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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Six Abandoned Songs Most Worth Reevaluating

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Sometimes we just need to take a break from a song. One can only hear the same words and melody so many times until it loses all meaning, like saying "sandals" or "popcorn" a few dozen times. Unfortunately, some great songs are never revisited -- maybe because of overkill, maybe because of the stigma of the artist. Since 2012 is still new, let us release our baggage of the past and give some tracks a second chance. Here are the six best songs worth reevaluating.

6. Black Eyed Peas "Let's Get It Started" Black Eyed Peas is terrible, but it didn't have to be. When the group released "Let's Get It Started," it seemed possible that the group might have a spot as a decent post-Outkast quirky mainstream hip-hop group. There's a lot to love about the track, from its walking bass line and self referential "Bass keeps runnin' runnin'" chant to the questionable original lyric/title "Let's Get Retarded." Its worst attribute is its effectiveness. It's too catchy, making it an oversaturated radio song and a sports stadium staple. Time has not treated the Black Eyed Peas well. We've had "My Humps" and the Super Bowl performance with Slash. Oh, and Fergie peed herself. But if you can look past that, "Let's Get It Started" is better than you remember.

5. Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell" If you like Dragonforce or the Decemberists or Ronnie James Dio or Trans-Siberian Orchestra's non-Christmas albums or "Bohemian Rhapsody" or Tenacious D, then you absolutely love Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" whether you are aware or not. You're welcome.

4. Sugar Ray "When It's Over" I am not advocating for Sugar Ray. "Fly" sucks, and by hosting Don't Forget The Lyrics, Mark McGrath figured out a way to make Wayne Brady look hip. But the band put out one record, 14:59, that was moderately listenable if only because it sounded like Weezer with a DJ. That's where "Every Morning" and "Someday" came from, two songs that you might sit through if you're tired of listening to the oldies station and NPR is airing Prairie Home Companion. "When It's Over" was not a massive hit -- if Sugar Ray was Third Eye Blind, "When It's Over" would have been "Losing A Whole Year" -- but it was fun. It's one of those thematic songs that's hard to mess up once you start writing, with some playfulness in the hook. Sometimes bad bands make good songs.

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