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Great songs you never want to hear again

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This site currently features lots of highly engaging discussion about the recently released list of the top 50 worst pop songs of all time. I must like lists, or at least discussions thereof, as I was first attracted to this site by the discussion surrounding the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists list.

How about a list of the “they-were-great-once-but-I’ll-puke-if-I-hear-them-again” songs? Only songs that were once great, classic pillars of the rock lexicon, should be considered. Mickey by Tony Basil and We Built This City by Starship don’t qualify, IMHO. Off the top of my head, in no particular order after the first two:

1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
• Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
• Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
• We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions – Queen
• Layla (acoustic version) – Eric Clapton (I don’t really want to hear Derek and the Dominoes original any more, either)

• Hey Jude – The Beatles
• Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
• Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
• Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane
• Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
• LA Woman – The Doors
• Hotel California – The Eagles
• Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

The above are just my opinions – you may think that Fleetwood Mac just plain sucks and Dreams was never a great song. You may truly believe that Mickey by Toni Basil is up there with the great works of Beethoven, Ellington and Mozart (in which case I really feel sorry for you). Speak up!

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  • Taloran

    Oh yeah – add Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

  • Ah…this is a great way to notice great songs that are in the overplayed, shoved down your throat catagory.

    They aren’t lousy songs, why say that they are?


  • Taloran

    Ummm… I’m not saying they’re lousy. I’m saying they once were great, but I never want to hear them again, as I’ve heard them too much. Was that unclear?

  • Everything I Do by Bryan Adams. What do you mean it ALWAYS sucked? Oh, you say that now, but who bought all those copies to keep it at number 1 for 17 weeks? huh? Kevin Costner i suposse. Well the fact is that this here song from the Robin Hood What Is A Thieving Git soundtrack was a damn good power ballad type affair. It actually might be bearable again by now. But for a long time there, man, holy shit. What a long, agonising death that was. LIke that torture film by Mel Gibson. You just wanted it to end. But they kept buying it, man, they just kept on buying it. Fucking sadists is what they are.

  • Nick Jones

    I’d add Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” (especially post-Di), and that “Free Bird/Baby I Love Your Way” medley, but I suppose that one goes without saying…
    I’ve NEVER liked The Eagles, except for one song…yep, “Hotel California”. Always reminded me of some of the stories in the horror short story anthologies I’m addicted to. But then I worked in a warehouse where the intercom was tuned to the local Corporate Rock Whore radio station, and I was forced to hear “HC” EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY for FIVE YEARS. Now my distaste for The Eagles’ oeuvre is complete.

  • “Born in the USA” rates fairly high on my list of “great songs I never want to hear again.” The song is plenty catchy, which is good. But the melody really doesn’t much go anywhere. It kind of lays there flat.

    So we’ve got this so-so song with a couple of decent hooks run up in us for YEARS, and I can’t get it out of my head, but it’s boring. It’s like having the damned 1 800 SAFE AUTO jingle stuck in my head.

    Why couldn’t people have fixated on his really good songs? I could stand to hear “For You” or “Adam Raised a Cain” every few minutes for 10 years, but nooooo. They had to run his worst album up the flagpole as his megahit.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    Note though, that I’m (perhaps overly generously) giving credit that “Born in the USA” at least once was a great song. That mostly means just that I did like it when it first came out.

    Damn though, after about the 1,000th time hearing that bland arrangement.

    But it was a fiendish choice, for Springsteen was going to be played. Did you want to hear the title song again, or would you prefer “My Hometown?” Would you prefer the rack, or the cat o’ nine tails?

  • Taloran

    “Free Bird/Baby I Love Your Way” medley never qualified. Each song individually, perhaps, but the medley by… who was that, anyway… never made it in the “once was great” category, IMHO.

  • Taloran

    I hate everything by the Boss – his music is as appealing as a dentist’s drill. Born in the USA is just the worst and most overplayed in a long line of schlock by an overrated boor. (yes, it is spelled correctly)

    Manfred Mann’s covers of his tunes were OK, but overplayed, however.

  • Nick Jones

    “never made it in the “once was great” category, IMHO.”

    Yes, you’re right about that. I withdraw the nomination.

  • Longview by Green Day is overplayed. So is Time Of My Life.

    But Basketcase is underplayed.


  • Taloran: in reference to comment #2, sorry for the misunderstanding. No, you were clear, I just have a habit of writing in conversational form. The ‘why say they are lousy’ statement was me refering to other peoples lists that included such songs as just plain old shitty songs.

    So anyway, wasn’t talking about your list, I was referring to other folks lists of negativity. I thought your approach was much more positive. That was my point.


  • Sanjay

    1. Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
    2. Smooth – Santana
    3. Light My Fire – The Doors
    4. Let it be – The Beatles
    5. She Loves You – The Beatles
    6. Every Breath You Take – Police
    7. People are Strange – The Doors
    8. I Feel Good – James Brown
    9. When Doves Cry – Prince
    10. Give it Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

  • Dude, how could you EVER get tired of that guitar solo at the start of “When Doves Cry?”

  • at least Everything I Do spawned one or two good “punk” covers.

  • Taloran

    I agree with all the songs posted by Sanjay in #12, but Let It Be still doesn’t make me want to puke. Overplayed, yes, but I’ll probably never get completely bored of and fed up with it.

    Just about every song by the Stones qualifies, however. I always hated them, so I wouldn’t say any of their songs were ever great in my opinion, but I’ve obviously been overruled by everyone else in the freaking world on this one. If I never hear Satisfaction, Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’, Jumping Jack Flash, Wild Horses, Miss You or ANY other Stones tune again, I’ll be happy.

  • Eric Olsen

    My approach to music evaluation and criticism is so different from that expressed here or on the other “worst of” posts that it would be pointless for me to comment in similar terms. I see music as being used by diferent people and at different times in vastly different ways. I don’t just see it as a fan.

  • Taloran

    So, Eric, there aren’t any songs that make you groan when you hear them, “Oh, not this again!” You actually still enjoy hearing Satisfaction and Free Bird the way you did in high school? You must have the patience of Job, my friend.

  • al sez: “Born in the USA” rates fairly high…

    thinkin’ back on it, there were a lot of tunes from that record that got tons of airplay, but that particular song just about got wrecked by the overplay.

    you should have seen some of the crowd reaction to Springsteen’s rearrangement of the song. at a show up in albany during the first E-Street reunion tour (pre-The Rising) Bruce started playing a totured version on the acoustic guitar with slide. obviously, the intent was to bring forth the darkness of the subject matter (it really ain’t a flag-waver)…there was a guy sitting behind me and i heard him say (“is that really how he’s gonna play it?”).

    very cool.

  • Eric Olsen

    I am rarely forced to hear anything so it isn’t that much of an issue. I probably haven’t heard “Freebird” all the way through in at least 20 years, “Stairway” even longer, the only song on your list I hate is “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I love Springsteen and the Stones.

    Even when I hear something I really don’t like, I can analyze it from a critical standpoint without getting too worked up about it: why is this song popular with whoever it is popular with? It’s like doing an autopsy.

    In general, there is so much stuff I do like for one reason or another that I don’t spend a lot of time listening to or thinking about music I don’t like.

  • sheri

    Arms Wide Open – Creed

    which should be subtitled – ” ‘Scuse Me While I Take The Knife Out Of My Back”.

  • Wait, when was any Creed songs considered great?

  • sheri

    You do have a valid point there.

  • i hate to say this but i kinda like the song “Higher”.

    of course, all the other Creed songs sound just like it.

  • JR

    “Free Bird/Baby I Love Your Way” medley never qualified. Each song individually, perhaps, but the medley by… who was that, anyway… never made it in the “once was great” category, IMHO.

    That was Will To Power, wasn’t it? I seem to remember the video with the blond chick and that guy who looked like he did a lot of bench-presses; they looked like a biker couple.

    I was very impressed with Peter Frampton when I found out he wrote the original; but the remake was pretty sappy. Wonder what Nietzsche would have thought.

  • forgot to mention before, luckily i seem to be from the generation whose overplayed songs are of genres i don’t like.

  • Hey, don’t overlook ‘Life’s Been Good’ – which brings me to my personal criterion: song (over) length. So, by this standard ‘Freebird,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Kasmir,’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ are deadly killers. As a general rule, if it’s ‘classic’ and over 6 minutes, it’s kill or be killed.

  • Nick Jones

    I’d like to hear that slide acoustic “Born To Run”.


    I suspect, perhaps, all of you should stop listening to the radio(FM). I can sympathize with your five year plight, Nick, but would you have been fired for turning it off? By the way, take a vacation. I’m sure everyone agrees your quite the intellectual giant. Why get into a pissing contest with a fool such as Peter G.?

  • Nick Jones

    The intercom system was run from the offices outside of/above the warehouse – not even the warehouse manager could change the station.

    If they had played it every day, I probably would have come to hate my favorite Hendrix tune (“Are You Experienced?”), too.

  • Ahem, Barry, “November Rain” clocks at about 9 minutes and 42 seconds (or somewhere around there). How about that one?

  • One way to avoid these songs is to avoid radio. I don’t listen to radio anymore because even the decent classic rock stations over-play stuff ad nauseum. I think this is probably why quite a few such stations in NE have at least “no-repeat” days a week. There is so much good rock out there, it is just a pity that many DJs/radio stations are so myopic about it all.

  • One way to avoid these songs is to avoid radio. I don’t listen to radio anymore because even the decent classic rock stations over-play stuff ad nauseum. I think this is probably why quite a few such stations in NE have at least “no-repeat” days a week. There is so much good rock out there, it is just a pity that many DJs/radio stations are so myopic about it all.

    To the list

    ‘Parisiance Walkways’ by Gary Moore.
    ‘Don’t Stop (Thinking about Tomorrow)” Fleetwood Mac
    ‘Winds of Change’ Scorpions

  • Taloran

    I’m positive I’ve NEVER heard Gary Moore’s Parisienne Walkways on the radio. East Coast DJs must pigeonhole themselves differently than the ones in Colorado.

    I mentioned Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, but just about every song on the Rumours album qualifies for the list. Great album, super songs, but please let me go a year or fifteen without hearing anything from it.

    Every day should be a no-repeat day on the radio. There’s too much good stuff to waste time repeating one song.

    One more to add (heard it on my drive home yesterday) Sympathy for the Devil by the Stones.