[30 Day Song Challenge] Day 2: My Least Favorite Song
Well, this is confusing. Is this the song that I hate the most or is the song lowest on the hierarchical list of my favorite songs. I’m betting it’s the former, but you can never know for certain with these things. So, I’m going with a song I hate. There are a lot of songs that I think are lame or boring, but for me to hate it, it’s got to be some combination of cynical, unoriginal, and badly performed.
Normally, I’d go with a Puff Daddy/P. Diddy thing, because he’s not just a bad rapper but he’s also the grossest abuser of the sample, ever. He just raps over other artist’s songs, and he usually raps about how awesome and rich he and his friends are. (See, for example, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “I’ll Be Missing You.”) But then came Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.” He’s not only just rapping — or “rapping” — over a better song, but that song is “Sweet Home Alabama,” which is like a dog whistle for arrogant, South-will-rise-again Southerners. It’s a song written to defend the South against Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” Kid Rock’s career was waning, his own songs weren’t doing much, he needed a new audience, so he covered a song that would suck in country fans. He succeeded. Gross.