:: Friday, July 08, 2005 ::

The 13 most overrated songs -- ever?
I'm late to the game on this one. Blame it on work and the bombing that some are now calling the "7/7 Attacks" Anyhow: a couple of days ago, Robert Burke, with the help of an elite squad of in-the-know music bloggers released a list of the 13 most overrated songs. Many of them deserve to be there. No one could dispute the inclusion of "American Pie" (No. 1 on the list and, in the words of Thus Spake Drake, "Number one on my list of most annoying pub sing-a-long songs - best time to take a piss or a cigarette break outside"). Nor could they argue with "Free Bird" (No. 3) or that earworm from Outkast, "Hey Ya" (No. 4). Then there's that horrid Andrew Lloyd Weber song "Memory," from "Cats," is ranked at No. 7 but should be in the top three -- higher even than "Free Bird," if for no other reason than Free Bird's interminable three-guitar assault, which beats the hell out of Memmmmmory, all alone in the moonliiiight.... And if we're considering show tunes, I've got 13 of those to give you, just from "Fiddler on the Roof."

All in all, the blogcritics list of overrated tunes is comprehensive. But I've got to take issue with one of the selections. Queen's masterpiece, "Bohemian Rhapsody," falls in at No. 8. This song is incredible. It does not deserve the "overrated" tag. But blogcritics.org's Eric Olsen writes (obviously before the 7/7 Attacks): "Allow me to say that I despise 'Bohemian Rhopsody' with a fervor that makes want to crush something, anything British. How perverse can one nation be?"

Also, I agree with this guy when he writes: "why isn't 'Stairway to Heaven' on this list? ... God almighty, if there was a TV show about overrated songs, 'Stairway' would play over the opening credits!"

Technorati tag: music. Technorati search: overrated songs.

:: Andrew 07:13 + ::

bloggedy blog recommends

Save the Net

bloggedy pod (my podcast page)

Independent hotels
in Missouri

Get Firefox!


eMusic's Power Charts: The Most Interactive Music Charts Online.

Never Mind the Bibles

In rotation

What I've been listening to lately. Click album cover or hyperlink to hear track samples and learn more.

Sermon on Exposition Boulevard Rickie Lee Jones, Sermon on Exposition Boulevard

Children Running Through Patty Griffin, Children Running Through

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Tones of Town Field Music, Tones of Town

The Girl Collection De Bossen, The Girl Collection

Robbers & Cowards Cold War Kids, Robbers & Cowards

Carinvore Simon Dawes, Carnivore

Until Death Comes Frida Hyvonen, Until Death Comes

Tratore Basics 2: New Brazilian Rock Tratore Basics Vol. 2, Novo Rock Brazil

Modern Times Yusuf: An Other Cup

Modern Times The Beatles: Love

Two Thousand The French Kicks: Two Thousand

Paper Television The Blow: Paper Television

Freedom Haters Unite! A Bloodshot Records Sampler, Vol. 1 Freedom Haters Unite! A Bloodshot Records Sampler

Beast Moans Swan Lake: Beast Moans

Prototypes Prototypes: Prototypes

Violence Is Golden Scanners: Violence Is Golden

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives Voxtrot: Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives

Your Biggest Fan Voxtrot: Your Biggest Fan

Translate Macon Greyson: Translate

Get Evens The Evens: Get Evens

Veruca Salt IV Veruca Salt: Veruca Salt IV

Modern Times Bob Dylan: Modern Times

Look Your Best Pink Tuscadero: Look Your Best

Blue On Blue Leigh Nash: Blue on Blue

I Am  Not Afraid Of  You And I Will Beat Your Ass Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Boys and Girls in America The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America

The Longest Meow Bobby Bare Jr.: The Longest Meow"

Hello Love The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love

The Lemonheads The Lemonheads: The Lemonheads

Ben Kweller Ben Kweller: Ben Kweller

We Are The Pipettes The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes

Surprise Paul Simon: Surprise

Sev7en Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners: Sev7en

A Hundred Highways Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways

For the Best of Us The John Doe Thing: For the Best of Us

Runaway Bombshell The Fondas: Runaway Bombshell

Flat-Pack Philosophy Buzzcocks: Flat Pack Philosophy

Citrus Asobi Seksu: Citrus

The Loon Tapes 'n Tapes: The Loon

2006 Pitchfork Music Festival Sampler Various Artists: 2006 Pitchfork Music Festival Sampler (24 free tracks)

News and Tributes The Futureheads: News and Tributes

Zoysia The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia

Let's Get Out of This Country Camera Obscura: Let's Get Out of This Country

Bang Bang Rock & Roll Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock & Roll

A Blessing and a Curse Drive By Truckers: A Blessing and a Curse

Broken Boy Soldiers The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers

The Life Pursuit Belle and Sebastian: The Life Pursuit

The Greatest Cat Power: The Greatest

bloggedy tags

from our sponsors

for your viewing pleasure

the Richard Show

where in the world?

Locations of visitors to this page