Sunday, 16th May 2021

Horrible songs for buskers to ruin everyone's day

MAKING c*ck-all money busking so want to take revenge on everyone on your high street instead? Try these numbers: 

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

A miserable dirge beloved of TV talent shows and nobody else but it makes you feel like you’re baring your soul and nothing is surer to make Britons uncomfortable. Nasally howl at top volume and you’ll have office workers shuddering at the memory all day.

Valerie by the Zutons

Amy Winehouse was a genius vocalist who made a middling indie number into a classic. You’ll have people stopping in the street, listening intently, trying to work out what song it is even when you’re on the chorus. They’ll hate themselves when they realise.

Killing in the Name Of by Rage Against The Machine

Tricky to perform if all you’ve got is a penny whistle and a shaky egg, but does allow you to swear repeatedly and enjoy the looks on the faces of parents and old people. As Christmas number one in 2009 it’s technically a seasonal favourite and should earn you loads in the run-in.

Anything by Ed Sheeran

Perfect for busking but will raise hackles across the shopping centre as everyone wonders if it’s actually Ed, if they’re secretly being filmed and if James Corden is suddenly going to pop out of the shadows and try to dance with them or some sh*t.

Wonderwall by Oasis

No one, apart from p*ssed-up 40-something blokes at music festivals and Liam Gallagher, ever wants to hear Wonderwall ever, ever again. Guaranteed to make everyone feel utterly depressed.