Just because a song or album is hugely successful, that doesn’t mean the artist actually likes what they produce! Musicians are often accused of "selling out"—making music that appeals to audiences but deviates from the artists’ desires or style. This is a lot more common than you’d think.
Here are a few singers who just can’t stand their own music:
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The song "Creep" is one of Radiohead’s most famous, and yet the band refuses to play it at live performances. It is the band’s earliest attempt to be more mainstream, but both frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood utterly detest the song.
2. Guns N' Roses
"Sweet Child o’ Mine" is by far one of the band’s most famous songs, with a guitar riff to die for. But when the song was first written during a jam session, guitarist Slash called it "a fluke". When Axl Rose included it in the 1987 album Appetite for Destruction, Slash hated it. Thankfully, he’s come to at least tolerate it in recent years!
3. Bob Geldof
The author of the song "We Are the World" regrets ever writing the song "Do They Know It’s Christmas?", a tune that plays everywhere at Christmastime. Imagine how sick of the song he must be! He even hates "We Are the World"!
"Like a Virgin" is a song that EVERYONE knows but one that Madonna hates. In an interview in 2008, Madonna said, “I’m not sure I can sing ’Holiday’ or ’Like a Virgin’ ever again. I just can’t, unless somebody paid me, like, $30 million or something.” She has said that just hearing the song makes her angry!
5. Led Zeppelin
"Stairway to Heaven" is a classic rock song we all know and love, but frontman Robert Plant has lukewarm feelings toward his hit. He actually spent $10,000 paying a radio station to NEVER play the song again!
6. Frank Sinatra
Hard to think that the Chairman of the Board hated anything he did, but his feelings toward "Strangers in the Night" are plain. He said it was “a piece of s**t, the worst f**king song I have ever heard!” It’s said that Sinatra even mouthed "I hate that song" while taking a bow after a performance.
7. Beastie Boys
"Fight for Your Right" is one of the Beastie Boys’ greatest hits, but the band itself has strong feelings of antipathy for the tune. According to Mike D, “The only thing that upsets me is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different.”
8. A Flock of Seagulls
"I Ran (So Far Away)" is hugely popular among A Flock of Seagulls fans—so popular, in fact, that Mike Score is asked to perform it EVERY time he’s on stage. He ONLY performs it live when the fans ask for it, but if he never had to hear or play it again, it would be too soon.
"Shiny Happy People" is a song that R.E.M. fans love. Or not. It’s actually one of the most hated of all songs, and considered a "sell out". Thankfully, the band put out "Losing My Religion" the same year, giving the band a hit that everyone still loves and remembers.
10. John Mellencamp
Mellecamp is sick of "Jack & Diane", despite the fact that the song made him incredibly wealthy over his 35 years as a musician. He said, “I’ve been able to live on my whims, that’s what ‘Jack & Diane’ gave me, so I can’t hate them too much.”
You’re not alone in hating your own creation! As an artist, your goal is perfection, and when things fail to hit the mark, it’s okay to dislike the work of your hands.