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20 Worst Songs From Movie Musicals

Close-up Culture have compiled a list of our 20 least favourite songs from movie musicals. We’ve tried our hardest not to list the entire soundtrack for Cats.

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20. Cool As Ice (Everybody Get Loose) – Cool As Ice (1991)

Five minutes of Vanilla Ice rapping and throwing shapes is mildly enjoyable, but Naomi Campbell’s vocals on an awful hook make this a slog to get through.

19. Shiny – Moana (2016)

Just because it’s a villain’s song doesn’t mean it needs to be irritating to the point of wanting to leave the cinema.

18. Too Much —Spice World (1997)

The theme song for a disastrous movie musical.

17. Barney, The Song – Barney’s Great Adventure (1998)

This song is too bland and dreary to belong in a children’s movie. Poor Barney!

16. Timeless To Me – Hairspray (2007)

If only Christopher Walken was as good at singing as he is at monologues.

15. Who’s That Guy – Grease 2 (1982)

Some fun motorcycle action can’t rescue this insipid song.

14. Showbizness – The Apple (1980)

There’s a lot going on in this song, unfortunately none of it is watchable.

13. High Times, Hard Times – Newsies (1992)

It’s hard times listening to this song and the entire soundtrack for Newsies.

12. We’re Gonna Score Tonight – Grease 2 (1982)

This song needs Walter from The Big Lebowski to enforce the rules and put an end to this bizarre number.

11. Sweet Lovin’ Friends – Rhinestone (1984)

Not even Dolly Parton can cover up Sly’s terrible singing and this miserable song.

10. Do The Bim – The Apple (1980)

“There ain’t no pleasure, there ain’t no pain.” – Only half this lyric is true to the song.

9. Marry The Mole – Thumbelina (1994)

A rodent tries to persuade a tiny woman to marry a mole in a piercingly bad song.

8. Reproduction – Grease 2 (1982)

Almost four minutes of unbearable vocals and lame innuendos.

7. Speed – The Apple (1980)

The only speed this song needs is the fast forward button.

6. Drinkenstein – Rhinestone (1984)

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This song is enough to make you root for Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

5. Wish Upon A Star – From Justin To Kelly (2003)

This song is basically an awful X Factor audition that somehow snuck its way into a movie.

4. Jellicle – Cats (2019)

Baffling and irritating. Jellicle starts Cats off on a perfectly batshit crazy note.

3. The Rum Tum Tugger – Cats (2019)

Jason Derulo’s knee slides can’t distract us from this haunting song.

2. The Old Gumbie – Cats (2019)

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Marching cockroaches and Rebel Wilson’s hideous singing combine to create an unforgettable nightmare.

1. Bustopher Jones – Cats (2019)

In this song, James Corden’s character falls into a trash bin. That’s exactly where this gratingly unfunny song belongs.


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