Artists That Hated Their Own Popular Songs

Sometimes, artists aren’t so happy with the results of a song. It’s pretty interesting because most of these songs were big hits. Here are ten songs that were hated by they’re artist.

The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I agree with this. I remember Court once said in the interview that he was surprised how popular it become. - annaeverson

Even I don't like this song. Too generic and boring - TheDarkOne_221b

Kurt didn’t want the song becoming popular. - Userguy44

Smells Like Teen Spirit is everyone’s favorite Nirvana song it seems like. But Nirvana isn’t so nice to this song. They don’t like it because of how many fans praise it, and MTV pumping it into fans heads. - RadioHead03

I don't think it's everyone's favorite Nirvana song, almost every Nirvana fan hates it with a passion. The most common fan favorites are Lithium, In Bloom and Heart-Shaped Box - Alkadikce

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2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I don't blame Led Zeppelin for hating this. Stairway to Heaven is a drawn out, boring song that has rambling lyrics that are about nothing.

Interesting. Isn't it the most praised song ever though?

Stairway To Heaven is a fan favorite to many people, but Stairway To Heaven isn’t loved by Led Zeppelin. Some of the band members call it a “That bloody wedding song.” When Led Zeppelin’s lead drummer
John Bonham died in 1980, Plant described the song as a major division between him, and the band’s guitarist, and composer Jimmy Page. Plus, during Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert in 2007, they refused to play Stairway To Heaven. - RadioHead03

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3 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys hate this song because it was a misinterpretation, and it left a bad taste in the band’s mouth. Because many listeners of the song took the parody as face value as a party anthem. - RadioHead03

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4 Creep - Radiohead

Johnny Greenwood admitted that Creep was a wimpy song. He even admitted that he was trying to f- - - Up the song with loud disordered guitar hits. The band also calls the song “crap” as a parody name. - RadioHead03

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5 Strangers In the Night - Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra is amazing - Pokemonfan10

Oh, yeah. I've read this before. Lol - Misfire

Frank Sinatra described this song as a “piece of s- - -.” And “the worst f- - -ing song.” Why? Well Ol’ Blue Eyes didn’t really like it because of his fans approval. Fans wanted Sinatra to play the song at his concerts. When the fans asked, Sinatra shook his head in disbelief. - RadioHead03

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6 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

Slash hates the opening and characteristic riff. - MattAffterburner

7 Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me

You might remember this song from The Breakfast Club, one of the most iconic 80’s movies. But according to Charlie Burchill(one of the band members of Simple Minds) the band said the song didn’t suit them because they had delusions of it being Ultra-hip. - RadioHead03

The band don't actually hate the song, it just wasn't written by them. They changed it up a bit to suit their sound, but they never actually hated it. - truckturner

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8 Party in the U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus

This is the best song of hers yet,
So she needs to stop being a slut. - Critideal

Miley Cyrus didn’t like her popular song because she admits that this song was meant to promote her clothing line, and didn’t expect it to get popular. She also admitted that pop music wasn’t something she blast in her free time. - RadioHead03

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9 Wonderwall - Oasis

Is Oasis really known for anything else? - 24601

I actually liked that song.

Can't stand the vocals. - Userguy44

Well this is the worst song of 1990s so yeah I agree with Liam even though his vocals are one of main reasons this song is a trainwreck. - christangrant

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10 Dio - Rainbow in the Dark

Dio hated this song cause he thought it was to pop like. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I think RJD mellowed his attitude later in life out of respect for fans (and he was apparently great to his fans), but rumour has it he originally wanted to destroy the recording of it. Shame, 'because it's a great song. - truckturner

Don't know why dio doesn't wanted this song to be on the album. - EzP2

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The Contenders

11 Cleanin Out My Closet - Eminem UListen to Sample
12 Holiday - Madonna

Not only Madonna doesn’t like Like A Virgin, she doesn’t like Holiday either. She won’t sing those songs unless someone payed $30 million dollars for her to do it. - RadioHead03

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13 Candy - Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore Hates Candy because when she got into acting she took a look at her past music. And she absolutely hated it. She even wants to give a refund to people that bought her first 2 albums. - RadioHead03

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14 Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots

They still like the song, but Tyler has admitted in a concert that they thought the song overstayed it's welcome.

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16 Bitch I'm in the Club - Kendrick Lamar
17 I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! at the Disco

I actually enjoy this song. Why did PATD hate it? - RadioHead03

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18 Ogre Battle - Queen

It's true that this song is hated by queen, though I can't understand why. Who else has written a song about battling an ogre?

Why did they hate it? - Userguy44

I love that song

Popular? - Misfire

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19 Sexyback - Justin Timberlake

He refuses to perform this song ever again. In fact, he hasn't performed it in 13 years. He was once noticeably upset for winning an award for this song and even made the statement in his acceptance speech that's he wanted to win the award for another song of his. "My Love" - RobertWisdom

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20 Bang Bang - Ariana Grande

She HATES performing this! I think I agree with her in a way...

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21 Cumcake - Cupcakke
22 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot

The lead singer deliberately sang it badly he hated the song so much...and that was the only take they ever did. Brilliant. - truckturner

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24 Vagina - Cupcakke

Even Cupcakke knows how awful her songs are. - Userguy44

Umm... that title is... uhh... - Misfire

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25 Escape - Metallica

James didn't like this song and he never wanted to play it live. It also is the weakest song on Ride The Lightning. He even said he wished that they never made it. Edit: I just realise this song isn’t actually popular. - Userguy44

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26 When I'm 64 - The Beatles

John absolutely hated this one. - SherlocksShadow

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Wonderwall - Oasis
1. Dio - Rainbow in the Dark
2. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Creep - Radiohead
3. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

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