The ULTIMATE Corporate Rock Song

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As noted on a previous thread, I believe it just might be "We Built This City (On Rock N' Roll)" — but I'm willing to listen to other offers...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 4 December 2003 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

"Are You Ready For Some Football?" - Hank Jr.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 4 December 2003 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

"Takin' Care of Business" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Brian Miller, Thursday, 4 December 2003 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

"Corporate America" by Boston

King Kobra (King Kobra), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:04 (seventeen years ago) link

"Gimme Some Money" -- Spinal Tap
"Corporate Whores" -- Day Glo Abortions
"Corporate World" -- Prince

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:20 (seventeen years ago) link

My daughter told me there's an mall-emo band or something called Something Corporate out now, but she's just making that up, right?

chuck, Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:22 (seventeen years ago) link


maura (maura), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

may pang (maypang), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:25 (seventeen years ago) link

"Hip to be Square"

Blood and sparkles (bloodandsparkles), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:26 (seventeen years ago) link

The Devo Corporate Anthem

Lord Custos Omicron (Lord Custos Omicron), Thursday, 4 December 2003 20:29 (seventeen years ago) link

"Addicted to Love"

paulhw (paulhw), Thursday, 4 December 2003 21:45 (seventeen years ago) link

"workin' for a living"

Felcher (Felcher), Thursday, 4 December 2003 21:47 (seventeen years ago) link

My daughter told me there's an mall-emo band or something called Something Corporate out now, but she's just making that up, right?

It's really a band.

James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Thursday, 4 December 2003 23:01 (seventeen years ago) link

"Marquaritaville" -- by virtue of Jimmy Buffett's rented performance
at Dennis Kozlowski's private corporate orgy in Sardinia.

George Smith, Thursday, 4 December 2003 23:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Bob Seger - "Old Time Rock & Roll"


Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 4 December 2003 23:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Segar's Feel Like A Number is a corporate drone anthem of protest!

Matt Helgeson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 4 December 2003 23:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Smells Like Teen Spirit


'Here I go again on my own' by Whitesnake

neil simpson (neil simpson), Friday, 5 December 2003 09:26 (seventeen years ago) link

"Here I Go Again" must have been recorded at least 8 squillion times!!!!! It's like there's a new version on every one of Whitesnake's albums!!!! He even changes the lyrics!!!!! (From "like a hobo" -> "like a drifter"!!!!) He'll probably still be re-recording it when he's in a zimmer-frame!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Friday, 5 December 2003 10:15 (seventeen years ago) link

If it ain't broke.....

neil simpson (neil simpson), Friday, 5 December 2003 13:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Precisely my point!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Friday, 5 December 2003 15:43 (seventeen years ago) link

corporate slave- snog

kephm, Friday, 5 December 2003 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Songs that protest corporate culture (or whatever), aren't corporate. Right? So many of these suggestions are hereby disqualified.

I just called to say I love you.

Debito (Debito), Friday, 5 December 2003 15:50 (seventeen years ago) link

If we want to extend into "Corporate Soul," what about the Stylistics' "Stone In Love With You"? It has that part about "if I were a business man, I'd sit behind a desk/I'd be so successful, I'd scare Wall Street to death."

John Fredland (jfredland), Saturday, 6 December 2003 04:05 (seventeen years ago) link

anything by Flattened Feculent Female Formaldehyde Fetus

KROYZT, it's like every time I turn the dial, I can't avoid those sacharrine love ditties of theirs!!!

lonenutnate, Saturday, 6 December 2003 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link

The Kinks: Denmark Street

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 6 December 2003 07:09 (seventeen years ago) link

"All Mod Cons" by the Jam has always sounded very corporate to me. Its about short enough to fit a lengthy commercial.

tyler (tyler), Sunday, 7 December 2003 02:22 (seventeen years ago) link

I wonder what song has appeared in the most commercials over time.

Debito (Debito), Sunday, 7 December 2003 02:54 (seventeen years ago) link

'Don't let me get me' by Pink. Don't let the lyrics fool you, this IS the most corporate rock song ever written.

pete s, Sunday, 7 December 2003 03:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Ultimate Corporate Rock Band: Matchbox Twenty

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Sunday, 7 December 2003 22:23 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

So what was corporate rock anyway? Everyone was against it a few years ago, but I never figured out who qualified and who didn't. Were Boston corporate rock, even though they did that "Corporate America" song mentioned above? Pearl Jam? Huey Lewis? Someone enlighten me.

Matt #2, Saturday, 10 May 2008 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

listen guys if it wasnt 4 corporations u would b eatin potatoes out of the ground and drinking rainwater u collected urself u fucken hippeys

Bodrick III, Sunday, 11 May 2008 11:03 (thirteen years ago) link

And eating Geoff Travis' brown rice.

What a horrible thought.

King Boy Pato, Sunday, 11 May 2008 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(I'm all for corporate rock, by the way. Whatever it is.)

kingkongvsgodzilla, Sunday, 11 May 2008 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Wikipedia sez :

Corporate rock is an often pejorative term used primarily by music critics to describe rock music, particularly music from arena rock bands, which are alleged to be purely commercial, formulaic, or lacking in creativity or authenticity, or to music which was thought to have used corporate record producing power to get an unfair playback advantage on radio over more music more deserving of exposure. According to these critics, the primary goal of the corporate rock artist or band in making music is profit and radio airplay rather than artistic creativity. As a result, corporate rock is typified by catchy, mainstream radio-friendly, formulaic songs following a pop music model. The term was first used in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite the negative opinions of critics, many corporate rock bands attained a high degree of commercial success, and some still have loyal followings today.

So that's cleared that up then.

Matt #2, Sunday, 11 May 2008 11:40 (thirteen years ago) link

"We Built This City" was what I immediately thought of, same as NTI.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 11 May 2008 13:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Like Blood and Sparkles, I thought of 'Hip To Be Square'. There is some sense in which that song really does stand alone.

moley, Sunday, 11 May 2008 13:45 (thirteen years ago) link

The most corporate of corporate rock songs are when actual talented songwriters get hits delivered by professional cliche hitmaker songwriters because their management/label or whatever believe those songs have more hit potential. Examples are "The Flame" by Cheap Trick and "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 11 May 2008 20:42 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

"Double Vision"

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

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