10 Artists That Disowned Their Own Songs

Songs At Arm's Length.

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Whenever artists go into the studio, they’re going to want to put their best foot forward to make the magic happen. You’re aiming for something that no one has ever heard before, so you would think that they would make something that everyone would collectively be proud of. In some cases though, these artists like to keep their greatest creations at arm’s length.

That’s not to say that all of these artists think that their greatest creations are bad. For most of these acts, these are the songs that brought them to where they are today, and are probably the reason why they’ve become some of the biggest players in the industry. Then again, it’s hard to really separate yourself from the song that made you famous, and these aren't necessarily the songs that these bands want to be remembered for.

Whether it comes down to being from the dark part of a person’s life or just not something that they’re completely comfortable discussing, some of the artists in question don't even address the song, even hesitating to play them live when the time calls for it. They probably still appreciate the tons of fans that get hyped every time they play live, but these songs are not necessarily the first thing that they want to hear when they turn on the radio.

10. All in the Family - Korn

For the society of rock as a whole, there have been more than a few fans of nu metal that have disowned the genre for being a bit too cringy. As much as those songs about pain and angst may have gone over well when you were in your teens, it gets a little bit harder to revisit bands like Staind and Puddle of Mudd with fresh ears. There’s some songs that don’t pass the nostalgic test, and then there’s All in the Family that should have been forgotten to begin with.

When Korn were first making their album Follow the Leader, this was just a little goofing off session that they had when Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit showed up at the studio one day. Though this was meant to be just a tongue in cheek rap battle among friends, Jonathan Davis really doesn’t look back on this song very fondly, and it’s easy to understand why when you look at the lyrics.

Despite some of the subpar lines from each of them, there are a few homophobic slurs thrown into the mix that have not aged well in the slightest, which makes the song feel less like a funny song and more like a high school bully shouting this stuff at you before shoving you in a locker. While Davis does have an excuse for saying that he was…shall we say impaired when recording this, he also admits that there’s no reason to really put it on the record. Korn managed to soldier on though, just don’t expect this to find its way into the setlist or anything.

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