S/8s: Great Songs By Otherwise Horrible Musicians
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Here are 8 Great Songs By Otherwise Horrible Musicians, in no particular order.
01/Train - I Am
Way back before they grabbed the public’s attention and started dry-humping it into submission, Train released I Am, a song that actually has some weight to it. It’s not just a string of random one-liners that are structured into a rhyme scheme. It actually means something. Those days are gone, unfortunately. Now it’s just a bunch of nonsense.
02/Limp Bizkit feat. Method Man - N 2 Gether Now
Gonna go ahead and confess: there was a little while in high school where I really liked Limp Bizkit (10th and 11th grade, mainly). I remember driving to the mall with my buddies and all four or five of us buying a copy of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (Side note: there should really be some damn hyphens in that title). And there are some songs I can still listen to, like Rollin’ and Break Stuff. But mostly it’s a wasted exercise. N 2 Gether Now, the band’s collaboration with Method Man, still holds up today (granted, that’s probably because of Method Man, but still).
03/Rihanna - Umbrella
Remember when Rihanna wasn’t completely annoying and fucking EVERYWHERE? Think hard now. That flicker of recognition takes us to Umbrella, when Rihanna really broke out. I kind of thought she’d go away after her first record, but she’s done the opposite. Regardless, Umbrella is pop music gold, and it remains a great track.
04/R. Kelly - Ignition (Remix)
Now usually I don’t do this, but this is a great song from R. Kelly. Nearly everything else he does is shit (or piss(sssssssssss)), but damn this is an awesome song. Also, isn’t he supposed to be giving us previews of the remix? But the whole song is the remix. I dunno. Nothing much more to say except bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce
05/Britney Spears - Toxic
Ah, Britney. I had a huge crush on her in high school (and even owned her first two albums), but really, her stuff is some dumb shit (except that special remix of You Drive Me Crazy, the one from the movie Drive Me Crazy with Melissa Joan Hart that I might have seen in theaters but I’ll never actually admit to shit I’ve gone too far … … … Toxic is a great song! *runs away*
06/Linkin Park - Waiting For The End
Screamy. Whiny. Two words that pretty adequately sum up the Linkin Park catalog. And yet, one day I caught part of a music video and loved it…had no idea who it was. So I waited for the end (ha! get it?!), and there it was: Linkin Park. I couldn’t believe it. The song is awesome because it holds itself back. Plus the harmonies are just so good. And the video is dope as hell!
07/Smash Mouth - Walkin’ On The Sun
As a self-confessed and reformed Smash Mouth fan, this is a weird one for me. It was their first big single, and I loved it. I stayed true for a long time until I did a project where I listened to nothing but their music for a week, and I’ve sworn them off. They’re terrible. This song and All Star (and like 2 others) are still ok. But Walkin’ On The Sun is great.
08/Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne - Look At Me Now
Despite being a fucking jackass, Chris Brown has a career. His music is shit, but he struck gold with this one. Granted, what makes this song great are the verses from Busta and Weezy, but it was on Brown’s album, so it’s Brown’s song. Kind of a weird loophole, but whatever, the song fucking rules.