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Created on December 11, 2010 by dailydish

Ended January 1, 2011

The Daily Dish Voting Booth: Shut Up And Sing
  • "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson
  • "American Life" by Madonna
  • "Song for the Lonely" by Cher
  • "Russians" by Sting
  • "Pray" by Justin Bieber
  • "Okie From Muskogee" by Merle Haggard
  • "Gypsy Woman" by Crystal Waters
  • "Ebony & Ivory" by Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder
  • "Whale Song" by The Partridge Family
  • "This One's for the Children" by New Kids On The Block
Created on Dec 11, 2010


Total Votes: 2,357

Comments (3):

comments 1 - 3 of 3
Posted on Dec 28, 2010 at 5:48 AM by mikec:

This, to me, is similar to the hathos alert, but much, much weaker ground to stand upon. Years ago I recall hearing Mac Davis, when he had his variety TV show, told an interviewer that he couldn't sing "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" without a smile on his face because he couldn't believe anyone could say those words in earnest. This catagory just seems like a whole lot of whining going on by the listeners, rather than the singers of the song. I admit I voted for Haggard to bring his numbers up, and because I thought it was typical hypocritical conservative trash, true to the main problem in Tom Franks' "What's The Matter With Kansas?", although a very good song musically. I also admit that I sing along with "Russians" when I hear it believing, amongst popular peace tunes, it is one of the best there is.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM by mike9483:

The poll is clearly faulty. Sure, it's fun to pick on Justin Beeeber (whatever) and the New Kids, because they just suck. But there's no need to settle for such low-hanging fruit. There are much bigger acts who are guilty of much worse, at least in the "smug and preachy" department. For example, if there is a smugger, more pretentious song out there than Lennon's "Imagine," I can't think of it. Also, any song by Rage Against the Machine, since all of their songs are preachy and annoying if you pay attention to the lyrics (which I don't, which is why I like Rage anyway).

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM by whirling:

Some years ago, a friend and I decided to have an argument about the most prententious pop song ever. I picked The Russians and thought I was a winner for sure. All you had to do was recite a few lines and nothing could top it. He's making himself out to be frigging Gandhi, I argued.

Then it was my friend's turn and he picked Imagine. Sting might think he's Gandhi, my friend replied, but Lennon's making himself out to be Jesus.

And then there was silence, because we both knew the argument was won.

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