Have you ever loved a song that was great – except for one bad line? Sometimes there’s a lyric that sticks out for whatever reason, and you can’t get it out of your head! Check out some bad lines in good songs:
ALT-J – “TESSELATE”
Bad Line: “Triangles are my favourite shape”
Ok, your band name is a reference to the apple key code alt + j, but singing about triangles? Everyone knows the hexagon is the best shape.
NIRVANA – “SLIVER”
Bad Line: “That’s what I did, I killed my toe”
Talk about a bad babysitter – Kurt obviously hated “Grandpa Joe’s” with all the kicking and screaming, mashed potatoes and a bike ride that ended in a toe injury.
STARS – “FIXED”
Bad Line: “Touch turns into fisticuffs”
There are a bunch of ways you can describe a relationship going south, but the word “fisticuffs” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
THE POSTAL SERVICE – “NOTHING BETTER”
Bad Line: “Like a goalie tending the net in the third quarter”
Umm, what sport is Ben Gibbard singing about exactly? Hockey has three periods, and soccer has two halves.
TOVE LO – “HABITS”
Bad Line: “Binge on all my Twinkies, throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep”
She’s going to have a serious case of the regretzkys when she has to clean that up in the morning.
BLINK 182 – “ALL THE SMALL THINGS”
Bad Line: “Surprises let me know she cares”
Sure, surprises are nice in any relationship, but cramming this line in just sounds like they needed something to rhyme with “roses by the stairs.”
LIVE – “LIGHTNING CRASHES”
Bad Line: “Her placenta falls to the floor”
How did a song with the word “placenta” become one of the biggest hits of the 90s?? Singer Ed Kowalczyk is trying to describe the journey of life and death, but it just comes off as cheesy. And gross!
OASIS – “CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA”
Bad Line: “Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball”
So are they walking fast or slow? Maybe if we’d been “getting high” this would make sense.
ARCTIC MONKEYS – “I WANNA BE YOURS”
Bad Line: “I wanna be your vacuum cleaner breathing in your dust, I wanna be your Ford Cortina I won’t ever rust.”
The Ford Cortina was the UK’s best selling car in the 1970s, but does your romantic partner want you talking about their “dust”?
SLOAN – “COAX ME”
Bad Line: “I drink concentrated OJ”
Weird juice metaphor – we’re not sure what it means. Maybe “concentrated OJ” is easier to rhyme than “100% pure squeezed.”