4. Starship

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We Built This City
Highest Billboard Position:
#1 in 1985

Fans of the great Hall of Fame outfielder, Willie Mays, try to forget his last two bungling years with the New York Mets.  His skills were clearly eroded and he was more like “Confused Grandpa” than the “Say Hey Kid”.  Somehow, we think Grace Slick can identify with Mays just a little too well.

Before Starship was Starship, they were Jefferson Starship, and before that they were Jefferson Airplane, one of the premier psychedelic bands in music history.  They have the distinction of being the only band to be a part of Altamont, Monterrey Pop and Woodstock, the three key music festivals of the 60’s.  Sixteen years after Woodstock, the band that Slick had so triumphantly fronted was stripped of any aspect of the counter culture that she was once the symbol of.  Rather, she now fronted “Corporate Rock”, music palatable for elevators and dentist chairs.  For a song talking about building a city on Rock and Roll, there was nothing “Rock” at all about this attempted anthem.  Slick has gone to say that the music really wasn’t her, and we accept her apology.

How awful is "We Built this City"?

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I totally agree, this song is god awful! - 28.6%
This song is bad, but there is much worse. - 42.9%
This song is actually a guilty pleasure. - 28.6%
No opinion. - 0%
You are nuts, this song is amazing. - 0%
Last modified on Friday, 29 June 2012 18:35

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0 #15 Committee Chairman 2015-07-31 03:50
After additional reflection....i have come to this conclusion.... This song still sucks.
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0 #14 Site Admin 2015-07-30 14:02
I don't think anyone is "forced" to go through 100 pages....

http://www.notinhalloffame.com/rock-and-roll/100-worst-songs-of-modern-pop-culture

That's the link from the menu up top. It shows 20 at a time. So, really just 5 pages. This isn't one of those silly and tiresome "BuzzFeed"-type lists where you need to click on each and every one to see the whole list.

I think the Chairman's comment was in response to the previous comment:

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Yes these list are created for the sole purpose to get you the reader to read and hopefully click on ads as you go.
If getting people to click on ads was the "sole purpose", there would be a whole lot more of them on every page, and pop-ups, pop-unders, and any other kind of ad imaginable.
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0 #13 David DeGriselles 2015-07-30 13:38
@Committee Chairman, you pulled up a Grace Slick quote where she said this song is the dumbest song ever, cool. But it still charted at number one, ignoring the facts (charting and sales maybe?) isn't an acceptable way of having a discussion. Calling this song "Your dumbest song ever" is acceptable, I get that. But sales and requests at radio stations are based on facts. It is far from being my top of the list of favorite songs, but the song had spunk and a littel crazy fun to it. Was good enough for a lot of people. So on your personal list of dumb songs, this is # 1. Also, if you aren't after ad revenue, why force users to painfully go through 100 pages to see your list of dumb songs?
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0 #12 Mellissa Lynn 2015-07-08 09:42
Actually, this isn't the worst album in the world, by far. "We Built This City"...yeah, not so great, but there are other songs that aren't as horrible.
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0 #11 Committee Chairman 2015-01-07 07:17
From Grace Slick:

“’We Built This City’ is the dumbest song I’ve ever heard It was written by a British guy about clubs closing in LA and sung by a San Francisco band. There isn’t any city built on rock-and-roll for starters. They pre-date the music.”

Enough said.
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0 #10 David Williams 2015-01-06 22:52
Did you not say, and I quote you " I bet you've got a copy of Knee Deep in the Hoopla, the album that has "City," at home too"? Then in your last post you say "but you seem excessively literal-minded if you think that I was "accusing" you of owning anything" . I guess I'm to "thin skin" to understand why you don't read your own post. I did not attack you, I put up my reason of what you call argument, which is what you say "half--if not most--of the fun of any list is arguing with it". So you like to argue your points, but if anyone does the same they get a blast from your "name calling regime"?

I also stand behind the reason for putting a list of 100 songs on 100 pages is to hopefully get people to click on ads. How else is this site paid for. If you don't agree Committee Chairman, why don't you publish the site on fewer pages without ads? I thought so. This site could find that putting 5 to 10 songs per page much easier for the user than one song per page. This is becoming a common feature on a lot of sites, why do it other than getting ad dollars?
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0 #9 David Williams 2015-01-06 22:49
@Darryl Tahirali, I am not the person taking shots at the others. I never called you names, I never attacked you. I said you can't find songs worse than this song. I stated "Funny how the charts lie, number one on Billboard but it's number four in " 100 Worst Songs of Modern Pop Culture". I stated I couldn't believe that you can't find "other songs" worse then City. Since this chart shows City at #4 on the list and your raving "obnoxious song was crass nostalgia-monge ring" made me think you thought it should be higher on the list. Thus the plural of song. Meaning that if City was higher on the list, a pluaral of songs implies that there are numerous songs worse than City.

Since it reached #1 I would say it was liked by many people, you think? I did say that I could easily find at least a thousand songs worse than City, didn't I? Therefore I still stand behind my original statements. Your half of the fun is to argue the listings, that's cool. I don't mind that myself, but I never attacked you. I said to grow up, as in your argument needs a little bit more polish to it to sound right. In my secod post I said any song, which was stated incorrectly, sorry for that. But I felt my first post of "songs" would stilll hold, sorry for assuming.

< To be continued >
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0 #8 Darryl Tahirali 2015-01-02 18:25
@David Williams: Thanks for proving my point: You are thin-skinned! Defending every little bit of your response and then trying to take a shot at me. Not only are you thin-skinned, but you seem excessively literal-minded if you think that I was "accusing" you of owning anything.

Now, why don't you test your reading comprehension and go back and read what I wrote: Where did I "declare that there isn't a song worse than this song"?
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0 #7 Committee Chairman 2014-12-31 07:23
As the person who made this....No, that is not the reason with the hope that ads would be clicked. Believe me, it would be more controversial if that were true!
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-1 #6 David Williams 2014-12-31 06:20
@Darryl Tahirali Nope, my blood is fine. But I notice that yours seems to have boiled over. Yes these list are created for the sole purpose to get you the reader to read and hopefully click on ads as you go. But arguing points should stay within the bounds of reality, don't you think? This song was very popular because people enjoyed it. So my previous comment stands. If you don't like it, fine. But to declare that there isn't a song that is worse than this song is just a fairy tale. If you read what i posted, I said I wouldn't change the channel because of this song, but I wouldn't purchase it. If you had read it, you never would accused me of owning it.
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