Music is the lifeblood of millions of people worldwide, but unfortunately, not all songs are created equal. Inevitably, even the most talented artists create a few clunkers. In a recent online discussion, music fans revealed their least-favorite songs of all time. Whether lyrically or musically, here are the songs that are so bad they nearly turned people off entirely to the artist who created them.
1. “Stimulated” by Tyga
Even in 2023, music fans are still in shock that Tyga released “Stimulated,” an awful track with countless references to his then-girlfriend, 16-year-old Kylie Jenner. The song is disgusting, creepy, and, worst of all, seems to champion a much older man dating a girl who’s still in high school. Do yourself a favor, and don’t read the lyrics to this song!
2. “Gotta Get Away” by The Black Keys
Bands like The Black Keys are effortlessly “cool.” They have millions of fans thanks to their undeniable musical talent and overall image. Unfortunately, I’m still blown away that a song like “Gotta Get Away” was ever recorded. It’s awful in every way: cringy lyrics, annoying pop-infectiousness, and nearly undoes every “cool” thing the band ever accomplished.
3. “Run For Your Life by The Beatles
Even arguably the greatest band in music history can put out an off-putting song that puts their entire catalog at risk. “‘Run For Your Life’ by The Beatles is really up there for catalog-ruining songs,” expresses one woman. “The Closer to an otherwise perfect record is about John Lennon singing how much he prefers to kill the girl he’s with rather than her being with another guy. It’s neither metaphorical nor satirical; the song textually opens with the words, ‘Well, I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man.’ I can’t even imagine how that song got the approval of everyone involved.”
4. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
There are so many things about this song that make it terrible. From the cheesy, embarrassing lyrics to the repetitive beat to the pandering tone, it’s the perfect example of an artist selling out by creating a track that caters to the lowest common denominator. Gwen Stefani is undoubtedly talented, but she still felt the need to release garbage like “Hollaback Girl.”
5. “I’m Not a Loser” by The Descendents
Punk rock has changed since the 70s, and some songs simply don’t stand up to the test of time. “I’m Not a Loser” makes fans shudder due to its aggressive and violent lyrics. However, people have reported the band has seen the error of their ways lately. “They have apologized for this song, and they change the lyrics when they do it live,” explains one longtime Descendents fan.
6. “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones
Most people don’t realize the lyrics to this Rolling Stones megahit are backward, bigoted, and awful. Sure, it has a catchy hook, but it’s undeniably racist! “It’s crazy since The Rolling Stones themselves said that they will not play it anymore since it is offensive,” explains one fan. “Bizarrely, radio stations still play it in the United States.”
7. “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Fall Out Boy
Kudos to Fall Out Boy, who recently released what many fans decry as the worst song in their catalog. Not only did they cover Billy Joel’s timeless “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” they updated it to include up-to-date lyrics and pop culture references. Spoiler alert: All of their pop culture references are examples of an aging band trying too hard to be relevant in 2023.
8. “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades” by Brand New
I was once an unabashed fan of Brand New and admired their lead singer. Once I matured, I realized how awful their frontman is and how songs like “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades” are examples of his warped mind. “Every Brand New lyric sounds like an AOL away message an emotionally manipulative high school boyfriend would write,” explains one fellow ex-fan.
9. “One in a Million” by Guns N’ Roses
Widely regarded as one of the most timeless rock bands ever, Guns N’ Roses has millions of fans worldwide. However, many fans are embarrassed about the lyrical content in “One in a Million.” The lyrics are shocking, rude, and discriminatory, and most believe the band should publicly apologize for releasing such a bad song!
10. “Homeboy” by Eric Church
Wait, you’re telling me that an established country-influenced singer-songwriter created a song with overtly racist lyrics? Color me shocked. “People tell me Eric Church is good, and I get it, he has millions of fans, but the lyrics to ‘Homeboy’ is so jaw-droppingly racist that I feel uneasy listening to anything else he releases.” Sadly, just as many people are fans of Eric Church for songs like “Homeboy.”
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