The worst song in the world composed by the numbers:

I was catching up with one of my favorite podcast, This American Life, .  The Jan. 2, 2009 podcast, show #88 was about numbers.

 Act 2, Paint (Sing) by numbers:

“Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar hired a polling firm to investigate what people want to see in paintings. Then, using the data, they painted what people want. It turned out to be a landscape, with a mountain and a lake, and deer, and a family, and George Washington. Then they applied these techniques to music, with composer David Soldier. They surveyed audiences about what kind of instruments and topics they liked most in their songs. Then they produced one song based on what people most want to hear—and one song based on what they hate the most. The one people hate includes bagpipes, children singing, lyrics about holidays and religion, wild volume and tempo changes. If you’d like a copy of the songs featured in this segment, visit Melamid and Komar’s website. You can buy both the Most Wanted and Most Unwanted Songs directly from them. (11 minutes)

From Dave Soldier, Komar & Melamid’s web site,

“The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and “elevator” music, and a children’s choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commericals and elevator music.”

What is the worst song you can remember hearing?

I think I might vote for the Crash Test Dummies ” “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” 1994

Crash Test Dummies – MMM MMM MMM MMM

As a child I thought I had a great voice.  My parents actually did encourage my singing, at least the first few times I tried.  Everyone else covered their ears, or fled the room. 

Komar and Melamid’s best & worst paintings by the numbers:

I would vote for Italy’s least favorite painting as the worst: