Ten Songs That Make Me Hate Music

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​We all have those select few songs we can't stand. Songs that, when they come on your car stereo, make you seriously consider jerking the car into a ditch just to make the pain stop. Songs that a wily FBI profiler could blast at us to stop a hostage situation.

Not that anyone is planning to take hostages. Ahem.

Perhaps its the mega popular song from the 90s which made up for its blatant lack of lyrical content with its mindless, catchy chorus? Or it could be that doozy from the 80s, when space exploration could inspire the lamest of songs and former members of a once respectable band could form a new, fantastically shitty one just to fit in with the changing times?

Yeah, that one. Man that song's awful. It makes me want to... do something awful.

Music has the power to inspire or afflict in a unique way. These are the songs that I believe to be the ten worst songs ever written. They're all embedded, too. Enjoy.

10. "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's (2007)

One of the more recent songs on this list, "Hey There Delilah" falls prey to being exhaustively played once it hit big back in 2007. It's a ham-handed cornball of a song that relies on a sing-a-long chorus and a simple acoustic guitar chord. Not to mention it's a whiny little ditty about a girl going to school in exotic, far away New York City -- a tired concept that is as trite as it is uninspired.



9. "Like a Rock" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (1986)
The first offender from the 1980s, "Like a Rock" is the best candidate out of all of Seger's songs to make this list. It's a plain and simple simile, complete with Seger's too-earnest vocals and subsequent bastardization by Chevrolet. The fact this song sold countless trucks has nothing to do with its self-serving, bombastic lyrics about how awesome Seger was as a teenager. 


8. "Reelin In The Years" - Steely Dan (1972)
Creating an masterful guitar solo is no excuse for writing shoddy, confusing lyrics. "Reelin In The Years" would have made a fine instrumental track, but Donald Fagen felt otherwise -- gracing the song with his bland, petty and vindictive lyrics. The things that pass for 1970s jazz rock I can't understand.


7. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt (2004)
The third single from James' Back to Bedlam, "You're Beautiful" has to be the most painfully simple song on this list. Just thinking about Blunt singing the chorus makes me cringe. Perhaps its the cocky way he sings, perhaps its the overall irritating nature of the song itself. Whatever the case may be, this song is, without a doubt, universally loathed.


6. "Mony Mony" - Billy Idol (1987)
Those who give even the slightest shit about this song know that it was originally written and performed in 1968 by Tommy James and the Shondells. Idol, with a little help from the National Basketball Association, catapulted "Mony Mony" into the stratosphere of annoyance with its rowdy, fist-pumping beat. What's lost in all that, however, is just how awful the song really is. It would have been okay by late 1960s standards, where grammatical misappropriations were widespread in popular music. By 1987, the song just sounded stupid.


5. "Out of My Head" - Fastball (1998)
Perhaps as annoying as "You're Beautiful," "Out of My Head" is another song rife with grating self-importance. The song's structure is just baffling, with one verse and three different versions of the whiny chorus. It baffles me as to why "Out of My Head" -- as well as the band Fastball -- was so popular in the late 1990s, but trying to figure this out will probably lead me down a dark, nonsensical path.


4. "American Pie" - Don McLean (1971)
This song is so dense and over-contextualized that there is actually a website where each verse of the almost 9 minute song is broken down. Who the hell wants to actually understand this crap? Anytime I even think of the chorus of the song, it sends anger-shivers down my spine. When faced with the least ambitious part of her multifaceted career, Madonna chose to cover this song, and she sure as shit didn't do it any favors.


3. "Butterfly" - Crazy Town (2000)
Fuck this song and fuck Shifty Shellshock. That opening guitar riff strikes a primal, turn-it-off-right-fucking-NOW fear in me. In all honesty, though -- fuck this fucking song.


1b. "The Final Countdown" - Europe (1986)
This song, coupled with the final song on the list, are the two worst songs ever written. It's hard to pick between the two, since they are both so awful, but I will start with hair metal rockers Europe. Yes, we all know that infernal keyboard solo to start the song. Yes, we all know the lame, literally unwritten chorus. But do you know that "The Final Countdown" is a song about space exploration? Written by a Swedish band who calls themselves Europe? Why was this song ever popular? Oh, that's right -- it was released in 1986, when seemingly anything was possible, especially on the music charts.



1a. "We Built This City" - Starship (1985)
What do you get when you take an influential 60s/70s rock band, strip it of all dignity and "update" it for the 1980s, complete with science-fiction concept albums? Starship, unfortunately. The former members of Jefferson Airplane magically changed into Starship once the 80s rolled around, effectively ditching any respect that band had achieved. With Starship came their most polarizing hit "We Built This City." Equal parts awful, simple lyrics and unabashed cheesiness, "We Built This City" was a #1 hit for Starship -- something Jefferson Airplane could never achieve. What pains me the most is that Starship also recorded the song "Sara," which is actually very good and more representative of the band. How they could vary from warm and thoughtful to completely mindless drivel on the same album is beyond me, but someone has to be #1 on this list.



A big thanks goes out to the 1980s. Without that you, we wouldn't have half of some of the worst songs ever wirtten.

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38 comments
Joe
Joe

"Old Time Rock & Roll" by Bob Seger, anyone?

kl66
kl66

What about S-S-S-Sudio by Phil Collins? . . . oh hell . . . ANYTHING by Phil Collins!!!!

VersusTheWorld
VersusTheWorld

Try listening to anything played on the radio for the last 4-5 years. Its all pigshit.

Mircea
Mircea

i think you are a big big fucking idiot......anything was possible in the '80?how about now?when everything is possible ....all kinds of garbage.,...ohhhhh...FUCK OFF!You are hopeless!You and your entire generation!

Mojo
Mojo

Arrested Development ruined The Final Countdown for me, and though I like Mony Mony I'm right there with you. Thanks for getting 'Reelin in the Years' stuck in my head too. God I hate that song...

Babas
Babas

you left out "Girls, Girls, Girls" by motley crue!

Haljon
Haljon

I would like to add "Touch of Grey" by the Grateful Dead.

kneejerk stills hater
kneejerk stills hater

Everyone at the garage I manage is told during their training that if "Love the One You're With" comes on, the person nearest the radio must turn it off immediately. Or else I throw wrenches. It's easily worse than anything else on this list.

Fredlocks
Fredlocks

If this is the worst you can come up with then you probably don't get out much and the Steely Dan reference is utterly pointless. Did you read this back to yourself after you wrote it?

Also, I think you confuse songs you hate with songs that are bad. 1 out of 10 i'm afraid.

Nog-son
Nog-son

What about Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, everything rap?

Diana
Diana

How could you leave Bryan Adams completely off this list? There are so many candidates from his body of work.

Kelly
Kelly

Hey There Delilah is much better if you change Delilah to grandma.

SeveredToe
SeveredToe

I won't bash you for your list....you don't like what you don't like. In fact I think you did a decent job here. I would question including ANYTHING by Steely Dan, but hey. Reelin has been WAY over played! I would like to offer my two most hated songs ever...both of which make me want to plunge freshly sharpened ice picks into my ears...

Barbie Girl by Aqua (97)andLove Shack by The B52s (89)

Im sure with thought I could come up with many, many more. These are the two that spring to mind first.

jim
jim

"We Built This City" = Sophomore year and University of Wisconsin. wow....beer...chicks...fun.Life was good. *sigh*

Dfactor Pop
Dfactor Pop

Hey look, it's KSLX's current playlist!

Steven Garrett
Steven Garrett

Just from this list I'm guessing your a hipster. Might I suggest you rethink the list to include real bad music like anything from Sunn O))), ABBA, or Kidz Bop?

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

If I put Bright Eyes, The Walkmen or Vampire Weekend on this list (believe me, I wanted to), the world would have came crashing down in a hailstorm of angry comments.

morgan m
morgan m

You're missing Owl City. Sure, most of the songs on this list are monumetally horrid, but Owl City make me want to inflict pain on other people. Seriously.

Imxsayin
Imxsayin

shitty list. you're an idiot.

CM
CM

Did you just start with the obligatory, tired old Starship song and add random songs from there, or was thought actually put into this? Tell us who YOU like, Mr. Steely Dan hater.

Giulio Sciorio
Giulio Sciorio

So Michael, in your personal hell if only one song were to be looped for eternity which one would it be?

Giulio Sciorio
Giulio Sciorio

Oh yeah. Who do you think would win in a fist fight, Europe or Starship.

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

Sadly, Europe. But "We Built This City" on a constant loop would be my personal hell. That, or just the intro to "The Final Countdown."

jon
jon

I'm trying to figure out why you can dole out such harsh criticism when you have just created a list that has been done a million times before, and much better at that. If I made a top ten list of lists that suck, this would certainly be in there. The songs you included are mostly obvious, yet you write about them like you know something. Where is your band on this list? Either you don't have one, or you don't have the balls to publicly admit that your own music is worse than every song on this list. God, what has happened to music journalism?

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

I don't have a band, so don't get hung up on that. That really doesn't apply to this, anyway.I'd love to read your top ten list of lists that suck.

Hock
Hock

I once fell asleep with Hey There Delilah playing on loop on my iPod. (alcohol induced I assure you) Since then the song is like the smell of bad tequila to my stomach.

My personal list would include Breakfast at Tiffany's...just repulsive.

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

That is one way to completely hate a song - by having it ruining the other senses. Nice.

Breakfast at Tiffany's was on the shortlist, I assure you. It's pretty damn awful.

Douchemar
Douchemar

Half of these songs don't belong on the list. Don't be a Cizmar, i.e. being an idiot douche to blow up the comments. I was happy to see you got one right, however, and that is American Pie! That song defines the lame and feeble minded! Never trust anyone who likes it!

alehound
alehound

Verse 1

A long, long time ago...American Pie was written in 1971 and the time McLean is going to talk about is the 1950's. This seems like a long time ago 'cause of all the turmoil that occurred in the 60's.

I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.McLean's favorite music was that of the 50's.

And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they'd be happy for a while.In the 50's, the major purpose of music was for dancing (sock hops). He wanted to play rock & roll so people could have a good time.

But February made me shiverBuddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 in a plane crash in Iowa. He was McLean's hero.

With every paper I'd deliverDonny boy's only other job besides songwriting was a paper boy.

Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more stepThis story was obviously on the frickn' front page and made McLean freeze in his tracks.

I can't remember if I criedHe can't remember if he cried.

When I read about his widowed brideHolly's wife was pregnant when the accident occurred and soon after had a miscarriage.

But something touched me deep insideI don't even wanna know!

The day the music died.The crash took the lives of three current rock legends: Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, so now Feb. 3, 1959 is called "The day the music died." The music that died is considered the standard rock & roll songs. The crash was the final blow («--keyword) to this music 'cause these three were that only major artists left. Elvis was drafted, Little Richard (or "Little Dick") turned gospel, and Chuck Berry was arrested for screwin' a prostitute.

Verse 2

Did you write the book of love?"The Book of Love" was a hit in 1968 by the Monotones.

And do you have faith in God above, if the Bible tells you so?In 1955, Don Cornell wrote "The Bible Tells Me So" and there is a Sunday School song "Jesus Loves Me," with the line "For the Bible tells me so."

Now do you believe in rock & roll?This is from the great song "Do You Believe in Magic?" by the Lovin' Spoonful, written by John Sebastin in 1965. One of the lines is like trying to teach a stranger 'bout rock & roll," and another is "the magic's in the music and the music's in me." The "magic" this Johnny was talking about is the ability of a song to stick in your head. Often times songs bring back memories of the past, this is what the magic is. This magic is especially in rock & roll, 'cause you experience it without thinking about it or trying to analyze the bloody lyrics (like some asshole is right now). Another lyric is "so just blow your mind." (Don't think about it).

Can music save your mortal soul?Given all that, can music help you get though life? I'm sorry I can't answer that. All of these questions ask about life and if God exists.

And, can you teach me how to dance real slow?Dancing in the 50's wasn't like it is today. If you danced with someone, you then were committed to them.

Now I know that you're in love with him, 'cause I saw you dancing in the gym.Like I said, dancing was serious shit. McLean caught his love cheating on him.

You both kicked off your shoesReference to a "sock hop."

Man, I dig those rhythm and bluesHe's depressed, and you listen to that kinda of music. There's a style of music for every feeling.

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buckummmm.....yeah, so was I......

With a pink carnation and a pickup truckA pickup truck was a symbol of sexual freedom (and it rhymes with "buck" and "luck"), and Marty Robbins had a hit with "A White sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) in 1957.

But I knew I was out of luck, the day the music died.These old crazy things that worked in the fifty's no longer work, 'cause the 60's brought a new social revolution. Peace Out!

Verse 3

Now for ten years we've been on our own

The music died 1959, McLean more than likely started writing this song around 1969.

And moss grows fat on a rolling stoneThe great Bob Dylan wrote "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1965. This was his first MAJOR change from folk music. In late 1966, Dylan was involved in a motorcycle accident, and hid in his house in Woodstock, NY for a good year, hence the "fat," and the moss shows the time change. Dylan didn't really get his muse back till 1975.

but that's not how it used to be.McLean liked Dylan as a folk singer in the early sixties more than his folk-rock style in the mid sixties. (I wonder what he thinks of Dylan's religious phase!)

When the jester sang for the king and queenOk, the jester's Bob Dylan. The king is Peter Seger and the queen is Joan Baez. These were the two big names in folk at the time early '60's). During the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, Dylan was honored to play his own set and then combine with these two legends to sing his song "Blowin' in the Wind."

In a coat he borrowed from James DeanIn the Dean movie "Rebel Without A Cause," he wears a red windbreaker. On the cover of the Dylan's "Freewheelin'," he is seen also in a red windbreaker. This cover also resembles a famous picture of Dean. This ties in with the previous line 'cause this album is were Dylan really took off, with such songs as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

And a voice that came from you and me.This means two things. 1. Dylan was the spokesman for the 60's (and he was) and 2. He didn't have the best singing voice in the world, and even you and me could sing like him (but you could write like him if Shakespeare «he's in the alley» himself told you what to say!)

Oh, and while the king was looking downThis could mean two things; Pete Seger remained a traditional folk singer, while Dylan was constantly reinvented himself and therefore became unbelievably popular. This could also be a reference to Elvis (the King of rock and roll), because he joined the U.S. Army and reportedly dropped his soap everyday in the shower.

The jester stole his thorny crownWhile Elvis was in the army, Dylan took his spotlight and changed the whole music business. The thorny crown is the price of fame, and is referenced with Jesus's thorny crown before he was murdered.

The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returnedThis deals with the Kennedy assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald was never convicted because he was murdered.

And while Lennon read a book of MarxThis is about the Beatles music becoming political. Songs like "Revolution" (1968) (which actually mentions Chairman Mao) were much different then "Love Me Do" (1963). Many American adults thought the Beatles were bad for the American youth, especially after Lennon's remark in 1966 about Christianity. He said "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first: rock 'n' roll or Christianity." This started anti-Beatles burnings and such.

The quartet practiced in the parkThe quartet was the Beatles (there were four, not including if Paul McCartney is really dead!) and the park thing is Candlestick Park, the place of their last concert. It was practicing 'cause their music would grow after they stopped touring (their first project after this was "Sgt. Pepper" which is considered the best album of all time).

And we sang dirges in the dark, the day the music died.A dirge is a funeral song. These songs were for the Kennedy's (John and Robert) and Martin Luther King, all who died in the mid 60's. And remember- "Dark" rhythms with "Park"

Verse 4

Helter Skelter in a summer swelterCharles Manson is one of the most dangerous cereal killers ever (his favorite was coco-puffs). In the summer of 1968, he massacred an entire family 'cause of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter," which appeared on the white album. He thought that the Beatles were warning America about the racial conflict and it was "coming down fast." He thought the Beatles were the four angels mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Manson wrote the title of the song on the wall in blood after committing the murders. Also, he thought in "Revolution 9" that Lennon was saying "rise" instead of "right," thought the line "They need a damn good wacking" from "Piggies" was telling him to kill people and the "Hollywood Song" in "Honey Pie" was about him 'cause he lived near Hollywood. He was dropping too much acid and thought the Beatles were talking directly to him and told him to kill those people.

The Byrd flew off with to a fallout shelterThe Byrd's were a popular folk-rock group, with the huge cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," in 1965. One of the members was arrested for possession of marijuana and a fallout shelter was another name for a rehab program. A strange note is that Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" appeared on his "Bringing It All Back Home" record, and on the lower left corner of the cover is a fallout shelter sign.

Eight miles high and falling fast."Eight Miles High" was the first ever psychedelic song (it was written while high on speed, and the sound of the guitar was supposed to sound like a saxophone). The falling fast part is probably about the fact that the Byrd's abandoned folk-rock for country music with the album "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," in 1967

Then landed in the foul grassFoul grass meaning marijuana.

The players tried for a forward passHere the football metaphor starts. The players are the protesters in the 60's. The forward pass was their movement to change the situation they were in, full of government corruption.

With the jester, on the sidelines in a cast.emember jester=Dylan. In late 1966, while riding near his house in Woodstock, NY, he briefly glanced into the sun and lost control of his bike. When he went to brake, they locked up on him and sent him flying off the motorcycle. It took him about 9 months to recover (or was he just pregnant and trying to hide it from the world????), in which time he very rarely left the house, hence the cast.

Now the half time air was sweet perfumeFlower Power, groovy baby! Drugs, man, drugs.

While sergeants played a marching tuneSgt. Pepper, Beatles, 1967, recently named the most influencal album of all time. First ever concept album. First to have lyrics printed on the back. First to have a design on the protector of the record. Included an elaborate cover design and cut-outs. As far as the music goes, it had drug references in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, sitars, animal sounds and studio trickery. In the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" at one point in the sound the engineer was instructed to cut the tape into small pieces, scatter them around, then tape them back together. In "A Day in the Life" (which was banned from the radio 'cause of the drug reference line "I'd Love to Turn You On"), after the piano cords die out, there is a minute of silence, followed by a high pitched sound (by the request of John Lennon, especially to annoy the family dog), then a loop of Beatles gibberish to make the owners of the LP think that the needle had stuck! What was I talking about again?

We all got up to dance, but we never got the chanceOh yeah, American Pie!! That's a good song...anyway, the Beatles helped to start a new kind of music that was meant to be listened and not danced to (how do you dance to "Within You and Without You"?).

'Cause the players tried to take the fieldPlayers=Protesters. In 1968, at the Chicago Democratic convention, protesters rioted, and some were beaten by the police. It is now known as the days of rage. Also in 1970, at Kent State University, four students were killed by the National Guard in response to their anti-Vietnam protests, which inspired the song "Ohio" by CSN & Neil Young.

The marching band refused to yieldThe Beatles had some anti-violence songs that made protesters think twice about the way they were acting. "All You Need is Love" (1967) says there is a better way then violence, and in "Revolution" (1968) one of the lines is "But when you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out." The beatles were in no way pro-government (as seen in 1968's "Piggies," which is about Congressmen), but they were against violence.

Do you recall what was revealed, the day the music died.So what was revealed? ...well look at today, the president gets more ass then a toilet seat. As Dr. Evil says in Austin Powers, "Face it, freedom failed" or more accurately, the protests failed. The government is more corrupt now then ever before. McLean wasn't a big 60's fan and here is putting down the efforts of the failed generation.

Verse 5

And then we were all in one placeWoodstock Performing Arts Festival took place in August in 1969. 400,000 of McLean's generation were there. It took place at Woodstock (actually Bethel) because that's were Dylan was hiding, and they were hoping he would come out and play. Unfortunately he turned it down for the "Isle of Wright" concert.

A generation lost in spaceThe moon landing was of course in 1969, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" was released (which was about 'major Tom' who got lost in space), there was a TV show called "Lost in Space" and this is a drug reference, the 60's are generalized by saying everyone in the entire world was on acid.

With no time left to start againIt took them a whole decade to get to this point, the generation's time was quickly fading. McLean thinks they wasted most of there time on drugs.

So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack flash sat on a candlestick"Jumpin' Jack Flash" was a hit for the Rolling Stones. In this song, McJagger compares himself with Jesus. This line comes from the nursery rhyme that has the line "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumps over a candlestick."

'cause fire is the devil's only friend.The Stones sold out to the devil. Their only comeback to the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" was their album "Their Satanic Majesties Request." Seeing that you've probably never heard of this, you can imagine that it pretty much sucks. Also, their song "Sympathy for the Devil," proves that they were desperate to sell their records (the Beatles were SOOOOO much better!). Was it really worth celebrating the devil?

Oh, and as I watched him on the stageNo, it wasn't. In December of 1969, the Stones attempted another Woodstock, this time at Altamont Speedway. This time it was a free concert, with the Hell's Angel's handling the security. The biggest mistake was paying them in advance, but instead of money, with beer and handfuls of acid. While the stones were singing "Sympathy for the Devil," a black man was beaten and stabbed to death by the Hell's Angels. They soon began beating everyone, include a member of the Jefferson Airplane.

My hands were clenched in fists of rageHe was pissed.

No angel born in hell could brake that Satan's spell"angels born in hell" a.k.a. the "Hell's Angels!" When you have sympathy for the devil, you're asking for trouble.

As the flames climbed high into the night, to light the sacrificial riteThe stones were helicoptered out of there it became so crazy, hence the "climbed high." It's like the Stones started the living hell, and left in the middle of it...what's up with that? The sacrifice to the devil was the man's life.

I saw Satan laughing with delight, the day the music died.This was the definitive ending of the sixties. The generation that was lost in space was now lost on earth. Before the only violence was between the hippies and the police, now it was amongst themselves. Satan had won, in one final blow.

Verse 6

I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away.Janis Joplin is most the girl who sang the blues. Her big hits were "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee." She died of an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970. McLean is still trying to find happiness like in the beginning of the song "Maybe they'd be happy for a while," "That music used to make me smile." (Note the tone of the song is very similar in these to verses) But this time the smile isn't for happiness but regret.

I went down to the sacred storeHere he's talking about record stores that sold 50's albums.

Where I heard the music years before, but the man said the music wouldn't playBy the 70's, the 50's music was almost ignored by everyone. Hundreds of great albums were released in the 60's, and it seems that everyone has forgot about the 50's.

And in the streets the children screamed

The youth of America were beaten in the streets especially at the end of the decade. (Like I said earlier, the Kent State murders and the Chicago Democratic Convention)

The lovers cried and the poets dreamedIn Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," he says: "I met one man he was wounded in love, I met another man he was wounded in hatred," showing that love hurts sometimes as much as hate.

But not a word was spoken. The church bells all were broken.Again in "A Hard Rain...," the line is "I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken." Simon and Garfunkel had a hit with "Sound of Silence." The church bells all were broken shows that people have forgotten God. All things are are so sacred are gone, love, faith, happiness, peace. In Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," one verse goes: Disillusioned words like bullets bark . As human gods aim for their mark . Made everything from toy guns that spark . To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark . It's easy to see without looking too far. That not much Is really sacred. McLean isn't the only one that feels this way. He was obviously a religious man, and is very disappointed that they have abandoned God.

And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son and Holy GhostThe trinity of God, McLean was Catholic.

They caught the last train for the coast.God has left. Time magazine even featured a cover story "Is God Dead?" The generation has failed, and "with no time left to start again." It was now up to the next generation to put things right (and they did a terrible job might I add).

The day the music died. And we were singing....This last verse is the hardest to explain...Remember, McLean never would talk about what what the lyrics definitely mean, so it's not perfectly clear. Some people believe there were more references to the Kennedy's (him being the king and his wife the queen), but I feel his presence is felt though the songs from the 60's better. Ps, this took me forever.

Refrain

So bye, bye Miss American PiePimp Daddy McLean was dating one of the Miss America contestants during one of the pageants. Also the "American Pie" part is a symbol of the American Dream (at least of the 50's), it was also the name of the plane that crashed and killed Holly (or so goes the rumor).

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dryThe American automobile was the Chevy. The levee business shows that America wasn't fertile anymore (at least in the sense of music). "Chevy" rhymes with "levee."

And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye singing "This will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die."The traditional Americans are depressed with the current lifestyle (60's). The song comes from Buddy Holly's "That'll be the day," that eventually says "that I die."

The Levee was a bar in Purchase, NY near McLean's hometown. There is also a Levee, NY which is about 15 minutes from the school he attended.

Erm, sorry, I was bored....

Randy Kinkel
Randy Kinkel

"we Built this City" was great parody fodder. I wrote one about the town I went to school in, Bowling green, KY-- "We built this city on a big sinkhole". oddly it never took off.

alehound
alehound

"Like a Rock" Seriously? Sir, I fart in your general direction.

James
James

I think thats what Bob Seger did with that song

Schmidti41184
Schmidti41184

I must say that Will Arnett's character Gob on "Arrested Development" made me enjoy "Final Countdown". It's the perfect soundtrack to a horrible magic act.

Eric
Eric

You forgot to mention that the backing music for "Butterfly" is from the RHCP's "Pretty Little Ditty" on the Mother's Milk album. A terrible tragedy for that beautiful piece of music to be used on this horrible song.

Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez

Very true. They didn't have to soil another song like that...

ThirdWorldMan
ThirdWorldMan

Speaking as a Steely Dan apologist, I must say: You don't make a very convincing case for "Reelin' in the Years." So what if the lyrics are vindictive? Vindictiveness can be artful, no?

Xander
Xander

oh...Hell...NO...

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN IS PLAYING IN YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW

Thad
Thad

Har, three different songs Weird Al's parodied.

(Though I suspect American Pie's just on there to provoke outrage in the comments section...)

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