Underrated Songs Because Of Its Popularity

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Gilda Radner is only funny because she died. She was irritating when she was alive. Nobody likes to talk bad about the dead so she gets elevated to funny status. That operator voice was like nails on a chalkboard and her little baby voice was funny when I was 5.
 
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That operator voice was like nails on a chalkboard ...
Operator? Are you thinking of Lily Tomlin?
 
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but you agree that female comics suck, right?
I like a couple but most suck.
I like Paula Poundstone.
Margaret Cho is really really annoying.
 
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Operator? Are you thinking of Lily Tomlin?
You are right. Gilda Radner was so unfunny I can't even remember her. the only female who regularly makes me laugh is you MIH. You crack me up sometimes
 
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More under-rated songs because of their popularity.

4. Bee Gees "You Should Be Dancing" - This song has a bad stigma because of its popularity during the Disco period and appearing on Saturday Night Fever. But it is still a heck of a tune, and it was impeccably produced. And unlike a lot of disco tunes at that time, it actually has an intelligent and substantial lyrics. In fact, ditto to many of the Bee Gees' disco hits during that era.

5. Village People "YMCA" - Again, a disco tune, but this time, it is underrated not because people missed the "quality" of it, but because of the underlying message that has been so cleverly hidden that it is being played for the masses! I think most gay men still get a chuckle whenever they hear this tune being played at "very straight" surroundings such as a baseball game. The only thing that can top that would be to hear it at a Republican National Convention! :)

6. Anita Ward "Ring My Bell" - sticking with the disco theme, this tune was the one and only monster hit for Ward. As with YMCA, the lyrics is so clever as to hide what essentially is a very explicit act. It is as clever as Cindy Lauper's "She Bob" that managed to sing about "self-gratification" in such an oblique manner similar to what Jerry Seinfeld did in that infamous Seinfeld episode. Ring My Bell has catchy hooks, unstoppable beat, and Ward's amazing voice.

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ZapperZ hates it when you hijack one of his threads.
 
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I was singing Girls Just Want To Have Fun at work, before my last vacation. Only to have a co-worker laugh and say Cindy Lauper???? While giving me the, thats so uncool look.
Pffffft what do they know.
:rofl: That's the ringtone I have set for my female friends. :biggrin: Cyndi Lauper has really fun songs. Of course, people generally make fun of me for liking a lot of 80s music. :rolleyes:

I hate to say it, but I can't stand Celine Dion. Her voice is almost painful to me. Same with Whitney Houston.
Whitney Houston I like...in limited doses...but I agree on Celine Dion. I can recognize that she's talented, but her songs just grate on me as super-sweet.

I do like the Knack, though. I like Michael Jackson, too - I especially liked songs he sang as a kid.
Yes and yes. His early music was quite good.
 
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I'll put this song up because I'm learning how to play it. The Eagle's Hotel California sure is a hard tune not to stop and listen too when it comes on.
 
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Centerfold, by "The J. Geils Band".

Na, na, nana nana....



By the way, here is a German cover version by "Captain Jack":


"Captain Jack"- Francisco Alejandro Gutierrez - was an US soldier who had been stationed in Germany before his musical career. Great and funny guy who died way too early, at age 43 - cerebral hemorrhage. May he rest in peace.
 
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Celine Dion. I can recognize that she's talented, but her songs just grate on me as super-sweet.
She has a speech impediment that makes me crazy, I can not listen to her sing with that weird lisp.
 
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How about Enya? In the Rain or may it be for instance. Songs that deserve to be in this thread but likely don't qualify.
 
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How about Enya? In the Rain for instance. A song that deserves to be in this thread but likely doesn'y qualify.
For me, it's Oronoco Flow. When spawn was a baby, she would stand in front of the tv and sing along whenever the video came on.
 
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I edited my post Evo, with a second song of Enya in the Lord of the Rings.

Another commercial high stand that may have been affected by it's popularity: Time to say goodbye
 
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Neil Diamond’s schmaltzy 1978 duet with Barbra Streisand — but there’s another notable, much more palatable duet on Diamond’s latest record, Home Before Dark.

Diamond hooked up with http://dixiechicksonline.com" [Broken] singer Natalie Maines for Another Day (That Time Forgot), no doubt at the suggestion of his producer, Rick Rubin, who worked with the Chicks on their so-called comeback album, 2006’s Taking The Long Way.

The two singers sang the song together in the studio.

“A piece of music is a living thing; it’s not cut in stone,” Diamond said. “And when two people sing together, they should be there together and preferably looking at each other and enjoying the moment. All of which both Natalie and I did. It was a lot of fun.”

After making his past two albums with Rubin, Diamond hasn’t ruled out a third record.

“Yes, I have thought about the next album, but I haven’t done anything about it,” he said. “And as far as working with Rick again, yes, I would love to work with Rick. I think, we did a pretty good job on the first two albums and that can only get better and I hope we can work together some more.”
 
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Little Wing has escaped some of the curse of "too popular" because after Jimi died, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray covered it at different times, bubbling it up into radio play-lists for a 2nd and 3rd time. The best part was that both covers were individualized to the performers - enough-so that although Jimi's version got additional air-play in the wake on the covers, there really wasn't radio-hit-fatigue because each version had great stuff going for it.
I really prefer SRV's version of Little Wing to Jimi's, no offense to Jimi, just like Stevie's better.
 
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And "Hey there Delilah" by the Plain White T's fits in here too, IMO.
 

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