30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

What terrible tracks bring down otherwise brilliant records? We put the question to NME readers and the responses were varied. Here's one to kick us off from Maverick Frigld, who thinks that 'How Soon Is Now' from The Smiths' Meat Is Murder, "sticks out like a rotten tooth plated in gold."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Michael Dunn tweeted in to vent his hatred for 'The White Album''s 'Rocky Racoon' - "it's all gold up until that point when blam, Paul McCartney decides he's an old timey hick living in a saloon somewhere in the old west. Absolute garbage."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Twitter's @PWS finds AC/DC's 'Night Prowler' ruins 'Highway To Hell' with its off-putting "rape-fantasy" subtext.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Two words – "momentum killer". That's the phrase used by tweeter Carson Capps to describe 'Everything Is My Fault' from Wavves' otherwise spectacular 'Afraid Of Heights'.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Brendan on Twitter says that the song 'Green Eyes' from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 'The Boatman's Call' casts a downer on the entire record, which would "actually be perfect if 'Far From Me' was the closer."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Benjamin Roberts thinks Bob Dylan's 'Desire' is a classic, but for 'Oh Sister', which should be replaced by "one of his great outtakes."

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Harvi Dhmrat doesn't beat around the bush, and thinks that the Stone Temple Pilots' 'Purple' would be much improved without the single 'Pretty Penny'. Simply put: "I hate that song."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Taking 'Student Demonstration Time' out of The Beach Boys' 'Surf's Up' would result in the record being flawless, says NME reader Milky Joe.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Twitter's Pearlmystic says that 'Chrome Waves' from alt rockers Ride's album 'Going Blank Again' tops his list of album-ruiners.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Thomas Roden says the track 'Miserable Lie' from The Smiths' debut album consists of, "sub-par lyrics, messy structure and dire falsetto - what was Mozza thinking?"

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

According to Twitter's Manic Bunny, U2's 'Get On Your Boots' from 'No Line On The Horizon' was "SO wrong!"

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

'St Jimmy' and 'Extraordinary Girl' from Green Day's 'American Idiot' spoil an otherwise solid effort, says Tweeter Neil Armstrong: "they're very dull, unimaginative songs."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

NME reader Nick Pollar picks "just about any comedy skit on good rap albums. They're not funny. I'm looking at you 'Stankonia' and 'Marshall Mathers LP'."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Greg Hildreth nominated 'Fitter Happier' from Radiohead's 'OK Computer': "it's a bit poor compared to the rest of the album," he said.

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Spoiling the "otherwise perfect" 'Our Love To Admire' by US gloomsters Interpol is 'Rest My Chemistry', or so says NME reader Ale Bestia anyways.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Django Django's eponymous debut is deemed a great record by Thom Dent, apart from the track 'Zumm Zumm', which is a "piss annoying song" apparently.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' ruined the album 'IV' for Twitter user Francois Thomazeau. Not sure we agree with you there, Francois.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

James Parnell struggles desperately to get through the full five minutes of The Stone Roses' 'Don't Stop' but just can't make it.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

The song 'Love You To' from The Beatles' 'Revolver' always has NME reader James Polson reaching for the 'next track' button on his CD player.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Tim Clyne goes for 'The India Song' by Big Star or "pretty much any song the bass guitarist/drummer has been allowed to have on an album as a sop to keep them happy."

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NME reader Elvstroem thinks that Blur's 'Magic America' carries "dull melodies", and could live without it on 'Parklife'.

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The English language can't contain Ian Gordon's hatred for the track 'Let's Spend the Night Together' from Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane': "A brilliant, underrated Bowie LP but that track... A mi no mi gusta!"

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Chris Morley weighs in with: "I actually think a lot of the Flavor Flav-led tracks on the great Public Enemy records ('It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back', 'Fear Of A Black Planet' etc) detract from what Chuck D & the Bomb Squad were trying to do."

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'California English' from Vampire Weekend's 'Contra' gets the thumb-down from Jake DeHaan, who thinks it is, "a lousy song, in an otherwise fantastic album."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Sorry Stevie Wonder, but your track 'Contusion' on 'Songs In The Key Of Life' is plain old "jazz funk twaddle" according to NME reader Roberto Grew.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Kasabian's 2011 album title track 'Velociraptor!' ruins the entire record for Facebook commenter Luis Carlos Resendiz.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

'Cagey Cretins' from Blue Oyster Cult's 'Secret Treaties' gets Gregory London's vote on Facebook.

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

Radiohead's 'Creep' is to NME reader Brandon Fizer "their worst song" and "just so…OBVIOUS," a real sore-thumb on 'Pablo Honey' for him.

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Rob Eklid's album-ruiner is the song 'Run For Your Life' from The Beatles' 1965 album 'Rubber Soul'. He says the closing track is "a blot on an otherwise flawless album - sexist rubbish, rightly disowned by Lennon in later years."

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30 Mediocre Songs That Ruin Otherwise Amazing Albums

ABBA's 'Arrival' might feature many of their best-known hits, but it still fell short for Christian Simonetti who detests 'Dum Dum Diddle'.

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