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50 "Bad" Gold Standard Songs

  • The H.U.M.S. Committee did its best to beat back the barbarians at the gates. So you won't find horrors such as "My Way," "MacArthur Park," "Having My Baby," "Sometimes When We Touch," and "Feelings" on the Gold Standard Song List.
      

  • Nevertheless, you will undoubtedly consider some songs that made the GSSL to be "bad" songs, unworthy songs. Fine, fine. Go ahead. Go ahead and insult the H.U.M.S. Committee, who sweated away for three long years in the dreadful salt mines of Sweden to make this valuable resource available to songwriters and performers worldwide. May the pig-dogs of Hades vomitate in your socks, ungrateful bad-song-obsessed wretch!
     

  • That said, to get you started in your search for "bad" tunes on the GSSL, here are 50 Gold Standard songs that some folks (including certain humor-challenged out-voted members of the H.U.M.S. Committee) inexplicably consider ...  well ... "bad."

YR

 SONG TITLE  GENRE  SONGWRITER(S)

1976

All By Myself

Rock/Pop

Carmen, E.; REC: Eric Carmen; Shirley Bassey; Sheryl Crow; Tom Jones

1957

All Shook Up

Rock/Pop

Blackwell, Otis; REC: Elvis Presley; Jeff Beck

1997

Barbie Girl

Dance/
Electronica

Dif, R., Norreen, C., Nystrom, L., & Rasted, S.; REC: Velva Blu; Aqua

1988

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Rock/Pop

McFerrin, Bobby; REC: Bobby McFerrin

1981

Elvira

Country/
Bluegrass

Frazier, Dallas; REC: The Oak Ridge Boys

1967

End, The

Rock/Pop

Morrison, J., Densmore, J., Krieger, R., & Manzarek, R.; REC: The Doors

1990

From A Distance

Country/ Bluegrass

Gold, Julie; REC: Nanci Griffith; Fairport Convention; Bette Midler

1978

Gambler, The

Country/ Bluegrass

Schlitz, Don; REC: Kenny Rogers

1968

Harper Valley PTA

Country/ Bluegrass

Hall, Tom T.; REC: Jeannie C. Riley; Dolly Parton; Dottie West

1975

Hustle, The

Dance/ Electronica

McCoy, Van; REC: Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony; De La Soul; The Eurobeats

1973

I Shot The Sheriff

Reggae

Marley, Bob; REC: Bob Marley & The Wailers; Eric Clapton

1993

I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Rock/Pop

Steinman, Jim; REC: Meat Loaf; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

1992

I'm Too Sexy

Rock/Pop

Fairbrass, F., Fairbrass, R., & Manzoli, R.; REC: Right Said Fred

1971

Imagine

Rock/Pop

Lennon, John; REC: John Lennon

1955

Jim Dandy

R & B/Soul

Chase, Lincoln; REC: LaVern Baker; Black Oak Arkansas

1974

Kung Fu Fighting

Dance/ Electronica

Douglas, Carl; REC: Carl Douglas

1973

Live And Let Die

Musical/Film

McCartney, P., & McCartney, L.; REC: Wings; Shirley Bassey; Guns 'N' Roses; Chrissie Hynde; The Ventures

1962

Loco-Motion, The

R & B/Soul

King, C., & Goffin, G.; REC: Little Eva; Grand Funk Railroad

1975

Love To Love You Baby

Dance/ Electronica

Moroder, G., Summer, D., & Bellotte, P.; REC: Donna Summer

1974

Midnight At The Oasis

Rock/Pop

Nichtern, David; REC: Maria Muldaur

1993

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Rock/Pop

Roberts, Brad; REC: Crash Test Dummies

1961

Morning Has Broken

Folk/Roots

Stevens, C., & Farjeon, E.; REC: Cat Stevens

1964

Mr. Tambourine Man

Rock/Pop

Dylan, Bob; REC: Bob Dylan; The Byrds; William Shatner

1981

Nine To Five (9 To 5)

Country/ Bluegrass

Parton, Dolly; REC: Dolly Parton

1967

Ode To Billie Joe

Country/ Bluegrass

Gentry, Bobbie; REC: Bobbie Gentry

1973

Piano Man

Rock/Pop

Joel, Billy; REC: Billy Joel; Tommy Scott; Andy Cooney; Holly Shelton

1969

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

Musical/Film

Bacharach, B., & David, H.; REC: B. J. Thomas; Dionne Warwick; The Flaming Lips; Dean Martin

1971

Rainy Days And Mondays

Rock/Pop

Nichols, R., & Williams, P.; REC: The Carpenters; Sarah Vaughan; Ann Burton

1981

Rapture

Hip-Hop

Harry, D., & Stein, C.; REC: Blondie

1974

Rhinestone Cowboy

Country/ Bluegrass

Weiss, Larry; REC: Glen Campbell

1967

Rose Garden

Country/ Bluegrass

South, Joe; REC: Lynn Anderson; Kitty Wells

1966

Ruby Tuesday

Rock/Pop

Jagger, M., & Richards, K.; REC: The Rolling Stones

1976

Shake Your Booty

Dance/ Electronica

Casey, H. W., & Finch, R.; REC: KC & The Sunshine Band

1972

Smoke On The Water

Rock/Pop

Blackmore, R., Gillian, I., Glover, R., Lord, J., & Paice, I.; REC: Deep Purple

1965

Sound Of Silence, The

Folk/Roots

Simon, Paul; REC: Simon & Garfunkel

1971

Stairway To Heaven

Rock/Pop

Page, J., & Plant, R.; REC: Led Zeppelin; Dolly Parton; Rolf Harris; Frank Zappa

1973

Takin' Care Of Business

Rock/Pop

Bachman, Randy; REC: Bachman-Turner Overdrive; John Hammond, Jr.; Freddie King; The Powder Blues Band

1972

Taxi

Folk/Roots

Chapin, Harry; REC: Harry Chapin

1953

That's Amore

Musical/Film

Warren, H., & Brooks, J.; REC: Dean Martin; Connie Francis; Stefano Bollani; Ralph Sharon; Spirit Of The West; Ray Gelato

1966

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Rock/Pop

Hazelwood, Lee; REC: Nancy Sinatra

1981

Tom Sawyer

Rock/Pop

Lee, G., Lifeson, A., Peart, N., & Dubois, P.; REC: Rush; Deadsy

1955

Tutti Frutti

Rock/Pop

Little Richard, La Bostrie, D., & Blackwell, R. "Bumps"; REC: Little Richard; Elvis Presley

1971

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Rock/Pop

McCartney, P., & McCartney, L.; REC: Paul McCartney

1970

We've Only Just Begun

Rock/Pop

Williams, Paul; REC: The Carpenters

1984

When Doves Cry

Dance/ Electronica

Prince; REC: Prince; Ginuwine

1926

When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along

Musical/Film

Woods, Harry MacGregor; REC: Sophie Tucker; Al Jolson

1967

White Rabbit

Rock/Pop

Slick, Grace; REC: Jefferson Airplane

1928

Yellow Rose Of Texas

Country/ Bluegrass

George, Don; REC: Gene Autry; Asleep at the Wheel

1976

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Dance/ Electronica

Sayer, L., & Poncia, V.; REC: Leo Sayer

1957

Young Love

Country/ Bluegrass

Joyner, C., & Cartey, R.; REC: Sonny James; Connie Smith; Mary Hopkin

 

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