SONGS YOU LOVE (by artists you hate)

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...or expand topic to include songs by 'successful' artists (meaning I'm not talking about one hit wonders) that you're otherwise completely indifferent to, but still manage to have that ONE SONG that really resonates and rates in your top (whatever) list?

The thought that spurred this was just now realising that Foo Fighters, Everlong is def. on mine.

Kim (Kim), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I dont know if it's in my top anything but I do really like "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2.

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sonic Youth - "Teen Age Riot"

I hate that album, I hate that band, I hate everything that they stand for... but I kinda like that song.

Evan, Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"The Takeover". (ducks, runs, hides)

Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nickelback 'How You Remind Me' (sorry Robin I can't help's just a great pop record).

David (David), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'natural disaster' by enon

ddd, Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm also curious as to what it is that makes that one song stand out from the other material. In the case of Everlong, (I'm trying to figure this out now) I think it's a certain richness to the sound in general that's not there in the other songs I've heard by them. It's something about the way the pacing of the song pulls me along instead of pushing me this way and that (am I irritated by being pushed around I wonder?). It's the way Dave Grohl is singing in a more restrained way and isn't all shouty or snarky (not that I unequivocably hate those two things mind you) but in this case it just works on more levels at once. I'd like to be more technical, but sadly...

Kim (Kim), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Orinoco Flow - Enya

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What about the Foo Fighters cover of Gary Numan's Dawn in the Park? Did you hear that? it's good.

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Except I think I might like more Springsteen.

This is harder than I thought it would be, a lot of bands I think are mediocre have one great song but not so many I actually hate.

Tom (Groke), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was forgetting that Numan one, but I'm only halfway convinced that covers should count anyway. But it does make me wonder, does anyone think that this phenomenon could be based in part, on mere ignorance/neglect of the other material?

Kim (Kim), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

may god forgive me but "she hates me" by puddle o' mudd gives me an idiot buzz i can't repress... i pray this will pass.

Yes/No Interlude (Yes/No Interlude), Saturday, 2 November 2002 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't actually *love* it, but Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" is intensely *meaningful* to me (the old Tory vs new Tory Lincolnshire thing I went through in another thread ages ago ... plus it sort of helps that Princess Diana liked them, so the imagery would have gone as far as to piss off our back-to-the-land-but-for-dubious-reasons heir to the throne)

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 2 November 2002 23:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

how bout oasis' live forever...i'm sure most of you have heard that n liked it till now..

esiotrot, Sunday, 3 November 2002 00:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me." But she didn't write that, did she?

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 3 November 2002 00:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I agree with Orinoco Flow.

And please forgive me for ALL of these:
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Du Hast by Rammstein
Buddy Holly by Weezer
Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock
One Step Closer by Linkin Park
The Dope Show by Marilyn Manson

And that's the abbreviated list.. heh. I hardly ever listen to these songs. But I don't necessarily hate them as much as I do the artists' other songs.

Curtis Stephens, Sunday, 3 November 2002 01:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh god yes "Against All Odds" by P Collins

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 3 November 2002 01:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't like many Fleetwood Mac songs but "Silver Springs" rawks.

Aaron A., Sunday, 3 November 2002 01:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'the greatest view' by silverchair.

minna (minna), Sunday, 3 November 2002 01:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No Minna don't do it!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 3 November 2002 02:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hehe tim if i could help it i would. it's just such a pointy, sharp, sticky hook! and if i sing along i get this light feeling in my chest from hitting the high notes... singing this song feels like being in love! ;)

minna (minna), Sunday, 3 November 2002 02:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

although I hate to admit it, I have found myself singing "night speaks to a woman" by trey anastasio. Generally speaking, I am indifferent not only to the artist but to the entire genre.

webcrack (music=crack), Sunday, 3 November 2002 02:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Gone Away" by The Offspring. It sounds like Journey.

felicity (felicity), Sunday, 3 November 2002 03:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Another U2 one. I really hate U2 but today I heard "With or Without You" and I thought that it was great. Until it got to near the end, and it was following conventional rock song dynamics, and the drums were pounding and the melody was lost. The beginning is good, though.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Sunday, 3 November 2002 03:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

OK...this is a bad one. I like,er,no I love "Your Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion! Needless to say I cannot stand to even look at the lady, let alone listen to her god-awful music but this song moves me. I've been known to even sing along with it on occasion. I didn't even like "Titantic". I guess this falls under the guilty pleasure category. I'm almost embarrassed to submit this!

Jeffrey Koch (jeff k), Sunday, 3 November 2002 04:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Summer of '69 is one of my favorite songs ever. God help me.

Ally (mlescaut), Sunday, 3 November 2002 04:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Another nominee: "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton. I know it's his most well-known song and it's also horrendously cheesy, but whenever I hear it I keep reimagining it as a Scorsese-style backdrop for a montage of illegal activity, thuggish violence and tragic, horrifying discoveries of dead people, which adds a whole other level to it. The worst examples of '70s rock hedonism can have that sort of feel to it for me.

Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Sunday, 3 November 2002 06:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Executive Party" and "Executive Dance Party" by Andre Previn, on the Rollerball OST.

"Epic" by Faith No More.

"Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.

wildcat wendell cooley, Sunday, 3 November 2002 07:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

mr. sinker likes "valley girl" haa!

the 2 phil collins songs i like -- "i don't care anymore" and "take me home"

Tad (llamasfur), Sunday, 3 November 2002 09:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"self esteem" by the offspring!

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 3 November 2002 09:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lou Gramm, "Midnight Blue"--LOVE that song, don't give a fuck about Foreigner or anything else he did

M Matos (M Matos), Sunday, 3 November 2002 09:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Eternal Flame by Bangles.

nathalie (nathalie), Sunday, 3 November 2002 10:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My token Celine Dion song is "Falling Into You", which is pretty subtle by her standards. I like it rather than love it though.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 3 November 2002 12:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Of Celine, "Think Twice" has the best hook but I still don't like it much.

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 3 November 2002 12:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dido - Here With Me

Melissa W (Melissa W), Sunday, 3 November 2002 12:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

OMG Nathalie how can you say "Eternal Flame" is the only Bangles song you love? Have you never heard "Walk Like An Egyptian"?

Marcello Carlin: a critical resurrection of The Bangles on your blog has just become U & K.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 3 November 2002 13:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bic Runga - Drive

kinski (kinski), Sunday, 3 November 2002 14:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've mentioned a couple of mine previously in other threads:

Dan Fogelberg- "Another Auld Lang Syne"
Partly nostalgia (introduced to it by my college roommate, and we would sing it the rest of that year, which was one of the best for me), partly the Harry Chapin feel. It's like a bourgeois version of "Taxi". I like the theme of exs running into each other unexpectedly, the mixture of bittersweet. Has admittedly tawdry moments (the "laugh until we cried" part in the grocery store, "the snow...turned into rain" punchline, the Kenny G sax touches at the end), but that only seem to add to the magic. I've loathed most, if not all, of the rest of what I've heard from him: "Leader of the Band" and "Longer Than" are particularly dreadful. Though Chris Hillman from The Byrds covered one of his songs which I also liked, "Morning Sky".

Wham- "Freedom"
I have a respect for "Careless Whisper", but the rest of their catalog for me ranges from indifference to major annoyance. "Freedom" is a great song, though. I like the little details: the Motownish rhythm section, immensely singable chorus, and that regal trumpet solo and rhythm guitar at the end.

Journey- "Don't Stop Believing"
I don't like Steve Perry's voice, it's that pure and simple. If I did, there would be probably more I liked by them. This is their best song, by a long shot.

Peter Frampton- "I'm in You"
Lyrically laughable ("You can't buy, what we made, you and I...") and I wouldn't blame anyone if they couldn't make it past the title, but the music to this ballad is stunning. Striding, cautiously descending piano chords that moodily shift from minor to major and back again, combined with light string really makes the song.

Night Ranger- "Don't Tell Me You Love Me"
Particularly, I love the duelling guitar solos exchanged in the middle of the song (they should have used these for the Bill and Ted movies)--goofy and sweet, shredding before shredding became completely correlated with hair spray to move units. I mean Brad Gillis toured with Ozzy before this stint, right? What more legitimacy does one need...And the chorus is pure Asia. :)

Bryan Adams- "This Time"
Don't LOVE this one, but I think it is a likeable pop song, that
doesn't overstay its welcome (I have to admit, I don't even really like "Cuts Like a Knife" or "Heaven," two songs that I think probably have more proponents than this one).

The Bee Gees- "How Deep Is Your Love"
I was about 5 years old when SNFever was in full manic effect and this was perpetually on the radio. As one might expect from a 5 year-old boy into KISS and the Jim Rice-era Red Sox, I completely hated it--the pale washes of electric piano, the mewling vocals, etc. How ironic that today, after being subjected through my teens and early adulthood to endless 70s/retro/disco revivals where "Stayin' Alive" and such is dragged out yet again, this is pretty much the only song by them I can bear to listen to them without complaint. As with the other tunes listed above, bad lyrics from what I can make out of them (hey, it's the Bee Gees), but the music is actually fairly sophisticated for such a major commercial pop tune.

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 3 November 2002 15:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Or the start of Manic Monday????

Graham (graham), Sunday, 3 November 2002 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also "Roxanne" by the Police

Curtis Stephens, Sunday, 3 November 2002 20:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i hate the red hot chilli peppers,but i heard an instrumental track by them (the one sampled on that atrocious crazy town song) that i really liked...

robin (robin), Sunday, 3 November 2002 21:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"

The Bloodhound Gang - "Your Only Friends are Make-Believe"

Sean@tangmonkey (Sean M), Sunday, 3 November 2002 21:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins"

YES! Me too!

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Sunday, 3 November 2002 22:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Di just made me remember mine...

I usually can't stand Sleater-Kinney, but "You're No Rock'N'Roll Fun" is sheer brilliance.

kate, Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Prince - "When Doves Cry"
U2 - "New Year's Day"
I like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven"

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

Another vote for Summer of 69, too.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

4'39'' by John Cage. Though I have never listened to it (kind of difficult to hear it) and I probably got the title wrong. But that's probably the best he has ever done. Silence is sexy sometimes.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'into the groove' by madonna and 'the mercy seat' by nick cave

angelo (angelo), Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Your choice would almost fall into covers I love of songs by artists I hate, Angelo.
Into the Groove covered by Sonic Youth
Mercy Seat covered by Johnny Cash (though I don't hate Nick Cave and only hated Johnny Cash up till this album)

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Sunday, 3 November 2002 23:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ooh, I really like "The Bad Touch" and hate Bloodhound Gang. ALSO "My Console" by Eiffel 85 or whatever they are called is fantastic. ALSO "Separate Ways" is the greatest song of all time, but Journey are the worst band ever. And the video is pure glory.

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 4 November 2002 03:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
New Kid in Town by the goddamned Eagles. Great chord progression, horrible band

William R Henderson (Cabin Essence), Saturday, 14 December 2002 17:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Otherside" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Excellent harmonies (or whatever you'd call them in this case) during the last few choruses.

Curtis Stephens, Saturday, 14 December 2002 17:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That first single from The Eminem Show has an unstoppable hook, and that bassline is just retarded, dawg. I feel like admitting this makes me a better person, somehow.

Also: Keep on Dancing or whatever by No Doubt, sounds like some German electro from two years ago. Quality. And the second single from Jimmy Eat World's new album, that's pretty neat too.

Unlike some of you I have been gifted with an inborn hatred for the voices of Bryan Adams and Phil Collns, helping me to at least preserve that portion of my hipness no matter what.

Tom Millar (Millar), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

any good song (and they've all made a bunch) by the Police, U2, Sonic Youth, Pavement, David Bowie, LeTigre, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Blur, Beck and Moby.

There's probably other artists I'm forgetting.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

"Take You On A Cruise" - Interpol
"Any Day Now" - Elbow
"Two Step" - Dave Matthews Band
"Maps" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Moonchild" - M83
"All We Have Is Now" - The Flaming Lips
"Disarm" - Smashing Pumpkins
"Cliquot" - Beirut
"Moya" & "The Dead Flag Blues" - Godspeed You Black Emperor!
"Girls" - Death In Vegas
"Salt" - Mugison
"Dust in the Wind" - Kansas

Turangalila, Friday, 14 August 2009 03:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

I feel awful saying this but seriously, that Interpol song is so tiny and mournful, lost in the wind.

Turangalila, Friday, 14 August 2009 03:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

forgot this thread! at some point i should also have mentioned Malibu by Hole. i guess Corgan is partially the reason why that stands apart, but then i'm pretty indifferent to most of the Pumpkins stuff too, so there it still is.

Kim, Saturday, 4 September 2010 14:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol @ "moonchild" by m83. that song has probably the most unintentionally hilarious monologue i've ever heard.

teledyldonix, Saturday, 4 September 2010 17:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Foreigner-double vision

nakamura, Saturday, 4 September 2010 17:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll take Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is," and admit a little fondness for "Feels Like the First Time"

Pet Shop Boys - "What Have I Done to Deserve This" (of course, they brought in a ringer I am incapable of hating)

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 4 September 2010 18:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

dexy's midnight runners - come on eileen
shakermaker - oasis (i had a brief oasis infatuation lasting about a month in which i was impressed by liam's cool charm and raunchy voice; until i stopped listening to them obsessively and finally realized how utterly fucking boring they actually are)

baddest boy on the internet (kelpolaris), Saturday, 4 September 2010 19:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
Eminem - My Name Is
Radiohead - Just
Coldplay - Yellow
Madonna - Holiday

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 4 September 2010 22:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kraftwerk - Trans Euro Express (this is good but computer music has no soul)

ABBA - Dancing Queen (mindless pop for idiots but this is a guilty pleasure)

Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan (slick studio craftsmanship < raw emotion of real rock and roll)

Sara - Fleetwood Mac (the epitome of empty cocaine fueled narcisissm)

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

kornrulez why are you so mean

optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

4'39'' by John Cage. Though I have never listened to it (kind of difficult to hear it) and I probably got the title wrong. But that's probably the best he has ever done. Silence is sexy sometimes.
― alex in mainhattan (alex63), Sunday, November 3, 2002 6:32 PM (7 years ago) Bookmark

it's 4'33"

funky brewster (San Te), Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

no wonder he hasn't heard it!

optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm just messing around

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

dexy's midnight runners - come on eileen

Really? This is one of the worst Dexy's songs. Have you actually ever listened to Searching for the Young Soul Rebels?

emil.y, Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I pretty much dislike the Rolling Stones but I like "Miss You".

optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 01:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't really really hate him the way i might've when i was younger but i have listened to "dont ask me why" by billy joel like 18 times since that 80s joel poll. in terms of hugest gulf between how i feel about one song by an act vs every other song by that act winner is definitely "boys of summer" by don henley.

balls, Sunday, 5 September 2010 01:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

wasn't "malibu" pretty much straight courtney (i remember her mentioning it in an interview w/ stevie nicks like a year or so beforehand)? i thought corgan's fingerprints were all over "celebrity skin"?

balls, Sunday, 5 September 2010 01:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Don Henley- The Boys of Summer

late adopter, Sunday, 5 September 2010 02:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

50 Cent- In Da Club

late adopter, Sunday, 5 September 2010 02:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'm gradually growing more and more distant from merriweather-era animal collective. nothing has actually triggered this, but i seem to feel embarrassed whenever i listen to these guys.

lieutenant jimmy john (kelpolaris), Sunday, 5 September 2010 06:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

malibu is on celebrity skin, no?

boys of summer for me too.

Kim, Sunday, 5 September 2010 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

"The Black Parade" - My Chemical Romance
"In Da Club" - 50 Cent
"My Humps" - The Black Eyed Peas

Christyles, Sunday, 5 September 2010 15:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

boys of summer crushes this. but written by Artist I Love Mike Campbell so.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Sunday, 5 September 2010 15:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like that Enya song that the Fugees sampled. Can't ever remember the title.

optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 15:10 (eight years ago) Permalink


optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 15:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

radiohead - "idioteque"

akaky akakievich, Sunday, 5 September 2010 16:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kiss- Strutter

late adopter, Sunday, 5 September 2010 21:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Moody Blues - Question

optimizing the emotional effects of Redneck Hoe by Insane Clown Posse (corey), Sunday, 5 September 2010 21:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Muse – Starlight

Erotic Wolf (crüt), Sunday, 8 October 2017 02:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

man this is one of those early ILM icebreaker type threads that's just full of baffling responses.

andrew m., Monday, 9 October 2017 19:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

but yeah, this:

boys of summer crushes this.

andrew m., Monday, 9 October 2017 19:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink


rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Monday, 9 October 2017 20:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp but yeah also, addendum to this:

but written by Artist I Love Mike Campbell so.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 9 October 2017 21:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the morning by weeknd

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 01:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

man this is one of those early ILM icebreaker type threads that's just full of baffling responses.

― andrew m.

my pick for "most baffling" is post #6 going hard on the enon hate. 2002 ilx was _weird_.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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