It’s been a while since there’s been a Worst Songs Ever thread, and Scott Kirwin is running one over at Dean’s World with the expected results. Scott’s own bêtes noires:
“You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Bad Company
What all these have in common, most obviously, is an origin in the 1970s, which some people contend represented the absolute nadir in popular music. I’m not sure I believe that, although of the twenty songs I dislike the most, fifteen were Seventies releases.
Actually, I like “You’re So Vain,” though I’d like it better if it didn’t turn up five times a week on the radio. Back when the charts had something to do with airplay, about 500-600 records would chart every year. A station with a Sixties-Seventies format, such as Oklahoma City’s KOMA, would therefore have upwards of 10,000 songs to choose from but they play maybe a twentieth of that. Even Jack FM claims a playlist of only 1000 or so.
Feel free to contribute your own examples of songs which make you want to change the station.