10 Amazing Rock Songs That Divided Bands

Songs That Bite Back.

James Hetfield Metallica
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No artist really has to write songs that they don't like. Whenever you decide to sit down with a song, only what you consider the best of the best is going to actually make it on the record, right? In some cases, yes...it's just that not everyone in the band shares that mentality. Although most of these albums were great from one song to the next, these are still the songs that caused a little bit of friction between bandmates.

While it might have been just creative differences, a lot of the time it comes down to songs that the rest of the band find boring, only to find them playing the track night after night when they're on tour. These aren't all album tracks either...these are the songs that have gone on to become some of the biggest hits of their career, meaning that they're known for these songs above everything else.

So now that you had to play on a song that you don't like, you now have to go around while the rest of the band is having a great time on a song that you can't stand. You always have to learn to compromise in a band though, and these songs have taught us just how much bad blood can come from just one track. In between those few minutes, there's a lot of hurt feelings and mangled friendships.

10. Where the Streets Have No Name - U2

In the wake of their massive performances at Live Aid, U2 were set to be the band that would lead rock and roll into the next generation. Since they were already picking up steam after records like War and the Unforgettable Fire, the Joshua Tree was set to be the moment where everything really started taking off. You need a record like that to start off strong though, and Where the Streets Have No Name almost killed the entire project before it got off the ground.

Working with legendary producer Brian Eno, the classic intro with the different guitar overdubs by the Edge was getting more and more painstaking as they went on, with it being virtually impossible to have the entire band keep up by the time the first verse starts. While they tried to workshop the whole thing in the room, Eno got so frustrated that he ended up pulling out a chalkboard and dictating everything like a school teacher so everyone was on the same page.

That still didn't manage to work, and Eno was seconds away from erasing the entire idea in frustration before things started to really click. Once everyone was geared into the odd timing of everything, it made for an intro that felt like you were about to step into the future. If you're one of the members of the band though, this must have been the equivalent of trying to do complex calculus problems as you try to play music.

 
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