30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 16

Day 16 - A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate

It's a pretty common phenomenon. A song comes out and it's fun to listen to. You hear it on the radio and you like it. You hear it again, and it's still good. It gets popular and they play it over and over again. Before too long, you're completely sick of it. You never want to hear it again.

If you're lucky, you go a few years without hearing it and, when you do, there's a fond memory of when it first came out and how much you liked it. If you're not lucky?

A song that I used to love but now I hate is "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond.

I like Neil Diamond and, to tip my hand just a bit, this isn't the only Neil Diamond song that's going to appear on this list. He has a good voice and like a number of male solo artists from his era, his songs are infectious. "Longfellow Serenade", "Play Me", "Heartlight", "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"… that's some good stuff. It's all very singable, and smack dab in my range, too.

"Sweet Caroline" belongs on that list and was one of his biggest hits. I remember hearing it regularly on the easy-listening station my dad played in the car when I was a kid. I liked it, I really did. However…

The damn Boston Red Sox play this at every home game, midway through the 8th inning. It's a big audience participation thing that the TV broadcasts just can't help but show, complete with the "bum bum bums" and the "so good, so good, so goods". They play it every game, win or lose. Boston could be losing by a dozen runs (not exactly out of the question this season), and they still crank this up — it boggles the mind. Nine times a season I get to hear it when the Jays are on the road there, plus all the other random non-Jays' times when I run into a Red Sox game on TV.

Also, this song, along with "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Baby Got Back", is public enemy number one for being the song of choice of drunken idiots at karaoke. If I go a week without hearing it, that's a good week. It's too much. Even the best song can be ruined in the hands of some bro who's on his third bar and tenth beer of the night, but this? And yes, the whole bar fills in the 'bums' and 'so goods' too.

Seriously, I don't know what the bumper car equivalent would be, but if I ever find out who's responsible for turning this into an audience participation song, I won't be held responsible.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year