It's been a while since I hauled out the Worst Song Ever list for any reconsideration, but I thought about it this week. As you may have heard, Starbucks has been rejiggering its music offerings, and part of it, it appears, is narrowing the Starbucks Radio playlist in store. So instead of dozens of annoying songs... we have dozen. Lather, rinse, repeat. And repeat. And repeat.
(And I'm hoping that somehow this seeps into the consciousness of the folks over at Starbucks Music, because the one about the dirges at Starbucks Radio seemed to get them to update the playlist.)
Which brings me to a question: Can Aretha Franklin ever have a Worst Song?
Don't just knee-jerk a "no", I'm serious. One of our overplayed numbers is hers, and while I could put it on the list, I remember, each time, that it is the Queen of Soul, and even overplayed you have to give it up to her. I mean, clearly her sixties material is essentially untouchable; I was raised on "I Never Loved A Man" and still consider it genius. It's the later stuff, the seventies MOR stuff, or the eighties reinvention stuff... is all of that off limits too?
If you got to the seventies period, when some of the fire was clearly missing, you still have to admit that "Until You Come Back to Me" is brilliant. So, too, is "Daydreaming" - though that's the song in question - and even overplayed, it somewhat holds up.
I suppose the more frustrating thing is that the Starbucks programmers are alternating Aretha's with a dull as dishwater version from Corinne Bailey Rae that adds nothing (kind of like remaking I Will Survive... why?), and doesn't showcase Rae as well as other numbers (and really, does anyone expect Rae to record again any time soon?).
As for the other annoyances, any seem to come from a collection of remixed jazz classics on the Verve label. The Verve Remixed series is generally quite good, and as someone who likes Nu Jazz, and serious Lounge music, I'd heartily recommend them... usually. But the seventh replay of Nina Simone remixed... and my patience is just at an end.
So... I suppose I'm not going to nominate a particular song. But all suggestions welcome - especially, this round, those songs you encounter in the mall, the grocery store, the coffee shop, where it's beyond your control. And... remember the Ground Rules.