10 Classic Rock Songs That Were Made Out Of Spite

Rockers growing salty.

Alanis Morrisette You Oughta Know
Reprise/Warner Bros.

To most rock musicians, their songs are a lot more than just notes on a page. For many, this is a connected part of their personality, with most of the lyrics going into some of the most personal parts of their lives for all the world to see. That's not to say that they don't have their times to be petty either.

The music business can be annoying from time to time, and most of these artists poured all of their pent up feelings into their songs, where they were more than a little bit salty. Most of the time, it's understandable when you're writing a breakup song about an old flame though. These are the ones that go the extra mile though, either letting too much of the gory details out of the bag or writing it specifically because you know that doing so would piss somebody off.

Although the performance might be amazing at the end of the day, the reasoning behind the song existing might be a little less wholesome than you would care to admit. If anything, that just shows you the kind of artists that you're working with in these scenarios.

Sure, they may have the ability to write a catchy as hell rock song, but you might not want to find yourself on their bad side any time soon.

10. 86 - Green Day

Punk rock has never been known to be that kind to their success stories. This was a genre started specifically to tear down the pretentiousness of pop music, so to see some of your favorites on the charts isn't necessarily the easiest thing to balance. When Green Day ended up reaching the top of the world with Dookie though, they definitely were feeling some kind of way about the backlash on their next record.

On the whole, Insomniac is already a much more angry record than Dookie was, with some abrasive production and songs that deal with some darker subjects. In between stuff like Geek Stink Breath and Brat though, you have 86, where the band lays everything out loud and clear about what happened back in their old stomping grounds. After being banned from their home club, 86 is a song about the entire experience, with the band being alienated from the fanbase that they helped cultivate back in the days of Kerplunk and 39 Smooth.

Just looking at Billie Joe's lyrics, this is exactly the kind of thing that an average "true" punk fan would have said to Green Day around this time, being absolutely pissed to see their favorite band being played in every single mall known to man. If this was the mindset that they had though, it might be better just to carve out a new path for yourself. They slammed the door on you, Green Day, but that doesn't mean that you can't still kick ass on your own.


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