Hits Hated by the Artist

It’s uncommon for artists to publicly express disdain for their own work, as they typically take pride in their creations. However, there have been instances where artists have expressed dissatisfaction with certain songs or the public’s perception of them. Remember that these opinions may change over time, and artists might view their work differently as years pass. Here’s a list of 20 rock songs that, at some point, artists have expressed mixed feelings or frustration about:

Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991):
Kurt Cobain reportedly grew weary of the song’s popularity, feeling it overshadowed the band’s other work.

Radiohead – “Creep” (1992):
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has expressed mixed feelings about “Creep” and its association with the band, as it led to a certain expectation from their early fanbase.

The Rolling Stones – “Satisfaction” (1965):
Mick Jagger has mentioned feeling ambivalent about the song’s popularity and the pressure to perform it at every concert.

Oasis – “Wonderwall” (1995):
Noel Gallagher has jokingly referred to “Wonderwall” as a “big, baggy, anthemic monster” he’s somewhat tired of.

The Who – “My Generation” (1965):
Despite being an anthem of youth rebellion, Roger Daltrey has noted that the song’s lyrics created a pigeonhole for the band.

Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (1991):
Some members of Metallica have expressed frustration with the song’s mainstream success, feeling it simplified their musical complexity.

Pink Floyd – “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” (1979):
While acknowledging its success, Roger Waters has expressed reservations about the song’s commercialization and being perceived as a pop hit.

Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998):
Steven Tyler has mentioned feeling uncomfortable with the song’s massive success and its association with a romantic film.

Bob Dylan – “Lay, Lady, Lay” (1969):
Bob Dylan has been critical of his own singing on this track, expressing dissatisfaction with his voice during that period.

Blur – “Song 2” (1997):
Damon Albarn has admitted that “Song 2” was created as a parody of American grunge, and the song’s success surprised him.

The Clash – “Rock the Casbah” (1982):
While popular, Joe Strummer expressed concerns that the song was misunderstood and misused for its danceable beat.

The Kinks – “Lola” (1970):
Ray Davies mentioned that “Lola” was a compromise and did not represent the direction he wanted for The Kinks.

The Eagles – “Hotel California” (1976):
Despite its success, Don Henley has expressed discomfort with the song’s popularity and constant requests to perform it.

R.E.M. – “Shiny Happy People” (1991):
Michael Stipe stated that the song was written as a joke and that he was not fond of its cheerful, pop-oriented sound.

The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (1997):
Richard Ashcroft has mentioned that the legal issues surrounding the song’s use of a Rolling Stones sample have tainted its legacy.

The Doors – “Hello, I Love You” (1968):
Jim Morrison expressed dissatisfaction with the song, considering it a commercial compromise.

The Sex Pistols – “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976):
Johnny Rotten has criticized the song, stating that it didn’t represent the band’s true spirit.

Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” (1995):
Billy Corgan has expressed mixed feelings about the song, feeling it became emblematic of the band’s commercial success.

Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (1987):
Axl Rose has mentioned that he dislikes performing “Sweet Child o’ Mine” live due to its association with the band.

Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (1997):
Despite its popularity, Billie Joe Armstrong has mentioned that the song was never intended to be released as a single.

While these artists may have expressed mixed feelings about these songs at various points in their careers, it’s important to note that public perceptions can evolve, and artists may come to appreciate or reconcile with their work over time.

    michael cole
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