Let’s see if any of you know this rhyme called “1st is The Worst”

Which one do you say? First is the worst, Second is the best, Third is the one with the… a) wedding dress, b) hairy chest or, c) treasure chest ?

My kids and their friends were debating this one. They disagreed over which answer is the most popular… a, b, or c. Google seems to know b the most. Anyone out there know this rhyme? If so, which ending do you say?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Mama Lisa

PS I asked my friends this question on Facebook and no one answered! Which makes me think it’s a new rhyme that this current generation says. I had never heard it before my kids taught it to me either.

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207 Responses to “Let’s see if any of you know this rhyme called “1st is The Worst””

  1. eden Says:

    1st is the worst
    2nd is the best
    3rd is the one with the HAIRY CHEST
    4th is the on with the polka dot dress
    5th is the one with the treasure chest
    (idk the rest)

  2. Phoenix Says:

    At my school it was 1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the nerd.

  3. Savannah Says:

    I always said 1st is the worst, seconds the best, thirds the nerd, and I’m trying to remember 4. It’s 5th gets a kiss from 6th. 7th goes to heaven and that’s all I remember.

  4. Yaira Says:

    I remember going: 1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the one with the hairy chest, 4th is the one with the treasure chest, 5th is the one with the polka dot dress. (I forgot the rest)

  5. Carola Cancioncitas Says:

    Certainly! The “1st is the Worst, 2nd is the Best, 3rd is the one with the hairy chest” rhyme is typically used to playfully tease people when determining order or ranking. After the initial rhyme, it’s common for people to add variations or continue the sequence with additional humorous lines. Here are some examples:

    4th is the one who never rests,
    5th is the one who’s always stressed,
    6th is the one who’s fashion-obsessed.

    These additional lines are often improvised and are meant to maintain the playful and light-hearted tone of the rhyme. It’s a simple and fun way to decide who goes first in a game or activity, especially among friends or children.

  6. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for sharing that Carola! That’s cool.

  7. Travis Says:

    We always said 1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the one with the BIG hairy chest. And thats all we said. LOL. So what was you guys’ conclusion?

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