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