I got a chuckle out of this list of the Top 10 Worst Hiking Songs over at the National Geographic Adventure Blog today. The list is loosely defined as the worst songs you want stuck in your head as you head out on the trail, and it’s pretty hard to argue with them. See what you think:
10. “We Built This City,” by Starship
9. “Achy Breaky Heart,” by Billy Ray Cyrus
8. “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega
7. “Whoomp! There It Is,” by Tag Team
6. “Who Let the Dogs Out,” by Baha Men
5. “Copacabana,” by Barry Manilow
4. “Ants Go Marching,” by artist unknown
3. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” by Tony Orlando
2. “My Sharona,” by The Knack
1. “My Humps,” by Black Eyed Peas
Now imagine walking down the trail with pretty much any one of those songs stuck in your head, and about 15 miles of isolation waiting for you. This would also make for a pretty crappy playlist on your iPod now that you mention it.
The article starts off by saying that you might leave your iPod at home for practical purposes or to save weight, but really, this pure terror that this list should inspire in you were one of these to get stuck in your head should convince you that you should never, ever, under any circumstances, leave home without your mp3 player. Period.
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