Culture The Worst Sounds To Hear  

Samantha Dillinger
4k votes 237 voters 1.8k views 78 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
97 19
Crying Babies
2
92 17
Nails On A Chalkboard
3
95 19
Chewing With Your Mouth Open
4
77 13
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)
5
85 16
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps
6
91 20
Talking During Movies
7
72 12
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications
8
70 13
Whining
9
61 11
Morning Alarm
10
67 16
Smacking Gum
11
66 17
Snoring
12
69 19
Microphone/Speaker Feedback
13
69 20
Loogie Hocking
14
56 14
Noisy Neighbors
15
54 13
Slurping
16
56 17
Teeth Scraping On A Fork
17
58 19
Adult Baby Talk
18
50 15
Car Alarms
19
48 15
Mouth Breathing
20
52 20
Loud Exhausts
21
44 18
Biker Gangs
22
39 14
Airhorn
23
46 20
Dentist Drill
24
41 16
Screaming
25
41 16
Food Noises In A Movie Theater