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01 December 2006 @ 09:11 pm
Musical Depression  
I was going to gank the Graduation Music meme from a couple of people (jhayman, autographedcat), but then I headed over to http://popculturemadness.com/Music/index.html and actually looked around.

I got sidetracked onto the "Worst Songs" list.

It turns out I like more of the "Worst Songs" than I do the top hits (well, the site says they are the songs still most liked) from my graduation year.

I mean, "Ode to Billy Joe" is one of the worst songs ever? "Shannon"? "In the Year 2525"? "Wildfire"?

I already get psychologically smacked around for liking "Macarthur Park" and "Afternoon Delight".

At least "Chevy Van" isn't on this list.

*sigh* I guess my musical taste is all in my mouth. That's depressing.

"Lady in Red"? "The Logical Song" (OK, bad title, but a very creative song lyrically)?

Current Mood: distresseddistressed
Elizabeth McCoy: Boggled Eyecon (Thanks to EDG-iconizer!)archangelbeth on December 2nd, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
...something's wrong with "On a pony she named Wildfire?"

...or the Pina Colada song??

...Horse with No Name???

Gypsy Youngravenyoungraven on December 2nd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Hrm. Well, they can't be too clever, can they? They've listed 'Ebony and Ivory' twice. However, I've got to agree with them about 'Lovin' You'. If ever a song were to make me commit suicide...
Adam Selzeradamselzer on December 2nd, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
They also include a few songs that are only terrible if you take them seriously (when they're clearly meant to be novelty songs). Novelty songs get a pass.

But, seriously..."I Am, I Said." How often DOES a chair say anything back (outside of the Pickwick Papers)?
Mary Ellen Wessels: mewscreamfolkmew on December 2nd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
and maybe "Skinny Legs and All" - although I don't think there was a chair in that one... ;-)
markbernsteinmarkbernstein on December 2nd, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I like a lot of them too. The only one you mention that I actively dislike is "Afternoon Delight", and that's more the performance than the song. They sound so chipper and, well, clean, that it sounds like they don't know what they're saying.

I was, however, happy to see that "Alone Again, Naturally", by Gilbert O'Sullivan, made the Worst list. Whiniest. Song. Ever.
Bill Roperbillroper on December 2nd, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
"Afternoon Delight" is about good, clean fun. So there. :)
gorgeousgarygorgeousgary on December 2nd, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
I'm running with the Bills on this one too. Of course, I didn't encounter "Afternoon Delight" until the mid-90's when I started coming across Bill Danoff at local DC-area folk events, so it's a bit fresher to me (and perhaps a bit less produced?).

Plus anything that helped Mr. Danoff pay for his excellent Starland Cafe bar/restaurant/folk venue is OK by me... 8-)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on December 2nd, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
As a longtime admirer of all things Starland Vocal Band, it sounds like I have someplace on the must-go list next time I'm in the area.

I love Afternoon Delight precisely because it treats the subject with a joy and (if you'll forgive me) delight that few bothered to do at the time.

Plus the harmonies.

Granted, I like their less-charted stuff better, but still.
אליזהkestrels_nest on December 2nd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
It includes Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I have my own opinion as to whose musical taste is all in their mouths - and it isn't you.
Tom Smithfilkertom on December 2nd, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
It's that "voted on by our readers" thing. You cannot take seriously a "worst" song list that includes "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", "I Can't Dance", and "A Horse With No Name". Not to mention "Lovin' You" by Minnie Ripperton -- there was a career tragically cut short. Mariah Carey's pipes, but with soul.
singedcat on December 2nd, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
I never read "worst of" lists, they're always wrong.

Except mine, of course...>:D
Shaddow Waltershaddow on December 2nd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
youngraven read a few off to me and I was thinking "Obviously someone didn't like what their parents like to listen to. That means time to villanize!" Wonder if a list was provided to choose from......
Occam's Pyramidoccams_pyramid on December 2nd, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
I gave up completely on those lists years back. Some time around the late 70s I think it was.

Melody Maker published such a list, of the 100 greatest songs of all time as voted on by their readers.

Naturally most of the songs listed were within the memory span of their readers - i.e. the previous few months. But there was quite a substantial representation of earlier stuff.

And they didn't even notice enough to comment on the fact that there was not one song by the Beatles listed.
msminlrmsminlr on December 2nd, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Mary Ellen Wessels: ohiguitarfolkmew on December 2nd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's ok, a lot of the songs that were on my list I thought "You know, I liked this other song of their's a lot more!"

Pop culture is for the masses - we are not of the masses (she says pompously and with a smile) ;-)
Debbie's Blatheringsohiblather on December 2nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Taste, shmaste.

If you like the songs, then who cares if other people think they're Bad? Incidentally, sounds like our musical tastes overlap quite a bit.

victorthecookvictorthecook on December 5th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
And, of course, there's the availability error issue: this list is more like "songs that got played often enough for people to remember them, but not fondly".

Really bad songs didn't even get there -- they never got played that much, because they were really bad.

In fact, it's amazing how many of the listed tracks I could sing, if severely pressed. Even "Undercover Angel" and "The Night Chicago Died". One of which is good. Both of which I'd forgotten about.

I, for my part, love the happy bouncy naughty "Afternoon Delight"; the squeaky-but-compelling "Logical Song"; most of America's first three albums, including "Horse With No Name"; "Brand New Key"(see 'Afternoon Delight'); and a bunch of others on this list.

But not "Lovin' You".
erinwriteserinwrites on December 13th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
How much can you trust a list that attributes "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" to Jessica Simpson? ;)