Most people probably assume that, when a musician releases a hot new track, they must love their work. After all, why else would they put it out there for everyone in the world to hear? Yet, it turns out that many of the world’s most respected musicians actually can’t stand their most famous songs!
From Oasis to Kanye West, many artists can name at least one popular song in their discographies that practically makes their ears bleed. Need further proof? Just take a look at these 12 musicians who totally hate their big hits. It’ll change the way you hear their songs forever…
1. Madonna (“Like a Virgin”): You know exactly what it’s like when you’ve heard a song way too many times; it’s pretty hard to enjoy. Well, that’s how it feels for Madonna with “Like a Virgin,” one of her biggest—and most controversial—hits.
Even though it’s likely her most recognizable single of all time, the megastar just can’t seem to enjoy it the way her fans do. “I’m not sure I can sing … ‘Like A Virgin’ ever again,” she once said. “I just can’t—unless somebody paid me like $30 million or something.”
2. Lorde (“Royals”): Since this song is still relatively new, you might think that Lorde wouldn’t mind performing it. Yet the chart-topping track that launched her to worldwide recognition in 2013 is like nails on a chalkboard for the Kiwi songwriter.
Recently, she made it clear what she thinks the song sounds like: “It sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia! None of the melodies are cool or good! It’s disastrous,” the singer openly admitted.
3. Kanye West (“Gold Digger”): In the most ironic turn of events, Kanye West once said that he didn’t even like this song from the start. But isn’t he, like, his own biggest fan? Why wouldn’t he like a song that he created?
Never one to shy away from telling it like it is, West eventually admitted why he recorded the Jamie Foxx-featuring track: money. “I get paid for doing ‘Gold Digger,’ which I never really liked that song, but I knew I would get paid for doing ‘Gold Digger,'” he told reporters.
4. Oasis (“Wonderwall”): Though it’s easily one of the greatest and most recognized rock-alternative songs from the past half century, Oasis has admitted that they hate pretty much everything about this track, much to the chagrin of their fans.
During a radio interview, lead guitarist Noel Gallagher admitted, “I don’t particularly like that song—I think ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ is a far superior song.” There’s nothing more frustrating than someone liking something that you don’t, right?
5. Mandy Moore (“Candy”): Those who’ve known Mandy Moore for her acting chops on This Is Us might have forgotten about this tune from the actress’s pop-singer days. And there’s something about her first hit that she wishes she could forget too…
Moore actually despises the music video for “Candy”—the one that largely kicked off her career in 1999. “My very first music video, I had to dance in it and it is abysmal,” she mentioned. “I think the powers that be realized very early on that, ‘You know what, you should just have background dancers.”
6. Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé (“Telephone”): You’d think that teaming up two of the most popular and recognizable pop stars on the planet would be a surefire way to record a song that everyone loves, right?
And, of course, you’d be on to something… except Lady Gaga can’t stand it or the music video either. “Beyoncé and I are great together. But there are so many ideas in that video and all I see in that video is my brain throbbing with ideas and I wish I had edited myself a little bit more,” she recalled.
7. The Beastie Boys (“[You Gotta] Fight For Your Right [To Party]”): Never intended to be received with such love, this iconic party song by Brooklyn’s Beastie Boys was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek parody of similar songs from the era.
Nevertheless, the joke ultimately went over everyone’s heads—including those of many of their diehard fans—and wound of garnering the group mass attention. Soon enough, they had a somewhat-unplanned hit on their hands!
8. Radiohead (“Creep”): Not only has lead singer Thom Yorke gone on record as hating this “too soft” song, but the rest of the band has even joined in on the hate fest, too. How much so?
Guitarist Johnny Greenwood purposely tried to sabotage the recording by playing too harshly. Ironically, he simultaneously created the edge executives felt it so badly needed. Now when fans request to hear the track, they can expect a response like this, from a concert in Canada: “F**k off, we’re tired of it,” moaned Yorke.
9. James Blunt (“You’re Beautiful”): You’d imagine that the first time a recording artist hears their song on the radio, it’s probably the greatest moment of their lives. You know, having worked for it their entire lives…
Yet that’s not how it went for pop singer James Blunt. When “You’re Beautiful” was first played on the radio, he couldn’t wait until his track was pulled from the waves. “[It] was force-fed down people’s throats,” Blunt recalled. “And it became annoying, and then people start to associate the artist with the same word.”
10. Warrant (“Cherry Pie”): You know how they say that art requires inspiration? Well, there was none of that going on with this ubiquitous 1980s track. Seriously, not one bit!
Even though it was an instant smash-hit, the band, who’d spent years establishing themselves as a metal act, recorded it without so much as a thought when their record label demanded they produce a ballad that would appeal to the masses.
11. Miley Cyrus (“Party in the U.S.A.”): No matter where you were when this song was released, there was no avoiding it. It was played on just about every radio station and became a mainstay of backyard barbecues across the United States.
Yet, Miley Cyrus believes it’s a bit immature, as she feels she’s grown a lot as an artist since it was first released. That’s totally understandable, so long as you realize you’ll be playing it at every concert from here to eternity!
12. Led Zeppelin (“Stairway to Heaven”): While it’s easily one of the most-played and recognizable songs in music history, that doesn’t make singer Robert Plant hate it any less.
“I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show,” Plant once expressed in an interview. In other words, he pretty much wishes he could just play this funny bit from the comedy film Wayne’s World, when someone asks to hear it.
Who would ever guess that some of the most famous songs in music history are total duds for the people who recorded them? Listening to these songs will never be the same again!
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