12 Songs You Really Shouldn’t Play in Your Retail Store

It’s been said that music shapes consumer behavior. The right songs can increase your store’s sales…but #cringeworthy music can drive customers away. Here are 12 songs we really don’t recommend you play in your retail store.

1. “Lost in the Supermarket” – The Clash

“I’m all lost in the supermarket, I can no longer shop happily?” No.

2. “Sunglasses at Night” – Corey Hart

Cringe factor: 10. Especially at a drug retail store.

3. “All By Myself” – Celine Dion

Unless you want to make your customers cry, then no.

4. “Stupid Hoe” – Nicki Minaj

Not sure what’s worse: The breath before “you a stupid hoe” or repeating “you a stupid hoe” 16 times after that.

5. “Let’s Go To The Mall” – Robin Sparkles 


Not unless your customers have been blessed with #HIMYM.

6. “LOL Smiley Face” – Trey Songz

Your customers WILL question your taste.

7. “Night of the Chainsaw” – Insane Clown Posse

Maybe for a Halloween costume retail store. Maybe.

8. “Shoplifters of the World Unite” – The Smiths 

Your customers don’t need encouragement. Separately, nice hip motions at 1:46.

9. “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” – Joe Nichols

Maybe in a liquor store…for men.

10. “Gangnam Style” – PSY

Sorry, it’s over.

11. “I Wanna Find a Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go” – Captain Beefheart

Interesting lyrics…

12. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” – Yvis 

Not a song to play on repeat. Not even for a pet retail store.

Have more songs to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://bindopos.com Irene Chan

    I like Celine Dion! 😉

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  • Damon Yuan

    can I say I love Stupid Hoe!

    • Fabulosooo712

      Stupid hoes is my enemy

      Stupid hoes is so whack

      Stupid hoe shoulda befriended me

      Then she coulda probably came back

  • Marilyn

    gangnam style is so overrrrr and def not at a retail store…another to add to the list: “wonton soup” by Lil’B. That song is ridic!

    • http://bindopos.com Irene Chan

      “wet like wonton soup”.. what the heck is that? It really killed me…

      • Jennyyxx

        I guess you’re not having any more wonton soup 😉

  • Casey

    why are you even listening to Lil’B?! awesome post anywhooo
    another song for the list: Anaconda nicki minaj- what is up with her

  • Joseph L.

    HAHAH I love robin sparkles!!!!! go canada

  • leveyzhu

    I love The Fox lol

    What the fox say?



    • patriciaalexander

      And the seal goes ow ow owwwwww

  • DB

    “All By Myself” so gonna have some tequila to make her clothes fall off! lol

  • Louis Cruise

    anything from ONE DIRECTION should be on that list…my daughter is playing that on REPEAT at our pet store.

  • Denise Johnson

    Yeah… Every