Culture The Worst Sounds To Hear  

Samantha Dillinger
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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
58 8
Nails On A Chalkboard

2
65 12
Chewing With Your Mouth Open

3
63 12
Talking During Movies

4
48 7
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)

5
61 12
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps

6
59 12
Crying Babies

7
54 12
Loogie Hocking

8
46 8
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications

9
48 9
Smacking Gum

10
44 9
Snoring

11
49 13
Microphone/Speaker Feedback

12
43 10
Whining

13
39 10
Adult Baby Talk

14
37 10
Morning Alarm

15
38 12
Teeth Scraping On A Fork

16
33 10
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves

17
28 8
Slurping

18
31 11
Noisy Neighbors

19
30 11
Mouth Breathing

20
31 12
Dentist Drill

21
31 12
Car Alarms

22
24 8
Airhorn

23
25 9
Screaming

24
32 15
Loud Exhausts

25
27 11
Food Noises In A Movie Theater