These Musicians Can’t Stand Their Greatest Hits
Musicians typically get their big break when a song is well received by the public and becomes a hit single. From then on, the song is overplayed on the radio and the musicians are expected to perform the hit at every show. While some bands are especially appreciative and proud of their breakthrough song, others would trade everything to never hear or play it again — like these musicians that can no longer stand the songs that helped them make it big.
We bet you can guess which song Radiohead now refuses to play.
Kurt Cobain Resented “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
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Featured as the single for the group’s second album, Nevermind, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the song that made them wildly popular and dubbed them leaders of the grunge music scene. The song became so popular that it has been described as “the anthem for Generation X.”
But Nirvana became recognized only as the band that made “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which drove Kurt Cobain to resent the hit. He became embarrassed to even play it because it made him feel like a sellout. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the late musician stated, “I can barely, especially on a bad night like tonight, get through “Teen Spirit.” I literally want to throw my guitar down and walk away”.
Radiohead Is Disgusted By “Creep”
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When English rock band Radiohead released their hit song “Creep,” fans loved it. But while “Creep” was the song that got the band to where they are today, they all proclaim that the song isn’t good at all.
Thom Yorke, the frontman of the group, has said that the band “sucked Satan’s [expleitive]” because they rode on the coattails of the song to become famous. They became so tired and disgusted by the song that they dropped it entirely from their concert setlists. Even when the audience asked for it, they would less-than-politely decline.
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The Who Says “Pinball Wizard” Is The Clumsiest Song They Ever Wrote
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When rock and roll group The Who came out with the rock opera Tommy, the track “Pinball Wizard” became a massive hit. As it turns out, guitarist Pete Townshend admitted that they only wrote the song so that they could impress and win over music critic Nik Cohn.
He liked pinball, so the band wrote the song just for him — but they weren’t proud of the outcome or how much people liked it. Townsend described it as “the most clumsy piece of writing I’ve ever done.” The whole band was expecting it to be a failure, but its success made them wish it had gone the other way around.
Lorde Thinks “Royals” Is Disastrous
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In 2013, teen New Zealand singer Lorde came out with her debut single “Royals.” Shortly after its release, it became an international crossover hit that reached No. 1 on charts across the globe. In the U.S. the track made her the youngest artist to achieve a No.1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.
Even though the song brought her worldwide fame and a Grammy, she doesn’t like it. In an interview with The Daily Record, she claimed that “It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia. Nine of the melodies are good or cool. It’s disastrous, awful.
“Wonderwall” Makes Oasis Want To Gag
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Although Noel and Liam Gallagher are infamous for their blatant sibling hatred for one another, what’s even more popular is their band’s classic song “Wonderwall.” Written by Noel, the song topped the charts around the world and can still be heard being blasted (ironically) out of frat houses or at karaoke bars.
Liam openly loathes the song and has said, “I can’t [explicatie] stand that [expolicative] song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag.” He mentions that the worst part is that it was such a hit for the band that they were expected to play it wherever they went which made them dislike it that much more.
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Neil Young Is Tired Of “Heart of Gold”
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Neil Young wrote “Heart of Gold” in 1971. It became his first single to reach No.1 in the United States and is still considered to be one of his best records to date. The song was the single for the album Harvest, and he wrote the tune following a back injury that hindered him from playing his electric guitar.
Although he claimed that Harvest was probably the best album he ever made, he said in the liner notes of his compilation album Decades that “Heart of Gold” put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch.”
Playing “Stairway To Heaven” Lives Gives Led Zeppelin Hives
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It’s no doubt that “Stairway to Heaven” is legendary rock band Led Zeppelin’s most famous song. It’s eight minutes of pure rock and roll, poetry, and let’s not forget Jimmy Page’s guitar solo. Although it will go down in the annals of rock history as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, it’s not as loved by the band as it is by the public.
Jimmy Page has called the song “the essence of the band,” but that doesn’t mean that they want to play it every chance that they get. It’s a long and arduous song that only works if it’s played perfectly. Frontman Robert Plant has gone on record saying that “I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song at every show.”
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The Beastie Boys Think “Fight For Your Right To Party” Sucks
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The Beastie Boys track Fight For Your Right To Party helped to put Beastie Boys on the map. It became the anthem for teenage angst thanks to MTV even though the song was completely ironic. In the end, member Mike D. noted that “The only thing that upsets me is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different.”
People have been listening to that song thinking that the Beastie Boys were egging them on to never to stop the party when in reality, they were laughing at them. It was also written in the liner notes of their album Sounds of Silence that compared to their other music, the song “sucked”.
Lady Gaga Isn’t A Fan Of “Telephone”
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“Telephone” was released on Lady Gaga’s third EP The Fame Monster in 2009. It featured Beyonce and quickly became the favorite song on the album by critics and listeners. In 2001, it was nominated at the Grammys for the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. The song also topped the charts in numerous countries, making it an international hit.
Nevertheless, Lady Gaga has admitted that she hates the song and especially the music video. She said that “I hate ‘Telephone.’ Is that terrible to say? It’s the song I have the most difficult time listening to.” It doesn’t have anything to do with Beyonce; she just doesn’t like the way it turned out.
How Frank Sinatra Really Felt About “New York, New York”
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Because Frank Sinatra had such a long career, there’s no doubt that he got sick of some of his favorite hits. Singing the same crowd pleasers for years on end is bound to take a toll on a person. One of the songs he could no longer even listen to was “New York, New York.”
Apparently, during a dinner honoring Elizabeth Taylor, “New York, New York” played as he made his way to the podium which made him visually upset. He yelled “Don’t ever play that song again! I had enough of “On My Way” which was a pain in the [explicitive], and I don’t want this one to become a pain in the [explicitive].”
“Cherry Pie” ruined Janie Lane’s life.
James Blunt Doesn’t Want To Be Associated With “You’re Beautiful”
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If you say that you’ve never had James Blunt’s 2004 hit “You’re Beautiful” stuck in your head, you’re lying. The song was a massive hit and is James Blunt’s biggest success to date selling 3 million copies in its first eight years. As sick as some of us got of hearing the song endlessly for the first few years after it’s release, so did Blunt.
He told Hello! “There was one song that was force-fed down people’s throats – ‘You’re Beautiful’ – and it became annoying. And then people start to associate the artist with the same word. “The problem is, he’s still expected to sing it at every performance.
Warrant Hates That Their Legacy Is “Cherry Pie”
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Most people would draw a blank if you asked them about the glam rock band Warrant. However, if you say that they were the guys who made the song “Cherry Pie,” it might help to jog their memory. Frontman Janie Lane had more than a few things to say about the band’s one-hit wonder.
The song absorbed his entire life until he was nothing except the person who wrote “Cherry Pie.” In an interview, he expressed his regrets saying “I hate that song. I had no intention of writing that song … And my legacy is “Cherry Pie,” everything about me is “Cherry Pie,” I’m the “Cherry Pie” guy. I could shoot myself in the [explicitve] head for writing that song.”
R.E.M. Thinks “Shiny, Happy People” Is A Fruity Pop Song For Kids
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“Shiny Happy People” was on the 1991 album Out of Time and was the single for the record. The song also features Kate Pierson of the B-52s and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song was a hit, the band wasn’t at all satisfied it.
They didn’t take it seriously, and frontman Michael Stipe called it “a fruity pop song written for children. It just is what it is”. However, Stipe is thoughtful enough that he says he won’t downright talk bad about the song because it may mean a lot to some people out there.
Left Eye Thinks TLC’s “Creep” Sends The Wrong Message To Women
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When “Creep” came out in 1994, it was incredibly successful topping the charts at No.1 and taking home a Grammy for the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Yet, one member of TLC was not thrilled with the song or the message that it projected.
L (Left Eye) said that the narrative is about a girl who finds out she’s being cheated on so then she goes and cheats to get back at him. She asked, “Instead of telling a girl to cheat back, why don’t we just tell her to leave?” Initially, it was rumored that she was even going to cover her mouth with black tape in the music video but ended up not.
Simple Minds didn’t even write their hit song and hate themselves for it.
Simple Minds Resented “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
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Simple Minds became popular after “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” was featured in John Hughes’ 1985 classic film The Breakfast Club. The song went on to become No. 1 in the United States. The downside for the song to Simple Minds was that it was written by someone else and didn’t sound anything like the music that the band makes themselves.
Of course, they were still pressured by the record company into making a song that they all hated regardless that it was going to be successful. To express their disappointment, the song wasn’t on any of their albums until their 1992 compilation Glittering Prize 81/92.
Madonna Nevers Wants To Hear “Like A Virgin” Again
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Although Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” is one of her greatest earlier hits, in an interview, she admitted that she might not ever be able to sing the song again — that is unless someone pays her a large sum of $30 million — and even then it’s unlikely.
She doesn’t ever want to sing it again; she also can’t bear to hear it anymore. She said when she hears her music in public whether it’s at a restaurant or shopping it’s usually “Like a Virgin” which is the last thing she wants to hear.
Miley Cyrus Feels Like A Sellout Thanks To “Party In The Way”
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“Party in the USA” was a hit when it came out in 2009 and stills gets lots of radio time today. But Miley isn’t very proud of the song or the success that it brought her. Initially, she didn’t expect it to become so popular — but it did — so she rolled with it.
She also feels guilty that she doesn’t listen to pop music when “Party in the USA” was about as pop as it gets, so she feels like a sellout of making the song. However, she said that she can never fully hate the song because it made her who she is but she would prefer to not hear or sing it again.
Mandy Moore Wants To Refund Everyone Who Bought “Candy”
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Before Mandy Moore became a prominent actress, she released her 1999 hit single “Candy.” The song was the single from the album I Wanna Be with You which was released the following year.
Since her acting career has taken off, she looks back on her music, and especially the song “Candy,” with disdain. In 2006, she even told Glamour magazine that “If I had the money, I would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums.” Some time away from music changed her perspective.
The Pretenders Didn’t Even Want “Brass in Pocket” To Be Released
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“Brass in Pocket” was a 1979 single by The Pretenders. It was the band’s first big hit and remained at No.1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks, No.2 in Australia, and No.14 in the United States. Before the song was even released, lead singer Chrissie Hynde was not a fan.
In an interview with Observer in 2004, she said that she didn’t even want the song to be released because she thought it was so bad. She commented, “When we recorded the song I wasn’t very happy with it and told my producer he could release it over my dead body, but they eventually persuaded me.”
You Probably Won’t Hear Coldplay Playing “Speed of Sound” Live
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“Speed of Sound” was written by the British rock group Coldplay. It was written for their third studio album X&Y and was released on April 18, 2005. In the United States, it peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was their most successful song until they came out with “Viva la Vida” in 2008.
It was nominated for two Grammys, won a Brit Award, and was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. However, as the years passed, the band started to like the song less and less until they almost stopped playing it entirely. Frontman Chris Martin says that they don’t have any fun playing it and that they’ve only played it seven times since 2012.