10 Songs That Should Never Be Played in a Bar Again

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015

It sucks when you can't get a song out of your head, but it sucks even more when you can't get a song out of your favorite bar's playlist. These are 10 songs that, for various reasons, have refused to ride gracefully into the sunset, relentlessly haunting otherwise respectable drinking haunts.

Semisonic - "Closing Time"

Apparently this song isn't even about bars, but rather about babies. Another reason that it has no place in a bar.

Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"

Bartenders, wake up! Hold your, old iPods up! And please, delete, this song!

Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees"

If I wanted to cry myself to sleep, I would be drinking at home.

The Commodores - "Brick House"

Anyone who is lettin' it all hang out to this song is someone who should probably be keeping it hanging in.

Toby Keith - "I Love This Bar"

This is the bar equivalent of nominating yourself for Most Likely to Succeed.


The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"

This song is only good for making grandmas dance, and if that's something you need to happen in your bar, your music selection is not the first of your problems.

Metallica - "Enter Sandman"

Your bar should not feel like the worst nightmare of an overbearing parent from the '80s.

Blur - "Song 2"

If I walked into a bar screaming "woooooo-hoooo," I would expect to be asked to leave.

2Pac - "California Love"

Although I'm happy that Roger Troutman's family is being taken care of through a lifetime of miniature royalty checks, this song has been on Death Row since birth (in more ways than one!) and deserves to be put out of its misery.

Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"

The answer is no.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. There are plenty more songs that deserve to be on this list. Most were written by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Follow him to an angry bar stool at @Dannosphere



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