Top 10 Artists That Hate Their Own Songs

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These legendary songwriters are not shy of critiquing their own work! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at our picks for the top 10 Artists that Hate Their Own Songs! For this list, we cover songwriters and lyricists like Robert Plant, Madonna, Bob Geldof, Michael Stipe, Pete Townshend, Mandy Moore, Frank Sinatra, Kurt Cobain and the Beastie Boys, and explain why they aren’t as big of fans of their music as you may think!

00:37 #10: Frank Sinatra
01:34 #9: Mandy Moore
02:23 #8: Bob Geldof
03:27 #7: Pete Townshend
04:23 #6: Madonna
05:22 #5: Robert Plant
06:20 #4: Michael Stipe
07:12 #3, #2 & #1: ???

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10 thoughts on “Top 10 Artists That Hate Their Own Songs

  1. I feel lie this is part of being a performer. You’ll have parts of your repertoire that you’ll love so much. They’ll be fun to play, they’ll give you some good vibes, they’ll be your favorite song. But you’ll also have songs that you begin to resent. Whether it’s overplaying, or just the fact that it doesn’t gel with you from the beginning, there’s always that one song you just hate. Sometimes it’ll grow on you. Sometimes it won’t.

  2. This list SHOULD have had Jani Lane in it.

    For those who don’t know, Jani Lane was the lead singer of the hair metal band Warrant. They were busy recording an album which due to be released as “Uncle Tom’s cabin” when their record company asked for a single. Using Aerosmith’s “Love in an elevator” as a reference, Lane wrote a song which changed his life…and not for the better.
    That song “Cherry Pie” became the band’s biggest hit and their biggest stumbling block. Because all of a sudden everything is Cherry Pie, the album is released as “Cherry Pie”, Lane is asked to host Cherry Pie eating contests, the record company is constantly bugging him for more Cherry Pie.

    Lou Reed once said that the marking on his grave stone would be “doot-tee-doot-doot-tee-doot-doot-tee-doot” in Lane’s case, it would be “Cherry Pie” the song he hated the most.

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