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Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ Makes ‘Worst Songs of the ’90s’ List

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Billy Ray Cyrus probably isn’t surprised that his 1992 hit ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ has been named to yet another “worst songs” list. This month, readers of Rolling Stone named the line-dance anthem the third worst song of the ’90s. He’s the only country artist to make the Top 10 of this list.

Cyrus’ song is frequently included on these types of lists, although no one ever really pinpoints the reason for their venom. Next to songs like ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ by the Baha Men at No. 8 and ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba at No. 5, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. At least Cyrus’ song seemed like a pretty good idea at the time. Can the same really be said about Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ (No. 1)?

Aside from Hanson, whose hit ‘MmmBop’ ranks at No. 6, Cyrus is the only artist on this Top 10 list to enjoy much success after the heyday of their worst song nominee. One figures the reason he keeps being included on lists like this is that as time goes by, fewer and fewer people remember lesser hits like ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred (No. 9). Ask a teenager to show you the ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio (No. 2) and see how far he or she gets.

So hold your head high, Billy Ray Cyrus. Remember the advice mothers have been giving children for centuries: They only make fun of you because they’re jealous.

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