Ok we’ll start with the admission that we can be snobs when it comes to music. With that in mind , Paul and I decided to compile a list of some of the worst songs ever . I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder so our apologies if we offend anyone. Feel free to offer additions (or defenses) if you choose. Mike’s requirements for his list:
- the song needs to have been at least a modest hit
- done by an established artist (people who should know better)
- no 1 off novelty songs
- extra credit for bad songs from artists who’ve done otherwise good work
- no Christmas songs. That’s a special list we’ll do in December
I start with a twofer because these two bands are the same band. The level of “look how sensitive I am” is staggering. Creed is sensitive in the “I’m spiritual but not religious” kind of way. Nickelback is sensitive in a “high school jock who just got high for the first time” kind of way.
This bit of lyrical magic should explain the inclusion of this hit should explain its inclusion
“And I try
oh my God,
do I try!
Try all the time
in this institution”
Starship is like a great TV show where they kill off your favorite characters, the main writer quits and the Network CEO’s screwup nephew gets to write, direct and star in an episode. 80’s Schlock at its best
Special mention for bad duets. Incredible because this one includes two first ballot rock and roll Hall of Famers.
*Extra credit for this lyric video which tells us who is singing which lyrics (because no-one can tell the difference between their voices) and manages to spell Michael wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME.
The first song I thought of when started to make this list. Exemplifies everything about what was ,ummm , not so good about a lot of 80s music.
If music video is supposed to bring the artist’s vision from audio to the visual world, I’d hate to see what else was going on in Dennis DeYoung’s brain when he wrote this song for Styx.
I. CAN’T. EVEN.
Where to start. 80s pseudo- metal hair bands could fill this list but I’ll choose this representative gem from Warrant. The lyrics, if you choose to pay attention, have what I think is supposed to be sexual innuendo ( as envisioned by horny 9th grade boys)
In the “I can’t , I won’t and you can’t ” category we have…..
I’m riding Paul’s coattails on this one with the Grammy screw ups…….. but uggh….. this one annoys me.
Chris Cross won best new artist in 1981 at the Grammys over the Pretenders, Best Album, over The Wall by Pink Floyd, Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra, Best Record over New York, New York by Sinatra
*(oh and by the way , the Clash released London Calling that year. “Why theGrammys Suck” , could be a future column. Stay tuned.)
Billy RayCyrus should be on this list if only for owning some responsibility for popularizing the mullet.