10 Most Cringeworthy Summer Anthems
Summertime is all about sunshine, cold drinks, and music, and every year the biggest names in the music industry do their best to deliver bumping hits for us to blast through our boom boxes. Some classic summer anthems we cherish forever. Some…not so much.
The following is a list of the agonizingly annoying summer hits that make us dive for the next button. The songs that had their moment, but should never be played again. The 10 Most Cringeworthy summer Anthems.
Read at your own risk…
“Milk Shake” – Kelis
Though she did find some success in Europe, the relatively unknown Kelis burst onto the American music scene in 2003 with her timeless classic, 'Milkshake'.
Written by famed recording duo 'Neptunes', the song boasted of Kelis' ability to bring boys to her yard. The song's exotic beat and excruciatingly catchy hook had women of all ages across the country bragging about the luring powers of their milkshake.
Following the success of 'Milkshake', Kelis went on to marry and divorce rapper Nas, and put out the equally catchy, but not quite as popular follow up single, 'Bossy'.
These days Kelis is probably doing other stuff, but who really cares? Let's just hope she learns to keep her milkshake to herself so that people stop going in her yard.
“Party In the U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus
After rising to prominence as Disney's undisputed Queen of Teen, Miley Cyrus was primed to make her jump into mainstream music. With the release of her 2009 single 'Party in the U.S.A.' she did just that.
Nodding her head like yeaaahhh, moving her hips like yeaaahh, Miley mumbled her way into super-stardom. The auto-tuned anthem became the top down down, sunglasses on, turned up, summer song that girls sang loud with their best friends and guys sang when nobody else was around.
“Livin’ la Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
In 1999 Ricky Martin gave America a Spanish lesson with his Latin flavored dance classic 'Livin' la Vida Loca'. Translated to “Living the crazy life”, Martin burst onto the American music scene with the famed Latin invasion of the late 90s that featured stars like J-lo, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias.
After scoring a bunch of Grammy nominations with 'Livin', the ex-Menudo man released many more Latin classics before fading back into the world of Spanish radio.
Though he never surpassed the success of his English crossover hit 'la Vida Loca', the Puerto Rican is still living life as a Latin music mega star, and has no plans of slowing down.
“Thong Song” -Sisqo
‘This thing right here…is letting all the ladies know…what guys talk about.’
Do you guys remember Sisqo?
The silver haired singer seemed destined for mega stardom when his 2000 hit 'Thong Song' took over the world. Unfortunately for the thong loving singer, super stardom never came.
Sisqo went on to release a few other songs, though I can't remember any of them, and he was in the really bad movie that I refuse to look up the name of.
That thong-tha-thong-thong-thong. Thanks Sisqo.
“All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
Hard rap rocker Kid Rock made a name for himself in the 90s with loud, angry, trailer park, rock-rhymes like 'Cowboy' and 'Bawitdaba'. After becoming Hollywood's favorite degenerate, Rock decided to switch gears and get back to his country roots, which brings us to the number six cringeworthy summer classic, 2009s 'All Summer Long'.
Combining Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves In London' and Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama', Kid Rock managed to give us one of the cheesiest cliche filled summer songs in the history of modern music.
“I Got A Feeling” – Black Eyed Pees
I got a feeling…
In 2009 the Black Eyed Pees took over the world with one of the most mesmerizingly catchy song intros of all time. The unmistakable pulsating keyboard teamed with the catchy auto-tuned hook was a match made in pop music heaven. Soon the song was everywhere. You could not escape. Seriously.
Featuring random pauses and repetition (let's do it, let's do it, let's do and do and do it do it), 'I Got A Feeling' became the song for every product, TV show, party montage, you name it. It was everywhere.
The song makes the list for being over-played to point of stomach sickness. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday, Saturday, Saturday, and Sunday… no day of the week is safe.
“Summer Girls” – LFO
I'm sure you're well aware that the boys of LFO love girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch, but did you know that LFO stands for Lyte Funky Ones? I bet you didn't.
1999s 'Summer Girls' makes our list at number four for being the classic boy band summer song. Featuring heavy breathing and classic lyrics like “New Kids On the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick”, guys and girls of a certain age will always be taken back to that summer they highlighted their hair and that special someone stopped by.
“Mambo No. 5″ – Lou Bega
Ahhh Lou Bega. Where have you gone?
With his thin mustache and highly fashionable dress hat, Lou's star shot through the roof with his 1999 hit 'Mambo No. 5'.
Angela, Pamela, Sandra, and Rita. As he continues you know they gettin' sweeter. Lou's mega hit spawned multiple parodies and versions including a version in which Disney character names were exchanged for the ladies in the original songs.
Lou will forever known as the Mambo man. Let's just hope we don't have to hear his song anytime soon.
“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” – Will Smith
In 1998 Big Willy introduced the world to a new word with his classic, “Gettin' Jiggy Wit It”. The world responded with jiggy overload.
Jiggy soon became the go-to hip word for out of touch adults to use to connect with their children. Accompanied by a classic video featuring over-sized clothing and an odd Egyptian themed dance section, “Gettin' Jiggy” quickly moved from hip to punchline.
These days the Fresh Prince's rap career is long behind him. The block buster movie making mega star has more than enough fame and accolades to leave “Gettin' Jiggy” in the past. A comeback rap tour does not seem to be in the cards for Big Willy, and I can't say I'm disappointed.
“Who Let The Dogs Out” – Baha Men
In the year 2000 three men from the islands came to America with one question…Who let those dogs out?
When their classic anthem hit the radio it never left. The song was played over and over and over and over and over and over again. Then it played some more.
Unfortunately for the Baha Men, the over saturation of their biggest hit meant no appetite for a follow up, and soon the Baha Men became yesterday's news.
The song is still heard for some reason at sporting events and at the end of movies, but it really doesn't need to be.
The party was hot the party was jumpin. Unfortunately for the Baha Men, the party's over.