January 19, 2005

Cardinal Biggles, Poke Him With The Soft Cushion!

From Byzantium's Shores (via Lynn S), it's another list meme. Below the fold is presented somebody's list of the 50 Worst Songs of All Time. (I have to admit I haven't even heard half of them.) Your confessional task - bold the ones you like. As always, I also provide commentary where I see fit.

1. We Built This City ... Starship
2. Achy Breaky Heart ... Billy Ray Cyrus (Why does everyone think this is so bad? There's nothing much to it, but it's not unpleasant to listen to.)
3. Everybody Have Fun Tonight ... Wang Chung
4. Rollin' ... Limp Bizkit
5. Ice Ice Baby ... Vanilla Ice
6. The Heart of Rock & Roll ... Huey Lewis and the News
7. Don't Worry, Be Happy ... Bobby McFerrin
8. Party All the Time ... Eddie Murphy
9. American Life ... Madonna
10. Ebony and Ivory ... Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
11. Invisible ... Clay Aiken
12. Kokomo ... The Beach Boys - Eh, it's okay. Ever seen the Muppets' lip-sync video of it?
13. Illegal Alien ... Genesis
14. From a Distance ... Bette Midler
15. I'll Be There for You ... The Rembrandts
16. What's Up? ... 4 Non Blondes
17. Pumps and a Bump ... Hammer
18. You're the Inspiration ... Chicago - Not their best, but I've always loved their sound. Bad Chicago is better than the best of a lot of other bands.
19. Broken Wings ... Mr. Mister
20. Dancing on the Ceiling ... Lionel Richie
21. Two Princes ... Spin Doctors
22. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) ... Toby Keith - Anything that gets the Libs upset makes me smile.
23. Sunglasses at Night ... Corey Hart - Ha, ha. This was the theme for my little brother's high school prom. Classic 80's stuff.
24. Superman ... Five for Fighting
25. I'll Be Missing You ... Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112
26. The End ... The Doors
27. The Final Countdown ... Europe
28. Your Body Is a Wonderland ... John Mayer
29. Breakfast at Tiffany's ... Deep Blue Something
30. Greatest Love of All ... Whitney Houston
31. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm ... Crash Test Dummies
32. Will 2K ... Will Smith
33. Barbie Girl ... Aqua
34. Longer ... Dan Fogelberg
35. Shiny Happy People ... R.E.M.
36. Make Em Say Uhh! ... Master P featuring Silkk, Fiend, Mia-X and Mystikal
37. Rico Suave ... Gerardo
38. Cotton Eyed Joe ... Rednex - I've never heard this. But I love the original "Cotton Eye Joe" and even remember some line-dance steps to it.
39. She Bangs ... Ricky Martin
40. I Wanna Sex You Up ... Color Me Badd
41. We Didn't Start the Fire ... Billy Joel
42. The Sound of Silence ... Simon & Garfunkel - Pretentious? Moi? But again, I like their sound.
43. Follow Me ... Uncle Kracker
44. I'll Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) ... Meat Loaf
45. Mesmerize ... Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
46. Hangin' Tough ... New Kids on the Block
47. The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You ... Bryan Adams
48. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ... The Beatles - Is this so awful? Fun, I'd have said.
49. I'm Too Sexy ... Right Said Fred
50. My Heart Will Go On ... Celine Dion

Posted by Robert at January 19, 2005 11:11 AM

//Not their best, but I've always loved their sound. Bad Chicago is better than the best of a lot of other bands.//

That may just be the squarest sentence ever written.

Posted by: Dan at January 19, 2005 01:49 PM

Oh, that's cruel.

Posted by: Robert the LB at January 19, 2005 03:30 PM

I know, I know, and I did feel a tinge of remorse while typing...

..but Chicago? CHICAGO? Dude....

Posted by: Dan at January 19, 2005 04:46 PM

Buck up, LlamaBob, I've seen Chicago in concert three times. Those who don't get it are to be pitied.

Posted by: Ted at January 19, 2005 07:04 PM

What can I say? I didn't date much in high school.

Posted by: Robert the LB at January 20, 2005 09:44 AM

There's much indeed to appreciate about Chicago--the founders of which were classically-trained musicians from DePaul music school...although I tend to favor their music with (the late, great) Terry Kath and not so much the Peter Cetera era.

Posted by: Chan S. at January 20, 2005 09:49 AM

okay, either I am devoid of musical taste (possible) or we've mistaken worst for overplayed. 'cause ya have to have zero sense of humor or fun to completely hate Everybody Have Fun Tonight or I'm Too Sexy. most of the fun is that they are bad, I'll admit, but wouldn't we be poorer for irony without them?

guilty picks? From a Distance and I'll Do Anything for Love; not guilty picks: What's Up, Sounds of Silence (Simon & Garfunkle, people!), Shiny Happy People and Ob-La-Di. when a list begins with We Built This City - sure it's a hack offering from Starship, but c'mon! - you can bet a cranky bank employee wrote the list after a bad day. and left off Jesse's Girl.

Posted by: tee bee at January 20, 2005 03:21 PM

and Peter Cetera should be brought up on charges of manslaughter for killing Chicago.

Posted by: tee bee at January 20, 2005 03:22 PM

One word: "Honey"

Posted by: Greg Hlatky at January 22, 2005 10:09 PM
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