I got in, he was blasting the song on repeat. I was trapped! I don’t know what the attraction is for guys. They love the song so much.

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