A new book has claimed to have established the ten worst song lyrics of all time.

Johnny Sharp's new book 'Crap Lyrics', published on June 1st, outlines what he declares are the worst lyrics in pop music.

At number ten, from Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap, comes the line: "I'm serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer".

At number nine, from He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss by the The Crystals, is the line: "If he didn't care for me, I could have never made him mad, but he hit me and I was glad."

Commenting on the lyric, Sharp described it as "jaw-dropping enough to make any self-respecting female throw themselves in front of a racehorse in protest".

At eight in Sharp's list are lines from We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel, at seven is Macarthur Park by Richard Harris, Donna Summer et al and at six is Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard.

Even the legendary Bob Dylan comes in for criticism for his lyrics in Ballad of a Thin Man, at number five in the list.

In the song, Dylan sings: "Now you see this one-eyed midget shouting the word 'now'. And you say, for what reason? And he says, 'how?' And you say, what does this mean? And he screams back, 'you're a cow'. Give me some milk or else go home."

At number four in the list is I Just Shot John Lennon by The Cranberries, at number three Horse with No Name by America and at number two is The Joker by the Steve Miller Band, with the lyric: "Really love your peaches wanna shake your tree. Lovey dovey lovey dovey lovey dovey all the time. Ooh yeah baby I'll sure show you a good time."

And at number one in Sharp's worst lyric of all time comes from My Humps by Black Eyes Peas, with the line: "I mix your milk with my cocoa puff, milky, milky cocoa. Mix your milk with my cocoa puff, milky, milky riiiiight!

Commenting on his number one, Sharp said: "I can only speculate that 'cocoa puff' and 'milk' are meant to somehow represent the sexual union of a black man with a white woman.

"Represented through the use of the kind of metaphors that most primary school children would consider lacking in sophistication, if not borderline racist. Shame on a nuclear scale."

16/05/2009 10:13:13