“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Amazingly enough, this utterly worthless novelty track apparently gets mistakenly attributed to the great Bob Marley on a fairly regular basis, to the point where this misattribution has become a running joke on the internet. This is probably partly because of ignorant people who think every Reggae song ever written is by Bob Marley, and partly because this song bears a superficial similarity in its lyrical content to Marley’s classic “Three Little Birds (Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be All Right)”. That doesn’t make the attribution seem any less blasphemous, though. Not only is this possibly the least authentic Reggae song ever, so soulless and synthetic that it makes “Informer” by Snow sound like a Buju Banton song, but it has one of the most annoying melodies ever written, on a level with Los Del Rio’s “The Macarena” and Aqua’s “Barbie Girl”. And the lyrics, if you bother to pay attention to them, are actually an extremely insulting and condescending dismissal of the very real problems people face in life. The fact that this abomination won three Grammy awards in 1989 (including Record of the Year and Song of the Year) is a greater testament to the sad state of late Eighties/early Nineties Pop music than Milli Vanilli, Michael Bolton, and Vanilla Ice combined.

Verdict: Bad.

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