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

  1. Sam Says:

    This one was around my schoolyard when I was a kid (I’m 25 now) as “First, the worst / second, the best / third, the turd.”

  2. frances Says:

    Oh, this is at least 30 years old … We’ve been saying this since before primary school. And yes, third is the one with the hairy chest!

  3. Lisa Says:

    I love that Sam…Third the turd! (You know I’m a kid at heart because I still get a kick out of the gross stuff.)

    So it’s known on both sides of the Atlantic… interesting!

  4. Christa McCartney Says:

    Our childhood version, and the one I use with my kids (I am 39 ) was 3rd the dirty donkey, 4th the witch that fell in a ditch and 5th the golden angel

  5. Sam Says:

    0 the hero , first the worst , second the best , third the one with a hairy chest , fourth the king, fifth the queen, sixth the one woth a magazine, seventh goes to heven, eighth the one that likes to read , nineth the one who needs to speed, tenth who runs lengths, eleventh goes to heaven , twelth with wealth ,

  6. Uly Says:

    First the worst, second the same, third the best of the game.

  7. sandy Says:

    30 yrs ago we used to say “first the worst , second the best, third the dirty donkey, fourth the golden eagle and i think 5th was a smelly sock”!

  8. Alysa Says:

    First the worst, second the best, third the nerd, or something like thhhattt ahah ! (:

  9. nini Says:

    first the worst second the best third the one with the treasure chest.

  10. Missy Says:

    I remember ours being “First is the worst, Second is the best, Third is theone with the Golden Chest”

  11. mr nobody Says:

    minus the hinus, 0 the hero, 1st the worse, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest, 4th the one with the golden’s gun, 5th the one with the cheetah’s bum… finish it off some1

  12. camy Says:

    i still say the ryhme now i know it as 1st da worst 2nd ze best 3rd da 1 with a hairy breast 4rth can morph 5’s a hive 6 loves weetabix 7’s in heaven 8’d ze gate 9th the one i haven’t got a word 4

  13. Shoop Says:

    Huh. My friends and I would always say: 1st the worst, 2nd the best and 3rd the Golden Bird.

  14. Natasha Says:

    0 the hero 1st the worst 2nd the best 3rd the one with a hairy chest 4th the golden eagle 5th the one with a cheetahs bum………. I dunno the rest

  15. Marla Says:

    My daughter came home from school with this today (I had never heard it before) and uses “treasure chest.”

  16. Kimmy Says:

    i always say ‘ 1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest . 4th is the one with the polka dotted dress ‘ and i knew until about 10, but i totally forgot !

  17. Lucie Says:

    0 the hero, 1st the worse, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest, 4th the one with the golden gun, 5th the one with the cheetah’s bum, 6th the one who picks up sticks, 7th the one who goes to heaven, 8th the one who jumped the gate, 9th is the one who stopped for wine, 10th is the one with the big fat hen

  18. Steve-o Says:

    We used to say a totally different version:-
    First the worst, secong the best, third the greatest in the west (or third the royal princess). Fourth the ghost eating toast half way up the lamp post. Fifth the witch eating chips half way up the football pitch. Sixth the fox eating socks…… there was more but I can’t remember it

  19. Richard Says:

    at my school (nottiingham uk) in the 80’s it was
    1st the wosrt
    2nd the best
    3rd the dirty dog mess

    golden eagle was in there somewhere but cant remember where!

  20. Brian Says:

    The origins could have been derived from the music in the playground singing from the children jumping rope.

    1st I made it, 2nd I did it again, 3rd I think I am getting the hang of this, 4th I tripped but I dont care, 5th come on over me, 6th I am going to get some jam for my toast, 7th im leaving now, 8th im gone, 9th do you want any toast, 10th (your response here) 11th signing out.

  21. Brian Says:

    The origins could have been derived from the music in the playground singing from the children jumping rope.

    1st I made it, 2nd I did it again, 3rd I think I am getting the hang of this, 4th I tripped but I dont care, 5th come on over me, 6th I am going to get some jam for my toast, 7th im leaving now, 8th *stomp *stomp *turn, 9th “would you likes some toast?”, 10th (your response here) 11th signing out.

  22. Anna Says:

    “1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the one with a hairy chest, 4th rules over all the rest, 5th is the one that flunked his test, 6th is the one that pwns the rest, 7th is the one that didn’t try his best, 8th is the one who isent the best but just as good as the rest”

  23. shannon Says:

    we all say;
    1st- the worst..
    2nd- the best!
    3rd- the one with the hairy chest..
    4th-the greatest!
    5th- the waitress..

    thats all i kno:D:D!

  24. abbie carter Says:

    im 13 and we use 1st the worst 2nd the best 3rd the golden eagle but im unsure of the rest <3

  25. Alicia Says:

    I’m 13 now, but my class has been using it since maybe third grade, second even. What I know is

    Zero the hero. First the worst. Second the best. Third the nerd in the barbie dress. Fourth the king. Fifth the queen. Sixth the one in the washing machine. Seventh the one who goes to heaven….

    Thats all I remember :)

  26. cool girl Says:

    i am 12 and i know 1st is the worst second is the best third is the one with the treasure chest

  27. tracey Says:

    We used to say 30 years ago in Oxford (UK)
    first the worst
    second the best
    third the dirty donkey
    fourth the golden eagle
    fifth the pot of gold

  28. Laura Says:

    1st the worst, second the best, third the hairy princess
    4th the ghost, eating toast, halfway up the lamppost
    5th the witch, eating chips, midway up the football pitch
    forgotten the rest!! xxx

  29. Andy Says:

    When i was at school in England (i’m 36) it was:

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the dirty donkey
    4th the golden eagle

    and that’s as far as it went in those days.

  30. Iqra Says:

    im only 13 but i remember it was 1 da worst
    2 the best
    3 the one with the ballerina dress
    4 the one with the golden chest
    5 the one with the gun
    6 the one in the washing machine
    7 the one that is going to heaven
    8 the one who jumped the gate
    ….
    thats all i remember!!! :) :p :D

  31. AJ Says:

    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one with the treasure chest
    Fourth is the one with the polka dot dress
    Fifth is the one with the hairy chest
    Sixth is the one with the wedding dress
    Seventh is the one with a pretty face
    Eighth is the one with the untied shoelace
    Ninth is the one with the siccors in their hand
    And Tenth is the one who is playing in the band

  32. Ashh Says:

    Well, frist is the worse second is the best third is the one with the treasure chest forth is the one in a poka dotted dress fifth is in one with a hairy chest and i dont know the rest. but it really doesnt even mattter.

  33. Johanna Says:

    Im not sure, but i think its faster the master, zero the hero, third the nerd, forth the short, fifth the myth, sixth the stick, seventh the pretty face, eighth the fog, ninth the sand, tenth the band! That pretty much all I know!:)

  34. Anna Says:

    I only kno till 4 but i dnt care so here goes
    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth is the one with the golden gun

  35. Tim Says:

    When I was at school (30 now) it was…

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Forth the golden eagle

    And I don’t think I ever knew any more of it. Has bugged me for years as to what the rest is, but it seems there is no definitive version….I think I might have to add Fifth the cheetahs bum, though.

  36. Hollie Says:

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the oe with the hairy chest
    Fourth the golden eagle
    Fith the dirty donkey ……..
    Cant remember the rest

  37. paris henry Says:

    it’s 1st the worst 2nd the best 3rd the one with the golden chest 4th the ghost, eating toast half way up the lamp post 5th needs to take a piss 6th the one in the washing machine 7th went to heaven 8th was to darn late 9th isn’t even standing in line 10th are men 11th did the same as number seven

  38. Alice Says:

    No it’s 0 the hero first the worst second the best third the golden princess!!

  39. Emily N.. Says:

    minus the hinus
    zero the hero
    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one with the treasure chest
    Fourth is the one with the polka dot dress
    Fifth is the one with the hairy chest
    Sixth is the one with the wedding dress
    Seventh is the one with a pretty face
    Eighth is the one with the untied shoelace
    Ninth is the one with the siccors in their hand
    And Tenth is the one who is playing in the band

  40. matt Says:

    Wow didn’t realise there would be so many versions!
    However i recall
    1st the worst, 2nd the best, 3rd the one with a hairy chest, 4th the one who picks thier nose 5th the one who eats it!!

  41. Rohanna Says:

    So, as far as I knew, it was:
    First is worst,
    Second is best,
    Third is the one with the treasure chest,
    Fourth is silver,
    Fifth is gold,
    Sixth is a story yet untold…
    ((Seventh, eighth, and ninth are all a mystery to me…))
    When you find your way back ’round to ten
    You’ll find your way to home again.

    Does anyone know the missing lines?

  42. lauren suzie Says:

    As far as I knew from when I was 10 (i am now 14) it was:
    Zero the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth the one with the golden gun
    Fith the king
    Sixth the queen
    Seventh the one in the washing machine

  43. Dave Says:

    Zero is the hero.
    First is the worst.
    Second is the best.
    Third is the nerd in the polka-dot dress.

    I’m 26, and that’s as far as I remember it going.

  44. lucy sweetman Says:

    am 17 and was brought up to know; zero the hero, 1st the worst, 2nd the best, 3 the rolyal princess, 4th the gost eating toast half way up the lamp post :’) never knew there was some many different ones aha x

  45. sarah Says:

    Zero is the hero
    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one with the harry chest
    Fourth is the one with the treasure chest
    Fifth is the one with the polka dot dress
    Sixth is the king
    Seventh is the queen
    Eighth is the one in the washing machine

  46. charmer Says:

    0 the hero
    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the one with the hairy chest
    4th dwarf
    5th the gift
    6 the one who picks up sticks

    mdae it up hehe lol :D xxx

  47. Suze Says:

    1st the worst, 2nd the best, 3rd’s the one with a hairy chest, 4th’s the one with the golden gun. dnt think we ever went further then that.

  48. Sarah, McKenna, Maddie Says:

    First The Worst
    Second The Best
    Third The Golden Turd
    Fourth The Dwarf
    Fifth The Myth
    Sixth The Dictatorships
    Seventh The Adolescent
    Eighth The Apes
    Ninth The Limes
    Tenth The Sense
    Eleventh The Heavens
    Twelfth The Elf.(:

  49. NickySheep19 Says:

    Zero the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth the one with the golden gun
    Fifth the one with the hairy bum
    . . .Don’t remember any more. :)

  50. j2o Says:

    First the worst second the same third the best of the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Emma Tennan Says:

    Zeroth the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth the king
    Fifth the queen
    Sixth the one in the washing machine
    Seventh the one in the drying machine
    Eighth the one in heaven
    Ninth the one in hell
    anyone know what tenth is?

  52. Emma Tennant Says:

    Zeroth the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth the king
    Fifth the queen
    Sixth the one in the washing machine
    Seventh the one in the drying machine
    Eighth the one in heaven
    Ninth the one in hell
    anyone know what tenth and above is?

  53. Samantha Says:

    Rohanna – I think you have mixed up the mag pie rhyme
    1 for sorrow, 2 for Joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a Boy, 5, for silver, 6 for Gold seven for a secret never to be told.

    I remember
    first the worst
    second the best
    third the dirty donkey
    fourth the one with nothing on
    fifth the fairy Queen.

    Does any one know this version, was there a sixth?

  54. Likem Nmo Says:

    Zero the hero
    First the Worst
    Second the best
    Third the golden princess
    Fourth the horse coverd in sauce
    Fifth the golden eagle
    Sixth the witch in the ditch
    Thats all I know(or at least can remember)

  55. Lisa Says:

    These are great! Would anyone like to record their version for us to post as an mp3?

  56. Kristin Says:

    When i was little we used to say.

    Zero the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the hairy chest
    Fourth the queen of the north
    Fifth the myth

    I like seeing all the different versions. Its crazy how common this little rhyme is and how many different variations there are.

  57. sass Says:

    0 the hero
    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the one with the hairy chest
    4th the lord
    5th the king
    6th the one wearing golden rings
    7th the one who’ll go to heaven
    8th the great
    9th the one who holds the pine
    10th the one with the big fat hen

  58. sass Says:

    sorry 9th is either 9th the one who holds the pine or 9th the S.t.

  59. Humnah Says:

    I think it’s with the hairy chest

  60. Sara Says:

    I never heard this until I got married. My husbands family says First the worst, second the best , third the turd.

  61. Ann Says:

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the royal princess
    Fourth the King
    Fifth the Queen
    Sixth the witch of Hallowe’en
    Seventh the Executioner
    Eighth the Dirty Donkey
    Ninth the girl
    Tenth the boy

  62. Breanne Says:

    First the worst
    Second the best with the hairiest chest in the Cinderella dress
    Third the nerd with the golden bird
    Fourth the king/queen of the north
    Fifth the myth…

  63. Lisa Says:

    Great ones!

  64. anonymous Says:

    First the worst, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest, forth the dwarf, fifth the myth…

  65. Marty Says:

    First the worst,
    Second the best,
    Third the one with the hairy chest,
    Fourth the dwarf,
    Fifth the fairy,
    Sixth the one with the long and hairy.

  66. shriya etwarea Says:

    Minus the highness first the worst second the best third the one with the hairy chest fourth the one with the treasure chest fifth the one with the polka dot dress sixth is the king seven is the queen eight is the one in the washing machine

    That’s all I know

    2008 – 2014

  67. Bannana man Says:

    Minus the hinus
    Zero the hero
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with hairy chest
    Fouth the one with the big fat bum
    Fith the one with the golden gun

  68. Irsaa Aslam Says:

    Minus the hinus,
    Zero the hero,
    First the worst,
    Second the best,
    Third the one with the hairy chest,
    Fourth the one with a golden dress.
    That’s all I know!

  69. Daniella Says:

    I learned it as:
    1st: the worst
    2nd:the best
    3rd: the one with the hairy chest
    4th: the one with the golden dress
    5th: the one with the treasure chest

  70. Hareet Says:

    I learned:

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd with the golden chest
    4th the nerd
    can’t remember the rest

  71. Carribean Teen Says:

    i think different countries have different ways of saying it. I’m from the Caribbean and these are the first few lines of what I remember :

    1st is the worst
    2nd is the best
    3rd is the one with the big fat chest
    4th is the one with the golden dress

  72. Old HillBilly Says:

    I learned this rhyme from my mother who was born in 1910 and she used it to get the kids out of bed in the morning. Nobody wanted to be third or first and I have forgotten fifth. She taught us like this: First the worst, Second the best, Third the little brown turd, Fourth the sugar loaf and fifth the ?. I’m sure she learned it from her father who was born in 1854. So it goes back a very long time.

  73. Cailtin Says:

    This is the version that I learned

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the golden princess
    Fourth the horse, covered in sauce, running around the golf course

    I don’t know the rest

  74. Lisa Says:

    That’s great!

  75. America Says:

    I learnt :

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the one with the golden chest
    Fourth the dwarf
    Fifth the myth

    And so on. I can’t remember

  76. emmy Says:

    I learned zero the hero, first the worst, second the best, third the nerd in the wedding dress, fourth the golden eagle ( fifth and sixth I don’t exactly remember ) – skipping to seven – seven from heaven and the rest i don’t remember at all.

  77. Ayerik Says:

    We sang it as:

    First is the worst,
    Second is the best,
    Third is the one with the hairiest chest,
    Fourth is the one with the A+ test.

    We went to about 15 or 20 with it, but I cannot remember at all now what we did after fourth. I know we made it all up, though. This was in the mid-80’s in Connecticut.

  78. Me Says:

    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one in the golden dress

  79. Maya Says:

    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third the golden princess

  80. Lisa Says:

    I just found this version in a book from 1902 called “Sweet P’s”:

    “The first’s the worst,
    The second’s the same;
    The last the best
    Of all the game.”

  81. Jay Says:

    In the 80’s in Newcastle, UK.
    First the worst,
    Second the best,
    Third the hairy princess!
    Haha

  82. Riddler Says:

    This is how we used to say it in Nairobi, Kenya (2010) I remember it as: First is the last Second is the best Third is the rotten banana in the bush. That’s all I can remember.

  83. Emma Parker Says:

    Me and my little sister say,
    1. Is the worst
    2. is the best
    3. Is the one with the hairy chest
    4. Is the one with polkadot dress
    5. is the one with treasure chest
    6. Is the witch of Halloween
    7. Is from heaven
    8. Is the dirty donkey
    9. Gots the height
    10. Is the one with the hen.

  84. Bill Says:

    The version from Lisa’s 1902 ‘Sweet P’s scans the best. IIRC, it appears in an old Olsen and Johnson movie…

  85. Bill Says:

    First, the worst
    Second, the same
    Last the best
    Of all the game!

    This version scans best. I heard it in an old Olsen and Johnson movie long, long ago. Nice to know it’s even older (thanks, Lisa).

  86. Alisa Says:

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the golden princess

  87. Amanda Says:

    1st the worst 2nd the best 3rd the nerd 4th the golden bird and 5th the kid with the hairy chest and the A+ test 😂

  88. Daniel Says:

    We knew it as First is the worst, Second is the Best, Third is the nerd with the polka-dot dress!” Interchangeable with “Third is the nerd with a treasure chest.” Depending on if it was a nerd saying it, haha.

  89. Nobody Says:

    I know the one wit the hairy chest but my friends like to say First is the worst Second is the best and Third is the one with the golden chest

  90. Rodolfo Says:

    I used to say:
    First is the worst,
    Second is the same,
    And all the rest goes down the drain.

  91. Helen Says:

    20 years ago I knew it as:

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the golden princess!

  92. Cameron Says:

    I used to take the walking school bus at my primary and we used to sing. 0 the hero, 1st the worst, second the best, third the golden princess, fourth the horse that sits in the sauce, 5th the golden eagle.

  93. francisco ferraro Says:

    It’s….

    first is the worst
    second is the best
    third is the one with the hairy chest
    fourth is the one with the polka dot dress
    fifth is the one with the trea-sure chest
    sixth is the king
    seventh is the queen
    eighth is the one in the magazine

  94. Terry Says:

    1st the worst, 2nd the same, 3rd the nerd with a golden bird, 4th the king, 5th The queen and 6th the person in the washing machine…. Boom 💯

  95. Girl Says:

    From 2012, I remember this from my 1st Grade class:
    1st is the worst
    2nd is the best
    3rd is the one with the treasure chest
    4th I don’t know (But I made my version 4th I don’t care)
    5th is the dare
    6th is the one with the underwear!

    That’s it. We never went passed that. I did but my added version after 6 was dumb and full of random words.

  96. Norman Says:

    First is the worst
    Second is best
    Third is the golden turd
    Fourth is the rotten horse
    Fifth is the Christmas gift
    Sixth is full of tricks
    Seventh goes to heaven
    Eighth can’t be straight
    ..but I forget it from there. Learned it from my cousin back in the 1950’s.

  97. Sarah Says:

    I’m only ten and me and my big sis said

    1.is da worst secon is da bestest and third is the one with da hairy chest

    This was an argument when we said it idk 😐

  98. Sara Says:

    In the version I knew…

    1st was the worst
    2nd was the best
    3rd was the one with the hairy chest,
    4th was the one with the treasure chest,
    5th was the one with the driving test
    6th was the one who was better than the rest.

    I’m sure there’s more, but we never had more than six people playing the same game or racing where we needed this rhyme!

  99. Tim White Says:

    The rhyme I remember from the late 80s in West Sussex was..

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the one with the hairy chest
    4th the horse all covered in sauce
    5th the golden eagle

  100. Eric Says:

    First the worst,
    second the best,
    third the golden princess.

    That’s the one I always hear at school.

  101. David Hodgkinson Says:

    We used to say this after eating dinner to beat the other siblings. First the worst, second the best, third the Dirty Donkey, 4th the golden eagle

  102. HyperMangi Says:

    I remember this since primary school, I was watching How to STUDY When You DON’T FEEL LIKE IT! By “Med School Insiders” And I saw “Hero to Zero” And that’s when I heard and remember it, so it goes like this:

    First the worst.

    Second the best.

    One with the hairy chest.

    The one with the golden eagle.

    The rest, I can’t remember sadly. I don’t know how it originated, but we used it after PE and you have to get change. And we have to sit on the floor in lines. But there was one line (On the left) For girls and boys sit the one to the right. And I always rush when I get change, but I see a lot of people. And there was some days which I was the fastest. And I let some people go infront of me to get the rank “Second the best” Or “The one with the golden eagle” Something along those lines.

  103. Sergei Says:

    1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is a nerd with a pokka dot dress

  104. df Says:

    1st the worst
    2nd the best
    3rd the one with the hairy chest
    4th is the one with the ugly face

    5-10 forgot not done

  105. Caitlin Says:

    I knew
    First the worst,
    Second the best,
    Third the one with a hairy chest,
    Fourth the one in a golden dress,
    Fifth the one we love the best…

  106. Todd Says:

    When I was a kid, I always said “1st is the worst! 2nd is the best! 3rd is the toilet!

  107. hanson12 Says:

    3rd the one with the nostril nosh

  108. Natalie Says:

    We used to say
    First is the worst
    Second is the best
    Third is the one in a polka dot dress

  109. Unknown Says:

    It was first is the worst second the best and third with polka dot dress

  110. brittany Says:

    1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the one with the hairy chest, 4th is the one with the TREASURE CHEST!!!

  111. potato Says:

    1st is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the treasure chest.

  112. Taylor Says:

    i used to say “1st the worst 2nd the best 3rd the nerd 4th the dwarf :)

  113. TrubieDu Says:

    On the playground there was always 1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the one with the polka dot dress, 4th is the king, 5th is the queen, 6 is mean, 7 goes to heaven, 8 goes straight, 9 collects dimes, 10 keeps hens.

  114. SimonSays0123 Says:

    I am 33 and it was said when I was a kid, it was…

    1st is the worst, 2nd is the best, 3rd is the nerd or turd in the wedding dress, or with the hairy chest or treasure chest depending on what place you were in, if you were 1st you would say I am 0 the hero, then 4th is a dwarf, 5th is a myth, 6 get kicks, 7 goes to heaven, 8 is great, 9 is fine, 10 gets to do it again.

    But it usually stopped at 3 the rest were a stretch and that is the PG version 6 and 10 could get a pretty bad lol

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