“Barbie Girl” by Aqua

I understand that this song was going for a biting satire of then-contemporary pop culture, and if you manage to listen long enough to catch the lyrics, some of them are actually rather disturbing (“Make me walk, make me talk/Do whatever you please/I can act like a star/I can beg on my knees”). The problem is that the music and the vocals are so intensely annoying that the lyrical content is ultimately beside the point; virtually no-one is ever going to be able to tolerate the song’s sound long enough to appreciate its intended point, and frankly the songwriters have no-one to blame but themselves.

Verdict: Bad

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