Monday, September 13, 2010

I've Heard Too Many of These

100 Worst Songs Ever - AOL Radio Blog: "What takes a song from bad to one of the worst songs of all time? Well, it takes all sorts of half-baked musical ideas, crimes of imaging over talent or reliance on quickly burned-out trends to land on our list. We know we're gonna take some flak from people who love some of these songs, and truth is we're sure we missed some real stinkers."

12 comments:

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

My musical Kryptonite, Seasons in the Sun, made the list...but it's ranked far too low.

Snidely Whiplash said...

"Muskrat Love" ew, ew, ew, ick, ick ick

Todd Mason said...

They sure did miss some ripe candidates--ignoring such non-hits as the Shaggs' discography, among my least favorite chart items include:
The BeeGees: "I Started a Joke" (actually only the worst of a dire catalog)
Melanie: "Brand New Key"
Leo Sayer: oeuvre
Styx: so much, but particularly "Mr. Roboto"
Tears for Fears: oeuvre
Zager and Evans: "Mr. Turnkey" and "In the Year 2525"
Ray Peterson: "Tell Laura I Love Her"
The Royal Teens: "Short Shorts"
Tommy James and the Shondells: "Hanky Panky"

and so on. Not sure I've ever understood the widespread hostility to Chumbawamba's "Tubthumper"...

Bill Crider said...

Hey, I like a couple of those!

Graham Powell said...

Any "bad songs" list that includes The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is invalid.

Todd Mason said...

I can't stand whiny songs. Nor crassness with no cleverness (hello, Royal Teens). I like much of Melanie's work I've heard, but have hated "Brand New Key" for decades.

FWIW, I can't hate "Physical" by ON-J, either...she sells it. Likewise the Divinyls' entry.

Dan said...

About an equal number of songs that make me want to rip my ears off and songs I consider Guilty pleasures. And a great many songs I never heard of.

And where's "The Candy Man" on the list?

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Never heard of 90% of these, probably because they're too recent. I found three I like: "Lady in Red," "Afternoon Delight," and "We Built This City." Obviously these people never heard Mrs. Miller sing "Downtown."

WV: Ovation. Talk about ironic.

Fred Blosser said...

"Feelings" and "You light Up my Life" always seem to place on these "worst" lists. I'm waiting for the brave critic who will challenge popular belief and find some merit in them. "La Vida Loca" was overplayed but I'm baffled as to why it landed on a "worst" list.

Lauren said...

I feel like I should apologize for my generation when it comes to this list. There are only a handful of songs on there that I didn't know. My elementary through high school years are thoroughly represented though (not that I'm proud of it).

-The niece

Bill Crider said...

If whoever made the list was as old as I am, there'd be a lot more from the '50s and '60s on the list.

Brent McKee said...

I echo Ivan's comment about Seasons In The Sun, and extend it to just about anything that Terry Jacks has ever done and ever will do, musical or not. Sad as it is to admit however, we don't entirely have Jacks to blame for that abomination - it was a Rod McKuen adaptation of Jacques Brel's Le Moribond that Jacks then fiddled around with. I still hate it.