Top Ten Rock Songs That Make You Wonder How They Became Hit Songs

These are songs with either strange or derogatory messages, or just plain not appealing to what rock songs are generally like. Songs like Closer and Creep fall into this category, Closer in particular because of it's sexual message. Some of these are hit songs and they aren't even fan favorites, many of which are songs you hear on rock radio very often.

The Top Ten

1 Closer - Nine Inch Nails

It's a good song, but nowhere near the best NIN song - ryanrimmel

I bet the only reason this got popular is because sex sells.

2 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
3 Creep - Radiohead

Jonny Greenwood was actually trying to deliberately ruin the song with that super edgy shredding part before the chorus. It ended up being one of the song highlights, not that that stops the band from deliberately NOT playing the song in live shows. - NuMetalManiak

This is a great song - ryanrimmel

4 Aerials - System of a Down
5 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson

This song is literally so popular it was used more than once and your likely to hear it if you haven't already. - htoutlaws2012

Actually, you start to wonder how MM became a hit artist in the first place.

6 Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings

Um... it's a Bond theme. - PetSounds

7 Cryin' Like a Bitch - Godsmack
8 Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
9 Last Resort - Papa Roach

The riff is sampled from Iron Maiden's Genghis Khan. (I probably just butchered the name). - IronSabbathPriest

10 That Smell - Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Contenders

11 Say It Ain't So - Weezer
12 November Rain - Guns N' Roses
13 Wonderwall - Oasis
14 Enter Sandman - Metallica
15 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
16 All Star - Smash Mouth
17 Basket Case - Green Day
18 What I Like About You - The Romantics
19 No Rain - Blind Melon
20 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
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Top Remixes

1. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
2. Cryin' Like a Bitch - Godsmack
3. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
1. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
2. Creep - Radiohead
3. Aerials - System of a Down
1. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
2. Last Resort - Papa Roach
3. Jeremy - Pearl Jam


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