There's a damn good reason why the bands from the 60's to the 80's have been labelled "classic rock" bands. The songs in their repertoire have become standards of pop music that have gone to influence millions of rock fans around the world. While most of these bands' records are well worth your time, every now and again there's something that should have been left on the cutting room floor.
As much as we like to idolize these artists, it's important to know that no band is able to put out perfect material all the time. Every now and again, bands will come out with songs that are mediocre, lazy, or outright reprehensible in some cases.
Does that mean that these bands lose their credibility as legit songwriters? Not at all. In fact, sometimes it takes one average song from a band for the fanbase to realize just how much great material the band has already put out. For one reason or another, these are the songs that drive fans (as well as some band members) up the wall every time they hear them. Some of these might not be outright awful, but these acts can certainly do better than this.
10. Mother - The Police
The Police were monsters of the pop and rock world throughout the 80's. From their feeble beginnings with "Roxanne" to the monster hit "Every Breath You Take," the band never struck out when it came to creating absolute ear-candy for the mainstream public. While Synchronicity is looked at as the band's last creative moment before their breakup, there's one song that appears in the middle of the record and ruins everybody's fun.
Penned by guitarist Andy Summers, "Mother" is an absolutely egregious tune that is much more avant garde than the experimental stuff the band was writing at the time. To its credit, the song definitely isn't uninteresting, as most of the tune revolves around a chaotic backing track and Summers droning on frightfully about what sounds like a domestic abuse scenario between him and his own mother.
The Police were always looked at as a somewhat off-the-wall band, but was anybody expecting something like this from the guys who gave us hits like "Message in a Bottle" and "King of Pain?" This song may be a bit of a faceplant, but the record quickly picks up steam with songs like "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Synchronicity II" shortly afterward. Though Synchronicity has garnered a reputation as one of the most essential albums of the 80's, you can bet that this song is something people skip time after time.