I thought this would be hard. Then, somehow deep within my brain, rising unbidden and unwanted, like a pestilent pustule bursting forth came dark memories of that awful Debby Boone #1 song (the daughter of that bane on early rock and roll, Pat Boone), “You Light Up My Life”.
Not to mention the movie…
Cranking up The Who full volume to drive out the memory.
This is tough. Most of the songs I really hate aren’t ones that get overly exposed in commercials or anything. For the most part they’re just songs I grew to hate while working in a warehouse in college where I had no control over the radio. So I’d be annihilating them out of spite.
It’s a toss up between Elton John’s Benny and the Jets, Walter Egan’s Magnet & Steel or The Doobie Brothers’ Black Water.
I am perfectly willing to accept that there are people who probably love these songs and will defend them unto the death. That’s fine. Die. The summer I heard Magnet & Steel three times a day was the longest of my life.
I will be happy with the removal of any one of the popular screechy, wailing love songs. I’m thinking of Whitney Houston’s “I will aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalways love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu” or something by Celine Dion with similar wailing.
Hmm, since I can’t name any Celine Dion songs off the top of my head, I guess that means the Whitney Houston abomination is my choice.