Culture The Worst Sounds To Hear  

Samantha Dillinger
1.4k votes 91 voters 77 items

List Rules Don't add "My Brother," "Nickelback," or any bodily functions. Only universally annoying noises that bother just about everyone.

What is the most annoying sound in the world? While the answer to that question may be somewhat subjective, there are some irritating sounds that almost no one enjoys hearing. From sleeping next to a loud snorer to enduring crying babies on an airplane, there are some noises the average person could simply do without. This list catalogs the absolute worst noises no one wants to hear. 

What noises get under your skin the most? For some, annoying alarm sounds are the worst. Whether you're using your smart phone or an alarm clock, the incessant bleating reminds you sleeping time is unfortunately over. What about nails on a chalkboard, the go-to example of a truly terrible sound? Not to mention, there are plenty of terrible noises humans create themselves, like mouth breathing, slurping, and adult baby talk. 

Vote up the most loathsome noises below and  add any insufferable sounds you think are missing.

list ordered by

1
34 4
Loogie Hocking

2
38 5
Talking During Movies

3
37 5
Chewing With Your Mouth Open

4
37 5
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps

5
32 4
Nails On A Chalkboard

6
35 6
Microphone/Speaker Feedback

7
28 4
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications

8
24 3
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)

9
35 8
Crying Babies

10
23 3
Car Alarms

11
28 5
Whining

12
26 5
Smacking Gum

13
24 4
Snoring

14
22 4
Adult Baby Talk

15
22 5
Dentist Drill

16
22 6
Loud Exhausts

17
21 6
Morning Alarm

18
15 2
Airhorn

19
17 4
Noisy Neighbors

20
18 5
Mouth Breathing

21
15 3
Screaming

22
16 4
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves

23
19 7
Teeth Scraping On A Fork

24
18 7
Biker Gangs

25
20 9
Kids Practicing Instruments

26
14 4
Leaf Blowers

27
12 3
Smoke Alarms

28
12 3
Slurping

29
12 4
The Hum Of Fluorescent Lighting

30
12 4
Jackhammers

31
13 5
Upstairs Neighbors Walking Around

32
15 7
Constant Tapping

33
18 10
Cats Coughing Up Hairballs

34
9 3
Squeaky Brakes

35
9 3
Bros

36
9 3
Styrofoam

37
12 6
Sweaty Thighs Sliding On Leather

38
13 7
Cracking Knuckles/Joints

39
11 6
Nailbiting

40
13 8
Loud Car Subwoofers

41
10 5
Woo Girls

42
13 8
Food Noises In A Movie Theater

43
9 4
Dogs Barking

44
11 6
Car Accidents

45
10 6
Clicking Jaw

46
7 3
Sniffling

47
11 8
Train Horns

48
9 6
Prey Being Killed

49
8 5
Dripping Faucets

50
7 5
Wrapper/Chip Bag Crinkling