• Singles they wanted to ban (16)

    The Kinks, “Lola” is one of the stranger examples on the list. While the famous Kinks song gained controversy for being about the love between a man and a transvestite, it was banned by the BBC for product placement regarding a reference in the lyrics to Coca-Cola. Kinks frontman and songwriter Ray Davies responded by

  • Singles they wanted to ban (15)

    Nirvana, “Rape Me”, the very title of this track from 1993’s In Utero was enough to get it pulled from the shelves of Walmart and Kmart. While Kurt Cobain was known for his strict adherence to his punk ethos, he relented to pressure by changing the title to “Waif Me” for sales at those stores

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (14)

    There are probably a dozen or so Rolling Stones songs I could have picked for this list. It’s a great song, but it is overused in commercials (that Coke ad from 2004 was particularly annoying), TV shows (from the great ‘Sopranos’ to the stinky ‘Swingtown’) and movies (it underscores a pivotal scene in ‘The Big

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (13)

    Between the movie trailers, video games and its role as the de facto theme song for ‘CSI: Miami,’ the Who’s counterculture classic has lost much of its power over the past 44 years. After all, how can you give it to the Man when your song is bumping up against Michael Bay movies and tampon

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (12)

    The granddaddy of overplayed songs still resonates with audiences 42 years after its release. There isn’t a day that goes by without ‘Free Bird’ flying high on some radio. Everyone knows it. Shout ‘Free Bird’ at a concert these days, and chances are the band onstage (if they have any sense of humor) will at

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (11)

    Nobody’s so badass that they couldn’t use an extra shot of the stuff to make them even more badass. That’s where George Thorogood & the Destroyers’ way-overplayed ‘Bad to the Bone’ comes in. That opening dirty, bluesy guitar riff says it all: You don’t want to mess with this dude, dog or garbage bag. From

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (10)

    Sisqo, “The Thong Song” I hate to object to a song based only on the lyrics because there are some great songs with some really stupid messages, but “The Thong Song” is just an abomination to all that is holy. It will never make my “booty go da na da na,” whatever the hell that

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (9)

    Los del Rio, “Macarena” If you make me listen to this incessantly catchy ditty, I will cut off your ear. If you make me do the dance, I will cut off the other one.

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (8)

    Chumbawamba, “Tubthumping (I get knocked down)” Remember that horrible moment in 1997 when every time you turned on the radio, no matter what station, you had to hear the frenetic push and pull of this pub song on acid? God, that shit was torture. Also, anyone who still thinks this is a good song is

  • Songs I Never Ever Want to Hear Again (7)

    House of Pain, “Jump Around” This isn’t the worst song in the world, but it’s that initial screeching caterwaul of a note that sends me into physical pain each time I hear it. It’s like some sort of dog whistle for people with good taste or something. Also, please don’t jump around, especially when drunk.

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