It’s that time of the year again. A week (or two, depending on your uni) of partying, drinking, and dancing, all leading to the grand prize that nobody can avoid: freshers flu. Since getting freshers flu is inevitable, you may as well spend freshers doing as much as you can before uni, tiredness and sickness hit you. All the clubs and bars are gearing up for freshers events, so get ready to have the best freshers week possible. Whether you’re going to a house (or flat) party or a club, you’ll probably hear the same songs over and over. That’s why these are the worst songs you’ll hear at freshers, as although they’re pretty good songs, they’ll be overplayed to death.

1. Mr Brightside – The Killers

This is one of Britain’s most beloved songs, which is strange considering it was written by an American band. Since it was released in 2004, it’s been played at every single party and event. Haven’t we heard enough of it yet? It always seems to bring out the worst (or perhaps the best if we’re looking for something to laugh at) in people’s drunk singing.

2. Wonderwall – Oasis

Like Mr Brightside, Wonderwall is a well-loved song in the UK, especially up north. In Manchester, you’ll almost always find someone busking Wonderwall in the streets. It’s safe to say that this one has been overplayed.

3. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran

Everywhere seems to be in the bad habit of playing this song on repeat. Ed Sheeran’s songs always seem to be overplayed. I think we all remember when Sing was on the radio 24/7 back in 2014. Dark times.

4. Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush

This is an iconic song that was given a new lease of life in July 2022 by Stranger Things. Now the song is played everywhere, all the time, and none of us can hear it without thinking of Max running for her life to escape the Upside Down. Surely we’re tired of all that running by now?

5. Levitating – Dua Lipa

This song will have you levitating with rage once you’ve had to listen to it a few hundred times. It’s good the first few times, but then it becomes quite exhausting.


BUTTER is another song that has been completely overhyped. Since it was released last year, it’s gathered a massive 809 million views. It’s catchy and fun, but it gets old fast.

7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Another beloved song at parties in the UK – but why? It becomes quite repetitive once you’ve heard it over and over. Also, this may be a controversial option, but the Glee cover was better. Glee got many things wrong, but Don’t Stop Believin’ wasn’t one of them.

8. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Queen is perhaps one of the best things the British music industry has ever seen, which naturally means their songs are overplayed. Isn’t it time to stop this one now?

9. Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Another iconic song that people love to ruin by drunk singing along – or screaming along.

10. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

Freshers marks the start of autumn, and considering Watermelon Sugar is a summer song, we should leave it behind with summer. Farewell to the watermelon sugar high, we’ll have to find a new fruit to sing about.

If you’re not sick of these songs by the end of freshers week, we’d be shocked. They’re officially the worst songs you’ll hear at freshers purely out of how often they’re played.

If you’re looking for more information to get you ready for freshers, check out our helpful guide on how to save money at freshers.