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
54 6
Nails On A Chalkboard

2
60 10
Talking During Movies

3
46 6
Smacking Gum

4
61 11
Chewing With Your Mouth Open

5
57 10
Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps

6
43 6
Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)

7
54 11
Crying Babies

8
43 7
Someone Else's Constant Cell Phone Notifications

9
51 11
Loogie Hocking

10
40 8
Snoring

11
45 12
Microphone/Speaker Feedback

12
40 9
Whining

13
37 9
Teeth Scraping On A Fork

14
34 8
Morning Alarm

15
35 9
Adult Baby Talk

16
30 8
Noisy Neighbors

17
30 9
Dogs Slurping While They Lick Themselves

18
26 7
Slurping

19
32 12
Loud Exhausts

20
29 11
Dentist Drill

21
29 11
Car Alarms

22
27 10
Mouth Breathing

23
23 7
Airhorn

24
23 8
Screaming

25
25 10
Food Noises In A Movie Theater