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Silence Is Golden: The 5 Worst Singers Found On YouTube

Dave Parrack 10-01-2013

YouTube is truly one of the tent-poles of the Internet, being one of the few websites known and loved by all. And with good reason. It’s the home to millions of video clips covering all genres, no matter how niche. Sure, there’s an overabundance of funny cat videos, but hey, there are also movies and genuinely funny parodies too, so it’s all good.

But wait, there are also music videos galore, from professionals and amateurs alike. Who needs MTV when you have YouTube? Not only is it the home to the great and the good of the music industry, it’s also home to the unsigned, unsung heroes who take to the video-sharing site with high hopes of being discovered. Many have gone viral, and a few have gone on to have careers beyond YouTube.

Here are five singers who first found fame on YouTube despite clearly not being able to sing, because the general public are clearly suckers for punishment.

Rebecca Black

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Rebecca Black is a YouTube legend, and she’s only 15 years old (at the time of writing). When her big moment arrived, with the release of Friday, she was only 13 years old, but that didn’t stop the Web community piling in and ridiculing her for the song and her singing. Friday was written and recorded by a vanity label, with Black’s mother paying $4,000 for the services of Ark Music Factory.

Friday racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, and also a record number of dislikes The 10 Most Disliked YouTube Videos of All Time With so much content on YouTube, it's always fun to look at the best, or, in this case, worst, videos. Let's see which YouTube videos have gotten the most hate... Read More . However, it made Black a household name overnight, and she has since released another song called My Moment. Her experiences so far haven’t dulled Black’s desire to be a singer, and she’s now thought to be working on her debut album. God help us all.

Jenna Rose

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After Rebecca Black came Jenna Rose, who was just 12 at the time My Jeans appeared on YouTube. If anything the lyrics to My Jeans were even more shallow and insipid than those of Friday, and that’s saying something. Still, the song gained millions of views and made Rose somewhat of a viral video star, though nowhere near as big a one as Black.

Rose has since released two more songs, and has appeared in several television shows and commercials. Her personal website suggests she isn’t ready to give up on hopes of a long music career, even though most people clearly recognize her lack of any discernible talent.

Double Take

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Double Take are less well known than either Rebecca Black or Jenna Rose, but as far as terrible singers on YouTube go they’re up there with the best (worst). The duo consists of Drew Garrett and Lauren Willey, who attended high school together before releasing Hot Problems. The pair have suggested the lyrics to this song were meant to entertain rather than be taken seriously, but I’m not convinced.

Garret and Willey have since released two more songs, Like A Princess and The Stalking Song, neither of which has been received with anything but negativity. A career in music may therefore be unlikely, but then you don’t necessarily need any talent to be a YouTube star, so perhaps they’ll maintain their viral quality for a long time to come.



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Thamys (pronounced Famous) is the newest entry into this hall of shame fame. The song, Party @ Ur House, was uploaded to YouTube in October 2012, but only became a viral hit in December 2012. It features what has to be the most overdone autotune of any song ever released. She can’t sing but it is very catchy.

If you’re a Lady Gaga fan then I blame you for this. Yes, you. Entirely. She’s made the world think that all it takes to be a popstar is an unusual look and an ounce of talent. Unfortunately Thamys can only boast of being blessed with one of those two things. And it isn’t the talent. Her personal website is a joy to behold, with the content suggesting she’s already a household name. She isn’t… yet.


Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber is by far the most successful singer to have been discovered on YouTube. And I doubt he’ll lose that title any time soon. In fact, he’s the only one on this list that is likely to enjoy any great success in the longterm, with the others more likely to be spotted busking on the street in years to come.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that he isn’t a great singer. Unless you’re a tween who’s just starting to become interested in boys and likes the look of this androgynous young Canadian. In which case Justin Bieber is the best singer in the world. Scrub that, he’s the only singer in the world, or at least the only one that matters.

It’s a well known fact that Bieber was discovered on YouTube, with the video below being the first one of him uploaded to the site. Scooter Braun noticed him, and he and Usher signed Bieber. The rest, as they say, is history. A history that many of us wish would come to an end sooner rather than later.


These five singers represent merely a soupçon of the bad singers you can see and hear on YouTube. There are undoubtedly even worse singers than this little lot, even though between them they haven’t yet managed to hit the right note. Starting with Bieber and working down, this selection of bad singers are at least known outside of the geeky sphere of individuals 10 Websites Geeks of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More who watch YouTube a little more than can be considered healthy.

What do you think of these singers? Are they actually the worst singers on YouTube or have you seen any that top even these caterwauling cretins? Are you a Justin Bieber fan who has somehow found their way to MakeUseOf and is currently spitting bile that the Biebernator made the list? As always let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. harley bellwood
    February 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I just love cover bands and singers. I have about 6 different versions of Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger and they're all great. Kudos for those who have the guts but maybe not the vocal chords to perform in front of millions of critics, I couldn't do it.

  2. Meena Bassem
    January 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    oh,thanks god, you mentioned bieber, but why isn't he on the top of the list?

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This is definitely and opinion. You should add that to the title, before you get someone scolding you for it (as if they couldn't tell).
    To be very very fair, they actually sing. Welcome to my country where doing lipsync in YouTube could give you the rise to stardom. Even after the hype ended, they now referred in the media as 'singers'. If that isn't clear enough, they're paid for 'shows'-meaning doing lipsync publicly.

  4. Pat
    January 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I think you have to separate the content of the song and lyrics from the voice quality and stage presence. Rebecca Black and Jenna Rose both chose bad material, but they can hold a tune and the voice quality may actually be better than it appears because these recordings were obviously over-produced to fit the young teen market. The kids in that market segment don't know any better, that is what they expect, and if you want to cash in on this market then this is what you have to do.
    The next two, Double Take and Thamys, I agree are dreadful singers and should hang it up immediately. Bieber -- well, if singing like him would get me his bank account then I'd do it, fer sure!

    • Elizabeth Sebastian
      January 13, 2013 at 4:59 am

      I never heard of any of these besides Rebecca Black and Justin Bieber. (Funny photo of Beeb the Dweeb looking like the typical whiny brat he is, by the way.) I think Rebecca actually has talent, but her career got hijacked by that awful record label, and the response from YouTube commenters was completely unacceptable. Death threats? Rape? That's a crime as far as I'm concerned, and even worse of one because she's underage!

      I'd be interested to read an article on MUO's opinion of YouTube-specific series creators, like Jenna Marbles, Smosh, Ray Johnson and Fred, among others. By the way, while we're speaking of music videos made viral on YouTube, I think the most popular of these is probably Rick Astley even though he's DQed from this list because his song was a hit WAY back in 1987. And Edward Khil, otherwise known as the Russian Rick Roll or Soviet Trololo Man, had a brief international surge in popularity -- he even cameo'd on Family Guy singing the Trololo Song -- but sadly, he passed away not long afterward. But Trololo remains a popular meme expression in Russia and former USSR satellites, kind of like Y U NO and O Rly are Stateside. :-)

      • Dave Parrack
        January 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        Some of the comments made to and about Black were horrific, and I would never condone such behavior.

        The Trololo Guy was a legend, and that song was far too good to make this list. Great idea for an article. As always, watch this space :)

    • Dave Parrack
      January 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I think we'd all like Bieber's bank account. But I'm not sure all the money in the world would be enough to let me cope with being so hated.

  5. Ed Piner
    January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Should have included Psy and that Gangnam Style crap. The most annoying thing I've heard next to Bieber.

  6. Dominic Chang
    January 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The other 4 girls make Bieber sound really good

    • Dave Parrack
      January 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      That's a good point actually. He's there because he's terrible, but he's not as terrible as the others on the list!

  7. EdmarJohn SanDiego
    January 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great article. I really hope bieber's music will stop soon.

  8. mmaduekwe stanley
    January 11, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Such a Classic.

  9. Alex Downs
    January 11, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Bieber and Rebecca Black are all I needed to see.

  10. Félix S. De Jesús
    January 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Rebbeca Black far the worst.

  11. Ronald Smith
    January 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Epic article is epic. That is all.

  12. ThisIs Akmal
    January 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I guess all of the persons in the list are girls...

  13. Joshua Lockhart
    January 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Dave... Dave, Dave, Dave. Look, I'm not a fan of the Biebs by any means, but you can't deny talent. The video provided – which was recorded way back when – even shows it. (Doesn't mean I like it, of course.)

    As for the others, we can agree. Can't blame them for trying to live out a dream, though. : )

    • Dave Parrack
      January 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      I'll agree Biebs is more talented than the others on the list, but I still can't listen to him without wanting to kick things.

      I held back from dissing any of these too much because sure, there's nothing wrong with trying. However, some people need to be told they can't sing before they waste their lives chasing a unfulfillable dream.

      • Elizabeth Sebastian
        January 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

        Kick stuff? Dave, you should do a video of your own! I'm sure it would go viral -- kind of like those "Kids react to..." videos featuring school-age children responding to viral videos (the Charlie Sheen one was hilarious). "Tech Blogger Guy Kicks Stuff After Listening to Justin Bieber" -- that would be awesome. You'd be a star. :-)

        • Dave Parrack
          January 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

          Now there's an idea. I've always fancied being a viral video star, and this could be my chance!

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        January 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        Even though I don't like him, I can argue that he actually knows how to sing. You wanting to kick things...I can say there are professional singer with similar effect on me. (disclosure: this is light hearted and I don't argue much to the rest)

    • ThisIs Akmal
      January 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Talent or autotune?

      • Dave Parrack
        January 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        Bieber has a better voice than most, but I suspect all of his songs are still put through the auto-tune grinder.

    • Katharine Wood
      January 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Yeah I was going to comment and say just that. I'm not a Bieber fan in any way, but putting him in with this lot is slightly silly. I've only heard like 3 of his songs on the radio, but in the last couple of songs he's released he actually sounds pretty darn good, and that's without a really obvious overuse of autotune. So basically, the Biebs sounds better than at least 50% of the pop stars on the radio. Is it my favorite type of music? No. But he's undeniably talented.

  14. Matt
    January 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    You've forgotten about Gnesa. The noise coming from her mouth in that "music video" is legendary.