Songs where you go “Aargh” and lurch for the Off button

johnnychips

Established Member
Joined
19 Nov 2011
Messages
3,256
Location
Sheffield
There seem to be a few threads about songs you react to, but I think this is a new category.

You are having a pleasant day listening to the car radio, when suddenly this song comes on. You scream and turn it off immediately because you really, really can’t stand it.

Mine is ‘Young at Heart’ by The Bluebells. I have no idea why but I just absolutely detest it. Of course things like ‘Grandma, we love you’ would provoke a similar reaction, but they aren’t likely to come up on mainstream radio.

Over to you but I bet ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ comes up before post #13. I can just about bear it…

Edit: the other two I thought of were ‘Another Day in Paradise’ by Phil Collins and ‘Common People’ by Paul Young. I can rationalise these: they are both sanctimonious AND crap.
 
Last edited:
Sponsor Post - registered members do not see these adverts; click here to register, or click here to log in
R

RailUK Forums

Cowley

Forum Staff
Staff Member
Global Moderator
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
13,134
Location
Devon
‘Wake up Boo’ by the Boo Radleys.

I detest that song with a passion that it really doesn’t warrant…
 

Gloster

Established Member
Joined
4 Sep 2020
Messages
4,443
Location
Up the creek
I don’t go that far because I tend to listen to Radio 3 at times when I reckon there should be something reasonable on: even Steve Reich is not enough to make me switch off (although not by much). The two things I do not like are Country & Western, with British C&W being particularly disliked, and modern jazz; I am not keen on opera (except for Carmen).

I have just remembered that I dislike the song Fish Heads.
 

alxndr

Member
Joined
3 Apr 2015
Messages
1,166
Never been able to listen Breakfast at Tiffany’s after my ex left me due to her name…
 

Cowley

Forum Staff
Staff Member
Global Moderator
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
13,134
Location
Devon
Do you know, I think I struggle to listen to that too…I wonder what it is?

I don’t know. There’s another one that I’d put next to it in the bin of cack and that’s You get what you give by The New Radicals.
Actually that’s an even worse song I think!
It’s something to do with overly commercialised Indie music…
 

317666

Established Member
Joined
4 Sep 2009
Messages
1,755
Location
East Anglia
Mine is ‘Young at Heart’ by The Bluebells. I have no idea why but I just absolutely detest it. Of course things like ‘Grandma, we love you’ would provoke a similar reaction, but they aren’t likely to come up on mainstream radio.

Over to you but I bet ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ comes up before post #13. I can just about bear it…

Edit: the other two I thought of were ‘Another Day in Paradise’ by Phil Collins and ‘Common People’ by Paul Young. I can rationalise these: they are both sanctimonious AND crap.

Those are prettymuch what I would have chosen! Bohemian Rhapsody does make me reach for the mute button, in fact anything by Queen does.
 

Acey

Member
Joined
16 Nov 2018
Messages
102
Walking in memphis by Marc Cohn ,just have to leave the room if it comes on the radio ( or turn it off,of course )
 

Railsigns

Established Member
Joined
15 Feb 2010
Messages
1,946
"Saturday Night" by Whigfield and "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve.
 

Huntergreed

Established Member
Joined
16 Jan 2016
Messages
2,396
Location
Glasgow… Probably
Any song with one or more of the following:

A significant proportion of the song is “rapping”
Air horns
Clearly autotuned vocals
Stock MIDI sounds (especially if poorly quantised)
Screaming/shouting vocals
An out of tune kids choir
Guitar recordings where the sound of moving along the fretboard is louder than the guitar!
“Lazy singing” which sounds like the singer has a cold
A drum machine (especially with claps)

And worst of all

Anything I’ve played on - I hate hearing myself! :lol:

that Ed Sheeran song; the one that sounds like another song, if that helps narrow it down :|
All of them then :D

In all seriousness, whilst I’m not his hugest fan, Sheeran is far from the worst out there these days! Many singers spend their whole career auto tuning their way through I - V - VI - IV songs and when they try to sing live it’s almost hilarious how poor their vocals are without the magic of the editing :D
 

High Dyke

Established Member
Joined
1 Jan 2013
Messages
3,808
Location
Yellabelly Country
I have just remembered that I dislike the song Fish Heads.
This one?
that Ed Sheeran song; the one that sounds like another song, if that helps narrow it down :|
I thought he'd won that court case? ;)

For me, I can't stand Metallica. The wife thinks some of my music choices, whilst eclectic, shouldn't be foisted on her ears.

However, we both agree that Mariah Carey has no place in our listening pleasure.
 

Drogba11CFC

Member
Joined
15 Sep 2009
Messages
687
Independence Day by Martina McBride
Anything by Billy Bragg or the Wolfe Tones
You'll Never Walk Alone
 

brad465

Established Member
Joined
11 Aug 2010
Messages
4,745
Location
Maidstone
This X Factor audition (although the dead silence in the theatre once they finish singing and the Judge's comments are worth watching).

 

61653 HTAFC

Veteran Member
Joined
18 Dec 2012
Messages
14,736
Location
Another planet...
Anything by Oasis (except for Roll With It, which was presumably their "stopped clock" moment).

But the winner of this for me has to be "Where's Your Head At?" by Basement Jaxx. For some reason it was really popular when it came out, despite sounding like a being at a dentists during a shortage of anaesthetic.
 

Busaholic

Veteran Member
Joined
7 Jun 2014
Messages
11,985
I’m glad to find that I’m not the only Bohemian Rhapsody hater
There are millions of us out there and we've only just found our voice ;)

The Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun, Top of the World and all the others that I've gladly forgotten about.
 

61653 HTAFC

Veteran Member
Joined
18 Dec 2012
Messages
14,736
Location
Another planet...
Hate Layla, l know l'm in the minority.
Whenever I hear that, I'm always disappointed that it isn't the shortened instrumental version that used to be on the Vauxhall Cavalier adverts. The main riff is great, but the song as a whole seems like it doesn't know where it's going, and the less said about that weird piano interlude towards the end, the better!
 

xotGD

Established Member
Joined
4 Feb 2017
Messages
4,973
Anything by Queen

Anything by Wacko Jacko - I am amazed that his stuff still gets played
 

Tracked

Member
Joined
30 May 2011
Messages
1,171
Location
53.5440°N 1.1510°W
I thought he'd won that court case? ;)
I meant the other song ;)

In all seriousness, whilst I’m not his hugest fan, Sheeran is far from the worst out there these days! Many singers spend their whole career auto tuning their way through I - V - VI - IV songs and when they try to sing live it’s almost hilarious how poor their vocals are without the magic of the editing :D
must be 4/5 years ago I watched the Top of the Pops Christmas day show, and the amount of dance-pop tracks that started with the same keyboard rhythm - and slightly different tune - became increasingly hilarious as the show went on (in fairness, an amount of alcohol had been involved by this point)
 

Top