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Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Old 11-07-16, 12:39 PM
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is missing from that list.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is missing from that list.
Ah, life goes on, brah
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

No YMCA is the worst song of all time
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by Ky-Fi
4 Non Blondes — What’s Up?

I hated that song the first time I heard it, and my opinion of it has only gone down.
Agreed. I recently heard it while listening to the radio on a road trip to Barstow. Horrible song and the vocals are overly dramatic.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Aerosmith — Janie’s Got a Gun. That song is a turd!
Old 11-13-16, 03:41 PM
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by The Infidel
No. The difference between Jan Terri's "losing you" and Lennons "imagine" is that a professional could probably cover "losing you" and it the song could be good.
"Imagine" is as good as it's ever going to get and it's still the worst song of all time.

Someone could polish the turd that is "losing you."
There is no polishing "imagine."
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by Ky-Fi
Imagine is pretty terrible, but for me, nothing tops:

4 Non Blondes — What’s Up?

I hated that song the first time I heard it, and my opinion of it has only gone down.
This for me will always be the worst song ever.

My first job was working concessions at an AMC movie theater. Over the speakers they would play CDs called "AMC MovieTunes." For what had to be a cruel joke, the first three months I worked there, EVERY CD had "What's Up?" on it. Which meant I had to hear that song at LEAST six times a day. For months. Finally it got rotated out over the fall, only to come back on ANOTHER CD around Thanksgiving.

23 years later and that song is still pure torture.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by dan30oly
No. The difference between Jan Terri's "losing you" and Lennons "imagine" is that a professional could probably cover "losing you" and it the song could be good.
"Imagine" is as good as it's ever going to get and it's still the worst song of all time.

Someone could polish the turd that is "losing you."
There is no polishing "imagine."
You're overthinking this, and I don't believe the addition of semantics was invited into subsequent comments. The question was posed about "Imagine" being the worst song of all time, and any response either in agreement or opposition is going to be personal opinion, plain and simple. I gave mine, and in my personal opinion, the song I posted is the worst fucking song I've ever heard, in opposition to the suggestion that "Imagine" is. Whether you agree or not is completely, totally, and utterly irrelevant.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Having had past run-ins with danoogly, my thinking is he hates the song for its imploringly communitarian spirit.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

No, The Who's "Baba O'riley" is
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by dan30oly
No. The difference between Jan Terri's "losing you" and Lennons "imagine" is that a professional could probably cover "losing you" and it the song could be good.
"Imagine" is as good as it's ever going to get and it's still the worst song of all time.

Someone could polish the turd that is "losing you."
There is no polishing "imagine."
That's an interesting argument. I don't think Imagine is a turd, but you're right that it can't be improved. This reminded me of Richard Thompson doing a cover of the Britney Spears song Oops I Did It Again and finding surprising depth in it.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

"Imagine" is only surpassed by the superbly awful "Beach Baby" by First Class. Heard it again at the surprisingly depressing outing at Wendy's and they played this. Forgot how wretched it is and beyond horrible.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by NORML54601
No, The Who's "Baba O'riley" is
Are you serious, NORML? What do you hate about it? It's all subjective of course, but I think it comes close to being one of the great epics of rock history, and I'm no Who devotee whatsoever. From the amazing synth beginning, to the throbbing bass backbeat, to Daltrey's incomparably resounding, deeply-felt vocals, the song is the embodiment of the word "anthem". I find it rhapsodic up to about 3:30. If the last 90 seconds had been a third repeat of the soaring verse and chorus rather than tapering off with wimpy guitar and violin doodling, it would have been one of the very top masterpieces of rock. That's just my take, but I'm curious to understand yours.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

'Tis the season to remind you all that Lennon's Christmas song may be even worse than Imagine.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Talk about a random bump, but I just saw Hamilton in Dallas and was searching for any discussion about that show here. And the search brought me this thread.

This is just a list of songs that people hate for whatever reason they may have. Sure, there are some really terrible songs here, but "Imagine" or "Baba O'Reilly" or "Mr. Jones" being the worst songs ever?

Just ridiculous.

And this thread was from 2016??? There is so much fucking tripe out there in this day and age, how can even 4 Non Blondes be considered worse than the shit that's come from the last decade?

And...… let's go...
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Some of the songs from that list I agree with, some I've never heard of, and some I kind of like. One song that didn't make it on that list and should have is The Rolling Stones' Angie. I remember hearing that song for the first time the year I graduated from school in 1973, then they played that fucking thing thousands (if not millions) more times on the radio until I got so sick and tired of hearing it I turn the station when it comes on.

I see Stairway to Heaven made the list...
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Worst...song...ever. Instead of water torture U.S. military should force captured terrorists to watch this.

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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

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One song that didn't make it on that list and should have is The Rolling Stones' Angie.
Bingo.

I see Stairway to Heaven made the list...
That's just a classic case of a song being seen as "bad" because it's overplayed; it's not even the worst Zeppelin song.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

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'Tis the season to remind you all that Lennon's Christmas song may be even worse than Imagine.
Yes, the Christmas song is 100% times worse than Imagine.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Nah, Lennon at no point raps in Imagine so it can't be the worst song of all time.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by GhostLee
it's not even the worst Zeppelin song.
That would be "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper".
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Originally Posted by cultshock
That would be "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper".
I think "The Crunge" is Zep's worst song.
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I think the list blew it by not including "Free Bird", or any other Lynyrd Skynyrd song.

Also, "Love Touch" by Rod Stewart should have made it in.
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I think "The Crunge" is Zep's worst song.
Agreed. I hate The Crunge so much that I made a CD-R of Houses Of The Holy and lopped the song out. Makes for a much better album. Only Zep song I have to do that with.
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Re: Is John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ the worst song of all time?

Originally Posted by cultshock
That would be "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper".
I always thought that it was weirdly fun.

I guess I'm the only one.

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