What’s the Best Worst Song for Putting You in a Good Mood?

Bad moods can’t always be helped. No matter how many friends have tried to “cheer you up” or suggested annoying things like “go for a run!,” “come exercise with me!,” or “want to play with my Tinder?,” there are days when the bad mood has already set in so deeply that nothing short of a miracle can pull you out.

But miracles do exist. And they exist in the form of really terrible songs.

You know the ones: the type of songs that you would skip over faster than a porno if someone came into the room in order to avoid being caught. The kind you lower the volume on when listening to it in close proximity to others (especially strangers) lest they catch note of that distinctive bass and figure you out before you’ve even had a chance to explain. When someone else begs the deejay to play these songs you feel required to dramatically roll your eyes, and yet you can’t help but pray the person in charge of the music actually obliges.

Tracks from bands like NSYNC or Backstreet Boys don’t really count. “Lucky” by Britney Spears doesn’t really work either. Nostalgia, as we all know, gives everything a free if not ironic pass.

It has to be a song that’s kind of current. A song that has somehow made its way to the top 40 list because a bunch of 12-year-olds are out there calling into radio stations and begging that they play it while their moms drive them to soccer practice. The songs that your little sister knows all the words to, and that are without a doubt the one-hit-wonder nail in some poor up-and-coming “artist’s” music-career coffin.

It has to be bad — really, really bad — in order to be so awesome that it puts you in a good mood. But I’m not ashamed to tell you guys mine because I know you’ll tell me yours. So here we go. Deep breath. The song that I have not been able to stop listening to on repeat for the past three weeks during my solo-mission walks to work when I am POSITIVE no one around me will hear and therefore judge me is…

Here’s me reenacting it:


And also:


And then:


I feel so much better now. Ok, as always, you’re turn!

— Amelia Diamond

Original Image shot by Benny Horne for Oyster Magazine #98, 2012

  • Mine has to be “Quit playing games with my heart” or (and I’m really not proud of that) “Ridin solo” by Jaaaaasssoooonn Derulo. Yeah, I know…

    • Charlotte Fassler

      Oh wow I really had a moment with Ridin’ Solo as well…..

      • I guess we have to admit that Jason Derulo does a good job in writing songs that people use for temporary excitement.

  • That new boy-bandish song called “Classic.” No clue who sings it. Also, Find Your Love by Drake; that song repulses me 99% of the time, but 1% of the time it’s exactly what I need to hear for some inexplicable reason.

    And I know you said nostalgia doesn’t count, but damn, if a combination of Celine Dion and Savage Garden doesn’t lift your spirits, I don’t know what will

  • “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners is absolutely my go-to happy song. I am more ashamed to admit that I am (lowkey) a HUUUUUUGE fan of the Yin Yang twins, as well… Great post!

  • Krista Anna Lewis

    This summer mine has been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w
    I really don’t like them

    • Amelia Diamond

      yes girl. yes

    • Amina Khan

      never gets old.

    • Molly

      I hate myself for loving this song. But I must have played it at least 5 times a day for the past two weeks.

  • Esther Levy

    If I Ever Feel Better – Phoenix

    • Charlotte Fassler

      Esther, that’s an actual good song!

  • Breanna

    Mine is Bo$$ by Fifth Harmony, I can’t stop listening to this as I’m walking to the city streets hoping that no one can hear the crazy bass pouring from my headphones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4JfPlry-iQ&list=RDY4JfPlry-iQ#t=0

  • Natalia

    Mine has to be “I kissed a girl” by Katy Perry and “Hold on We’re Going Home” by drake….

  • ee_by_cc

    My bad-happy song is still Call Me Maybe. I know it’s not old enough yet to be considered retro cool…but I can’t help myself.


    • Amelia Diamond

      Does not get old!

    • did you hear the call me maybe/gangnam style mash up? loved it SO much. 😀

  • Karma Chameleon! you come and goooOoOOOo


    • This used to be my jam on Dance Dance Revolution

      • YES. That was my favorite Christmas present.

  • gina
    • Amelia Diamond

      omg i LOVE SMASH i hate watched that show so hard. my favorite song from it is “broadway here I come.”

  • Rather Be for this summer fo sho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-M1AtrxztU

    • Amelia Diamond

      omg yesssss

    • This song is GIVING ME LIFE

      • Kandeel

        YES OMG and the 1975 did a cover of it and im like ?????????? yesss

        • hunting down this cover RIGHT NOW. meanwhile, the knocks remix of Girls by 1975 is my daily jam 🙂

  • Katie

    Timber By Pitbull/Ke$ha

    • JLi

      OHH I love this so much! It just makes me want to dance

  • Dani Lerma Gomez

    Mine is a little bit “awkward” but it really put me into the mood and i can´t stop listening it:


    Its Vaina loca from Fuego

  • Kate

    Call Me Maybe, not even a little bit ironically.

  • Rachel Sommons

    Mine is K-POP which is bad because I’m not korean nor do I speak their language but I love love love 2ne1 and all their music videos. I Love “I am the Best” and “Come Back Home.” This is “Come Back Home” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLbfv-AAyvQ

    • alex

      oh i love them!!

    • Amelia Diamond

      hahaha so random love this

  • Danielle Stolz

    Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools by DENA


    • Amelia Diamond

      It’s so cute when people write songs about me!!!

    • Julianna Hincks

      This is amazing.

    • Mina Yolenski

      This is Awesomely bad. Brilliant!

  • Sarah

    anything n*sync or backstreet b, really.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Really anything by Ashlee Simpson….

    • undiscovered is sooo good.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Also Problem by Arianna Grande. It is very embarrassing.

    • Zoe B

      Yup, same here. Somehow this song managed to get at #1 in my top 25 playlist… THAT’s embarrassing.

  • I could go completely cliché and say Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten! Which I do love, but I’m going to have to say +44 ‘s Heart Stops Beating! Booyah!


    • Amelia Diamond

      oooo unwritten is underrated !!!

    • Kristin

      YES. when I hear it i imagine LC driving her little BMW away from laguna beach

  • Misha Lobo

    Loretta Lynn….not even ironicly… I have dance moves that maybe look a bit stripperish but I’m alone and don’t give an ‘F’ if my neighbours see me.


    • Amelia Diamond

      I can get into this asap

    • Jillian

      SO much YES.

  • Hannah

    Michelle Williams – Say Yes (feat. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland)! I’m not religious but it’s so darn catchy and DC reunited makes me all giddy

  • that becky g…..too damn catchy

    • Amelia Diamond

      she’s like a modern jojo!

      • eeeexactly. my girl mojo jojo might have peaked with her breakout role in that movie about a mermaid. or maybe it was with her episode of cribs. i kind of wish she would baby come back though

  • alex

    Wimbledon by Rich White Ladies.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • 90’s Music by Kimbra

  • Admittedly, that “Me and my broken heart” song by Rixton…oh, no, I don’t listen to boy bands at all! 😐

  • Kristin

    this is the best worst list ever, i would add to my personal list: defying gravity (even though show tunes prolly need their own super secret only in the shower category). Also Born this way.

  • Icona Pop’s “I love it”. I don’t know, I just can’t help myself. Also, my husband happened to capture this flaming vehicle on the highway while jamming to it. http://youtu.be/dlmQI4s7yaM

  • Tara Edie

    Tom Jones, baby. “It’s Not Unusual”, but only when accompanied by interpretive Carlton dance moves.


  • girlinmenswear

    That Wiggle, Wiggle song…or Miley Cyrus “Can’t Stop” – ok enough embarrassment now.

    • Amelia Diamond

      That wiggle wiggle song is so bad good

  • Victoria

    Same here for “shower”. But I’m gonna have to go with public affair by jessica simpson it’s so fucking catchy. But if that’s not recent enough, it’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36mCEZzzQ3o

    • Amelia Diamond

      I love them it’s so sad of me

  • Ours has to be bump and grind by R Kelly, anything Whitney and same girl by Usher and R Kelly. The best kind of awful, Whitney aside. We’ve actually learned the individual parts to same girl and can now duet word perfect much to everyone elses dismay!
    – Grace and Charlotte

  • Paulina Villalpando

    GIFS are hilarious! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Natalie

    Somebody to You by The Vamps and Demi Lovato or Geronimo by Sheppard. And I’m well above the age demographic for both, sadly.

  • Andie

    Hate to be “that guy,” but the original image comes from Oyster Magazine #98, shot in 2012. Only reason I know is because I placed those Urbanears headphones. =)


    • Charlotte Fassler

      Hey Andie! Thanks for catching that! It’s been amended 🙂

  • Claire

    Autobiography by Ashlee Simpson. I can’t help it, I love it.

    • Amelia Diamond

      That whole ALBUM!!!!

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Also this Miley song was that for me last summer……

    • Amelia Diamond

      ugh my life was ruined when you got me into this song

  • Laura Furr

    “More to Life” by Stacie Orrico. Gets me every time

  • Jennie Ryon
    • Amelia Diamond

      Oh I don’t know her! I like this! Any other good ones by her?

  • Carly Rae-Bae

    “Call Me Maybe” to the deep chagrin to everyone in the immediate vicinity

  • Sandra


    Even my little sister bully me with this.

  • Kandeel

    Hips Don’t Lie- Shakira oooPS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUT5rEU6pqM

    • Kandeel

      Can I add to this?? Wings- Little Mix, Love On Top- Beyonce, and Die Young- Ke$ha, and I secretly like that 5SOS song She Looks So Perfect….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2BYmmTI04I

      • Amelia Diamond

        of COURSE you can add to thisWOOO

  • Heather

    These are bad, but from their Disney days: Miley Cyrus, “see you again” Lindsay Lohan, “first” and Hilary Duff “so yesterday”

  • Michele

    Wannabe by the Spice Girls 😉

  • R.Nelson

    Anything by WHAM! Yes, I went there.

  • mercy

    she is singging???
    tas ransel wanita

  • Molly

    This song ALWAYS brings me out of a bad mood. Plus the video always makes me happy. I’m dancing along as I type this.


    • OMG thanks for sharing this! I’m playing it and literally bouncing on and off my chair haha

  • Everything is awesome. Lego movie soundtrack. Tegan and Sara.
    Just kidding 😉

    • Amelia Diamond

      ohhhhh yes.

  • Alexandra

    How has nobody said “Party in the USA” yet?!

    I love her


  • ginny

    Harlem Shakee

  • pamb

    I hope Becky G got paid for all those shots of Cover Girl cosmetics… 😉

  • I listened to Untouched by The Veronicas on repeat for a month after I got laid off back in 2008. 6 years later it’s still my go-to song anytime I’m in the pits. There’s just something really “special” about violins and wailing twins that makes for a really good trio. T.A.T.U isn’t far off my list of awesome worst songs either tbh but I can’t listen to them anymore since hearing about what happened to the singers :s


  • Vi

    Definitely Jason Derulo ‘Ridin Solo’ but also ‘Call me maybe’ and worst of all.. one that Americans may (hopefully) not know – soooo embarrassing – ‘Welcome to St Tropez’ by Dj Antoine.. greetings from Belgium 🙂

  • nick

    numb by linkin park

    jam tangan pria

  • Anna

    Mine is definitely Lily Allen’s “URL Badman”, not embarrassed, but still ) Lily is seriously the best