Have you ever heard a certain song so many times that you ended up absolutely sick of it? A song that you maybe once loved, but now you get triggered with anger every time it comes up on the radio? Now imagine that you actually wrote that song.
Artists are funny creatures, aren’t they? They’re the only people that can create something that is loved by millions of people around the world and that brings them incredible fame and fortune, and STILL absolutely hate it.
That is the case with the ten musicians featured in this list. All of them have written and performed songs that became smash hits and were loved by almost everyone…except for them. Some of them didn’t like the songs to begin with, or grew to hate them because they were overplayed, while others resented that their words got misinterpreted and became symbols of the very ideas they set out to make fun of.
Whatever their individual reasons might be, one thing is for sure: do not go to these artists’ concerts and expect them to play those songs.
10. The Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)
A couple of years ago, The Beastie Boys released a documentary called Beastie Boys Story, and one of the things that got mentioned there is how much the rap group hate their first big hit song.
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) was the fourth single to be released from their classic 1986 debut album License to Ill, and it was really the first track to get them significant exposure on MTV and the entry point to the group's music for a lot of people.
The song was written as a sarcastic parody of the partying lifestyle and of songs that celebrate it, but it got terribly misinterpreted and adopted as an anthem by the very people it was supposed to be mocking.
"The only thing that upsets me", said Mike D, "is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different. There were tons of guys singing along to Fight for Your Right who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them."
You could say that Fight for Your Right became the very thing it swore to destroy.