I’d Rather Listen To The Budget


The votes are in.

Last Friday, with a bespoke €25 Golden Disc voucher on offer offer, I asked you to name what you consider to be the most overrated song in contemporary music.

You answered in your dozens, creating an un-listenable playlist of songs most could happily die not hearing again. Thank you.

But sadly there could only be one winner.

Third Place:

You’re Beautiful by James Blunt

Verbatim writes:

‘From the first time I heard this song, Blunt’s voice, the chorus to this song made me shrivel up inside. Went on a rant about it to my son and he quietly told me that this was “their” song and would be played first dance at their wedding…’


Imagine by John Lennon

Clampers Outside writes:

‘A saccharine soaked ditty full of lyrical contradictions… in its hymnal sound, yet asks the listener to abandon religion; as well as its request of the listener to abandon political systems and at the same time embrace one…Urrggghh…. It grates with me in the same way soap opera themes like Corrie and Eastenders do… Yuck! Off!’


Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

Brother Barnabas writes:

‘I had a girlfriend once who was perfect in every way – apart from her taste in music. it was disappointing and mildly irritating but I was managing to ignore it. until we were driving in Portugal and this song came on the radio. She had a little spasm of glee and turned up the volume. and then sang every lyric, every line to the end. Using counter-mindfulness or something, I managed to take myself somewhere else for the 3 or 4 minutes.

The next evening, we were in a bar that had a karaoke night on. I knew she’d put her name down, but didn’t dare ask the song. Coming back from the jacks, I saw she wasn’t in her seat and then that awful intro and then the woe-woe-woe bit. it was horrendous. and worst of all, she sang the chorus every time directly at me, arm outstretched, finger pointing. i could feel the hatred welling up inside me.’

Nick says: Thanks all.

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42 thoughts on “I’d Rather Listen To The Budget

  1. Janet, dreams of big guns

    yeah, good winner,
    also thanks received my vouchers today ( enjoyed the name on the address :))

      1. Rosette of Sirius

        Well I won a three times but received them only once. Not that I’m put out. I much prefer to play.

      2. Cú Chulainn

        Dear Jesus BB, just saw this now. A different man might, having seen the empty seat, have walked out the door into another life. I sincerely hope you didn’t end up married, because your story looks like it’s heading that way. If not I hope you hooked up with her sister.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          no, we didnt

          but, awkwardly, she emailed me yesterday. one of her friends – who comments semi-regularly on BS, as it happens – recognised the ‘incident’ and told her. she just wanted to point out that it wasnt Livin on a Prayer, it was the Final Countdown – and, soon as she said that, I remembered. she’s right. so, I suppose, that’s a technical disqualification. sorry bodger.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      thanks Millzer

      (I did also have a chris de burgh entry, which I would have liked to have won for )

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Twas the path to grunge for me… I loved them when I was in school. Then when I got to college I tried to whitewash my past but wasn’t allowed to by my old buddies.

  2. Bebe

    Loved that story Bro Barnabas

    Just made me LOL, fall about, giggle and shake! Gotta share with my mates who will have similar reactions to the g/f who was ‘perfect in every way but …”.

    1. Lilly

      I feel sorry for the girlfriend. There she is, young and in love, unselfconsciously belting out a tune, while her callow companion sits in judgment, feeling superior, but quite happy to string her along for a few more sun-kissed days. Pearls before swine, unless of course she’s Janice serenading Chandler Bing, in which case she’s tone deaf and far from perfect in every way.

  3. eamonn

    Congratulations Brother.
    I thought you could have had first and second with Bon Jovi + Chris.
    still, it doesn’t do to ask for too much.
    Well done you.

  4. Daisy Chainsaw

    “You’re Beautiful” is like “Every Breath You Take”. On the surface it sounds all romantic, but on closer inspection, it’s really a bit creepy and stalkerish. And the whole song has lots and lots of lyrics to ridicule.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      “On the surface it sounds all romantic, but on closer inspection, it’s really a bit creepy and stalkerish.”

      See also: every reply I’ve sent to Millie.

  5. Garden_Weed

    I once knew this bloke who had a girlfriend who was perfect in every way except for her taste in men.

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