Songs I wish they’d never, ever, ever play on the radio again.
Because I hate them.

This post is going to rile a bunch of you up, so I want to say simmer down right now. You’re going to get the chance to have your say at the end of this post.

But for now, the floor is MINE. And here it begins.

There are certain songs that are played on the radio that I get excited for no matter how many times I’ve heard them. I get all giddy and dancey and if I’m in my car I roll my windows down and turn the music up loud so everyone can hear the beauty of Sweet Home Alabama and therefore know just how cool I am. Yup. That’s me. I’m the one who is SUPERcool and I want you to KNOW it, guy standing at the bus stop. You’re a straight up asshole if you don’t love Sweet Home Alabama. And this is coming from someone who has an extensive collection of hardcore punk.

I have the same reaction to just about anything by John Cougar (not Mellancamp). THEN there are the songs you rarely hear on the radio which is a whole ‘nother stratosphere of music euphoria. For me that includes Ramones, Yaz, Elvis Costello, and all but one song from Talking Heads. (more on that later) I still get pretty pumped up over hearing Adele on the radio even though any sane person would be sick to death of that CD after playing it over and over and over and over and over and over at home. But I’m not.

I love every and all musical genres (with the exception of new country which I think should be called country for people whose soul was eaten by a sequin). Yes, I know, this is where a lot of you are getting irate. Listening to new country is like listening to a bunch of 15 year old suburban white boys sing the blues. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I love Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and the rest of them. I equally love singer songwriters, jazz, classical, and rap. I think Eminem is a genius and Japan was the most underrated band of the 70’s. I still love all the alternative music I listened to in the 80’s yet also have a special place in my heart for Michael Jackson. The last person I thought was a true musical genius was Amy Winehouse. The point of all of this is to let you know I love music. All of it. (with the exception of sequin cowboys and cowgirls … rhinestone cowboys on the other hand are A okay by me)

At this very moment I can barely get this post written because I’m listening to Prince’s Purple Rain and I’m pretty sure I’m actually channeling Prince. You know how that is. When a song is so good and you love it so much you feel that just by listening to it, maybe lip syncing or singing if you’re the type, YOU are the song. You feel every single emotion in the song. YOU are the champion, YOU won’t stop believin’, YOU are a tiny dancer, the walrus, the wrecking ball.

That’s the beauty of music. It connects us. It makes us feel in a way nothing else can.

Sometimes that feeling is rage.

If you’re me that feeling of rage might come about when you hear Rock Lobster by The B52s. If you’re me that song might make you want to Google Guantanamo Bay torture tactics. I wish I could take the one and only copy of it left on the planet and smash it into a million pieces, gather it up, burn it, then bury it. In an unmarked grave. Then I’d sit an elephant on top of it.

Songs that stir up similar rage in me are My House by Madness and Burning Down the House by Talking Heads. Both bands had so many songs that were so much better but for whatever reason these two were the most radio friendly I guess. They may be friends with radio but they are not friends with me.

So there you have it. The songs I hate and WISH someone would officially retire from radio play (and wedding play and bar play and bar mitzvah play and bat mitzvah play).

Now you get your chance. If you could retire a song from the radio forever and ever amen, which one would it be?

I’m curious and I don’t wanna miss a thing.

Have a good weekend!


  1. Melissa says:

    Hate Hotel California- it always creeps me out (I just made it start playing in your head, didn’t I?) Oh and that Pharrell Happy song. It does not make me happy- makes me want to throw things – at the radio, to make it stop.

  2. IRS says:

    As a genre, I hate pretty much all rap and hip hop, especially the songs where the dipshits call women hos, and brag about how much money they have, and what cars they drive, and what top shelf booze they drink. These songs make me want to take an ice pick, and drive it straight through my ear drum, and deep into my brain. Although there are plenty of songs and artists that I don’t much like, I have a particular loathing for Willie Nelson’s whiny voice. I don’t care that he doesn’t pay taxes, or that he smokes bushels of pot, or that he has braids that make Pippi Longstocking jealous, just please, for the love of God, don’t sing! The sound of his singing voice makes me want to pull the ice pick out of the ear that has just heard rap, and plunge it deep into the other ear.

  3. Auntiepatch says:


  4. Lez says:

    It is so interesting to see how many hate the same songs! Then there is the “why?” do we hate certain songs? What makes a song irritate some & others shed tears of pure joy?
    For me, Send In The Clowns & Don’t Cry For Me Argentina have got to be the 2 most depressing songs EVER.
    Anything by The Carpenters, but Top Of The World tops that list.
    Also can’t stand Rap & Heavy Metal that is simply a NOISE, not music.

    But The King (Elvis) & The Boss (Bruce) & Air Supply, (I KNOW you love them Karen!) & Phil Collins, should have an entire radio station devoted to them!

  5. Silvie says:

    first and foremost, Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks, Dan Hill’s Sometimes When We Touch, Band on the Run adnauseum (almost anything by Paul McCartney) and I really really really really got sick of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac even tho I once loved (and owned) the album it just got so much radio play that I’m good til 2046.

  6. Dominic says:

    I enjoy all genres of music. Hit random on my iPod, and you’ll hear Prince, Dwight Yoakam, Slayer, Enya, Mumford & Sons, Agnostic Front, & Neil Diamond. I’m a metalhead at heart though. Nothing makes me not able to sit still more than Slipknot, Machine Head, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Mushroomhead, Hatebreed… But nothing drives me to want to hurt someone more than Red Red Wine, by UB40. What a shit song. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the favorites at social gatherings, that everyone likes to sing along to. Hurk.

  7. Carol says:

    ‘putting on the ritz’… Ahhhhhh gawd, it pains me to even type that title… can’t. stand. it. Yuk!

  8. peg says:

    no comment on a song,but loved everyone’s rant.enjoyed reading all the comments.

  9. Janet fisher says:

    I hate Roxann. Hate it. And then there is More Than A Woman by the Bee Gees. What the f does that mean anyway?

    • Gordy says:

      ANYTHING by the BeeGees, that awful falsetto makes me want to retch. On the other hand, really love Bonnie Raite’s version of Burning Down the House. Enjoying everyone’s rants tremendously, nice compliment to the morning’s coffee..Thanks

  10. Bobbi says:

    Strokin by Clarence Carter….oh, so horrible. Offensive. Horrible.
    Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
    But I Won’t Do That by Meatloaf
    Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
    Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor

    My hates seem to have a theme…..hmmmm.

    Oh, I almost forgot…
    Mandy by Barry Manilow
    I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson
    Happiest Girl in The Whole USA by Donna Fargo

    I’ll stop there, but I could go on…and on.

    • Lez says:

      Bobbi, have you ever listened to the full, very long version of Meatloaf’s But I Won’t Do That? When I found out what he Won’t Do, it changed that song forever for me! Classic!

    • Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:

      Bobbi, you read my mind and I agree w/ all of them, except Meatloaf. What a great list you made!

  11. Anita says:

    When I was a freshman in college one of the guys a few floors below me had some friends visit for the weekend. They got incredibly wasted and the actual resident of the room passed out. His brilliant young friends thought it would be great fun to toilet paper the entire room. So far so good, but then someone lit a cigarette. The room was almost instantly engulfed in flames. Fortunately for the passed out kid, the guys ran out of toilet paper before they could wrap him into the bed, so they were able to get him out. No one was hurt, and the room wasn’t damaged too badly, but all the kid’s stuff was pretty much destroyed. Anyway, the point of this story is that the morning after the fire two guys on opposite ends of the hall managed to sync up their stereos (yes, I am that old) and played Burning Down the House by Talking Heads.

  12. Pam says:

    ” Night Moves” by Bob Seger just creeps me out. Ewww. And I totally agree about Japan. Love love love me some David Sylvian.

  13. Anna says:

    ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’ by Tiny Tim. Ugh. Just Ugh.

    ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Debby Boone

    Almost all RAP music is just torture to my ears.

  14. Jill Little says:

    Good GOD how I hate “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton. It screws me all up. I can’t ever just turn the channel because I want to conquer the understanding of how this became a song I ‘m even aware of hating. And, (here goes) I can’t handle The Beatles. Maybe occasionally in small amounts on a rainy Sunday when I’m stuck indoors and there are no blunt objects around, but never, ever the radio songs- especially in the car.

    • Kitten Caboodle says:

      @ Jill Little Ha ha! I use that song as a torture device. It’s really the most insidious ear worm. When someone pisses me off, I just sing “La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la-la-la-la.” and I walk away thinking, “good luck getting THAT out of your head for the rest of the day.” And then I snortle.

    • Karen says:

      “(here goes)”, lol!! ~ karen

  15. Chris says:

    Anything by Gloria Estefan, and that little country boy with the glasses, I have even blocked his name right now, ugh, so overplayed on Musak and so need to be retired from all airwaves lol. Also, ‘Someone left the cake out in the Rain”, seriously? Nope. I wish they had left those lyrics and the melody out in the rain. I really do not like old rock, either, did not like it then, or now except (sorry) for Metallica. I love to hear new music, there is so much talent out there. Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are characters, and admirable for their marketing skills, but no thanks to any of their music.

  16. jan says:

    I’m with you on new country!!! Who told those people they had talent anyway? and shagging Beach music! (it’s a southern thing, I think?) Makes me grind my teeth! But I could never hate anything David Byrne or B52s did even if it has been played slam to death.

  17. Wendi Miller says:

    ANYTHING COUNTRY….Gag me with a spoon! Every so often I go out with some girlfriends to play a music trivia game at a local dive. When the country music round comes up, I’m out the door: Just can’t even stand to hear it!!

  18. Sheri K says:

    Anything by the Beach Boys. Blech! Felt good just to say that…..

  19. Brenda says:

    Brown skin by India Arie and anything but the group Mint Condition

  20. shawn says:

    “Love Shack” by the B52’s. Makes me want to go find a rope….

  21. Amber says:

    Debbie, you can’t mean all rap is bad! What about Sir Mixalot and his classic Baby Got Back???
    That is some fiiine music. Love it!

  22. dana says:

    I’m with you with Rock Lobster but I love Love Shack. Songs that really irritate me are anything from Metallica, that Doors Light my Fire song, Bohemian Rhapsody and the Fat Bottom Girls song. Until a few yrs ago I thought it was Black Bottomed Girls, and that Smoke on The Water song.

  23. Tres Davis says:

    I know people will disagree but anything by Paul Simon. Simon and Garfunkel are fine but Paul Simon alone makes me want to rip his smug tong out of his mouth.

  24. Daniel says:

    The Happy Song. The worst song ever. Bar none. It’s even worse than the old song, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.”

    • Ann says:

      It is amazing how our tastes vary. I love the Happy Song but not by Pharrell Williams. But by the group Walk Off the Earth. That is one kick ass song and video.

      • Karen says:

        See? Now I LOVE Pharrell Williams. He can do no wrong, ever as far as I’m concerned. ~ karen!

      • Kim from Milwaukee says:

        Had to find that version Ann…. here’s the video, it’s very fun! I think I like it better, too!

      • Penny says:

        I’m with you, Ann! In fact ANY song, no matter how crappy/cheesy/tiresome the original was, seems to be miraculously saved by being given the WOTE treatment.
        My musical tastes are somewhat . . .eclectic, shall we say, and there are very few songs I ‘hate’, but Hallowe’en is almost here, and I just KNOW what that means here in the UK.
        Very, very soon now, I will be hearing Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody on adverts, in shops and on the radio OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
        It is (a) without doubt the worst thing they ever produced, (b) in the top 10 of the worst Christmas singles (and we all know what a monumental pile of commercialised excrement Chrimbo singles are) and (c) contains the screamed phrase ‘It’s Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!’, which it bloody well ISN’T for at least another month!
        Oh well, at least the Rugby World Cup finishes tomorrow so I don’t have to listen to the strangled warbling of Paloma Faith and her horrendous rendition of World in Union, or as she sings it ‘ we-hurl in ye-ooo-knee-hurn’.
        Godawful noise. Sounds like a Canada Goose being violated with a parsnip wrapped in barbed wire.

    • mbaker says:

      I agree whole-heartedly. I hate the lyrics to “Happy.” Happiness is not a truth. It’s a transient emotional state. Sadness is just as “true” a feeling at any given moment, but you don’t stay there making it an absolute. Also, I feel like the line referring to a room without a roof is misleading. If it were to rain that room would no longer have any happy qualities, likewise if it were to become infested with flies, mosquitos, etc. it would be hellish. The only thing happy about a room is when it functions as a shelter. It’s just very apparent that he went for rhyming quality rather than lyrical sensibility.

  25. Amber says:

    The Doors. Hatehatehatehate.
    Hatehate. All Doors. All the time. Hatehate!
    My current playlists include Gregorian chants, Superstition, a snazzy collection of Salsa, Melody Gordo, some interesting techno, Moby, Cibo Matto, Prince, Ella, Nina, and of course ‘Big Black Horse And A Cherry Tree’ which is the best driving song ever!

  26. Debbie says:

    Love Sweet Home Alabama and love Rock Lobster (memories of dancing on the beach in college). Love most of the songs most of the folks above hate. Love music. Could do without rap – it isn’t music (okay, a few rap songs can escape into goodness). Elton John is close to God (I was at the concert when John Lennon showed up). He along with Simon and Garfunkel got me through adolescence and my parents divorce. I knew every word to every song on the Green Beret album and would belt out the words. (Put silver wings on my son’s chest, make him one of America’s best…) And then, of course, there are the musicals, everything from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the Sound of Music. Don’t forget the rock operas – Tommy and JC Superstar.

    I used to listen to much more music on the radio. Somehow, after 9/11, I had a hard time listening to music on the radio and had the news on constantly. We lost quite a few people we knew. I still feel that I have to listen to news when I’m in the car. Within the past year I am finally able to stay with music for a few songs.

    I do love how what music people like chronicles their lives.

    Now I probably made a lot of folks irate as well! And thank you for this post. It was just what I needed.

  27. Bill says:

    Muscrat Love…..’nuff said.
    Favs: Simple Man, Turn the Page
    I graduated high school in 1981 and that timeframe produced the best music EVER! That music will never get old and die out.

  28. mia pratt says:

    Well I must state that I just returned to the US after living in a Mexican village for 6 years, and before I went, I, too, hated “Mexican music.” But the truth is, it’s actually quite varied, good and bad artists in all venues from country to rock. This, needing to be said after my hackles got raised by what the American ultra-idiot Donald Trump had to say about Mexico and Mexicans – who, as it turns out, are some of the sweetest and most generous people I’ve ever met. I’m still heartbroken that I had to leave Mexico for a while and can’t wait to go back home again, turn on the radio or the TV, and hear the rich rhythm of my life there. You’re forgiven, Robert, because of course unless you have some sentimental reason to love Mexican music – Mariachi and Bando for example – it can sound pretty horrible! Thanks for listening to my rant…and to answer you question, Karen, the song I hate the most is “the first time every I saw your face”, which apparently made the earth move for someone but just makes me want to rip my ears right out of my head and flush them. Mwah!

  29. ellenk says:

    Agreeing with most everyone else so far and Karen, I’ve always called myself ABC, Anything But Country. By that I mean what you call new country! It offends many here in the heartland but it’s such a dull whiny genre. There IS a song that drives me over the edge and I can’t quite think of it. I hope I don’t, actually; it should stay buried.

  30. Katie says:

    Hotel California. Or pretty much any other Eagles song. And I think your “New Country” description is spot on. Actually, I agree with you on all of your music theory, except for the Madness thing. But don’t worry, I’ll keep reading.

    • Roxy says:

      Listen to Hotel California by the Gypsy Kings. Un f**ing believable!

    • Su says:

      I am so with you on Hotel California… except for any acoustical version…. just cannot stand the words! Eagles (especially w/o Joes Walsh) and entirely overated band with huge egos to match!

    • Renee in Iowa says:

      I have left stores and restaurants when Hotel CA comes on. Nails. Chalkboard.

  31. Robert says:

    Could I just close all the radio stations and music video channels dedicated to the regional music from mexico instead? ‘cus I just can’t stand it, and if possible also include reggaeton y bachata.
    And although you just said you don’t like it I feel obliged to say I have a soft spot for “Our House” thanks to M. Gaubert and M. Lagerfeld

  32. Becky says:

    In no particular order.

    Girl Crush– New song by Little Big Town. Its a huge hit, but its just awful.
    The Dance–Garth Brooks. I LOVE this song, but its been played at the last 5 funerals in my family, so it just needs to be taken off the air to save my sanity.
    There goes my life– Kenny Chesney. Reminds me of my cousin, who had a baby very young, and then died at 30. It will
    Whip it- Devo. I know I’m going to probably get flack for that one, but I just can’t with that song,.

    I’m like you though.. I love it all. I just downloaded some do-wop today…my Dad would call it Moldy Oldies, but its summer, and I can’t get enough of the malt shop, drive in, high pony tail and a poodle skirt music.

    • nancy says:

      omy i hate whip it. i use heavy cream in my coffee, i buy it by 1/2 gallon. the container has a side with whip it ..etc… good.

      i HATE that. and i’m left handed and the most convenient way to use the container puts that side in my face. i go through contortions to avoid it. that was the first music video i saw on mtv and i found it rather horrifying. i think i will write the company a letter.

      i LOVE anything by bb king, (rip), and i love most black gospel music, i never get tired of that dumb south korean song. i love it but barf, i can’t say the name

      i just had surgery on my hand is why i’m typing lame.

  33. Robin C. says:

    Hey Soul Sister by Train…..Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas – like nails on a chalkboard.

    • Melissa says:

      Hey Soul Sister gets played SOOOOO much and I hate it as well!

      There is one song, but I don’t know the artist, “hey there delilha…” I played like every 6 songs on XM radio when I worked retail about 9 years ago that literally makes me want to run and scream even thinking about it.

  34. Lesley says:

    “You’re Beautiful”, in which James Blunt imitates a sheep.
    “Mambo No. 5” by sexist piglet Lou Bega.
    Anything ever caterwauled by Stephen Harper, including songs that I may have really liked before he mangled them almost beyond recognition.

  35. Unfortunately, I can’t knuckles you for “Our House” – but only becasue it has such great memories associated with it for me. “It must be Love” by Madness, on the other hand, has forever been ruined for me as it is used as a backing track in TV ads by a prominent nappy (diaper) brand over here in Australia. Gag-worthy on many levels.

  36. Rebecca says:

    Paradise by the Dashboard Light is my all time most hated. I also hate Rock Lobster a lot. And Rush. Anything by Rush.

    • Peggy says:

      Yup. Agree. Paradise by the Dashboard Lights is the worst ever. Not only is it painful to listen to, it’s incredibly long and painful. I turn off the radio or mute the volume when it starts.

    • Laura Bee says:

      We can never go on a road trip together. And Love Shack is a favourite of mine….but I’m cool with the Rock Lobster hate.

    • Traciwithaneye says:

      Oh my God!!! Rush is the WORST!!!!

  37. Leisa says:

    I’m with you on new country….and the song Afrika – yuk!

  38. Paula says:

    Katie Perry Hot N Cold – particularly the line
    “You change your mind
    Like a girl changes clothes”

  39. Tiredoldwoman says:

    Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson

  40. Deb says:

    A certain hateful little ditty about the evil jack and the equally wretched Diane should be struck from the history of music forever.

  41. Tracie says:

    Sometimes when we touch, by Dan Hill. I HATE that thing. LOATH it even! Having my baby is almost as bad. Way to rile myself up just before bed…thanks Karen!

    • Jessica says:

      Ooooh! I hate Sometimes When We Touch too! That song has truly informed my romantic expression–I was about 11 when I first heard it and because of how I interpreted it I will have sex, I will relate, I will even get busy but I will NEVER “make love” because of that stupid song. Oh dear….

    • IRS says:

      Yes! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! If ever that Dan Hill song comes on the sound system of a public place, and if Dan Hill himself is in the establishment at the time, and if someone recognizes him, and if that person beats the living crap out of Dan Hill for that auditory monstrosity, then I will contribute substantial cash toward that person’s legal defence. Happily.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      the honesty’s too much
      they just don’t write lyrics like that anymore
      thank goodness

    • Megan says:

      Sometimes When We Touch. Oh, yes. Forgot about that one. Ugh.

  42. Shuckclod says:

    Hi Karen, I never listen to the radio. I listen to CD’s or my i pod. I am also a Metal Head. I do like Prince and a few other mentions. I love music from the 70’s. but never in my car. Music on commercials is so annoying. But the radio song is Iggy Azalea’s Fancy. WORST song ever. Pitbull anything makes me hate him more. Thank you for the laugh.

  43. DanniS says:

    Anything by journey or Justin Bieber they both make me cringe.

  44. Carole says:

    Allan’s Morrisette – period!
    And anything associated with “lillibeth” yuck and yucky!

  45. Amy Campion says:

    Bob Seger. Old Time Rock and Roll. I can hardly even type the words.

  46. Joanne says:

    we are family. I got all my sistahs and me.

  47. Edith says:

    I want to kill E L V I R A!

  48. Denise says:

    “Having my baby” *barf*

  49. stephanie says:

    Lady in Red

  50. Stephbo says:

    99 Luft Red Balloons. Both versions. Hated it in the 80’s. Still hate it now. Now I’m all torked off just thinking about it.

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