The Worst Songs of All Time

Gang, if you haven't noticed already, a new section is up on the Rock and Roll section located on the left hand side.  The 100 Worst songs of Modern Pop Culture are now up for you to take a look at, which covers multiple decades and genres, and perhaps even a few songs you are not familiar with.  The ratings are a little different, as you can vote to your opinion of the song.  Let us know your thoughts!

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0 #13 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
EMN1: Good point. Never say never. I should have been more specific and said "Stairw ay" was never released as an official single in major markets (e.g., US, UK, et al) while the band was still together.

Post-breakup is another story. "Stairw ay" was released as an official single in the UK--but in 2007, when the band's entire catalog became available as digital downloads, and thus every song became eligible as a single. Also, I'm not counting promo copies to radio, one-off EPs (which are a fascinating medium in themselves), or secondary internationa l markets such as the Philippines or Brazil. But the band didn't release many singles during its pre-Bonzo-de ath lifetime. (One of the hallmarks of LZ fanatitude in the '70s was to know that the only official LZ song you couldn't get--at that time--on any Zep album was "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?," the flipside to the "Immigr ant Song" single.)

RE: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings": A catchy chorus will do that to you. Sometimes, when I'm blowing my nose while looking in the mirror, I'll find myself singing, "-)espi te all I crave/I' ve still got a bat in the cave" . . .
0 #12 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Just a brief comment on saying Stairway to Heaven was never released as a single: it was released as a single in the UK, just not in the US.
And Bullet with Butterfly Wings is actually one of my all-time favourite songs...
0 #11 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
@EMN1: "Great, " "best,& quot; and even "popula r" are still subjective terms; "Stairw ay to Cleveland&qu ot;--er, "Heaven "--rema ins LZ's most "popula r" song, but it was never released as an official single
0 #10 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
Loving this!!!!! Inadvertantl y, we may have stumbled across the best debate we have had here. Is it possible is it more fun to debate things that are perceived as bad, as opposed to things that are good? Well.....of course it is! There is a reason that the six o'clock news doesn't lead in with a feel good story. So....anothe r 100 crappy songs chosen by all the people here? Remember this site grows, we plan to add whatever we think may be fun!

Another thought..... who is up for the best of lists of Modern Pop Culture? And would we start?
0 #9 DeputyVanHalen -0001-11-30 00:00
When it comes to sacred cows, Hey Jude and Stairway to Heaven are lightweights . It's clear that the list was put together by someone who still worships the gods of 90's alternative rock, because that genre was completely spared, with the exception of the poppish scapegoats Breakfast at Tiffany' s and What's Up.

I guess this genre still gets a pass because too many "cultur ally relevant&quo t; folks still look back upon it with fondness. But wait a decade until they're "too old to matter" , and worst-songs lists will start being littered with the awful songs of that decade, like "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" and "Self-E steem" by the Offspring, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins, and "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground.
0 #8 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Sure, but as you know, "suck&q uot; is in the ear of the beholder. I've always thought "Hey Jude" natters on endlessly and is highly overrated. (I was going to put it on the list of "other worst songs" I posted in another thread but just ran out of steam.) I've always thought "Stairw ay to Heaving" ;--er. "Heaven "--is a tremendous song but has been highly overexposed for a long time; personally, if I never hear it again I won't feel deprived.

That's the case with a lot of the top dogs in the classic-rock canon ("Stairw ay," "Califo rnia," "Free Bird," "Aqualu ng," etc.)--we 9;ve simply heard them too many times already. [And like the Committee Chairman, I turned in my "cool card" a while ago--I'm part of the "Classi c Rock Era."] The shelf life for newer artists like Green Day and Crowded House is a little longer; I do agree about "Good Riddance&quo t; but although I'm not crazy about "Chocol ate Cake," I'm not sure it rises to that level of greatness and exposure in the first place.

No worries from me about being blasphemous. I'm from the "If you meet Buddha on the road, kill 'em" ; school, anyway. Sacred cows are made to be slaughtered. (Which thrills my vegan friends to no end, but that's another story.) Of course, my main man is still Frank Zappa--he started taking the mickey out of this "Golden Era" stuff right from the get-go: His We're Only in It for the Money parodied the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's not long after it was released.
0 #7 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
DDT, I would consider "Stairw ay to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, "Good Riddance&quo t; by Green Day, "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, "Chocol ate Cake" by Crowded House, and the aforemention ed Hotel California as songs that are considered great but actually suck. The thing is, all of those songs were actually written by great bands.
And yes, I realize that putting Stairway to Heaven and Hey Jude on a worst songs list could be considered blasphemous by some people, but as I said, it's subjective.
0 #6 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
Sweeeet Car-o-line. BUH BUH BUH!

I'm all for anything that encourages discussion here. We all know what we think is good and what's deserving. Surely we all have opinions on what we think is not. Why not discuss that, too. The bad does go with the good.

0 #5 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I agree that the Hall of Fame trope (since we're using terms made hip through internet usage) is a great organizing principle for assessing excellence and legacy, but I would hate to see pop culture limited to only that on this site. I'm all for that giant pop-culture Cuisinart into which everything is thrown before it is all mashed up into a pop-culture puree. Look at it this way: All those worst songs belong in a Hall of Shame, not Fame, and that puts the Hall(s) of Fame into bold relief.

EMN1, do you have any examples of songs considered "great& quot; but that really aren't? You're right--that is very subjective. Also, that can spark a discussion/d ebate about "overra ted" versus "worst. " For example, "Hotel California&q uot; gets far too much adulation, in my opinion, but I don't think it's a terrible song.
0 #4 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Gotta agree with VanHalen. I think that the list should'v e included some songs that are considered great by the general public which really aren't great at all. I know that might've sparked a controversy, but music, like anything else, is subjective.

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