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
67 9
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)
2
87 17
Crying Babies
3
84 16
Nails On A Chalkboard
4
85 18
Chewing With Your Mouth Open
5
78 15
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps
6
83 18
Talking During Movies
7
63 11
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications
8
63 12
Whining
9
62 14
Snoring
10
61 15
Smacking Gum
11
53 11
Morning Alarm
12
64 19
Loogie Hocking
13
62 19
Microphone/Speaker Feedback
14
51 14
Noisy Neighbors
15
54 17
Adult Baby Talk
16
47 13
Slurping
17
50 17
Teeth Scraping On A Fork
18
45 14
Car Alarms
19
42 15
Mouth Breathing
20
47 19
Loud Exhausts
21
40 16
Biker Gangs
22
38 15
Food Noises In A Movie Theater
23
40 19
Dentist Drill
24
35 15
Screaming
25
40 20
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves