Comments: Mostly War

Worst Songs: These are all pretty good songs, some of them much better than average, though some of them are in genres I don't like. What they all share is overexposure. They're not the worst songs of all time. They're the "most overplayed songs because everything else coming out at the same time was really, really bad, but we didn't notice because the radio stations protected us."

Basically, pop culture bashing. Very contemporary, too: anyone who's heard, oh, "There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" from WWII would have put that on the list. There's so much bad music out there, I hardly know where to start. Sometimes it never gets published: I was at an open-mike night in Cambridge once and heard this folk trio do a song, the chorus of which (played incessantly, there were very few other lyrics) was, and I kid you not, "The head is wide and the feet are broken." It took three people, to do this in harmony.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 21, 2004 12:27 PM

I agree. I really like some of those songs.

And there's been much, much worse. There was one Neil Diamond song I heard when I was young...the title escapes me but I remember a bit of the lyrics. "You're so sweet, horseflies keep hangin' round your face."

And if the list was just about songs that have been hideously over-played, then "Evergreen" and "People" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" should have been tied for #1. Those songs fall into the "play that again and I'll jump" category.

Posted by Anne at April 21, 2004 01:46 PM