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  1. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update cumulative update published on the May 2019 Patch Tuesday installs twice for some users, and Microsoft acknowledged this unexpected behavior earlier this week. Basically, what happens is that KB4494441 is offered on Windows Update, installs correctly and asks for a reboot, but it is then re-offered via Windows Update for a second time. The update doesn’t fail to install, and everything is completed correctly after the second installation. The issue is now listed as “resolved” by Microsoft, and the company explains that users don’t need to do anything to get the update, as the problem was correction on its own side. “No action is required on your part. The update installation may take longer and may require more than one restart, but will install successfully after all intermediate installation steps have completed. We are working on improving this update experience to ensure the Update history correctly reflects the installation of the latest cumulative update (LCU),” Microsoft explains.Check if the update is installed correctlyIf you want to check if the update installed correctly, you can just check out the update history page, Microsoft says. “In certain situations, installing an update requires multiple download and restart steps. In cased where two intermediate steps of the installation complete successfully, the View your Update history page will report that installation completed successfully twice.” However, you can also determine if this update installed correctly or not by checking the version number of your Windows 10 installation. To do this, click the Start menu and type winver. If the OS build number is 17763.503, cumulative update KB4494441 installed correctly. If it’s any lower than that, you are still running a previous version of Windows 10 and you should check for updates once again because cumulative updates are available for your device. Source: https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-fixes-installation-issues-in-windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4494441-526060.shtml POSTER'S NOTE: The issue was not resolved by Microsoft! My computer just finished installing the KB4494441 for the second time. Just as the review says, the first time it was updated correctly but version number remained the same. So I was already kind of warned! Then started to upload the same update. After the restart, now the build number is 17763.503. While not a groundshaking bug, it's another stupid failure of Microsoft
  2. About that Windows 7 End-of-Life nag screen: It ain’t working Microsoft's Windows 7 end-of-life screen that is pushing "patch" KB 4493132 and telling users to back up their files and prepare for what's next has had zero effect on Windows 7 usage statistics. Windows 7 is nearing end of support. That’s an indisputable fact. Many Windows 7 users have been greeted by the cheerful death proclamation shown in the screenshot. We don’t know how many Windows 7 customers have seen that screen, but we do know what effect the death announcement has had on Windows 7 usage so far. Zip. Nada. According to NetMarketShare, the usage share of Windows 7 has gone from 36.52% in March to 36.43% in April. According to StatCounter, the usage share of Windows 7 has gone from 33.41% in March to 33.38% in April. Both changes are statistically insignificant. I don’t see any Windows 7 customers quaking in their boots. Do you? https://www.computerworld.com/article/3391467/about-that-windows-7-end-of-life-nag-screen-it-aint-working.html
  3. My sister's ASUS A54C (Intel i3) laptop had a really annoying issue: task bar and notificacion bar were disabled, start menu didn't open, search menu didn't work. Couldn't open Edge explorer (ok, not really our favorite, but it should open and it's a great PDF reader!) I tried probably every tip I could find doing google search, including those in Youtube with no result. Couldn't update using the standard update procedure. It's actually an old ASUS laptops, bougt in 2014 but the model was released in 2010. It was sold with Windows 7 64 bit SP1, not sure which edition. One day Microsoft updated it to Windows 10 without any notification. It has the version 1603 and my sister never even understood what happened until I explained her. She never was really happy about this "free" update beacuse she was quite satisfied with her Windows 7 laptop as it was. Initially, after those tips failed, I was quite decided to downgrade to Windows 7 SP1 64 bits Ultimate; I have a CD with an OEM version so it's actually a piece of cake but somehow I felt frustrated that this piece of W10 crap could more then me., so... Finally I downlaoded the msu upsate file to version 1803, used the independent update feature and it worked. Somehow it still had the original 1603 version; updated to 1803 and I'll try to get 1903 as soon as it's confirmed that it's bug free. As for my sister, well, all she uses this laptop for is to get and send her emails, once in a while she gets some Power Point prsentation or a PDF file, stores some family fotos and videos and writes short stories for herself nobody reads (using Office 2003). So really she could go along even with Windows XP!
  4. Actually, it's a frequent issue with some older versions of Windows 10. Probably it's some kind of a not documented smurf of version 1603 which might activate depending on some unknown factors! In my case it started when I tried to remove Avast Free after it couldn't be updated and couldn't remove it with any uninstaller! So, I booted from a repair CD and deleted Avast. Problems started when I rebooted again to Windows 10 It's a really annoying issue because it limits the access of users to Windows 10's configuration and functions. Lots of forums, computer info pages and dozens of Youtube presentations offer solutions. These solutions work for some, doesn't for others. None of them worked for me! I assumed the radical soution: updating old version of Windows, in my case, from 1603 to 1803. It was not so easy, because Windows Update also was somehow disabled. So, the idea of the post is to serve as reference and recordatory for any user who might encounter this issue and offers a fast and radical procedure to solve the bug
  5. The consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger is closing down at the end of May. "Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on," the company said in a statement published on its Facebook page. BBM announced that it will be shutting down one of the most loved instant messaging applications on May 31, 2019. "The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on," BBM stated. The company said this comes three years after efforts of setting out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service as a cross platform service where users can chat, share life experiences and also consume content and use payment services. According to its website, Blackberry Ltd. partnered with Emtek in 2016 to develop new and exciting features, services and content of the BMM to the global consumer market. The company thanked the support of its users, partners and employees for being part of the BBM consumer service journey. "We hope you will cherish many fond memories of BBM consumer service that helped shape messenger platforms to become what they are today," it stated. https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/04/19/19/bye-bye-bbm-blackberry-messenger-to-shut-down-in-may Aaah! Just for the record: This section is rather outdated because currently Blackberry is just another brand of an Android smartphone certainly with a quite low share in the market.
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    Head over heels for you

    This cheetah got a really well deserved meal for this amazing jump! Hope he could enjoy it! There are always those hyenas, lions and other predators fighting for a bit and a bite!
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    Bad/corrupted DVD media

    Certainly, I've been checking this issue and found an interesting reference about it in the book "PCs For Dummies" by Dan Gookin - 2011- Page 334: Do not use a sticky label on your CD/DVD-R. You should use a label only if it specifically says that it's chemically safe for a CD/DVD-R. Otherwise the chemicals in the standard type of sticky labels may damage the disc and render the information that's written to it unreadable after only a few months. Also there is some more information you may read about the problem with sticky labels: https://club.myce.com/t/sticky-paper-labels-on-dvd-r-discs-beware/157315
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    My New Computer

    A fabulous system Raedwulf. You have an impressive storing space in hard drives and that 500 Gb SSD looks great, presume it's for the OS. You don't mention but I guess you are running Windows 7 X64 SP2. I understand you are a Windows 7 hardcore fan. Now, just my opinion, but SSD runs better and safer under Windoes 10! Your waterproof keyboard is a "must have" ... presume it's also coffee-proof! I know too many computer users who "killed" or "drowned" the keyboard with coffee, beer or whiskey
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    Corrupted RAR files?

    Recently I came up to this article: Posted March 14 19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed. Malicious hackers wasted no time exploiting a nasty code-execution vulnerability recently disclosed in WinRAR, a Windows file-compression program with 500 million users worldwide. The in-the-wild attacks install malware that, at the time this post was going live, was undetected by the vast majority of antivirus product. The flaw, disclosed last month by Check Point Research, garnered instant mass attention because it made it possible for attackers to surreptitiously install persistent malicious applications when a target opened a compressed ZIP file using any version of WinRAR released over the past 19 years. The absolute path traversal made it possible for archive files to extract to the Windows startup folder (or any other folder of the archive creator’s choosing) without generating a warning. From there, malicious payloads would automatically be run the next time the computer rebooted. On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US. “One recent example piggybacks on a bootlegged copy of Ariana Grande’s hit album Thank U, Next with a file name of ‘Ariana_Grande-thank_u,_next(2019)_[320].rar,’” McAfee Research Architect Craig Schmugar wrote in the post. “When a vulnerable version of WinRAR is used to extract the contents of this archive, a malicious payload is created in the Startup folder behind the scenes. User Access Control (UAC) is bypassed, so no alert is displayed to the user. The next time the system restarts, the malware is run.” Screenshots included in the post show that the malicious file extracts benign MP3 files to the target’s download folder. Under the hood, however, the RAR file also extracted a file titled “hi.exe” to the startup folder. Once the computer was rebooted, it installed a generic trojan that, according to the Google-owned VirusTotal service, was detected by just nine AV providers. Schmugar didn’t say if all 100 exploits McAfee identified install the same malware. Web searches such as this one show that an Ariana Grande RAR file with the same title identified by McAfee is currently circulating on BitTorrent download services. They’re also being advertised on Twitter. People should be reflexively suspicious of any file offered for download online. WinRAR users should ensure at once they are using version 5.70. Any other version is vulnerable to these attacks. Another solution is to switch to 7zip. So, the solution looks easy enough: update to Winrar 5.70 or higher! Your current key should work for this latest version. Currently Winrar 5.71 beta 2 is available from rarlabs.com website. EDITED: Yes, it is a great solution, but a problem might have several solutions. Having an updated Winrar 5.70 or over for free is just another valid solution.
  10. Guess that this comment by now is "old news" but nevertheless, it worths a post Windows 10 Sets feature has “no ETA” Oct 25, 2018 at 19:29 GMT Sets was a somewhat controversial Windows 10 feature which would extend the browser tab user interface to all Windows 10 Apps, allowing users to cluster apps together like browser windows, and take a task-based approach to their apps. First introduced with Windows 10 RS5, the feature was removed for further polishing in June this year, with Microsoft writing: "Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback." https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-kills-their-most-ambitious-ui-experiment-for-windows-10-rs5/ The feature had its detractors, but also its fans, one of whom asked Brandon LeBlanc of the Windows 10 Insider team when it will be coming back, answer was: "No ETA unfortunately". So, for now, you won't have to worry about how to manage "SETS" in Windows 10. We have called the feature Microsoft’s most ambitious UI experiment in years, but with demands that Microsoft spend more time testing and fixing bugs rather than introducing new features we wonder if RS6 would be a bit too early for such a radical new technology. https://mspoweruser.com/windows-10-sets-feature-has-no-eta/
  11. Users are now reporting issues with Windows 10 cumulative update KB4493509, which was published on April 9 as the Patch Tuesday release for version 1809 (October 2018 Update). While Microsoft has only acknowledged two different issues in this cumulative update, I’m seeing various reports of substantial PC slowdowns, freezes, and system hangs after installing KB4493509. Several Windows 10 users complain that this cumulative update made their computers unresponsive especially on the first boot after the install. Others say they experience occasional freezes, with certain features like the right-click context menu on the desktop apparently broken down. A post on Microsoft Community forums, as well as several messages on TenForums indicate that KB4493509 sometimes causes occasional freezes despite a seemingly successful installation. “After a few hours of use after the update, the entire machine locked up, mouse & all. Could not enter Task Manager, held power button until it shut off. Event Viewer indicates many DCOM errors,” one use explains, with another one adding the following: “Exactly what happened to me too. I pushed reset button and after boot the computer freezes on the windows login screen. I was able to boot up in safe mode, uninstalled this update, booted normally and everything is working again.”Removing the update fixes everythingI’m also seeing some isolated reports of issues caused with various antivirus software, but in this case, the problems don’t seem to be as widespread as the ones mentioned above. Earlier today, Microsoft acknowledged similar system freezes caused by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 monthly rollups, but no word has been said on a bug hitting Windows 10 cumulative updates. The only workaround available at this point is to completely remove the update from Safe Mode and then hide it to avoid it from being reoffered to the system. Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the bugs just yet, so it’s not yet exactly clear what is causing these issues and whether a fix would be shipped. https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-cumulative-update-kb4493509-causing-system-slowdowns-other-issues-525644.shtml
  12. Actualy, you don't have the option to remove Windows 10 cumulative updates using the remove/add option of Control Panel; should be done through Windows "Update & Security" This link gives you the detailed information, with screenshots, about the procedure to remove these specific files: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/uninstall-a-windows-10-cumulative-update/ Strangely (or maybe not so strangley ??? ) Microsoft hadn't acknowledged this specific bug, in spite of numerous claims of users. Looks that the issue is somehow related to some specific antivirus, Avira and Avast among the mentioned. I felt this slowdown the day after I installed this update but strangely haven't felt it again. So, still have the update installed. Additionally, Microsoft offers a solution to prevent an unwanted update from being reinstalled if you had decided to remove it because it was causing system crashes or instability and Windows was operating correctly prior to that change. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3183922/how-to-temporarily-prevent-a-windows-update-from-reinstalling-in-windo
  13. I won't bore forum members copy/pasting this article. If you are really interested about Blackberry, just access this link https://www.androidauthority.com/blackberry-tcl-2019-946818/ By the way, I believe this section has lost it's meaning. The original "Blackberry" is DEAD. Blackberry Limited still owns the brand, but it no longer builds hardware, licensing out its name to partners TCL and India-based Optiemus Infracom. This new Blackberry is just another Android phone with some original touch, trying to make a difference. One or two models try to keep the "original" Blackberry concept featuring a physical key. Some users might like it, some doesn't really care. That's all.
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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    Thanks for the tip. Installed it and looks it works. It's free though limited to 10 Gb monthly. Looks to me rather enough because, as wrote before, main use is to bypass ILLEGAL censorship of news and opinion channels by the government. Free Avira VPN is limited to monthly 500 Mb; that's really not enough for any practical purpose because to open and browse most pages might take several megabytes. The strange issue with downloading and signing in was that windscibe.com webpage was blocked! Presume by the proper official censorship so I accessed it with HOXX! As for Adblocking, problem is with sites detecting the process of blocking ads and don't let users access. They adduce that it harms their business! Might be right but to get flooded by popups, popunders, spam and some stupid XXX publicity harms users!
  15. OK... once more I regained "Member" status, after some system update removed most of my previous posts and after about 8 years of membership downgraded me to "newbie". Well, good luck!

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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    I use HOXX VPN, a Google Chrome complement. According to experts it is possibly one of the worst. Probably it's best attribute is that it's FREE. So why I use it? Obviously my best incentive is that it's FREE. My second reason is that it let's me outwit government's illegal blocking of information sites and it looks quite efficient doing it! So, probably it leaks but I really don't mind!
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    first-Ever Image Of A Black Hole

    Funny: just as I imagined a black hole: a doughnut in a cup of black coffee! Ok. Now, let's have a look, how the universe looks from inside of a black hole toward outside!
  18. Windows Installer Directory When applications are installed and updated on the Windows Operating System a hidden directory "c:\Windows\Installer" is used to store the installer (.msi) files and the patch (.msp) files. Generally these files are important as during updating, patching or uninstalling software it will use the .msi/.msp files. If you blanketly delete all the files in this folder, you will find yourself needing to rebuild windows. Over time as your computer is patched and patched again, these installer files become outdated and orphaned. They are no longer required, but they can take up many gigabytes of data, PatchCleaner PatchCleaner identifies these redundant/orphaned files and allows you to either: (Recommended) Move them to another location, prefaibly to another drive. If you want to play it safe, just move them to another location, and you can always copy them back. If you are SURE about what you are doing, you can delete them. How it works HomeDev has had many queries about how PatchCleaner works and if it can be trusted to do the right thing. Its pretty simple. The windows operating system holds a list of current installers and patches, that can be accessed via WMI calls, (Windows Management Instrumentation ). PatchCleaner obtains this list of the known msi/msp files and compares that against all the msi/msp files that are found in the "c:\Windows\Installer" directory. Anything that is in the folder but not on the windows provided list is considered an orphaned file and is tagged to be moved or deleted. HomeDev cannot warrant that PatchCleaner will not find a false positive and delete a required patch which is why we have added the filter feature to filter and recommend using the move function, that way you can always copy the patches back if required. Please see the Known Issues List at the bottom of the page CLI - Command Line Interface As of verison 1.3, patch cleaner implements a CLI, (Command Line Interface). The application can now be run from the command line with the following switches: /d - This will execute with the delete action. /m - This will execute the move action with the default location as stored in your local app configuration. /m [FilePath] - This will execute the move action, where [FilePath] is the location you wish to move the files to. The process will write the output to the console window and also logs the messages to the windows event log. Malware After 200,000+ downloads, there is some feedback that a few users are having problems where PatchCleaner is being detected as Malware. The author reassures that there is no Malware contained within PatchCleaner. To stop PatchCleaner from being detected as malware he would require purchase of an SSL certificate and digitally signing the software but given this is 100% free software, it cannot justify the expense in doing this, so he does apologise for any extra clicks you may have to do to install PatchCleaner. The application has a 100% clean Softpedia rating. You can find PatchCleaner at http://www.homedev.com.au/free/patchcleaner Known Issues Adobe Reader patcches are detected incorrectly as orphaned files. As of verson 1.4, PatchCleaner now has an exclusion filter that allows you to filter out the Adobe Acrobat patch files so they can be excluded from the set of orphaned files. The exclusion filters are configurable Requirements Windows 7 / 8 or 10, x64 or x86 (not compatible with windows XP) .Net framework 4.5.2 Also, runs on Windows Server, Confirmed on Server 2008 R2 x64 and Server 2012 R2 64
  19. Killing Off Windows 7 Won’t Be Easy, New Data Shows Windows 7 is projected to be retired in January 2020, but all the data seems to indicate that doing this won’t be easy for Microsoft. Last month, for example, instead of going down, Windows 7 actually increased its market share, getting closer to leader Windows 10, which still struggles nearly four years after launch. January 2019 numbers provided by NetMarketShare indicate that Windows 10 remained the number one desktop operating system last month with a share of 40.30%, while Windows 7 was the runner-up with 38.41%. While at first glance this is good news for Windows 10, it actually isn’t, as it dropped from 40.90% in January, while Windows 7 improved from 37.19%.The Windows 10 struggleBy the looks of things, customers aren’t very keen on leaving Windows 7 behind, and the next 12 months will be critical for Microsoft. The bigger problem for the software giant isn’t necessarily the fact that people refuse to upgrade from Windows 7, but that the latest Windows 10 updates do little to convince them to switch sides. The October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, became Microsoft’s buggiest release in a long time, with the company itself pulling the update shortly after the original release due to a bug potentially causing the removal of user files. With such buggy releases, it’s pretty clear that some users, including here both consumers and enterprise, delay the migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as much as possible in order to avoid having to deal with any critical issues. Microsoft, however, has already started the offensive, and the company claims that enterprises should have little to worry about when it comes to the transition to Windows 10. Most apps on Windows 7 should run without any issue on Windows 10 as well, and Microsoft is offering tech assistance to companies that might come across compatibility struggles when upgrading their devices. https://news.softpedia.com/news/killing-off-windows-7-won-t-be-easy-new-data-shows-525144.shtm Now, I may a add some personal ideas about this: I'm not a Windows 10 defender but "at first glance" I believe this is a statistical error. While we already know that almost 80% of Windows 10 users still haven't updated to latest version, there is no reason for any Windows 10 user to downgrade to Windows 7. On the other hand, each day more computers are sold using Windows10. Again, no reason that people buying a NEW computer, should remove Windows 10, after almost 4 years it was introduced, to install Windows 7. I agree, about 4 - 5 years ago still new computer users sometimes downgraded from Windows 8 but not now! Finally, of course users are slowly but surely, upgrading from Windows 7 to 10. So I simply don't believe these numbers. Now, even if these statistical numbers are no correct, be sure that killing off Windows 7 won’t be easy! After almost 5 years after Microsoft decreed the death of Windows XP, statistics still acknowledge the 3.35% of user and again, I feel that this statistics is not correct and number iof Windows XP users is somewhat higher.
  20. If you need to share files between two computers, a USB to USB cable is one of the fastest ways to do it. Sometimes, it isn't convenient to get a hub or router to hook up two PCs, so a USB to USB cable comes in very handy. You can even share an Internet connection between the computers. The first step in connecting the two PCs together is of course to get the USB to USB cable. Just make sure to get the type of cable that is 'Bridged'. This means there is a special feature in the cable that allows two PCs to communicate. Once you've obtained the cable, you can hook up the PCs. The first thing you need to do is install any software and drivers that came with the cable. Most cables should offer two modes of connection. In the 'Link Mode' you can freely copy files between the two computers. In the 'Network Mode' you can not only copy files, but you can also share folders, printers and an Internet connection. If you're using the cable under Link Mode, you simply access the transfer program provided by the cable's software. Open up the program and start transferring your files. If you're using the Network Mode, you'll need to follow these steps to enable the Internet connection for both computers: 1. Go to the PC with the Internet access 2. Click on the Start button and select 'Settings->Network Connections' 3. Right-click on your Internet adapter and select 'Properties' 4. Click on the 'Advanced' tab and check the 'Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection' checkbox 5. Restart your computer and both computers should now have Internet access Bridged USB cables are available from about 10 to 20 USD
  21. Microsoft is now hard at work on the next feature update for Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and scheduled for release this April. This update is expected to include yet more changes, new features, and further UI refinements and improvements. Development of this release is just about feature complete, meaning we're not expecting this changelog to change too much between now and its official release this spring. If you are interested about proposed changes, you may read this interesting resume: https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-19h1-changelog Just let's hope that this new update will run smooth. As Windows 10 users may remember, version 1809, released in October 2019, had to be delayed about 3 month because of serious flaws. According to some reviews, it still has some glitches, though I had not noted any issue since I updated in late December. If you have a computer using Windows 7, results updating to Windows 10 might not be quite satisfactory. Even if your system is 100% compatible and your update goes through without any problem, probably it will slow down. You may note this dramatically at startup or running some applications. I've been using recently an "updated" Windows 10 computer, originally sold for Windows 7 and startup takes more than a minute, while on my Lenovo laptop bought with Windows 10 it takes about 15 seconds. There is some concern among users about security issues regarding Windows 7 once updates won't be available. Let me comment that I installed Windows 7 X64 Ultimate on an older computer in 2014, running it also with Windows XP using dual boot. While I've bee updating Windows XP as POSREADY using a very simple registry hack, I simply couldn't install SP1 for Windows 7 until recently when I found out that it was for a bug in Windows Update and at some moment Microsoft released a patch to solve the issue. In more than 4 years I never had any security issue using standard antivirus and anti malware protection, mainly Avast Free, PC Tools Firewall, Malwarebytes Antimalware and Spybot. So, I expect to continue using Windows 7 past expire date.
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    5 Riddles

    Number 1 and 4 are obvious. Number 2 is CRAZY! To solve number 5 you should be a really good observer!
  23. Some complementary comments: 1. It's somewhat before the 60s but it's one of the most important milestones in computing: In late 1953, John W. Backus submitted a proposal to his superiors at IBM to develop a more practical alternative to assembly language for programming their IBM 704 mainframe computer. Backus' historic FORTRAN team consisted of programmers Richard Goldberg, Sheldon F. Best, Harlan Herrick, Peter Sheridan, Roy Nutt, Robert Nelson, Irving Ziller, Lois Haibt, and David Sayre. Its concepts included easier entry of equations into a computer, an idea developed by J. Halcombe Laning and demonstrated in the Laning and Zierler system of a draft specification for The IBM Mathematical Formula Translating System was completed by November 1954. The first manual for FORTRAN appeared in October 1956, with the first FORTRAN compiler delivered in April 1957. This was the first optimizing compiler, because customers were reluctant to use a high-level programming language unless its compiler could generate code with performance comparable to that of hand-coded assembly language. 2. Another milestone, not mentioned, is Microsoft BASIC, a BASIC interpreter with floating-point capacity, for the MOS Technology 650 developed by Microsoft in 1976. At the time there was no production computer that used it. Upon learning that Apple had a 6502 machine, Microsoft asked if the company were interested in licensing BASIC, but Steve Jobs replied that Apple already had one: integer BASIC, developed by Steve Wozniak. Applesoft was implemented for Apple II by Microsoft later, when APPLE realized that integer Basic caused problems for users attempting to write business applications with it. MS-BASIC was installed for the IBM-PC as part of MS-DOS. 3. While Windows 3.0 was released in 1990, the real Windows Revolution started with Windows 3.1, released in April 1992! 4. By the way, you can read a detailed at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3 the description of the development of the MP3 audio codec. While it's not the only audio format for music, it had a decisive influence on the record industry together with the CD-R, released in 1988 by Philips and Sony 5. Finally, probably the most important social media currently is WhatApp. First versions were released for the iPhone in 2009. I couldn't find current statistics of number of users; last numbers are from Q4 2017 stats, WhatsApp was able to boast 1.5 Billion monthly users.
  24. What makes a song considered to be included in the list of "the worst"? A piece of music needs to have been notable, popular, or memorable to be deemed the "worst ever", or it would be unlikely to top all-time public polls a few years after it was released. As such, a piece usually needs to have had a high-profile at the time of its release, such as an unexpected hit that was highly disliked outside of its fanbase, albums with poor material or songs that are most disappointing by artists. Scholarly accounts of the "worst music ever" are rare. Most polls or critical lists are light-hearted in nature, especially in pop music. Magazines reflect the preferences of their readers, and if polls are influenced by too small a group of readers or critics, they provide unreliable results. Most "worst ever" lists do not aim to take into account all music ever created, but are limited to certain time periods, styles of music, and geographical areas. Furthermore, individual tastes can vary widely, to the point where very little consensus on a worst song can be achieved; the winning song in a CNN e-mail poll received less than 5 percent of the total votes cast. You might agree or not with the items listed on "Not in Hall of Fame" - www.notinhalloffame.com - 100 Worst Songs of Modern Pop Culture: I guess that the only "problem" with many of those "blacklisted" songs is some stupid lyrics which might annoy people. I must confess that I don't care much about how deep or intellectual might be the lyrics of a song. I even realized that some of the song listed were not in my discography and found them interesting and worth enough to download. So, I feel it will be fun to browse this webpage: http://www.notinhalloffame.com/rock-and-roll/100-worst-songs-of-modern-pop-culture Definitively it's well documented "worst..." listings. For each song you have the comment of the poster, the link to the YouTube video and comments of registered followers of the website. You even can vote without signing in, selecting if you agree or not with the classification.
  25. luisam

    100 Worst Songs of Modern Pop Culture

    My only reason to post THIS particular listing is because it is linked to the YOUTUBE posts of each one of the songs and it lets you to express your own opinion, classifying the song. To get a worst song listng is quite subjective because it's based on opinions and not facts. Agree with you that vote count on some of these "worst" are rather low and leaves you with the idea that not enough opinions were considered to make the list. I repeat: you can vote without signing in, selecting if you agree or not with the classification. Agree with you- Mr. Roboto is one of the best productions of STYX but I repeat, I posted this listing because of its general interest. Recently I was reading a report about The Reynolds Girls and their one-hit-wonder "I'd Rather Jack". In a public poll conducted by Channel 4 in 2003, it was voted number 91 of a list of the 100 Worst Pop Records of All Time. Curious..., because personally, I like this song (No, I don't jack and I like Fleetwood Mac). According to Channel 4's criteria, all of these records must have been released as a single in the UK, at one time or another, and have entered the official British chart at number 75 or above; so somehow they have it in common that they made it to the Top. Unbelievably, that means that all of these awful musical abominations will forever be recorded as having made it as "hit" singles. Probably you might be interested to have the complete listing so here is the countdown And I bet, you'll say for many of them: I don't agree because I like it. No Title/Artist 1 The Cheeky Song (Touch My b*m) - The Cheeky Girls 2 The Millennium Prayer - Cliff Richard 3 Agadoo - Black Lace 4 Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John 5 Fast Food Song - The Fast Food Rockers 6 Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby 7 Because We Want To - Billie 8 Barbie Girl - Aqua 9 Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus 10 Jenny From The Block - Jennifer Lopez 11 Orville's Song - Keith Harris and Orville 12 Look At Me - Gerri Halliwell 13 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Bombalurina feat. Timmy Mallett 14 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams 15 Sacred Trust - One True Voice 16 Against All Odds - Mariah Carey and Westlife 17 Who Let The Dogs Out? - Baha Men 18 5,6,7,8 - Steps 19 Living Next Door To Alice (Who The F**k Is Alice) - Smokie feat. Roy 'Chubby' Brown 20 Anyone Can Fall In Love - Anita Dobson 21 There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School Choir 22 Teletubbies Say 'Eh-Oh' - The Teletubbies 23 Earth Song - Michael Jackson 24 The Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh 25 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion 26 No Way No Way - Vanilla 27 Wannabe - The Spice Girls 28 For All Time - Catherine Zeta Jones 29 Mama - Who Da Man? - Richard Blackwood 30 Can I Touch You There? - Michael Bolton 31 The Birdie Song - The Tweets 32 Suspicious Minds - Gareth 33 Diamond Lights - Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle 34 Lucky - Britney Spears 35 Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond 36 Believe - Cher 37 Macarena - Los Del Rio 38 Boys (Summertime Love) - Sabrina 39 Just Say No - Grange Hill Cast 40 Y Viva Espania - Sylvia 41 Unchained Melody - Robson and Jerome 42 Can We Fix It? - Bob the Builder 43 Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) - Gazza and Lindisfarne 44 Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce Music Theatre 45 Chick, Chick, Chicken - Natalie Casey 46 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice 47 Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox 48 Grandad - Clive Dunn 49 Puppy Love - Donny Osmond 50 Hooray Hooray, It's a Holi-Holiday - Boney M 51 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston 52 Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King's Road) - Des O'Connor 53 Girl, You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli 54 Out Of Your Mind - Truesteppers and Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham 55 Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre 56 Back Home - England World Cup Squad 57 Every Loser Wins - Nick Berry 58 MmmBop - Hanson 59 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road 60 I Wanna Be A Hippy - Technohead 61 Don't It Make You Feel Good - Stefan Dennis 62 I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meatloaf 63 We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus 64 Star Trekkin - The Firm 65 Perfect Moment - Martine McCutcheon 66 Doop - Doop 67 We Are The World - USA for Africa 68 Give Me Your Body - The Chippendales 69 I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue 70 Cotton Eye Joe - The Rednex 71 The Floral Dance - Terry Wogan 72 I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip 73 We Will Rock You - Five feat. Queen 74 Dirrty - Cristina Aguilera 75 Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler 76 No Limits - 2 Unlimited 77 I Wanna Sex U Up - Color Me Badd 78 The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie 79 Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet 80 So Macho - Sinitta 81 American Pie - Madonna 82 Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart 83 We Built This City - Starship 84 Let's Get Ready To Rhumble - PJ and Duncan 85 Love And Tears - Naomi Campbell 86 Save Your Love - Rene and Renato 87 Saturday Night - Whigfield 88 Hello - Lionel Richie 89 Remember You're A Womble - The Wombles 90 MacArthur Park - Richard Harris 91 I'd Rather Jack - The Reynolds Girls 92 Vindaloo - Fat Les 93 Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder 94 My Toot Toot - Denise la Salle 95 Ebeneezer Goode - The Shamen 96 Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz 97 Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II 98 Rabbit - Chas and Dave 99 C'est la Vie - Bewitched 100 Spaceman - Babylon Zoo Of course, it's question of who makes the poll. You can compare Channel 4's with the 100 worst by VH1, listed about the same time: 1 - Cliff Richard 'Millennium Prayer' 2 - Mr Blobby 'Mr Blobby' 3 - Teletubbies 'Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!' 4 - Aqua 'Barbie Girl' 5 - Eamon 'F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)' 6 - Las Ketchup 'The Ketchup Song (Asereje)' 7 - Blazin' Squad 'Crossroads' 8 - Bob The Builder 'Can We Fix It' 9 - Frankee 'F.U.R.B (F U Right Back)' 10 - Peter Andre 'Mysterious Girl' 11 - Gareth Gates 'Unchained Melody' 12 - Will Young & Gareth Gates 'The Long And Winding Road / Suspicious Minds' 13 - Joe Dolce Music Theatre 'Shuddap You Face' 14 - DJ Otzi 'Hey Baby' 15 - Afroman 'Because I Got High' 16 - Will Young 'Light My Fire' 17 - Mariah Carey & Westlife 'Against All Odds' 18 - Bombalurina 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' 19 - DJ Casper 'Cha Cha Slide' 20 - Busted 'Who's David' 21 - Manchester United 1994 Football Squad 'Come On You Reds' 22 - St Winifred's School Choir 'There's No-one Quite Like Grandma' 23 - Hear'Say 'Pure And Simple' 24 - Vanilla Ice 'Ice Ice Baby' 25 - Vengaboys 'We're Going To Ibiza' 26 - Hanson 'Mmmbop' 27 - Michelle McManus 'All This Time' 28 - Whigfield 'Saturday Night' 29 - Spitting Image 'The Chicken Song' 30 - B*Witched 'C'est La Vie' 31 - Billie 'Because We Want To' 32 - Chris de Burgh 'The Lady In Red' 33 - Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky' 34 - Baz Luhrmann 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)' 35 - McFly 'Five Colours In Her Hair' 36 - Vengaboys 'Boom Boom Boom Boom' 37 - 2 Unlimited 'No Limit' 38 - Sam & Mark 'With A Little Help From My Friends / Measure Of A Man' 39 - So Solid Crew '21 Seconds' 40 - Cliff Richard 'Mistletoe & Wine' 41 - The Firm 'Star Trekkin' 42 - Gary Barlow 'Forever Love' 43 - Geri Halliwell 'It's Raining Men' 44 - A1 'Take On Me' 45 - Mr Oizo 'Flat Beat' 46 - Bob The Builder 'Mambo No 5' 47 - Eiffel 65 'Blue (Da Ba Dee)' 48 - Five and Queen 'We Will Rock You' 49 - Girls Aloud 'Sound Of The Underground' 50 - Nick Berry 'Every Loser Wins' 51 - Rednex 'Cotton Eye Joe' 52 - Spice Girls 'Holler' 53 - Steps Tragedy' 54 - Aqua 'Doctor Jones' 55 - Glenn Medeiros 'Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You' 56 - Doop 'Doop' 57 - Geri Halliwell 'Bag It Up' 58 - Robson Green & Jerome Flynn 'Unchained Melody' 59 - Babylon Zoo 'Spaceman' 60 - Lionel Richie 'Hello' 61 - A1 'Same Old Brand New You' 62 - Simpsons 'Do The Bartman' 63 - LMC V U2 'Take Me To The Clouds Above' 64 - Take That featuring Lulu 'Relight my Fire' 65 - Chef 'Chocolate Salty b***s (PS I Love You)' 66 - Cliff Richard 'Saviour's Day' 67 - DJ Pied Piper 'Do You Really Like It' 68 - Europe 'The Final Countdown' 69 - Gina G 'Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit' 70 - Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan 'Especially For You' 71 - Barbra Streisand 'Woman In Love' 72 - Color Me Badd 'I Wanna Sex You Up' 73 - Hale & Pace 'The Stonk' 74 - Martine McCutcheon 'Perfect Moment' 75 - Goombay Dance Band 'Seven Tears' 76 - Shaggy 'Oh Carolina' 77 - Tight Fit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' 78 - Billie 'Girlfriend' 79 - Bluebells 'Young At Heart' 80 - Emma Bunton 'What Took You So Long' 81 - Nena '99 Red Balloons' 82 - Right Said Fred 'Deeply Dippy' 83 - Steps 'Stomp' 84 - Wamdue Project 'King Of My Castle' 85 - Ace Of Base 'All That She Wants' 86 - David Bowie & mıck Jagger 'Dancing in the Streets' 87 - Enya 'Orinoco Flow' 88 - New Kids On The Block 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' 89 - Outhere Brothers 'Boom Boom Boom' 90 - O1ide & Neutrino 'Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)' 91 - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder 'Ebony And Ivory' 92 - Spacedust 'Gym & Tonic' 93 - B*Witched 'Blame It On The Weatherman' 94 - Bucks Fizz 'Making Your Mind Up' 95 - Cliff Richard & The Young Ones 'Living Doll' 96 - Falco 'Rock Me Amadeus' 97 - B*Witched 'Rollercoaster' 98 - Tiffany 'I Think We're Alone Now' 99 - Jason Donovan 'Too Many Broken Hearts' 100 - Hear'Say 'The Way To Your Love' I don't mean to discuss and analyze one by one these "nominations" by Channel 4 or VH1, may or may not agree with them, but certainly, I don't feel fair to include Tight Fit's "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Tight Fit was a band created by record producer Ken Gold in 1981 with the idea of recording medleys and covers of songs, specially from the 60s, with session actors and singers; their covers are identical to the originals. (They reformed in 2008 and currently are active.) Like it or not, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is just a clone remake of The Tokens' version from 1961, by itself also a rather traditional version of this old African song. So, if someone should be “blamed” for the interminable "wimowehs…", blame it on The Tokens, whose version topped Billboard Nº1 in 1961! They just misunderstood the Zulu word "Uyimbube": which means “You are a lion”. And of course looks they were influenced by Tarzan movies when included in lyrics “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight”. Today, even kids know that the lion is not a jungle beast. There are no lions in the African jungles! Tight Fit didn't add nor take anything to The Tokens' version but they reached Top 1 in the UK, for 3 weeks in 1982! In late October 2016, British music fan Edward Carter compiled a giant list of 337 nominations for the worst songs of all time from responses he got to a tweet requesting fellow music-fan input. These are the 20 worst songs of all time, according to the readers of The New Yok Post, published in November 4, 2016: John Lennon - Imagine When it comes to debating the merits of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the world definitely does not live as one. Lennon’s 1971 ballad was mentioned regularly, but Post readers’ opinions were split down the middle. “I thought I was the only one who can’t stand to hear this song,” said Rebecca Reed. “I find it so depressing, and will practically break my leg running to change the radio station when it comes on.” Raymond Smith agreed. “Thought it was great when I was a kid. I listen to it now and it sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old,” he said. But Lennon fans defended “Imagine” with equal fervor. Adam Hendricks praised the “positive sentiment” behind the lyrics, while Deborah Lindo Zingg called it a “prophets [sic] message.” Starship: “We Built This City” When even the co-singer of the song, Grace Slick calls it “the worst song ever” (as she did in a Vanity Fair interview in 2012), it has to be pretty bad. USA for Africa: “We Are the World” The charitable intentions couldn’t hide what a stinker of a song it was. Prince knew it and, despite huge criticism at the time, wisely refused to take part. Barenaked Ladies: “One Week” Reader Heather Pink referred to this simply as the song “about Chinese chicken.” It’s not actually about that, but Barenaked Ladies’ one big hit is so heinously grating, it’s enough to spark eye rolls of recognition all ’round. Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Righteously blasted in the lyrics of “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, McFerrin’s whimsical a cappella hit also attracted withering criticism by reader Dave Richard, who regarded it as a “real steaming pile of c**p.” Terry Jacks: “Seasons in the Sun” Adapted from a Jacques Brel song, Jacks’ wimpy delivery and the cornball lyrics about a man reflecting on his life make it one for the pop morgue. Berlin: “Take My Breath Away” Not everyone likes the soundtrack to Kelly McGillis’ and Tom Cruise’s heat in “Top Gun". For fans of “Top Gun,” it’s the song that signifies the on-screen passion of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. For readers like John Farrell, it’s merely “vomit-inducing c**p.” Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots: “Disco Duck” A novelty No. 1 hit for radio DJ Dees in 1976, this maddeningly irritating hit marks where disco truly did suck. Steve Miller Band: “The Joker” Keeping classic-rock radio stations in business since 1973. Baha Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out” Fun for about two weeks in 2000, when it came out. The bane of music fans the world over in the 16 years since. Piko-Taro: “PPAP” In October, this Japanese comic made chart history when his 45-second viral hit became the shortest song ever on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s still long enough to be massively aggravating. The Hues Corporation: “Rock the Boat” Looking back, this early disco single feels so thin, it’s practically invisible. Eddie Murphy: “Party All the Time” Much mocked, but Murphy’s hit — written and produced by Rick James — is exasperatingly catchy. Nena: “99 Luftballons” Look closely, and “99 Luftballons” actually reveals itself as a song about nuclear apocalypse, but that subtlety was lost under the annoying melody. The Beatles: “Hey Jude” Paul McCartney famously does three-hour live sets these days. But two and a half of them is him singing the “na na na na” part of “Hey Jude.” Bryan Adams: “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” Any marriage is deemed legally null and void without a playing of this song at the wedding. Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance” This ’80s electro-pop track was always pretty lame — and its case wasn’t helped by the stupid dancing in the video. Los del Río: “Macarena” The dance craze that still rears its ugly head every summer. Billy Ray Cyrus: “Achy Breaky Heart” Cyrus might be cool again, but for many, that doesn’t forgive him this original sin. Europe: “The Final Countdown” The absolute nadir of bombastic ’80s poodle-rock. Now fittingly used in car-insurance commercials. Desiigner: “Panda” The Brooklyn MC’s mumbling No. 1 hit was a target for some confused readers. “The words don’t even make sense,” complained Jennifer Smith. According to Wikipedia's resume, the following songs have been named by critics, broadcasters, composers and listeners as the "worst ever". Examples of sources include VH1's "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever" and Blender's "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!". Because of the nature of the pop single that developed in the 20th century, most of these entries are five minutes long or less. "I Want My Baby Back", Jimmy Cross (1965) In 1977, British DJ Kenny Everett named this novelty song as the absolute worst of a bottom-30 song listing done after a public vote. The single was a moderate commercial success but killed the singing career of its vocalist, Jimmy Cross, who failed to achieve any kind of traction with serious work afterwards. A parody of the teenage tragedy song trend which was popular at the time, the lyrics of the song feature a male protagonist lamenting the death of his girlfriend before finally joining her in her coffin. In the book The World's Worst Records: Volume One, music critic Darryl W. Bullock wrote that the track is "routinely considered the worst record of all time". "MacArthur Park", Richard Harris (1968) The Jimmy Webb-penned "MacArthur Park" is popularly held as the worst song ever written. In 1992, Miami Herald journalist Dave Barry conducted a poll among his readers who selected the Harris original as the worst track ever recorded, both in terms of "Worst Lyrics" and "Worst Overall Song". Barry commented: "t's hard to argue with survey respondents who chose it as the worst." This is despite the fact that it topped the music charts in Europe and Australia and also won the 1969 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", The Beatles (1968) "Loathed" by band member John Lennon, this track was voted the worst ever recorded in a listener poll organised by Mars. It also appeared in Blender's "50 Worst Songs Ever". "(You're) Having My Baby", Paul Anka (1974) The No. 1 worst song as voted by CNN.com users in 2006; even at the time of the song's release, it received extensive backlash from feminists for its patronizing celebration of pregnancy. "Dance with Me", Reginald Bosanquet (1980) A disco song with lyrics narrated in the style of a British newscast (Bosanquet was a news anchor for Independent Television News at the time), it was voted number one in the Bottom 30 by listeners of British DJ Kenny Everett in 1980. "The Birdie Song", The Tweets (1981) Voted the most annoying track of all time in a 2000 Dotmusic poll. The Clash guitarist m**k Jones also named it the worst song ever written (along with "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace), as did Simon Burnton in The Guardian. "True", Spandau Ballet (1983) "True" was named the single worst song in history by Guardian journalist Luke Williams and St. Petersburg Times music columnist Sean Daly. Williams had particular derision for Gary Kemp's lyrics, saying: "I mean, 'Why do I find it hard to write the next line?'. It's because you're a c**p songwriter, idiot." Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Robert Jamieson called it the worst love song of all time. The track has also appeared in unranked lists such as the Houston Press' "10 Songs We Never, Ever Want to Hear Again, Ever", and NME's "50 Worst Pop Lyrics of All Time". "Agadoo", Black Lace (1984) Many newspaper and Internet music critics agree that this song is one of the worst ever. When it was re-released in 2009, many newspapers printed the headline "worst song ever". It was ranked the worst song in pop history in a Guardian newspaper article in 2009. It was banned from being played on BBC Radio 1 for a period because it was not "credible". It was also rated the worst song ever in a 2003 Q magazine poll. "Sussudio", Phil Collins (1985) Critic Michael Saunders in the Sun-Sentinel named "Sussudio" as the worst song of the rock era, describing it as "insipid" and "indefensibly stupid". Guardian journalist Tom Service wrote: "'Sussudio' brings me out in a cold sweat... there's no colder or more superficial sound in popular music." In listing the track as the second-worst ever, Michael Musto in The Village Voice said that it "could have been the theme song for the Third Reich, it was that insidious and evil". Creative Loafing Charlotte writer Matt Brunson called it "the worst song of the 1980s, no question". The track has also been criticised for sounding too similar to Prince's "1999"; Mark Caro in the Chicago Tribune labelled it a "ripoff" "We Built This City", Starship (1985) Despite this single off the group's album Knee Deep in the Hoopla being a No. 1 hit, it ranked No. 1 in "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!" list in Blender, and "The 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s" in Rolling Stone. Penned by songwriters outside of the band, the track has been disowned by the group's co-lead singer, Grace Slick. "Don't Worry, Be Happy", Bobby McFerrin (1988) This song was named by Village Voice critic Michael Musto as the worst of all time, and it topped Q100 DJ Bert Weiss's list of tracks he would forever ban from radio. In the "50 Worst Songs Ever", Blender said that "it's difficult to think of a song more likely to plunge you into suicidal despondency than this", and also lambasted its "appalling" lyrics. "Ice Ice Baby", Vanilla Ice (1990) This track has garnered the label of the "worst song of all time". Spinner editors ranked it the second-worst track in history, while Blender staff placed it fifth. A Houston Press critic named it as the worst song ever to emanate from the state of Texas, and said it "set back the cause of white people in hip-hop a decade". The track was also said to have "ripped off" the 1981 Queen and David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure", which Ice initially denied but later admitted to. "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus (1992) "Achy Breaky Heart" regularly appears at the top of "worst songs ever" lists. The track was named the worst of all time in The Independent on Saturday, and was ranked second in Blender's "50 Worst Songs Ever". It also placed first in a Sydney Morning Herald reader poll to determine the worst track of the 1990s, and was voted by Chicago Tribune readers as the worst song of 1992. "Could It Be Magic", Take That (1992) This cover of the 1975 Barry Manilow track was voted the worst song in history in a 2004 public poll organised by Diesel. NME reviews editor Anthony Thornton called it "the worst song in the world". "What's Up?", 4 Non Blondes (1993) Composers Carl Barât and Stuart Braithwaite named this track the worst ever. Peer Dean Ween said: "It's as bad as music gets... Everything about the song is so awful that if I sat down and tried to write the worst song ever, I couldn't even make it 10 percent of the reality of how awful that song is." Tara Dublin in The Huffington Post wrote that it is, "without question, the worst song of the 1990s". Gawker journalist Brian Moylan included the track in an unranked list of the "10 Party Songs We Never Ever Want to Hear Again". The infamous "Heyayayayayaya" lyrics in the song later became an Internet meme, usually accompanied with an image of the action-cartoon character He-Man. "Mr Blobby", Mr Blobby (1993) Blobby's self-titled Christmas release is regarded by many as the worst single, and indeed, song, of all time. It has been ranked at, or near, the top of various "worst songs" lists compiled from both journalistic and public opinion. "Barbie Girl", Aqua (1997) Despite being successful, the song is despised by many and appears on many 'worst songs' list, including #1 on Rolling Stone's "Worst Songs of the Nineties" by a reader poll and in NME's unranked list, "32 of the Very Worst UK Number One Singles of All Time". "Life", Des'ree (1998) Although "Life" was Des'ree's biggest hit in Europe ("You Gotta Be" was a bigger hit in North America), the song was widely mocked for its lyrics. The song, and in particular the verse "I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news", has been voted as having the worst lyrics ever in polls by the BBC, The Independent, and the Herald Sun. "Thong Song", Sisqo (2000) Placed first in a Pioneer Press reader poll to determine the worst song in history. The track has also been labelled as sexist. "The Christmas Shoes", NewSong (2000) The song has appeared on various "worst Christmas song" lists. In 2011, the song was named "The Worst Christmas Song Ever" by Gawker.com, following a weeks-long survey of commenter votes. "Who Let the Dogs Out?", Baha Men (2000) Number one on Spinner's "Top 20 Worst Songs Ever". "The Cheeky Song (Touch My b*m)", The Cheeky Girls (2002) Voted the no. 1 "worst pop record" by Channel 4 viewers in a poll broadcast in January 2004. "You're Beautiful", James Blunt Voted by music fans as the most irritating track ever recorded in a OnePoll survey. Spike writer D. Sussman called it "the worst song in the history of mankind", and Gigwise editors placed it first in "The 20 Worst Love Songs Of All Time". It was also ranked first in Heavy.com's recounting of the worst tracks of the 2000s. "My Humps", The Black Eyed Peas (2005) Oakland Tribune music columnist Oliver Wang reported that the track is "considered by most critics as either the worst song of this decade or in all of recorded music history". Writers who named it as the worst track ever include Nathan Rabin in The A.V. Club, Laura Barton in The Guardian, Joseph Kugelmass in PopMatters and Shaun Bruce in The Stranger; Bruce stated that it "may actually represent the nadir of human achievement". The track gained an "overwhelming" first place vote in a Rolling Stone reader poll of the all-time "20 Most Annoying Songs", and its lyrics were voted the worst in the history of dance music in a Global Gathering survey. "Laffy Taffy", D4L (2005) Despite the song's success, many have considered "Laffy Taffy" to be among the worst songs of all time. HipHop365.com rated the song as the worst hip hop song of all time. In 2013, Bennett the Sage of Channel Awesome rated it the worst song to chart No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, criticizing the beat, flow and confusing title metaphor. "Rockstar", Nickelback (2005) Some critics have given it the distinction of the worst song of all time. The song was listed at number 2 in Buzzfeed's list of the 30 worst songs ever written. They said: "If aliens came to Earth and asked why everyone hates Nickelback so much, this song would be a perfect explanation." A 2008 Popjustice poll voted "Rockstar" as the worst single of the year. "Baby", Justin Bieber (2010) The official music video is, as of 2018, the most disliked video on YouTube. The song was also voted worst song ever in a Time Out poll. "Miracles", Insane Clown Posse (2010) CraveOnline deemed it the worst rap song of all time, and the most embarrassing rap moment of all time. The Phoenix deemed it the worst song ever recorded. The lyrics, most notably "fu**ing magnets, how do they work? And I don't wanna talk to a scientist / Y'all motherfu**ers lying, and getting me pis*ed" have been noted as the worst lyrics of all time. "Surrounded by Silence", Design the Skyline (2011) Released on 13 March 2011 onto YouTube by the band and critically panned after the group was signed to Victory Records. Many social sources and magazines credited the band as "the worst band ever" and the song as "the worst song ever", pointing out the song has no musical structure, is badly out of sync, has a lack of any sensible rhythm within their playing, has near-unintelligible vocals consisting of screaming, and the members' physical appearances. It was also voted the second worst song of 2011 behind Rebecca Black's "Friday" on AbsolutePunk's "Worst Song of 2011 (so far)" poll. "Friday", Rebecca Black (2011) "Friday" has been widely described as the worst song ever recorded, attracting derision for its weak lyrical content and excessively auto-tuned vocals. It became an Internet sensation, making it the subject of multiple parodies and ridicule. "Swagger Jagger", Cher Lloyd (2011) Critic Jan Moir described the track as "dire" and "the worst song in the history of pop". Missing Andy singer Alex Greaves also named it the worst track ever, saying: "Just awful. I hope most people bought it for a joke otherwise there's something really wrong." The song appeared in NME's unranked list, "32 of the Very Worst UK Number One Singles of All Time". "Hot Problems", Double Take (2012) Uploaded to YouTube by Drew Garrett and Lauren Willey who make up the group known as Double Take, the song and accompanying music video received highly negative reviews. Many have called it "the worst song ever", with some YouTubers proclaiming it to be worse than Rebecca Black's "Friday". "Chinese Food", Alison Gold (2013) An independent song produced by Patrice Wilson, who also produced Rebecca Black's "Friday". "Chinese Food" has been criticized as the worst song ever created and the worst song of the year by Time magazine. The song and especially the video have also been criticised for being racist due to the heavy Chinese stereotyping present in both. I would like to add my proper selection of the most horrible song ever having reached the top positions, is The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird (Nº 1 in 1963) and Tiny Tim's Tiptoe Through the Tulips which reached, incredibly, a 17th position in 1967!