Overplayed Songs We Would Be Happy To Never Hear Again
Bad songs, annoying songs and songs that have been played to death... Sure, there have been hundreds, and there will definitely be that many, if not more coming our way in the very near future. In addition, there is never a lack of opinions of just how good or bad a song truly is, but as a music lover, I have heard more than my fair share of songs that have been done to death. I wanted to have a moment of nostalgia and get some people talking. So here are my top 13 songs of the last few decades that I would be happy to never, ever have to hear again.
Let It Go: Idina Menzel really has a lot to be proud of: She’s a successful recording artist, a Broadway legend, film actress and voice over artist. And with the surprising success that Disney’s Frozen has achieved, she can now add mainstream cross over artist to her resume. With her recent success, she has earned herself the right to record songs for soundtracks, thus we have ‘Let It Go’. Don’t get me wrong, I have much respect for Idina, but America needs to let go of ‘Let It Go’. Not only did the song get some massive airtime on mainstream radio, but children everywhere take sheer delight in wailing the theme song. While it is a beautiful song, and Menzel delivers a vocal that is nothing short of stunning, it’s time to move on.
A Thousand Miles: When I first heard this tune, I really wanted Vanessa Carlton to succeed. It was nothing less of refreshing to hear a piano driven ballad that was both simple and fun all at the same time. But soon, everywhere I turned I heard the cheerful piano jingle that opened the song. If that wasn’t bad enough, it became the #1 most ruined karaoke song for that time. So not only was the song shoved down our throats by media, the song met a horrible demise in karaoke bars all around the world.
Gangam Style: Ok, ok, so Gangam Style isn’t nearly as annoying as some of the others on this list, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t get severely overplayed. It's actually a fun song, but I've definitely had my fill. The fact that it’s in Korean turned on just as many people as it turned off, and the goofy dance that swept the nation didn't really help either. I have to give Psy his due though. Not only did he bring a non English song to America, but he made it a hit.
Livin’ La Vida Loca: I never caught on the whole Ricky Martin phenomenon, but I can appreciate a decent song when I hear one. What sealed the doom of this fun summer smash was the unbelievable amount of times it was being played. I remember our local radio station playing the song four times in thirty minutes. The overwhelming number of requests it was getting, plus the number of times the video got played equals one overplayed classic.
Jar of Hearts: Sorrowful vocals, haunting melody and a simple piano backing. With these ingredients, most wouldn’t think ‘smash’, but that’s exactly what Christina Perri got with this ballad. Honestly, I’m not a fan of either ‘Jar of Hearts’ or Christina Perri, but I heard this song everywhere! At work, at home, in the car, on the radio, on TV. There was no escaping it.
I Want it That Way: I can admit that I bought into the whole boy/girl band era that invaded the 90’s. However, BSB’s massive hit ‘I want it that way’ is a moment in history that I certainly wouldn’t mind forgetting. While the boys certainly sounded good, and the video looked good, but the problem was overkill. Radio stations and video stations put the song on a continuous rotation. Every teenage girl was singing the song, and every teen boy wanted to be a Backstreet Boy to get the girl. If nothing else, I’m confused. Is this a love song? A break up song? And what exactly do they want ‘that way’?
Truly, Madly, Deeply: What was the appeal of Savage Garden? Really? What made so many people swoon? This song right here is your answer. Another track which was supposed to be the epic love song of its decade turned into a massively overplayed song that caused many people to actually turn off their radios. In the fine line between corny and romantic, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ steps way beyond the barriers of corny. The final nail in the coffin of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' is the whiny vocal delivery. Maybe a smoother, more romantic singer could have earned the track a little more respect.
What Makes You Beautiful: When One Direction exploded onto American shores, they were supposed to be the rebirth of the boy band trend. However, something seemed different. I don’t know if it’s a lack of charisma, attitude, talent or sex appeal, but for me the new generation just doesn’t work. I don’t know if they received massive requests or it was a result of a huge payout from the record label, but right from the get go media was saturated by ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. The song has the consistency of a giant cheeseball: poor lyrics, lack of harmony and a melody that is just plain irritating. This track is best left in the failure pit of boy band past.
What does the fox say?: I don’t care. I’ll give it to Ylvis, the beat is kinda fun and funky and would have been great for a different, more serious song. But the words are so dumb, and I just can’t get past that. I recognize the fact that it was supposed to be a spoof… but it got all the way to #6 on the billboard charts. What the hell?? If I were never to hear that shrill ding, ding, ding again, I could die a very happy guy.
Sexy and I know it: Hailed by many as the ultimate party song, this loud jumble of breathy growls and ridiculous innuendo was all over radio, and the video was on constant replay across almost every station worldwide. I guess that some people really don’t know that there is too much of (not so) good thing. Between the overkill of 'I work out' and the ridiculous 'Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, Yeah!' I know that my last nerve certainly got grated.
Red Solo Cup: Only in country music, and only someone like Toby Keith could make a hit out of a total bar song about a disposable drinking apparatus. I guess I just don’t see what all the hype is about. It’s basically Toby Keith reading some lines that are hastily thrown together into a microphone and calling it good. This must really be the American dream at its finest. It has become such a bar staple that you can't help but hear it blaring from the jukebox at least once.
Baby: I’m sure there will be a lot of backlash for this, but I was so happy to see this song finally fade out. The extremely whiny vocals and the repetitive chorus are enough to drive most adults over the age of 24 insane. On top of everything, Ludacris’ pitiful verse doesn’t add any spark to the track. Instead, it adds to the overall level of annoying as a whole. I can see why little girls all over the world swooned over him, and I'll give him credit for hitting his target audience, but enough is enough. Someone please put this crying baby to bed!
You’re Beautiful: Everything about this song screams annoying. The dull guitar strums to the repetitive chorus and whiny verses to Blunt’s cringe worthy voice. I know it was supposed to be the modern day love song, but honestly, I would much prefer to hear someone else sing it. If I had to have this song shoved down my throat, I'd be much happier if it came from I voice that didn't feel like nails scrapping across a chalkboard.