This 70s classic deemed most hated song of all time

Growing up, and even today, you’ve heard this song everywhere – from weddings to funerals, celebrations and sombre occasions. John

Growing up, and even today, you’ve heard this song everywhere – from weddings to funerals, celebrations and sombre occasions. John Lennon’s Imagine has been the all-purpose anthem of sentimentality for 45 years. 

While there are millions who love the song, there are some who pretend to like it, but secretly hate it. If you’re one of them, you’re not alone.

Over the weekend, British music fan Edward Carter and some friends were casually discussing songs they hated when he decided to extend the conversation to social media. 

“Dear Twitter,” he posted. “What is the song you most detest and despise? Thank you.”

Within 48 hours, the Brit who had only around 1,000 Twitter followers, had received several thousand nominations from all over the world, and Lennon’s ballad was a repeat offender.

“I think it’s the whole idea of talking about poverty and misery, while John was actually hanging around in his palatial New York townhouse,” Carter says. “It’s the duplicity of the whole thing.”

Amazed by the nerve he touched and the speed at which he received suggestions, Carter, a 36-year-old artist living in the southern coastal town of Brighton, collated the results into a blog post containing 337 deplorable ditties (listed on the New York Post). Since then, it’s gone viral, with people nominating even more songs they loathe.

“A lot of people seemed quite glad they weren’t alone in hating these songs,” he says. “It boils down to people feeling everybody is having this great experience, but feeling excluded because they can’t see what everyone else sees — and it makes them angry.”

For some, it was also a chance to air grievances against overexposed artists in general.

“There were some artists that people would tweet and say, ‘Anything by that person,’ ” says Carter, noting that Taylor Swift, Phil Collins and Coldplay fell into that category.

As a big Bob Dylan fan, Carter admits to being heartened that not one song by the recent Nobel prize winner for literature was nominated. But he was pleased to see two of his least favourite bands — the Byrds and the Eagles — in the cross hairs.

“I have never been sold on any Dylan cover versions, especially not the Byrds’ whiny version of Mr. Tambourine Man. As for the Eagles, I can’t stand any band that telegraphs their guitar solos.”

For those who love the song, here it is:

Are you surprised about this? Which is your favourite artist from the 60s and 70s?

  1. allan  

    what a load of crap. imagine was an all time classic and the byrds were brilliant. if you want to bag bad songs go for nasal nelson [willie] and nasal neil [young]…..who sing through their nose. and someone who still gets plenty of airplay is beyond me…. silly joel. just one bad song after another.

  2. Margaret Brown  

    I am very surprised – I cant imagine anyone hating this song!!

  3. clasina  

    I can’t Imagine Not loving this song, it has feeling in the melody and lyrics.

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  5. desleigh clarke  

    Where do they come up with this rubbish? I LOVED this song and still do, my least favorite is probably Love Shack – YUk!

  6. This timeless song should be compulsory viewing but all world politicians, religious leaders and associated war-mongers on a daily basis.

  7. Cloin Oldham  

    This is a FABULOUS song and if the world was run according to the Lyrics, it would indeed be a much better place for ALL of us.

  8. Cd  

    I like this song. The worst song ever and ridiculous song is “Someone left the cake out in the rain”

  9. Gavin Weston N.F.P.  

    John Lennon has written an excellent song and with sympathetic lyrics for those less fortunate. Oh so he is looking down on poor people? Who can say that? Has he not given of his time and money to those less fortunate than he? It is a discriminative comment that is way below the standard of John Lennon. I have always loved the song because of the music and the lyrics being so recognisable for those who are less fortunate in life.

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