Culture The Worst Sounds To Hear  

Samantha Dillinger
750 votes 46 voters 76 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.

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17 0
Chewing With Your Mouth Open

2
21 1
Talking During Movies

3
20 1
Microphone/Speaker Feedback

4
19 1
Loogie Hocking

5
15 2
Nails On A Chalkboard

6
17 4
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps

7
15 3
Crying Babies

8
13 2
Smacking Gum

9
14 3
Whining

10
14 4
Loud Exhausts

11
12 3
Mouth Breathing

12
13 4
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications

13
13 4
Kids Practicing Instruments

14
9 1
Airhorn

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15
9 1
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)

16
11 3
Teeth Scraping On A Fork

17
12 4
Biker Gangs

18
8 1
Car Alarms

19
8 1
Leaf Blowers

20
9 2
Snoring

21
13 6
Cats Coughing Up Hairballs

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22
8 2
Adult Baby Talk

23
10 4
Morning Alarm

24
8 3
Jackhammers

25
7 2
Screaming

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7 2
Noisy Neighbors

27
9 5
Constant Tapping

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9 5
Loud Car Subwoofers

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8 4
Dentist Drill

30
8 4
Nailbiting

31
8 4
Food Noises In A Movie Theater

32
7 3
Sweaty Thighs Sliding On Leather

33
6 2
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves

34
6 2
The Hum Of Fluorescent Lighting

35
6 2
Bros

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36
6 2
Slurping

37
6 3
Prey Being Killed

38
8 6
Train Horns

39
7 5
Cracking Knuckles/Joints

40
6 4
Car Accidents

41
6 4
Clicking Jaw

42
5 3
Smoke Alarms

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43
5 3
Upstairs Neighbors Walking Around

44
5 3
Cats Screeching

45
4 2
Squeaky Brakes

46
6 5
Skateboard On Concrete

47
5 4
Woo Girls

48
4 3
Dripping Faucets

49
4 3
Cotton Balls Squishing

50
3 2
Dogs Barking