20 Songs You Used To Love…But Now Hate So Much

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Thank you over saturated radio play!  You have successfully made me hate popular music!  But you know why it’s so popular? Because you play the same song every 15 minutes, for weeks and months on end until a song I once loved to listen to has to now be taken off my iPod so I don’t live in a perpetual hell of repeat!  Bastards!  But I must admit this list was far too easy for me to compile even by my standards.  Also, it is not long enough! I only got to 20 before my brain started coming out of my ears like common sense from a teenage boy at his first strip club!  With that said, I give you my picks for the top 20 songs you used to love but, thanks to an over saturation on public radio, you now hate so very, very much.  I will admit that a few of these I could totally drunk karaoke to so I can’t give up on them entirely while others…I have my reasons.

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

I used to love Muse.  I thought they were an awesome band with a great sound…until Twilight.  Remember that one?  This song was, for some reason, put onto the soundtrack of one of the highest grossing soul destroying movies of all time!  Now, when this song plays, I have a teenager squeal about, “This was playing when Edward was playing baseball!” and I’m over here going “What?”

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

I still like this song…in moderation. I am so happy this song is nearly 20 years old and doesn’t really play on the radio that much anymore.  When I was in high school it was this song, commercial, 2 other songs then this song again.  I loved that SNL skit that made fun of it…cause I couldn’t like it so I might has well have made fun of it.

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nivana

Three words : FUCK THIS SONG!  I have heard this song at least a million times!  I’m not saying it’s bad, not at all.  This is a great Nirvana song…that radio stations play everyday at least a dozen times!  Why?! There is so much more music made everyday to ignore it just to try to get Kurt Cobain to come back to life people!

Free Bird – Lyrnyrd Skynyrd

I’m from Jacksonville, FL…where this band is from.  Pity me all you wish.  I did get to see them in concert and they were spectacular…all 15 minutes they played this song.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

And now we have a song that represents E! Entertainment TV…yay.  This is a recent addition and there are at least three major radio stations that play this every hour plus I get to hear it on TV when I choose to watch it.

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n’ Roses

There are some great songs off this bands debut album…and we get to hear this one everyday.  I love GnR but heaven help me if I can’t get Slayer on the radio!

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

If it’s not this version it’s Marilyn Manson’s and I would love for it to stop!

The Freshman – The Verve Pipe

I didn’t even like this song when it came out!  Please, just please, stop playing this retched song!

Rain – Blind Melon

This one ranks up there with Nirvana since both front men are gone and the fans won’t let them leave.  I always found this song a bit annoying at times and all I see is a dancing bumblebee and that’s damn close to clowns!

Hotel California – The Eagles

This is just one song by this band I choose to include. Now, this is one of those that I could tolerate since I always visualize a horror movie when I hear it but it is still way overplayed!

Love Shack – B-52’s

Enough…just enough.

Come Together – The Beatles

Sooooo, I’m not a huge Beatles fan.  There I said it!  But I do know that they had a lot of hit singles so why on Anne Rice’s burning crucifix is this the only one they play!?

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

I get that this is a one hit wonder but for the love of Winter Soldier why do we always have to have a vocabulary lesson when we hear it.  Yes, I do know what “moot” means you uncouth ass!

Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

This is one I can still jam out to but I would prefer another song off the “Slippery When Wet” album..mainly Raise Your Hands!

Bohemian Rhaspsody – Queen

I’m saying nothing bad about them…just that DJ’s play this song too much.  Love you Freddie!

Good Riddance (Time of your Life) – Greenday

Like The Freshman, this song is horrible to me.  I immediately change the station when I hear it and I have no regrets of doing so.

American Pie – Don Cochran

(By the way: totally jamming out to that Bon Jovi mentioned above) So this is a one hit wonder that was also a “historical” song.  Sadly, no matter how many time you play it on the radio today, it’s not going to get the younger generation to understand it with repeated saturation.

Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp

I think this song has been playing steadily on the radio for the last 30 years or so.  He’s released a lot more albums DJ’s…please listen to those too.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

And so good had to put two on this list!  I live in the south, if they don’t play this song I think many people get offended…not me, but people.

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Anything by this band can stop playing right about now please.  No more pain…no more.

Cover Songs & Remakes Vol 3

In the immortal words of Brent Smith (Shinedown) “Oh my here we go!”  So as far as music goes, I fear I have met many…”fans” who have demonstrated a bit of prejudice and misunderstandings about a lot of bands.  I myself have been met with a great deal of criticism when it comes to music in general.  “How could you say that about this band?”, “That wasn’t a remake…it was an original remake of an original.” or  “Why isn’t this band in your top favorites?” or my current favorite “Who gave you the right to talk about music?”  Sorry to have to tell you this if your not already on the band wagon: I don’t need permission.   No one does.  If everyone is done with the whining and bitching…I would like to turn up my headphones and rock out!

So, with this small rant out of the way I would like to begin the third installment of the Covers and Remakes lists.  There have been so many artists who have remade songs and even more tribute bands who do nothing but play these songs over and over again that these lists might never end.  And on we roll with the next five.  Enjoy!

White Wedding – Doro

If you are a metal head and you have Googled ‘awesome looking women in metal’ then you guys know right who this is!  Doro Pesch was the lead singer of the 80’s metal band Warlock.  During her solo career she did a few remakes and this is one of them.  Billy Idols White Wedding was the epitome of bad ass in the 80’s and Doro’s  2001 cover honors the spiky punks original!

Land of Confusion – Disturbed

Since I am a product of the 80’s I feel compelled to point out when covers from the 80’s come out.  This is actually a rather old cover (in relative terms of music) but well worth noting.  This 2004 remake of Genesis’ 1986 hit single turns the politically charged original into a super vamped up good time!

Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin

With older music, it’s always so hard to differentiate when a song was a remake or an original since sooooo many people covered almost brand new music all the time.  (Unchained Melody is a fine example) and Bobby Darin is no exception!  Mack the Knife (with it’s coy little lyrics about a serial killer who killed when money got tight) was originally, originally written in 1928 and was brought to the states by Louis Armstrong but made famous by Bobby’s 1959 version.

Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson

As with most of Marilyn Manson’s videos…never what you’d expect.  Ironically, the only thing that creeped me out was the blinking toys.  Soft Cell’s remake of the 1965 version by Gloria Jones is probably the inspiration behind Marilyn’s decision to cover it.  I particularly love this version because of its grittiness!

Because the Night – 10,000 Maniacs

This is a very recognizable song and what makes this a weird cover is that it has been covered numerous times before (some of which I’ll put on the list later since they aren’t half bad) but everyone remembers this one!  After a small bit of research I believe that Bruce Springsteen was the guy that originally wrote it but Patti Smith (Mapplethorpe refernce anyone?) was the one who recorded it.  But it wa the Maniacs in 1993 who are the most recognized performers.

Special – What do you think?

I know it’s a little late but I just caught this a while back and wanted to ask if you like it.  Miley Cyrus did a remake of Rebel Yell and I wanted to know if you guys can dig it.

Cover Songs & Remakes Vol 2

I know, I know…I actually haven’t technically made a cover songs and remakes vol. 1 yet but I have made cover song articles before so try not to give me any grief!  With all the fantastic music out there you do come across bands who cover famous bands (these are called tribute bands) and bands who just like to butcher the shit out of songs for the sick amusement of their lame-ass friends (these are called losers).  Over the years I have found that most of the time bands really try to own a song that they, unfortunately,  never really owned before.  This presents a problem to all those hardcore fans out there.  One band who comes to mind in Nirvana.  Great band, legendary actually, but to get a band to cover them appropriately without throwing both music and lyrics out the window and having it land in a pile of broken glass and week old Chinese take-out food is a rare gift.  We have a band like that in Jacksonville called Heart Shaped Box (props goes out to those who know where the name came from).  They don’t jazz up the riffs, they don’t get funky with the lyrics…they just sing Nirvana songs.

If only other bands could be that simple!  However, the ability for me to judge on good or bad music is ostentatious of me.  I don’t know what that chick down at the YMCA performing a Taiwanese dancing crane yoga position is in to.  She might like Kenny G for all I know.  Any opinions I give on this site are mine alone.  So the cover lists will not have a “greatest” or “I wish I could turn this band over to the North Korean government” category.  They will be just “Here are some cover songs…like ’em or don’t like ’em”!  And with that…here is Vol 2 (just accept it!) of the newly started Cover Songs & Remakes!

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Sixpence None the Richer

This is one of those aforementioned songs that actually sound as good as the original.  They kept the same lyrics and the same music so this is an authentic remake (can I even use that term..authentic?).  Originally done by Crowded House in the 80’s and has been covered numerous times before all of which might make the list so keep checking!  I really need to check on the Faith No More version!

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Astonished!  No more so than myself!  When looking on the Billboards for my Music Nostalgia lists I saw that this song was originally done by Bob Dylan.  This really shouldn’t have surprised me since everything touched in the 60’s was touched by Bob Dylan!  However, I am the bearer of the heartbreak to inform all you hippie gentles and gents that the song was in fact not Jimi’s.  But I don’t have any hard feelings or dark clouds hanging over my head!  It’s a great song and Jimi really did make it his own!  You can’t ask for anything more genius then that!

Gimme All Your Lovin’ – Filter

Since this band will be playing at Welcome to Rockville 2013 I figured I’d brush up!  What I found was some great cover songs that the band has performed!  Most everyone knows this song originally performed by the great ZZ Top and Filter nails this one!  They make it much harder than the ZZ’s version but you can still rock out to it!

Electric Avenue – Skindred

They kept the accent and that was the important thing!  I like it.  They stuck with Eddy Grant’s original lyrics and just amplified the music!  I dig these kinds of remakes from bands whom you never guessed would like this type of music.

Wicked Game – HIM

Dubbed the heavy metal love band, HIM writes some of the best metal love ballads!  So it is no surprise that this band covered Chris Issac.  This is one of the sexiest songs ever written so it totally fits into this niche.  Though HIM picked up the pace with the song, they still keep the essence of the music.

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’78

Hot damn!  We hit the Village People!  And (surprise, surprise) Queen is still on the list!  The crazy disco years are about to be severely challenged as punk overthrows the music hierarchy and New Wave is about to slink in with its synthesizers and almost emo (I said almost!) personality.

The Ramones – I Want To Be Sedated

Repetition never sounded so delightful!  And what was the 24 hours to go?  Who cares!  He needed to get there fast like!

Village People – YMCA

Wow!  I have seen three years olds who know the dance for this song!  I love the double entandre associated with it…you know, that homosexual meaning behind the song that everyone knows but mainstream radio almost denies!

Van Halen – Runnin’ With The Devil

To me, David Lee Roth was kind of like Morrison for 80’s metal.  Only, without those great poetic lyrics Jim was famous for!  I just remember the opening to Little Nicky and ever since I hear that opening bass!

Cars – My Best Friends Girl

The caption under this video reads that they were ahead of their time!  I agree!  It was a topic later on in the early 80’s with songs about wanting a girl that either belonged to someone else or Jessie in particular!

Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls

This song goes out to my big sister!  I love Queen for bringing out a song that is dedicated to the plus sized ladies!  And dammit, it is an awesome song! Freddie…you are still so awesome!!