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Hit Songs That the Artists Now Regret

Frank Sinatra, “Strangers in the Night”

The classic crooner notoriously disliked his hit “Strangers in the Night,” often muttering things live to his audiences before or after performing the track, calling it “the worst f–king song I’ve ever heard” in front of a Dominican Republic audience in the early ’80s. Years later, his contempt didn’t let up: “The first time I heard Don Costa played it for me some years ago. I hated it! I hated this goddamn song the first I’ve heard it. And I still hate it! So sue me, shoot bullets through me. Shoot,” he reportedly went on to say.

The Beastie Boys, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”

The Beastie Boys had a big hit with the song, meant to be a sarcastic take on frat boy revelry, but they felt that it was being misinterpreted as sincere.

“The only thing that upsets me is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different. There were tons of guys singing along to ‘Fight for Your Right’ who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them,” Mike D commented. In the liner notes of their 1999 greatest hits album, they declared that the song “sucks.”

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