10 Songs We Never, Ever Want to Hear Again, Ever

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"Gangnam Style," Psy
I'm not going to deny it. The first time I saw the video for "Gangnam Style," I was amused, but not enough to watch it again. The only problem with that was the fact that almost every American decided to either recreate "Gangnam Style" or share videos of other idiots dancing around like Ashlee Simpson when she started to lip-sync to the wrong song on Saturday Night Live.

I'd be fine if I never had to hear "Gangnam Style" ever again. Lucky for me, Psy "retired" the song after he performed it for New Year's Eve 2013, but not before he did that pistachio commercial. Damn him. ALYSSA DUPREE

"Hotel California," The Eagles
Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away (about 1,200 miles north in Minneapolis, Minnesota) I used to make some sweet-ass mix tapes for my 1990 Dodge Shadow. "Mo-Mixin' Volume 1" was filled with several classic-rock hits, including what is arguably the best-known song by Henley and co. My point of this story is this: once long ago, I actually enjoyed "Hotel California" and would listen to it by choice. Something about the mysterious lyrics and vibe always made me think of the bar scene in the King/Kubrick classic The Shining.

That was until I heard "Hotel California" every day for the next 15 years. At this point, when this song comes on the radio, I have a violent Pavlovian reaction to smack the buttons on the stereo before I get the chance to voyage down a dark desert highway or feel cool wind in my hair. This, of course, does not account for all the times I hear it at the grocery store, gas station, dentist office, restaurants... "Hotel California" is a great example of what happens when a perfectly good song is totally killed by overplay. As much as I once liked it, I could honestly go the rest of my life without ever hearing it again and be totally okay with it. SELENA DIERINGER

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"I Love It," Icona Pop
This 2013 hit has now been beaten to death with a hammer, and at this point, I don't care, I hate it. I didn't like it the first time it came on the radio, I didn't like it the following time, and I won't like it in a year. I do not like it in a box, I do not like it with a fox. Not here, not there, not anywhere.

Their voices aren't terrible, and I guess the song is catch in theory, but it's just so vapid that I can't bother with it. It's being pushed as a summer anthem, but surely there are better options. Also, what's with the radio bleeping the word "bitch?" If I've got to be terrorized with that song, at least say the word bitch to make it worth it. ANGELICA LEICHT

Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"

There are really only two reasons you'd never want to hear a song again: either you think it's genuinely awful (hi Crazy Town, sorry you didn't go three for three on lists of things I hate) or it brings back some sort of awkward/uncomfortable memory.

So allow me to be the guy who overshares and says that hearing this track reminds me of a girl, and even though I'm over it I really don't like having to think about the situation any more than necessary. Even though I like the song, I'd be perfectly fine never hearing it again.

But I mean, "Butterfly" is still pretty awful. CORY GARCIA


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randmc333
randmc333

I would like to see the Houston Press go a week without making up another inane list.  They are like the VH1 of newspapers.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

Which is exactly why it is so worth it to have Sirius XM. (The Loft, Deep Tracks, Outlaw Country, Willie's Roadhouse, The Spectrum, XMU and especially the Canadian Channel - The Verge)

Selena.Dieringer
Selena.Dieringer

These lists make me laugh because we all have such different opinions. I love the song "True" even though I also find it so bad and cheesy!

skquinn1
skquinn1

I can't believe I opened this and found Karma Chameleon, Hotel California, and Sweet Home Alabama, which happen to be three of my favorites. True is also a decent song, not a favorite but not a song I'd want to ban from existence. 

Gangam Style and Whoomp! (There It Is) are spot-on for songs the world would be a better place without. The others I have either never heard or can take or leave.

_sid.
_sid.

Boys of Summer - all versions.

We Bult This City - really

Radio Gaga - okay, they never play this anymore..

rcastl2335
rcastl2335

Thankyou Thankyou for mentioning Hotel California and Sweet Home Alabama. Awful, awful crap and when I become King of the World neither will ever be heard again. BUT...can't believe you didn't include Stairway to Heaven, the best friend of DJ's who need to go to the bathroom

conatonc
conatonc

That Spandau Ballet song is spot-on. One of the worst "hits" of the 80's.

I actually like "Yellow Ledbetter", but I like it even more because of this video:

http://youtu.be/M-VHrFNMINs

lakers392003
lakers392003

how about "What is love?" by Hathaway (more like what is this crap?), "we built this city" by starship and "Jump" by Van Halen. Life is too short to hear those ever again.

claymonster
claymonster

<sigh> these lists based solely on the personal experiences/tastes of the staff are, well - kind of pointless. I will thank John Seaborn Gray, however, for letting me know the title of the God-awful Pearl Jam song that was indeed driven into the ground. For some reason, I never knew what it was called. Some bands get played SO much on the radio, I just don't feel the need to own much if any of their music. Beatles, Eagles, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, etc...


gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Who let the dogs out, red red wine, anything by def lepard.

baboonofaman
baboonofaman

How could you forget Faith No More's "Epic?" Geez! God please!!! pleaseeeee no moreeeeeee.

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

Anything from the latest Daft Punk album. Fuck, didn't that get played to death way to quickly.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Let's see if anyone knows what song Crazytown's "Butterfly" was sampled from?

MadMac
MadMac

No disagreement with any o' the above. I'm still trying to understand how many of these songs ever got air play to begin with--Icona Pop first and foremost. The song sounds like a B-side from 1988 that got packaged into a Rhino release as terms of getting that one song by Bananarama and the other by Expose'. 

As for Skynyrd, all their songs were juvenile. At least "Sweet Home," was a gassy-13-year-old's response to "Southern Man." Not that I want to ever hear either song EVER again. Just saying.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

Radar Love was crap the first time I ever heard it..... 

jenartist77
jenartist77

Hey, now I still like Whoomp! (There It Is).

brittany1362
brittany1362

"I Shot the Sheriff" & "Knocking on Heaven's Door."  I could go eleven lifetimes without ever hearing those songs again.

skquinn1
skquinn1

@forsidney Wow. You hate We Built This City? Another of my favorites. Not a huge Starship fan but they did make some good ones.

tishsendejas
tishsendejas

@claymonster one good point about these lists (if assigning a point to a blog is really something we all need to contemplate) is it creates discussion about music, which is why we are all here on this page in the first place. 

for example, if we took an informal poll, i am pretty sure a majority of people who have heard Yellow Ledbetter are just like you and never knew the song's name. which is insane, if you think about it.  it's kind of like having some annoying person walk up to you every day, 5 or 6 times a day some days, and say annoying things you can barely understand for 4 minutes at a time and then walk off - and you never got the guy's name! 

MadMac
MadMac

Now The Foo Fighters' version of Gary Newman's "Down in the Park," is good. I agree with the other two, though.

freenyona
freenyona

@tishsendejas @claymonster I kinda like Pearl Jam, and Yellow Ledbetter doesn't bother me, but your description made me picture Eddie Vedder running up to someone with an acoustic guitar and mumbling like a crazed lunatic, and it made me giggle oh so much!

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