5 Hated Classic Rock Songs From Great Bands
Even the greatest classic rock bands don’t have a perfect catalogue. Especially when they experimented with their music, there was always the risk of something not working out. And let’s just say, these songs disappointed their fans.
5. Tai’ Shan – Rush
Rush have some pretty weird songs in their catalogue, but this one stands out for all the wrong reasons. They’ve always been unafraid to try new things, incorporate new styles into their music, and tread unknown territory. When the ’80s rolled in along with the synth trend, not every Rush fan was happy with their material.
“Tai’ Shan” should have never seen the light of day.
4. Door To Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival
This isn’t all that bad, but they already achieved massive success with their previous works. Thus, this was more of a letdown. Most of their hits were penned by John Fogerty, but by this time, CCR thought he should not monopolize the songwriting duties.
Written and sung by bassist Stu Cook, it’s forgettable at best. And let’s be honest, the vocal performance was rather sub-par compared to Fogerty’s.
3. Mumbo – Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has written some of the greatest and most unforgettable songs of all time. However, this wasn’t his finest moment as a musician. The song’s messy and chaotic. Macca eventually found his mojo back later.
2. Jaded – Aerosmith
To be fair, Aerosmith survived the transition in every decade, mostly because they tried to keep up with the times. So by the time the ’90s rolled in, they couldn’t very well remain relevant while refusing to head into a pop-ish direction. They gave in, and a lot of fans weren’t too happy. 2001’s “Just Push Play” wasn’t as heavy or hard-rockin’ as their previous records, and some of their old fans felt alienated.
Critics weren’t impressed but the album was a hit in several countries. It also debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200. Its first single, “Jaded”, wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it became their final big hit. It even received nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
1. Run For Your Life – The Beatles
Often referred to as the worst Beatles song, it was written by John Lennon. Drawing inspiration from an Elvis Presley song titled “Baby, Let’s Play House,” Lennon admitted that it’s his “least favorite Beatles song.” He also called it “a sort of throwaway song of mine that I never thought much of.”
“I never liked ‘Run For Your Life’, because it was a song I just knocked off,” he said. “It was inspired from – this is a very vague connection – from ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’. There was a line on it – I used to like specific lines from songs – ‘I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man’ – so I wrote it around that but I didn’t think it was that important.”