Blisters on your fingers? Say no more.
Europe – “The Final Countdown.”
Pretty much anything by Train, Ed Sheeran, Live, Collective Soul, and John Mellencamp.
There’s a distinction to be drawn between truly terrible songs, like “God Bless The U.S.A.” or “We Built This City”, and innocuous or even clever songs that have simply been overplayed to death. “Come On Eileen” is a nice, simple tune that I liked the first several time I heard it. But it’s a staple on the Mood Music channel at work, and as a result, I’m thoroughly sick of it.
Same with most Beatles songs. The band wrote some of the greatest songs in history. But I’d be perfectly happy if I never heard Paul McCartney’s or John Lennon’s voice ever again.
I’ve always disliked the Rolling Stones, though.
That’s the one I opened the thread for. I’m not crazy about Pink Floyd as it is, but that’s the one that makes me change the station.
I used to like to hear the occasional Queen song, but then that damned movie came out and now it’s channel changing time whenever one of their hits comes on.
We should probably have a thread for old songs you’ve heard a million times but still crank up the volume every time they come on. In fact:
I listen to a classical radio station, and the only time this happens is when they play some ancient music (pre-1600 or so), especially on “original instruments”. I mean really, there are reasons why those instruments were replaced.
Sometimes with Pachelbel’s Canon.
All of them. I stopped listening to the radio in the late 90s
And just after the Canon (which was composed sometime between 1680 and 1706), Verdi’s Four Seasons offered some goods that have been copped for so much media shmluck, like the beginning of “Autumn”, or this passage from “Winter”.
(Not so much a creaky “original instruments” issue but a heard-a-trillion-times-too-many one.)
(yes, I realise tons more examples over the last 500-odd years have also been dead-horse-beaten)
The only two Christmas songs that elicit an immediate channel-change from me are the godawful Christmas Shoes and the equally saccharine and glurgy Christmas in the Northwest, which those of you in the PNW should be thankful that you don’t get subjected to it every year.
“Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard usually gets a channel-change from me, not because it’s a bad song, but because I hear “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” and get hyped to hear Pretty Fly for a White Guy instead.
There are plenty of songs I don’t like, but the only one I have an immediate, visceral reaction to, is “Don’t You Want Me Baby” by the Human League. You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar… AARGH! DIE IN HELL!
sweet child of mine by guns and roses as a teenager when they were popular I heard that song so much because it was one of maybe 3 songs of theirs local radio would play …
All I have to do is see the title and I can remember the words of it …
Anything by Celine Dion. Anything by Mariah Carey. Most cloyingly sweet RnB from the nineties onward. I’m the one known for screaming in disgust when stuff like that comes on. Oh yeah, and 4 non Blondes. I loathe What’s going on. Viscerally. Great, now it’s an earworm, just thinking about it.
Second any Starship, although I’m partial for Jefferson Airplane.
I was going to say that I don’t generally switch the radio station when a song I don’t like comes on, but I realised there’s an entire radio station that I switched away from. I used to listen to a certain classic rock station (60s, 70s and 80s), but I stopped listening to it when they started including a lot of music from the 90s. I have no desire to listen to Pearl Jam when I’m driving in the car, for instance (although I have no particular ill will towards them).
If we’re going to include Christmas songs, it’s pretty much all of them, but the worst one for me is “Feliz Navidad”. Makes me want to plunge an icepick in my ears.
For some reason, my wife listens to one of those “Christmas starts Nov. 1” stations. With her, its not so much this song, it’s that they only play the one version. Ya know, there are other Spanish-speaking artists than Jose Feliciano, and there are more Christmas songs with Spanish lyrics than Feliz Navidad. She’ll lunge for the dial for that one. Me? Gramma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.
The only time I will ever switch off a song by the Ventures is when it is one of their Christmas instrumentals. I can’t think of a single Christmas season in the last 50 years where I have avoided hearing “Sleigh Ride”.
Let me join the hate club. The very first time I heard it, back in 1985(?), I made it as far as the first chorus just out of stunned disbelief before giving it the “oh, come the f*** on” heave-ho.
Twisted Sisters Oh Come All Ye Faithful is wonderful. As for God Bless The u.s.a. It makes tear up every time and almost buy the crap about how we have to save America from the socialists.
“Nine to Five” by Dolly Parton. Bleah!
Actually, any song by Dolly Parton, even if it’s sung by someone else. Like “I Will Always Love You,” f’rinstance. Yeccch!