Hate music was a topic amongst my husband and friends this past weekend. It has remained in my thoughts since then…
You should all be afraid. I’m writing a post about music. For anyone that knows me, that may be a scary prospect. I’m a child of the 80’s and terribly so. You would not be wrong to assume that in terms of music? My iPhone might as well be a walkman. OK, ok, a Discman. I was too much a child of the 80’s DURING the 80’s, so, that should be scary.
However, Hate Music knows no age, it knows no time and it most definitely knows no music genre. So, even though my personal taste (or lack thereof) and style will show in this post, it has nothing to do with what this is all about.
We all have our personal battles. Some are large, some are small and some days just getting out of bed is a triumph in itself. Music is more than just a soundtrack to our lives. Just like in movies, it can make a mood, it can break the mood, and it can set the mood. I’m a bit of a sentimental myself (let’s not comment on that, mmmmmkay?) and music can definitely help set my mood.
Hate music is a very special part of that. It doesn’t HAVE to be a song ABOUT hate. It means something different to every single person, but I’m sure most of us have that ONE song. That ONE song that we blast in the car when we’re angry and SCREAM AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS (was that just me? – never mind) to absolutely no one. The lyrics don’t necessarily HAVE to match the situation. As a matter of fact, a GOOD hate song can be molded to match our mood. Taken out of context to help us let go. It’s a release. It’s animal and it just ROCKS. It’s an empowering feeling to just let go.
I have more than one hate song. Depending on the mood, only one will be necessary or enough. On some occasions, a whole hate playlist is needed, and they all come out to play. But even though I have more than one, there is always THE one. THE common one that is always the first to be played, the first to be added and in some cases, the one that is placed on repeat all the way to work and back. Ahem. Yeah… obsessive much? Me? NO!
MY one true definite hate song definitely shows my age, but, it’s classic… My favorite hate song is…
Poison by Alice Cooper
Let’s just think about this for a minute. Is there ANY better hate song?! Yes, I know you will defend your own, but, hear me out here, have there EVER been better hate lyrics than:
“I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name”
Sigh. You don’t EVEN have to scream them at anyone! But, truthfully, this song has been with me since ’89, so, in some cases, I *may* have just sang them AT you. No hard feelings, right? 🙂
It’s perfect. Alice Cooper, in the words of one of my best friends, can make any song seem angry. It’s my go to song and it will start AND finish any hate song playlist.
But…there are other songs in that playlist. Let’s visit just a few today…
Just like a Pill by Pink
Outstanding lyrics? The whole song. However, if you need to know, just check out the chorus.
Run just as fast as I can
To the middle of nowhere
To the middle of my frustrated fears
And I swear you’re just like a pill
Instead of making me better, you keep making me ill.
Go ahead, scream it out loud for a moment, it will help!
Going back to the roots and changing it up?
Who will you run to? by Heart
This is a really outstanding HATE song. Come on?! Check some of the lyrics:
You’re not sure what you want to do with your life
But you sure don’t want me in it
Yeah you’re sure the life you’re living with me
Can’t go on one single minute
And there’s a new one waiting outside this door
And now it’s time to begin it…
And the chorus?!
Who will you run to when it all falls down?
Who’s gonna pick your world up off the ground?
Who’s gonna take away the tears you cry?
Who’s gonna love you baby as good as I?
I could go on! It’s a perfect song.
And in a side note, why are most hate songs about love? Because they fit? Because it’s mostly what we struggle with? I’m VERY happily married and it’s very weird that MOST of the time I use these hate songs, my worries have NOTHING to do with my darling husband. It’s strange, yes, but I can even make THOSE lyrics about something else. Don’t ask. 🙂
What? I know my songs show my age. But, what of it?! They are awesome songs. They work their magic and they’ve stood the test of time.
The Hand that feeds by Nine inch Nails
This one works from the beginning:
You’re keeping in step in the line
Got your chin held high and you feel just fine
‘cause you do what you’re told
But inside your heart it is black and it’s hollow and it’s cold
And it goes on. The chorus rocks, as does the rhythm itself.
As I said, it’s not about the lyrics (even when they ROCK) it’s a combination of the music and the lyrics and what it all means to you. It just works for you. And that’s all that matters. It’s a personal thing.
The last one I’m going to share is a double edged sword. Why? Because if you EVER want to just LAUGH at me for a good long while, you can just invite me over to your house to play Rock Band. I will sing until you throw me out. You will hate me, but you will laugh. And do you know when you will laugh the loudest?
When you ask me to sing the last hate song on my playlist that I’m sharing today…
Epic by Faith no more
Because, you know, me, kind of rapping? Is Epic-ly BAD. But this song, it’s like whoa. Some lyrics you say?
You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it
I know. It’s different. But as I said, it’s not about the lyrics or even the song; it’s about what it does to you and how it makes you feel. Empowerment, baby! And, yes, I give you permission to laugh at imagining me singing that song. (Especially those of you that don’t NEED to imagine, since you’ve SEEN me!)
(Just in case you were wondering, it all goes back to Poison, ALWAYS!)
So, what is YOUR hate song? Oh, come on, you know you have one! It’s a mood, a feeling, a full out release that makes you feel alive and angry and like you can just tackle the world. Let’s tackle the world! Now excuse me while I go blast Poison again.