On Sunday, I was with my dad at a car show. And during it, I heard the old Sonny & Cher song, “I Got You Babe.” I grew up knowing the song. My parents always liked it. I don’t remember a time I didn’t know it, which makes sense given that it was released when I was one years old. But hearing it on Sunday was like hearing it fresh — for the first time. And it really is an awful song.
The melody is repetitious and the transition from verse to chorus is clunky. Without the vocal harmony, the chorus is almost repulsive: the same three notes repeated over and over. Sony’s voice is weak and the song rarely uses Cher’s few strengths. And the production is plodding with by far the most annoying use of an oboe ever. And to top it off, the lyrics are juvenile — slightly less mature than The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
Forget “(You’re) Having My Baby” and “A Horse With No Name” and “Muskrat Love.” “I Got You Babe” is a major contender for the worst song of all time. Even Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is better than it. Think about that.