We Built This Shitty

Normally, lists of the best or worst of anything offend my sensibilities, but Blender magazine’s fifty worst songs ever seems to nail it, topped by Starship’s “We Built This City.” I hated it way back in 1985, when I liked a lot of awful stuff.

The top ten:

  1. Starship, “We Built This City”
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart”
  3. Wang Chung, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
  4. Limp Bizkit, “Rollin’”
  5. Vanilla Ice, “Ice Ice Baby”
  6. Huey Lewis and the News, “The Heart of Rock and Roll”
  7. Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
  8. Eddie Murphy, “Party All the Time”
  9. Madonna, “American Life”
  10. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, “Ebony and Ivory”

On a more serious note, Slate’s “The Depressive and the Psychopath” provides a clear-eyed perspective on the anniversary of the Columbine killings, casting the shootings as a function of two mental illnesses.

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