The Worst Sounds To Hear

Over 1.4K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Worst Sounds To Hear
Voting 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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  • 1
    878 votes

    Chewing With Your Mouth Open

  • 2
    831 votes

    Nails On A Chalkboard

  • 3
    692 votes


  • 4
    732 votes

    Smoke Alarm Low Battery Beeps

  • 5
    744 votes

    Buzzing (Flies, Mosquitos, Etc.)

  • 6
    679 votes

    Morning Alarm