So this article required a ton of rewrites. The hardest part was finding entries that fit the editors' criteria; they wanted either interesting backstories for the hate (such as "Pinball Wizard") or extreme reactions of hate (like "Stairway"). Here are some that didn't make the cut.
X. Van Morrison- Brown Eyed Girl
song that spread Van Morrison’s name and rocketed his career. Brown
Eyed Girl has won numerous awards and was even inducted into the Grammy
Hall of Fame in 2007. You can frequently find it on “Greatest Songs of
All Time” lists. But Morrison thought Brown Eyed Girl was just a piece
of filler, and felt it was one of the worst he ever wrote.
X. Oasis- Wonderwall
is notable in that no high school yearbook is complete without quoting
Wonderwall three different times. A huge hit and a massive stepping
stone for Oasis, Wonderwall has been certified platinum and has been
covered numerous times, mostly by teens on YouTube. Frontman Liam
Gallagher hated it though, to the point that every time the English band
went to America and someone mentioned it he wanted to hit them.
X. Maurice Ravel- Boléro
is one of the final pieces famed French conductor Maurice Ravel made
before illness struck him. It's his most famous work and is considered
to be one of the best classical arrangements ever. When it premiered in
America in 1929 at the New York Philharmonic the audience shouted and
cheered; critics said Boléro was Ravels launchpoint for his career and
the performance had almost turned him into a national hero.
was mayhem the first time it played and a woman in the audience shouted
over and over that Ravel was mad. When told about this he smiled and
said she'd been the only one to understand the piece.
Even if you don't recognize the name, you've heard it:
hated Boléro and was shocked it was ever performed; he'd predicted that
no good orchestra would ever want to play it. He called it "a piece for
orchestra without music." It wasn't just the composition he hated; he
had envisioned a setting where dancers move about a faux factory to
emphasize how mechanical the piece was. Instead it was set in a seedy
tavern and was highly sexual. Further, Arturo Toscanini, the conductor
who premiered it in America, led the piece faster than Ravel had written
it; there was a standing ovation and Ravel began a feud with Toscanini
over it. Ravel didn't like the original piece but didn't like the
adjustments made either, despite both versions being wild successes.
When pressured to talk about it he spitefully said, "My masterpiece. Unfortunately it contains no music."
X. Neil Young Won't Sell His Critically-Acclaimed Album
Time Fades Away was Neil Young's first live album and one he hates.
it being highly praised by critics and long-desired by fans (referred
to as Young's "Holy Grail" album due to how unattainable it is) and how
widely pirated it is, Young still won't sell it. He calls it the worst
album he's ever made and that it brings back dark memories of the tour
as a whole- a tour punctuated with death, bandmembers leaving, Young
being almost permanently drunk and a rock group of amazing, famous
individual musicians who hated each other.
X. Al Jourgensen of Ministry Nearly Quits Music Over "With Sympathy"
Ministry's first album, With Sympathy
was reportedly changed so much by the label and the album's producers
that frontman Al Jourgensen hates it to this day. He called it an
"abortion of an album." He also put on a fake British accent for the
record. There are also rumors that he would destroy any copy of the
album he saw and actually paid to get copies, but I can't find a
reputable source about it.
X. David Gilmour Hates Pink Floyd's Final Cut Album (and it leads to their breakup)
was the guitarist and main vocalist for Pink Floyd. PF's last album was
The Final Cut, but it was primarily put together by founding member
Roger Waters. Gilmour was only allowed to sing for one track on the
album, and even worse to him, Waters used a number of rejected songs
from the band's seminal album The Wall. Gilmour was furious, saying, "If
these songs weren't good enough for The Wall, why are they good enough
now?" Gilmour demanded his name be removed as producer of the album.
X. "The Long and Winding Road" is one of the reasons McCartney Left The Beatles
McCartney originally conceived The Long and Winding Road as a simple
piano ballad. Without being consulted the song was heavily redone with
many instruments (Lennon had input but McCartney didn't) and when he
found he out he went nuts. Interestingly Phil Spector said he only redid
the song because of Lennon's poor bass playing. McCartney eventually
sued the other Beatles to dissolve the band and The Long and Winding
Road was one of the six reasons he formally gave for the breakup.