Friday Debate: What classic, beloved song do you dislike?

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Earlier in the week, I sent a link around the office to this tweet. As a result, I learned that Darryn and I have more in common than I knew – we both dislike Boney M. Thereafter, things went horribly downhill.

It turns out that Darryn doesn’t like Amazing Grace, particularly when sung by Mariah Carey. Noelle doesn’t like The First Noel (isn’t that a bit ironic?) or American Pie. But we were all immensely horrified when Tracy aired her song dislike and Darryn agreed – how could anyone not like Stairway to Heaven?

Mine happens to be Hey Jude from the Beatles. It just sounds like a drone, and is made even worse by the way people sing along to it. I know many people see The Beatles as sacred, but I’m sorry, no. Just no. It’s not that I hate the song, that isn’t what this is about. But geez do I dislike it, and prefer to avoid hearing it where possible.

But which songs do you dislike for no apparent reason? Do you agree with Geoff and turn off the radio whenever Creedence Clearwater Revival comes on, or are you like Alessandro and believe that The Beatles are overrated? Or perhaps you hate joy like Darryn and dislike the Happy Birthday song. I told him to become a Jehovah’s Witness to avoid hearing it, but he wasn’t convinced. Gavin doesn’t like Eiffel 65’s Blue, which I was going to argue wasn’t a classic until I realised that it’s old enough to drink. And then there’s Craig who just dislikes any song that has a corresponding dance – Macarena, Achy Breaky Heart or Las Ketchup are all out for him. While normally I also disagree with everything Nick says out of principle, his dislike of Lady in Red is totally understandable.

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We all like to talk about how music today is so much worse than the music of generations past. And while that certainly can be true with regard to lyrics, and melody, that doesn’t mean that all songs of yesteryear are automatically great.

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Last Updated: July 7, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

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  • I’ve never really been a fan of Celine Dion’s Titanic theme.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Who has? Die fokken skip het gesink, get over it. XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Great. You’ve reminded me of the horror I managed to block out.

      Let me tell you the story of a young Trevor happily working away. A person who shared offices with us brought the Titanic CD to work and played it non-stop on repeat from 8am to 4pm. The next day, she started again. My boss came to me with tears in his eyes begging me to do something. So when she went out to get something for lunch, I went into her office, opened up her PC, and removed the audio lead from her CD-ROM. Blessed silence, and all our hearts went on.

  • Admiral Chief

    I dislike most songs

  • MonsterCheddar

    I’m a Metal head, so most popular tunes feel the might of my steel hardened disdain as it is beneath me.

    • Spathi

      Not hardcore metal, but not bad for a popular tune!

      • I listen to this guy so damn much. Bought all his songs off amazon xD

        • Spathi

          Yeah me too. Makes me feel less guilty for listening to “pop” music πŸ˜€ Like his version of “Heathens” a lot, it makes a very awesome metal song.

          • I listen to any good music, I don’t care. If it has a good beat or lyrics I am in.

      • Still my favorite one from him.

        • And Macarena is a close second xD

        • Spathi

          If I had to choose only one:

      • Original Heretic

        LOVE this version. Listen to it all the time!

        • Last year Leo was on 200k subs. Now sitting at 1.7 million. GG

          • Original Heretic

            Just don’t watch his videos, he makes silly faces.

          • xD

            His daughter is gonna be a super metalhead.

      • MonsterCheddar

        That actually sounds awesome as fuck.

      • Milesh Bhana

        I love his cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”.

      • Admiral Chief

        Have my upvote, this is amazing

      • Matthew Holliday

        Leo did good with that tune

        Speaking of musicians making it big on youtube with cool covers

    • You must love this then.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Fokkof. Thats not metal. XD

        • The name says Baby Metal!

          • MonsterCheddar

            Any idiot can put metal in their name. Doesn’t make their music Metal.

          • ACDC ain’t even metal. It’s electrical current

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL!

          • Original Heretic

            Your ass is gonna get Thunderstruck.

          • Still electrical xD

          • MonsterCheddar

            I agree. AC/DC is a Hardrock/Classic Rock band.

          • 80’s kak that should have died in the past with it’s generation

          • No … bad pony!

            U2 80s stuff as well as Billy Joel

          • MonsterCheddar

            Actually they hail from the 70’s and still going on. The whole world mourns your ignorance, Ponyboy.

          • Hammersteyn

            I like the 80s πŸ™

        • And that crap that sounds like grey noise looking for intellectual life on mars is also not metal.

      • I am a simple guy. I see babymetal. I upvote. The superior of all metal bands o/

      • I fucking HATE these things!

        • Hammersteyn

          Well, most things hate you so it balances out.

          • I wear that hate like a shield. You, on the other hand, do not balance out! HA!

          • Hammersteyn

            I do balance, it’s called a beer in every hand.

          • If you were on a seesaw you’d need a blackhole on the other side to counter-balance you *RUNS AWAY GIGGLING

          • Hammersteyn

            ROFL! nice.

        • Matthew Holliday

          perhaps something a little more convincing?

          These guys are like, straight out of 600 episode anime “we will become the greatest metal band in the world”
          Formed in 1997, 9 albums later and still going strong.

      • Matthew Holliday

        I feel like this is the better option if you want to bring his hate to the surface

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit. In fact I preferred Weird Al – Smells Like Nirvana.

    • Spathi

      DOWNVOTED!

  • MonsterCheddar

    WAIT……….
    @OddSockZA:disqus hates CCR? what A fucking barbarian!!! Who hates CCR?

    Doth you have no heart in that Oddsockian chest?

    • I don;t hate em at all. I recognise that it’s good music, and I actually like it – it’s just so goddamned overplayed that when I hear John fogery’s voice I want to defenestrate myself.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Yes, radio stations are famous for killing songs.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I hate Justin Bieber. I hate him with the strength of a thousand suns.

    • I heard Bieber likes Xbox.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Wait…..What?

        Time for a SOUNIEKONSENIE then.

        • I heard One Direction like PS4.

          You have only 1 choice.

          PS: Before you even reply I heard Britney Spears likes Switch.

          • Spathi

            Kanye West loves PCs!

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Well to be fair “No one man should have all that power!” πŸ˜›

          • MonsterCheddar

            SPEAR BRITNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SPEAR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Well, then that little turd scores a point. Still hate his music.

          • Matthew Holliday


            Makes surprisingly good pretty boy metal though.

  • Paradise City. It was too overplayed when I was younger. Can’t stand it now.

  • MonsterCheddar

    I hate all the popular, mainstream crap that comes out today.

  • Any music from the 70’s and 80’s that is classified as “the only good music”. Typically ACDC, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, shyt like that.

  • Fuck, I also think The Beatles are overrated. I can’t be caught dead agreeing with Alessandro so I guess this is goodbye world.

  • Sageville

    After hearing it every new years eve… for decades…

    Europes – “The Final Countdown”

    That can GITFS

    • Milesh Bhana

      Arrested Development redeemed this song for me.

      Now all I can picture is Gob doing really bad magic tricks.

  • Ooh I forgot ever single Xmas tune.

    In all honestly the only appropriate Xmas tune that should play during xmas is The night Santa went Crazy -Weird Al

    • Original Heretic

      “Down in the workshop, all the elves were making toys, for the good gentile girls, and the good gentile boys!”

  • Original Heretic

    Heh, it’s weird, American Pie is actually one of those songs where I only know the chorus, but I know Weird Al’s version of The Saga Begins by heart. I once had to sing American Pie in a karaoke, I ended up singing Saga begins lyrics.

    • A long long time ago. I can still remember. How that music used to make me smile.

      I know both versions off by heart.

      • Original Heretic

        I know he built C3PO and I’ve…heard how fast his pod can go!

  • Original Heretic

    Oh, and my vote for hated classic music? Everything by ABBA.

    • Admiral Chief

      Chiquitita tell me the truuuuuuuth

    • miaau

      Um, just like, no, ok? Olly Olly Oxenfree?

      • Original Heretic

        No to what? My opinion or ABBA?

        • miaau

          Abba, is, well, Abba. Must be cool

          • Original Heretic

            Mama Mia! How can you say that?!

  • Hammersteyn

    Crazy Frog song, the horror.

    • Admiral Chief

      RINGDIGGIDINGDINGDIIIIIING

      • Hammersteyn

        DIE!

        • Admiral Chief

          DIIIIIINGDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING

    • Ah good old dial up days.

    • Only crazy frog song I know is King of rock and roll by prefab sprout and that song rocks!

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      • Hammersteyn

        GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      • Hammersteyn

        I actually like pineapples, especially on pizza.

  • Milesh Bhana

    Robin S – Show Me Love.

    it’s the dance track that will never die, feels like there’s a new remix every other year. Classic 90’s dance track that I just never liked.

  • Song I like that all my friends hate.

  • Admiral Chief


    I like this song

    • Admiral Chief

      And I like this one more

      • Matthew Holliday

        I concur, one of the few cases where the sequel was better than the original.

    • Hammersteyn

      o/

  • Hammersteyn

    The makers of this needs to be lynched, if they haven’t been yet.

    • Admiral Chief

      RIIIIIIINGDIGGIDINGDING

      • Hammersteyn

        Frog off!

    • Haha! You know what? I disagree. This song was literally designed to be a take the piss out of the then current pop song environment. They are geniuses.

      • Hammersteyn

        Problem is, radio stations didn’t realize they were taking the piss.

        • Exactly. When I get slightly smashed, this song comes on! Brilliantly post-modern!

  • Member Berry Bob

    That stupid Grease mash-up song. In fact, any Grease song.

    • Admiral Chief

      I member. I hate ’em twice as much

  • Matthew Holliday

    Anything Bonjovi.
    meh.

    • But it’s my life πŸ™

      • Matthew Holliday

        This is the internet, where your opinion is always wrong and the points dont matter.

        • Andre116

          How can you dislike them…I feel shot in the heart…

          • Matthew Holliday

            You cant win until youre not afraid to lose.

  • miaau

    The Blue Danube Walz.

    I see flappy hands from people moving along with it whenever I hear it. Kak rhythm.

    I HATE IT. Admittedly, I hat most Walz’s, but that one….. man, it ticks me off.

  • Magoo

    Every Michael Jackson song ever made.

    • miaau

      Also, Janet, Latoya and the rest of the clan. Not my scene at all.

  • Robbie Flynn

    Any Dire Straights. Hate those guys.

    • miaau

      Amazing how people differ.

      that said, some of their stuff is not up my alley, but most of it is pretty cool.

  • McGafter

    Guns ‘n Roses – Sweet Child of Mine

    I don’t know why, it just irritates me

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    Screw you noobs, I am Murloc is the best song ever created!

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      And this song, dropping the Sikh beats!!

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