Top Ten Songs that Don't Fit in with the Rest of Their Album

Virtually every musician wants to create an album with no bad tracks on it, an album that has a commonality in texture or theme. However, sometimes, there's one song that doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the album, either because it has a different musical style, a different lyrical theme, or even both. One thing: I'm not necessarily saying that these songs are bad songs (some of them are great), it's just that they don't fit. There is a certain degree of subjectivity here, so keep that in mind. With that, feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 Squeeze Box - The Who

Most of the stuff on The Who By Numbers is about Pete Townshend's personal struggles and his fear of being too old to be a rock-and roller. Squeeze Box, however, was described by Pete as a "poorly-aimed dirty joke"; listen to it and you will understand what I mean. - Gg2000

2 Let Me Take You Home Tonight - Boston

Unlike most of the album, it was written by Brad Delp (not Tom Scholz), and the actual band recorded the parts in the studio (the rest of the album is Tom in his home studio layering most of the instruments). The reason they did this is that Tom wanted to trick the record label into thinking they were at a professional studio in LA while he recorded the rest of the album in his home studio. - Gg2000

3 What Goes On - The Beatles

Most of Rubber Soul is folk influenced and more sophisticated, but What Goes On is a stark country rock two step sung by Ringo Starr. It sticks out like a sore thumb. - Gg2000

4 Black Mountain Side - Led Zeppelin

Most of the first album is straightforward hard rock, but this song is an Indian sounding piece containing acoustic guitar and tabla. - Gg2000

5 I Just Want to See His Face - The Rolling Stones

Musically, Exile on Main Street is all over the map, but what sets this song apart is its murky, lo-fi sound. - Gg2000

6 Wicked Annabella - The Kinks

The Village Green Preservation Society is a downtempo, more pastoral album about the changes in British society in the Sixties. This one, though, is a heavy psychedelic number about an evil woman named Annabella who I presume to be an evil witch. - Gg2000

7 Desolation Row - Bob Dylan

Unlike the other songs on the album, this song is mostly acoustic (with an electric bass underpinning the arrangement). However, this suits the song well, and it's regarded as one of his finest poetic works. - Gg2000

8 On the Run - Pink Floyd

Unlike most of the songs (which are full band pieces), this song is an electronic instrumental composition played by Rick Wright on an EMS synthesizer. The other members contributed tape loops and other weird effects. It's the one song on the album that people either really love or really hate. - Gg2000

No, I think it fit well. - MemeTheKeem

9 Horse Latitude - The Doors

This isn't so much a song as a freaky psychedelic poetry piece. It has a noisy background atmosphere, and by the end, Jim Morrison is screaming the lyrics. It freaked me out when I first heard it. - Gg2000

10 Big Ten Inch Record - Aerosmith

This is a cover of a blues song by Bull Moose Jackson about a guy who's girl really loves his big ten inch... record. (What did you expect me to say? ) It's the one respite of comedy on the album. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Escape - Metallica

Again, this isn't a bad song itself - just not suitable to be on a thrash metal album, moreover 80s Metallica. The song has a too sleek, radio-friendly and kinda poppy sound that is in contrast to the angry raw energy of the rest of the album. As a result, nobody seemed to like this song - fans, Metallica themselves, their producer and engineer, critics... And the song was meant to become the most popular song on the album... Lesson learned - if you do metal, don't try to please anyone, especially more mainstream labels and audiences. - Metal_Treasure

A song with a more commercialized sound, made by Metallica to provide a more accessible song for the album now considered a metal masterpiece (Ride the Lightning,1984).
Their producer and engineer Flemming Rasmussen explained the reason for making this song:
"Metallica were on this small, independent label, so that was [the song 'Escape'] their way of pleasing a major label, so they could get signed. Luckily, they went away from that whole pleasing-a-record-label thing."
Ironically, the song Escape is the least known song on the album. It isn't a bad song, to be honest, but Metallica played it live probably only once (or twice) - the first time was in 2012, 28 years after its release. - Metal_Treasure

12 Shiny Happy People - R.E.M

While most of Out of Time is more downtempo and introspective, Shiny Happy People is more uptempo and happy-sounding, with seemingly inane lyrics that were inspired by a Chinese propaganda poster. - Gg2000

13 My World - Guns N Roses

A weird way to end an album.

Agreed. Thanks for adding this; I had more or less forgotten about it. - Gg2000

14 Electioneering - Radiohead
15 If Everyone Cared - Nickelback

As far as I remember, the only song in the whole album with an original and unique melody.

16 Something in the Way - Nirvana
17 Anarchy In the U.K. - Sex Pistols

I know it’s a short album to begin with. But this is such an awkward cover that feels really out of place. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

18 Seamus - Pink Floyd
19 The End of All Things - Panic! At the Disco
20 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
21 Little Boy - Barns Courtney
22 The Adventures of Chucky Margolis - The Hudson Brothers
23 Robocop - Kanye West
24 Never Never - Korn

The rest of the album had Korn back at their old roots, but this sounded like something off of The Path of Totality. - awesomedp900

25 Fitter Happier - Radiohead

This would sound out-of-place on almost ANY album

(Oh well, at least it fits the overall MORAL theme of OK Computer) - xandermartin98

The moral theme of the album, if I'm not mistaken, is

"modern society is turning people into insane robots" - xandermartin98

26 Hold On - Limp Bizkit
27 Suicide Note Pt. 1 - Pantera
28 Vermilion PT 2 - Slipknot
29 Bound 2 - Kanye West

The entire album is electronic in sound. Then, for closure, we get a song whose background consists mostly of a soul sample. - Martin_Canine

30 Lennon 1 - Dat Adam

The hip hop album "HYDRA 3D" is on the border to being a full experimental electronica release. There are thick synths, flangered 808s, vocals completely distorted by all kinds of effects. But this song is not only acapella, it was furthermore not even recorded in a studio. It appears to have been recorded either in a car or out in the streets, probably with a low quality phone. You also hear all kinds of public background noise.
"Lennon 2" is a song that's more normal again. - Martin_Canine

31 Yesterday - The Beatles
32 Slow, Love, Slow - Nightwish

Blues/swing inspired song on a symphonic metal album. - Martin_Canine

33 Clap - Yes

Unlike the rest of the stuff on The Yes Album, Clap was recorded live, and it was a solo acoustic guitar piece by Steve Howe. I do like it, though, because it shows his Travis-picking abilities; it's not an easy song to play. - Gg2000

34 Talking to Myself - Linkin Park
35 King of Anything - Beartooth
36 Empire - Asking Alexandria
37 True Colors - Zedd

It’s the title track. It lacks electronic sounds, unlike all the other tracks. And before you say Daisy lacks electronic sounds, it doesn’t. Listen closer next time.

38 Lions - Skillet
39 Rivendell - Rush

Unlike most of Fly By Night, Rivendell is a slow (and quiet) acoustic based song. As a result, a lot of Rush fans hate it, but I personally don't think it deserves that. - Gg2000

40 Drowning Man - U2

While the rest of the War album is very aggressive and strident, this song is more atmospheric, with lots of acoustic guitar and prominent electric violin by a guy named Steve Wickham, who approached The Edge at a bus stop and asked him if they needed a violin on their album. - Gg2000

41 The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
42 Sometimes - Ariana Grande
43 Vampire Money - My Chemical Romance
44 Stang's Swang - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

This song isn't just weird for this album, but it's weird for his career in general. The reason why is that it's a jazz instrumental done by a blues musician. Still a good tune, though. - Gg2000

45 Ain't It Fun - Paramore

Main difference between this song and the rest of the album is mainly than this one is more pop oriented, at least Still Into You and Daydreaming are based on rock, but this one is more based on classic pop and even gospel - Pato_cargo

46 Can't Stop Partying - Weezer

Raditude is a pretty bad album, that's for sure, is pretty well known that this is Weezer most unpopular song, however instead of being pop rock like the other ones in the album, is more poppy and even hip hop oriented... that doesn't save it from being awful - Pato_cargo

47 Bishop's Knife Trick - Fall Out Boy

Main reason why doesn't deserve to be with the rest of Mania is easy
1. is more of a rock song than a pop song
2. is actually good - Pato_cargo

48 Six Shooter - Queens of the Stone Age

While most of Songs for the Deaf is completely hard rock and classic rock based, Six Shooter is more Death Metal than any other song in the album - Pato_cargo

49 A Whisper - Coldplay
50 We Will Fall - The Stooges

Unlike the rest of the album, which is pretty much two or three chord fuzzy garage rock, this song is a pseudo raga, and it goes for eleven minutes at a slow pace. Most people view it as a very extreme case of album filler. - Gg2000

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