Some songs are classics. Some songs are not. Have you ever wondered what separates the classics from the dreck? Classics tend to be classics because their lyrics are timeless or ethereal. Sometimes, the music itself is timeless, but sometimes, the music just seems dated. Some of the songs that made this list were too focused on what was happening in the now and some songs just seemed to fade into not being classics anymore. Some songs just plain suck but got famous because they were edgy. All of these types of songs fit into my list this week.
1. “Franco-Un-American” by NOFX
I could have included a massive amount of anti-Dubya songs but I only chose two. This song actually inspired this list. I really loved this album and this song when it came out. Now I realize that its cheesy and a weird reminder of the eight years of Bush, Jr. we lived through. Plus the animation is inspired.
2. “Bu$shleaguer” by Pearl Jam
I love Pearl Jam. They are probably better than Nirvana, and Riot Act is actually a really great album. This song got into the news because Eddie used an awesome rubber mask while singing it live during the Riot Act tours. Eddie really wants to be Bob Dylan or Neil Young when it comes to his protest songs. Unfortunately, he just failed a bit in that regard.
3. “Hash Pipe” by Weezer
I am unapologetic Weezer fan, as I have written about before. When Weezer or “The Green Album” as it’s also known came out, I was so excited because of my love for the first two albums. Rivers seemed to be reinvigorated and I was looking forward to the Pinkerton follow up. While I kind of loved the album when it came out, I realize that Weezer just never matured. This was the beginning of the end.
4. “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
A not really edgy song that was catchy, but is tame a few years later. What else can I say about “I Kissed a Girl?” Faux lesbianism never took off quite like Katy imagined.
5. “Ebony and Ivory” by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney
Falling into the “kind of terrible but considered edgy at the time,” this song is pretty much laughable now. It is telling that they never really played it live until the White House concert in 2010.
6. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
Pretty self explanatory. I am still shocked this song gets played at all. It is so problematic.
7. “What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182
Oh boy, Pop-Punk. I used to love it. I still love some of it. The juvenile dudebro aspect of this song now just really grates on me. Considering they referenced sodomy laws in the lyrics, it just seems weird and old.
8. “In the End” by Linkin Park
Standing in for every Nu-Metal band from the late ’90s and early 2000s and since I couldn’t bring myself to link Staind, my least favorite Linkin Park single will have to do.
9. “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” by The Offspring
See what I wrote about Blink-182 and this is how I feel about the Offspring. Americana used to be one of my favorite albums, but I always preferred Smash. Plus they reference Rikki Lake, although that reference was outdated like a year later. Ice Cube and Vanilla Ice come up and neither of them are that relevant anymore.
10. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, 112 and others
I love Biggie, as I previously have written about. I used to love this song, and I still cannot believe I did. It seems so dated and sampling directly from a song was a Puffy staple for a long time. I have always preferred my samples hidden and mixed up ala Paul’s Boutique or anything J.Dilla recorded. I am glad a lot of hip-hop is moving away from wholesale using a complete hook and going back to the random mixed up samples.
I wanted to include Dave Matthews Band but it’s hard to link a whole discography. Also shit like “The Macarena” was never going to make this list. If you want to listen to that, you can ruin your own YouTube searches.