November 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm #413998
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it tends to be the opposite for music. Sometimes I’m a fan of a song or artist right out of the gate, but other times it takes prolonged exposure for them to kick it. Sometimes I flat out dislike them until they wear me down, LOL. Some examples:
No Doubt: Hated “Just a Girl” when it first came out. Sounded whiny and bratty and Gwen Stefani’s voice was not working for me. But then “Spiderwebs” came out started to turn me around. I was fully on-board by “Don’t Speak.” I bought “Tragic Kingdom,” but it was really their next album “Return of Saturn” that blew me away. Looking back, I don’t hate “Just a Girl” anymore now that I can put it inthe larger context of their careers, but still probably not the ideal introduction to the band,
Spice Girls: “Wannabe” made me miserable … then it was tolerable … Then I loved it. Still do. So sue me. 🙂 This is still one of the weird magic tricks of music, how I came to love this after hating it so much.
“Shake it Off”: First hearing this Taylor Swift song I didn’t hate it. I was just sorta indifferent to it. Pretty standard-issue empowerment anthem, not even the first of its kind Swift has written. But it becomes addictive with repeat listenings. It’s the kind of song that insists you like it and won’t shut up until you do, LOL. You win Taylor, I actually do really like it now, though too much more exposure might have tipped it over to the other end of the curve: where a song you like becomes insufferable through overplaying.
Anyone else have music they hated but then loved?November 21, 2015 at 8:17 am #414000
Fetty Wap: hated him at first but then at some point it clicked when I was in traffic and I started to like it. Now, I’m a fan.
“Mercy” by Duffy – Hated it at first but after the 100th time in one day hearing it I liked it.
“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohen: Hated this song when I was a kid but then in college it was one of the few songs the elevator in the library would play and I spent 99% of my time in the library. Karaoke in the elevator with my friends………always fun lol.November 21, 2015 at 9:02 am #414001
Shake it Off and Blank Space: The first time that I listened those tracks I didn’t like them. But by the time was running I started to like them and it pissed me off because those are such girly songs. But the Blank Space’s lyric is just amazing.
What Do You Mean: It was ok for me when it came out, but now it’s the only Justin Bieber’s song that I really enjoy and think that is really great.November 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm #414002
“Call Me Maybe” used to drive me insane. I would write whole essays to strangers to explain why Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakout hit was total garbage. Now, though, I’m convinced a piece of pop genius. While I don’t go out of my way to listen to it, I never mind hearing it.November 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm #414003
Bubblegum pop seems to have that effect: We resist the sweetness, but prolonged exposure forces us to develop a greater appreciation of catchiness and songcraft.November 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm #414004
I had a negative knee-jerk reaction to Katy Perry when she first came out, but over the years I’ve started to like some of her songs, in particular “Teenage Dream” and “Last Friday Night”.
Taylor Swift annoys me in general, but I can’t deny that I do enjoy her song “Mean”.
At the time of their release I did not like Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” or “Higher”, but in subsequent years I’ve come to enjoy these two songs.
At the time that Train was first releasing music I was not a fan, I had the typical teenage reaction of “it’s not my kind of music.” But in the years since I’ve actually come to consider them one of my favorite bands.
When I was younger (in my teens and twenties), I tended to pre-judge a lot of music if it wasn’t strictly pop or R&B. When I stopped doing this I discovered a slew of artists whose work I’ve come to consider among my favorite music ever, these artists include Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Maroon 5.November 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm #414005
With a sister at home the examples I think of is One Direction. I still think they suck but songs like Story Of My Life, Best Song Ever, and a couple more grew on me.November 22, 2015 at 2:07 am #414006
“Shake It Off”November 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm #414007
Adele – I found 19 and 21 to be rather boring. A total snoozefest. With the recent release of 25, she’s got me a little more interested.
Ashanti – I used to really despise her when she debuted back in 2002. Over ten years later, she has grown on me.
Avril Lavigne – I loathed her. Now, I enjoy “Complicated,” “I’m With You” and “My Happy Ending.”
Jazmine Sullivan – I was kind of iffy on her in the beginning. However, she has delivered the goods.November 24, 2015 at 11:30 am #414008
“Downtown” by Macklemore deifnitely fits this mold for me.November 24, 2015 at 11:59 am #414009
“Sugar” and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. I remember not being a big fan of “Sugar”, and absolutely hating “Moves Like Jagger”, but do to me hearing it a lot over the radio, I grew to them, and now I love them both. Also, I am a big Maroon 5 fan, so please don’t hate me.
Also, I am not really a big fan of Katy Perry. But I think some of her songs are decent. I like “Firework” and “Teenage Dream” for example, but other songs are really annoying and overrated, like “Roar”.November 26, 2015 at 9:12 am #414010
When “Chicken Fried” from the Zac Brown Band first went to radio, I didn’t want to hear it. What made me come around is how traditional it is and the actual message of the song itself. (smiles)
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