Pop has never been a genre that you have to take seriously. Even though there are many acts that have something to say with their music, it's just as easy to write a throwaway tune every once in a while and get on the charts. When you end up dropping the ball this hard though, it's hard to shake off some of the repercussions.
That's not to say that every song on this list is god-awful or anything. Some of them may be among the best that these artists have ever done, only with a big asterisk next to that accolade. For as many fans that might love these songs, the actual performer behind them has always kept it at arm's length. If you've spent this long on making a song though, why would you want to disown it like this? It doesn't always come down to what the artist thinks though, and most of these songs have become a bit problematic for artists because of what would happen later in their career.
Once you release a song, it's out of your hands, and there's no telling what happens to every one of these songs after they hit the airwaves. These guys may have been on to something at the time, but when they look in the rearview, it might be a little bit hard to watch every now and again.
10. Speed of Sound - Coldplay
90% of everything that Coldplay has done in recent years has been about positivity. For those of you brave enough to go through the more poppier side of the band's sound, these guys have crafted songs that are so chipper they could be used as background music in a Hallmark movie. Before all that though, Coldplay were actually a rock band with a decent taste in alternative rock, and Speed of Sound was one of their first major forays into pop music.
Then again, that's not to say that this song has been remembered fondly among Coldplay themselves, with Chris Martin openly saying that he doesn't like the tune very much. When you look back on what they were going for on X&Y though, you can kind of see where he's coming from, since this is the one song on the record that seems to be about the sour side of love. Unlike most of the record, the singer here is tortured and trying to comb through his past to see if it can help him later down the road.
Seeing how this was supposed to be a major statement record by Coldplay's standards, this does feel like a bit of a Coldplay-by-numbers tune, but the actual construction of the tune is much stronger than Martin really gives it credit for. It might not be on the same level as something like Fix You or even Viva La Vida, but there's probably a good portion of Coldplay fans who would trade this for anything on A Head Full of Dreams.