No artist ever dislikes having a mega-hit single. It makes you money, gives you a great deal of fame and adds to your reputation in the music business.
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However, these 12 musicians – from Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra to Madonna and Celine Dion – have admitted that they can’t stand their own chart-topping songs. We’ve compiled a list of their reasons why.
James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
The only thing James will never be with, is in love with “You’re Beautiful.” The singer told Hello! Magazine in October that the song became way too much for fans. "[It] was force-fed down people's throats," he said. "And it became annoying.”
Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”
Turns out Celine Dion didn’t feel an immediate bond with “My Heart Will Go On” as Jack did with Rose in Titanic. The singer admitted in October 2013 that she wasn’t sure about recording the song, which turned out to be her best-selling single to date.
“I didn't want to record that song,” she said. “Thank God they didn't listen to me.”
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Despite the fact that every time we hear Kelis’ “Milkshake” we just want to indulge in a milkshake, the singer does not feel that way AT ALL!
"Funnily enough, I don't actually drink milkshakes," she told the Mirror in September.
Lady Gaga, “Telephone”
Even though the song features the one and only Beyoncé, Mother Monster still has a lot of difficulty with it… especially the music video.
“I can’t even watch the ‘Telephone’ video, I hate it so much,” Lady Gaga told Time Out London in 2011. “There are so many f****** ideas in that video and all I see in that video is my brain throbbing with ideas and I wish I had edited myself a little bit more.”
Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Tina Turner didn’t like the song from the start and had to be persuaded by her manager to record it.
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Beastie Boys, “You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party”
While this is a total hit with everyone who loves to party, the Beastie Boys have a completely different outlook on the song. At the time of its release in 1986, they thought it “sucks” and made their feelings known in the liner notes of their Sounds of Science anthology album released in 1999.
Madonna, “Like a Virgin”
You can’t pay Madonna enough to sing “Like a Virgin.” She told a New York City radio station in 2008 that you needed to have some serious cash flow to get her to perform her 1984 hit again.
"I'm not sure I can sing 'Holiday' or 'Like A Virgin' ever again,” she said. “I just can't - unless somebody paid me like $30 million or something."
Mandy Moore, “Candy”
To teenage girls everywhere in 1999, this pop song really “raised the roof.” While it put Mandy Moore on the map, looking back, the song actually made her cringe.
"[I] would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums,” she said.
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Warrant lead singer Janie Lane, “Cherry Pie”
Janie Lane, the late Warrant lead singer, strongly disliked his band’s hit song “Cherry Pie,” and how he became the “cherry pie” guy after writing it.
"I hate that song,” he told VH1 in 2006. “I had no intention of writing that song.”
Frank Sinatra, “Strangers in the Night”
According to Frank’s third wife Barbara, he REALLY hated this song. She said he called it “a piece of s***” and “the worst f****** song I’ve ever heard.”
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Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant, “Stairway to Heaven”
Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant told the Los Angeles Times in 1988, “I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show.”
Neil Young, “Heart of Gold”
Neil called this song a “bore,” and wrote about his thoughts on it in the liner notes of his Decades collection.
“This song put me in the middle of the road,” he said. “Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.”
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