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
70 10
Nails On A Chalkboard
2
75 14
Chewing With Your Mouth Open
3
75 15
Talking During Movies
4
72 14
Crying Babies
5
71 14
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps
6
55 9
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)
7
53 9
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications
8
61 14
Loogie Hocking
9
55 11
Smacking Gum
10
54 11
Snoring
11
50 11
Whining
12
55 15
Microphone/Speaker Feedback
13
48 12
Adult Baby Talk
14
43 10
Morning Alarm
15
45 14
Teeth Scraping On A Fork
16
40 12
Noisy Neighbors
17
38 12
Car Alarms
18
36 11
Slurping
19
38 13
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves
20
36 13
Dentist Drill
21
36 13
Mouth Breathing
22
39 17
Loud Exhausts
23
30 10
Airhorn
24
31 11
Screaming
25
32 12
Food Noises In A Movie Theater