The Top 10 Greatest Songs By Bad Artists
You don’t necessarily have to have talent to get famous these days. In fact, stars of the stage and screen have been tricking us (Tom Cruise, we're lookin' at you) for a long long while. Music is no different. Even untalented artists have gotten lucky enough to take part in some pretty awesome projects. Being at the right place at the right time seems to have more to do with a person’s success than their actual skills an artist.
10. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin" by Nancy Sinatra
Nancy didn’t have the greatest voice on the planet, but she did have the right attitude/sex appeal to get the job done on tracks like “Bang Bang” and Lee Hazlewood’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin.” So why is she on the list? It’s because she was a legacy in the music industry and is extremely overrated as a singer. Period.
First off, Nancy didn’t write any of her own hits and she was more of a sex symbol than anything else. The production of her ‘60s hits are unbelievable, but I would assume her daddy had a little something to do with that.
I'm also convinced that these songs would have done well no matter who sang on them. People would eat anything up if it came out of a hot blonde chick. If Nancy wanted to be pop star today we would totally tear her down for being a little rich girl trying to ride into the music biz on her famous family's coattails.
9. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz
It pains me to write this, but when this song originally came out back in 1993 I was kinda into it. With all the grunge stuff at its peak, it was nice to see some throwback ‘60s rock on MTV. Even if he was a complete Jimi Hendrix rip-off, Lenny seemed like he had some actual talent.
Of course I was wrong, but who knew this dude would go on to sell his sex appeal to desperate housewives around the globe? It’s funny how a little fame can make you do things you never thought possible.
8. "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown
I still don’t understand how Bobby’s Don't Be Cruel was the best-selling album of 1989. I guess it is pretty impressive for a guy who can’t sing very well.
I do love me some B. Brown, but all of his songs were completely fueled by the production. Even though the dude could bust out some dope New Jack Swing dance moves and drive the ladies wild, it didn’t hide the fact that he wasn’t and never would be a true soul/R&B singer/musician. I can’t deny that his bad boy attitude was unique for the time, but that sh*t can only get you so far. Whitney Houston apparently has a taste for that sorta thing.
7. "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger
If anybody out there is thinking that Night Ranger had some other good songs like “Don't Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America” you really need to chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self.
Musically, Night Ranger did have some serious talent. "Sister Christian" is proof of that, even if there are some seriously cheesy aspects to the song. It’s just a damn shame they chose to use the rest of their musical skills to make diluted power rock bullsh*t. This band totally played a part in helping legitimate arena rock (Queen and Cheap Trick) transform into horrible hair metal. We all know how that ended.
6. "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake
I’m probably going to get a lot of sh*t for this choice, but I really don’t care. In my opinion, “Cry Me a River” is one of the few JT songs that isn’t a complete rip off of Prince or Michael Jackson.
First off, "Cry Me A River" is a darn good pop song. It actually attempts to push pop music forward, unlike a slew of other songs that try to mimic classic icons of the genre. Timberlake does have a few other songs that have some fresh producing tricks and non-Michael Jackson-like choruses, but they all pretty much blow.
The people that insist that this man has talent are just sad individuals who are hankering for a true pop star. It took a white boy 20 years to copy what Michael did back in '83. Boo freakin' hoo.