FULL DISCLOSURE: Name a Universally-Adored Soul Classic That You Hate

floaters_floaton.jpgSometimes it's useful (read: fun) to push the envelope and break tradition. We can be brutally honest at The Most Comprehensive Black Music Blog in the Internet, because (1) we're just a blog, and (2) you don't know where any of us live. So there! Recently I asked the editors of this site as well as a few close comrades to do the one thing some of us are just afraid to do as music lovers, bloggers and Black folks. The mission was to name a classic, beloved Soul song that you personally cannot stand. Yes, we went there. These blasphemous confessions begin with Fave and continue after the bounce.

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"Float On" by The Floaters. I know this is a "classic" but I never really caught on to the whole "name+sign+talking" prelude to a weak bridge and even stranger hook. Are they getting high? Is that why they're floating? Where is this "Lover's Land"? Is this the kind of mack move that worked in the the midst of Billy Dee, Isaac Hayes (RIP), Teddy Pendergrass, et al??? Show me the woman who claims to have came up off the goodies because of this song and I'll show you one helluva actress.


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Ashford and Simpson's "Solid As A Rock". I know the deserving icons are known for classic formula soul pop confections, but dammit if this contrived, defensive marital declaration didn't protest too much (Is this the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) theme song or what???). The hooky rhythmic panting was also kinda creepy, almost as much any visuals of their marital pairing. *shudder*

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"Before I Let Go" by Frankie Beverly and Maze. When this song comes on...everybody and the mama and they granmama says "oooh..das is my song!"  Maybe I hate it cause everybody likes it...but really? I dont like Frankie Beverly and them dudes...I think they are overated! When I play it at a's a bathroom break! 

This is the most overrated song in my opinion

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"Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding. Such a lackluster song compared to his other hits. And the whistling just annoys the hell out of me, like scraping fingernails across a chalkboard annoying.

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"Cassanova Brown" by Teena Marie.

Was always her worst song, in my opinion. To me, she sounded like she was drunk when she recorded this, which was probably the effect she was going for, but still... the way she held those notes made me want to bring her up on charges for improper groping.  The whole track just sounds disjointed and even more depressing than it was meant to be.  Boo, Teena.  Boo. *dodging cyber-tomatoes*

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I fiercely hate Frankie Beverly and Maze's "Before I Let Go." My god, is this song potato salad? Must it be at every Black gathering? Everytime I hear this song I feel like it's being forced upon me, like cough medicine as a child. This is such a "party's over" song to me.

Those were our picks. Are you man or woman enough to add yours?


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43 Responses

  1. Elisabeth, I'm coming to join ya!

  2. I know this is almost blasphemy, but I can't stand Marvin Gaye's :Sexual Healing." It kills me that this, out of all of Marvin's hits, is the one that got a Grammy. Gaye looks like death-warmed-over in the video (as they say, cocaine is a heck of a drug) and the beat sounds stuck in the 80s. Give me "I Want You" or "You Sure Love to Ball" any day of the week.

  3. Ok, don't hate me...but mine is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross. My skin crawls everytime I hear it!

  4. ok I'm sorry everyone...Donny Hathaway - A Song for You...
    I admit it! I can't take this song anymore!

  5. Well here you go:
    Prince's "My Name Is Prince" -- ick!
    Atlantic Starr's "Secret Lovers"
    Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You"

  6. Reasons- Earth, Wind & Fire
    Yea I went there

  7. Always and Forever by Heatwave.
    There I said it! What?!!

  8. I can't believe ya'll listed any Maze song! Not because I love them so much, but because I don't like anything by Maze!! Anytime I utter anything like that though, I fear that I'm in jeopardy of having my ghetto card revoked as Black folk revere Maze like some sort of demi-gods. Thanks for letting me know I'm not totally alone in the universe.
    I'm bracing myself for the barrage of incredulous comments that while inevitably follow this next comment. I really can't stand Jill Scott's Getting in the Way. While I LOVE Jill and think she is the shiz-nit, I've always hated that song. I'm sorry.

  9. I absolutely hate N-E, yes, I said N-E thing Smokey Robinson sings. He scares me when I see him, and makes me cringe when I hear him.

  10. I love baby girl, but I did not like Aaliyah's "At your best". The radio killed it after she passed and everyone loved it but me. I wanted to hear other songs other than that one, that's all.

  11. I will probably be back -
    Classic- Juicy by Mtume.
    Modern- You're All I need - Method and Mary, although it has grown on me.
    Waterfalls-TLC ( I generally hate "message" songs)

  12. yeah, sign me up for 'always and forever' by heatwave. that song is way too sappy and seems like it's stuck in a leave it to beaver time warp or something.
    and tho i like f.b. and maze, i never understood how people just darn near jump out their draws when their songs come on. i love 'happy feelings' like the next cat, but overall, i never got it.

  13. Your last countdown entry, "Between the Sheets", grates my nerves.
    One of the few cases in which Puffy took something and actually made it BETTER.

  14. I personally hate "Loving You" by Minnie Ripperton. I respect that she can hit high notes but that song annoys the crap out of me.

  15. I've never liked "Spend the Night" by the Isley Brothers, it sounds like something the Cosbys would've had sex to.

  16. No idea whether this is universally adored or not, but my mother used to play the Commodores' "Three Times a Lady" on autorepeat--or worse, on a cassette she'd rewind over and over again. That pause for rewinding was the worst, because there was always that false hope you wouldn't hear the damn thing again. (Ditto "Always and Forever," but that's already been mentioned.)
    FYI: I made this post as an alt-rock corollary to yours. Thanks for a great idea.

  17. I cannot stand any song by Lionel Richie post-Commodores. Every friggin' song of his sounds cheesy as hell! LIke a lounge act.

  18. I cannot stand Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" or "Distant Lover." News school: Anything by Ne-Yo or Lloyd make me cringe and Joe, Eric Benet, Rashaan Patterson and Raheem Devaughn bore me. Now, I will go back into hiding.

  19. I cannot stand Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" or "Distant Lover." News school: Anything by Ne-Yo or Lloyd make me cringe and Joe, Eric Benet, Rashaan Patterson and Raheem Devaughn bore me. Now, I will go back into hiding.

  20. May all things Holy and Christmas-timey forgive me, and it's not the SONG per se, but it's this version......* hangs head * The Temptations version of Silent Night can disappear from my life and I would be happy for 2 months. I mean it's played from November 1 til December 25th @ 11:59 pm....and this may sound scrooge-like, but it puts me right out the Holiday spirit. DAMN! they play that song to DEATH!

  21. I cannot stand Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" or "Distant Lover." News school: Anything by Ne-Yo or Lloyd make me cringe and Joe, Eric Benet, Rashaan Patterson and Raheem Devaughn bore me. Now, I will go back into hiding.
    Anon |
    This is why we can't be friends Anon. I Want You and Distant Lover are great.

  22. I'm in full agreement with Kim H.
    I cannot take Smoky Robinson's voice. at. all. That song "Quiet Storm" makes me wanna rip my ears off.
    Aaron Neville's voice has that same effect....and whoever sings that song "People Make 'the World Go 'Round"...and all of their other songs.
    I guess I have something against whiny ass men who sing in falsetto, save for Maxwell and a few others.

  23. My list:
    Jeffrey Osborne - The Woo Woo Song
    Shirley Murdock - As We Lay
    Kool & The Gang - Celebration

  24. Outta my head Ninjagirrl!!

  25. yup Kim H, I agree, and completely bout to die @ "something the Cosbys would've had sex to" thanks LC...
    speaking of whiny ass men, I don't know who said that that was some good singing Keith Sweat was doing on "Make it Last Forever" is a lie and the truth ain't in them.... I wanted it to stop back when it was "hot" and I still do.

  26. I love Erykah, but Honey was annoying to me.Anything by The Dream.I love After 7 but Heat Of The Moment annoyed me because my dad played it alllll the time.Anything by Lil Wayne.Brian McKnight Love Of My Life (i think it was the video that kind of turned me away).There's a couple more, but I can't think of them right now.
    Anything that is over sampled also annoys me.

  27. I don't know if people consider this classic, but I sure hate Tonight Is The Night, Betty Wright. sure do.

  28. "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge - every time I hear it, I want to throw up in my mouth.

  29. "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye. YUCK.

  30. "Before I Let Go" is the song that makes me look for a drink whenever/wherever it comes on, but to this list, let me add "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang. If you have to insist that we're gonna have a good time tonight, then something's wrong.

  31. I can't stand "I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder. Saccharine sweet and awful.

  32. Ya'll are killing me over here. Frankie Beverly and Maze?!?!?! Over rated? I think my heart stopped beating and my kidneys just shut down.
    ANYTHING by Keith Sweat sucks...and I blame those who had buying power in the 80s and 90s, who helped the man who sings like his nose is stuffed up, become a star. Ya'll should be 'shamed!
    Since "hater" is my middle name, I'm shocked that I cant think of any older songs that I despise...i've focused most of my hate on whatever is supposedly "hot" right T-Pain and nem.

  33. I think it's gotta be Stevie Wonder 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' ... it makes me wanna tear my hair out! How could such a genius have produced such a cringe-worthy song?!
    As for modern, anything by Robin Thicke, he almost tries too hard ... except 'Got 2 Be Down ft Faith Evans (the only song i listen to on the 'Evolution Of ...')
    Can't believe the Smokey Robinson comments though! How can anyone hate 'Tracks Of My Tears'?

  34. I really, really dislike that Gloria Gaynor song "I Will Survive"...just hearing it makes my toenails curl!

  35. I have to co-sign on the Frankie Beverly and Maze thing. But not just "Before I Let Go" their entire music catalog. My hate for FB&M started after I met my husband who is a HUGE fan bordering on obsessive. FB&M haven't had a new record since the 80s and my husband insists on buying live DVDs, CDs, greatest hits packages etc.!!! He goes to their concerts every time they come to Charleston. They play the same damn songs, why do you need to kick out $30 bucks for a show you can hear on CD or watch on your DVD and now taped from BETJ! Damn you Frankie! Damn you all to hell!!!!
    Whew! I feel better now. Thank-you soulbounce for letting me vent. I love yall.

  36. I agree with John Murph I truly HATE (and hate is a strong word) the song Secret Lovers!! I guess cause they played it so much on the radio when it came out. There where other songs that Atlantic Starr made that were so much better than Secret Lovers (Closer, Catch a 4-leaf clover). I just totally throw up when it comes on!

  37. Luther Vandross is unquestionably a legend but "Dance With My Father Again" was just weird to me, for some reason it makes me uncomfortable

  38. Is MJ's "She's Out of My Life" considered a classic? Cuz it either makes me change the channel or roar with laughter when he breaks down at the end.
    Cosign to "Always & Forever", "Secret Lovers"... anything that's overplayed wedding-mix.

  39. I'm just shocked at the Frankie B could you not like that JAM!!! The song that everyone seems to love that I hate is the song Woman to Woman. I'm like she was a damn Cause I Love You by Lenny Williams annoys me sometimes, only cause it's so damn long.

  40. This is my first time here on this site, but this post is funny as hell!
    Let's see, classics I don't like...
    As much as I LOOOOVE Earth, Wind and Fire, I do not like "Boogie Wonderland". I feel like they jumped on the disco bandwagon when they didn't need to!!
    Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out", maybe it's just me, but I don't really care for her that much for her to make an announce about her coming out. To what?
    Ashford and Simpson, "Solid", yeah I have to co-sign, but they play that on the radio like they didn't make any other songs.
    Chaka Khan "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nodoby". Again, she has other songs, but they play those two only.
    I'll be back with some more later.

  41. I'm not even gonna leave my own opinions here, but these comments have been frikkin HIGH-larry-us! However, I'ma fight with the person who said Teena Marie's "Casanova Brown." Damn, doesn't the orchestration count for anything? LOL
    And, with a nod to the person who mentioned T-Pain, may I say that I would like to start a personal crusade to destroy ALL autotune pulg-ins and machines on the planet. Anybody with me?

  42. First off, I love this site, I've been glued to it all weekend...Now for my lil 2 cents..I Love You by Lenny Williams, I'm sorry but he would've pissed me off cryin and beggin like that--i HATE that song, and how ppl love it death I'll never know...I also agree with folks who listed Marvin Gaye songs...I LOVE Marvin, yet you would think Sexual Healing, Let's Get it On and Distant Lover were the only hits he had..Uggh..Teena Marie also gets on my nerves, I'm sorry, I can't get wit her..But I don't understand how so many ppl don't like Frankie Beverly and Maze!!! I was kinda shocked by that lol..

  43. SUPERSTITION - STEVIE WONDER wompity wompa da wompuh wompa . that's what I hear.