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Old 12-16-2009, 10:47 AM
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Best Songs about Whiney Losers...

Top o' the heap here indisputably belongs to "Sylvia's Mother" by Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show. Mr. Creepy Loser Ex-BF is in tears by the end and never does get past mom to actually speak with Sylvia.

Second Place goes to "I Ain't Missing You" by John Waite. The loser in this song is not only whiney, but is also doing a half-assed job, utterly unconvincing job of denying his loserhood.

Your nominees?
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:50 AM
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Hail to the Victors


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Old 12-16-2009, 10:51 AM
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I'm Not in Love by 10cc.

I'm not in love, so don't forget it
It's just a silly phase I'm going through
And just because I call you up
Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made
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I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that's lyin' there
So don't you ask me to give it back
I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:56 AM
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Except that "Sylvia's Mother" is a parody. The song is hilarious.

Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is about a whiner, but since his problem is that women throw themselves at him, I doubt he'd a loser.

There is Elton John's "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself." Not to make light of teen suicide, but killing yourself because you're bored is pretty self-centered and whiny.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:59 AM
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Except that "Sylvia's Mother" is a parody. The song is hilarious.
Being a paraody does not preclude it from being the greatest whiney loser song, ever. Why would it?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:00 AM
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I used to like Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," but now....

When I give it a listen, I'm like "Geez that girl was such a pathetic whinger, that she probably deserved what she got."
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:11 AM
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I nominate Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again (Naturally)

In a little while from now
If I’m not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it’s like when you’re shattered
Left standing in the lurch at a church
Where people saying: "My God, that’s tough
She's stood him up"
No point in us remaining
We may as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:20 AM
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Here's the thing, though. At the time, those tortured souls were sexy to me. Although, my stepmom said I used to have a bad case of "lost puppy syndrome" (Dating guys who strongly resembled sad, lost puppies)
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:27 AM
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After the BCS game, the whiney loser song will be "Texas Fight", which my sources tell me is not to be freestyled.

ROLL TIDE!, soon to be the SEC's 4th consecutive BCS Champ.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:11 PM
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Creep - Radiohead

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:17 PM
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"Loser" by 3 Doors Down or "Loser" by Beck.

Take your pick.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:19 PM
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The Great Richard Thompson wrote "Hard Luck Stories" about whiney losers. But not from the Whiny Loser's viewpoint.

Quote:
Why donít you grow up, why donít you settle down
Why donít you get a job, why donít you leave town
Even a chicken has to do what it has to do.
You donít like one thing, you donít like another
You donít like anything that looks like bother
Everyone donít like something, and we all donít like you.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:39 PM
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Isn't this the point of the Smiths and Morrissey's entire discography? Some of my favorites from it are: "I Know It's Over," "Last Night I Dreamt," "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," and "King Leer."
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Most of the Patsy Cline corpus, too. "I'm crazy, crazy for feeling so lonely ...", "I fall to pieces, every time I see you again ..."

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:48 PM
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Of course, the classic song bashing whiny types is the Eagles' "Get Over It"

Yeah you drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag; you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringing everybody down
You bitch about the present and blame it on the past
I'd like to find your inner child and kick its little ass
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:58 PM
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Well I know his girl died and all, but Honey has to be the sappiest, whiniest crap out.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:02 PM
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"I'm a Loser" by the Beatles.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:05 PM
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Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is about a whiner, but since his problem is that women throw themselves at him, I doubt he'd a loser.
So is Zevon's "Bad Karma." But since it's on [/i]Sentimental Hygine[/i], his post-rehab album, I think Warren has his tongue planted firmly in cheek:

Itīs a dog's life
And itīs not my fault
Ought to hang my picture
In the All-Time Losers'
Hall of Fame
Bad Karma
itīs a low-down dirty shame
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:06 PM
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I'm Not in Love by 10cc.
Big boys don't cry................Big boys don't cry....................

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Well I know his girl died and all, but Honey has to be the sappiest, whiniest crap out.
One day while I was not at home,
While she was there and all alone
The Angels came...


I keep telling people. She didn't die...she was just traded to Anaheim.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:27 PM
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Apparently this put them in a Grand Funk...

Mean mistreater, you make me cry,
You lay around, and watch me die.
Mean mistreater, can't you see I'm real?
Are you satisfied, with the way you feel?
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:29 PM
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"Lonesome Loser" by the Little River Band: http://lyricsdownload.com/little...er-lyrics.html

"The Diary of Horace Wimp" by the Electric Light Orchestra: http://metrolyrics.com/the-diary...orchestra.html

"What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers: http://musicmaza.com/view-englis...es-Lyrics.html
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:35 PM
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God Only Knows - Kid Rock

"Everybody knows my name They say it way out loud
A lot of folks fuck with me It's hard to hang out in crowds
I guess that's the price you pay to be some big shot like I am
Outstretched hands and one night stands Still I can't find love
...
I said it too many times And I still stand firm
You get what you put in and people get what they deserve

Still I ain't seen mine No I ain't seen mine
I've been giving just ain't been gettin'"


Yeah, Kid, everybody gets what they deserve... except you of course. God has singled you out.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:15 PM
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Similarly, the formerly ground-breaking "The Streets", namely Mike Skinner, singing about how awful it is having taking drugs and having sex with an unnamed pop starlet, in When You Wasn't Famous:
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When you're a famous boy, it gets really easy to get girls,
it's all so easy you get a bit spoilt.
But, when you try to pull a girl, who is also famous too,
it feels just like when you wasn't famous.
Poor Mike.
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Richard Farina's Hard Loving Loser is a hoot.

By the end of Terry Jack's "Seasons in the Sun," I was ready to kill the singer.

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Old 12-16-2009, 02:28 PM
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"Just My Imagination"
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"Lovefool"
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:32 PM
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Well I know his girl died and all, but Honey has to be the sappiest, whiniest crap out.
God, I haven't heard that song in years! "See the tree how big it's grown..."

Not whiney but my vote for psycho loser is Alanis Morissette for You Oughta Know. Although I love the song!
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:42 PM
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All those Teenage Death songs were whiny. It's hard being dead and not be kinda whiny about it.

I thought this thread would be about Beck's "Loser" ("I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me") but maybe it doesn't fit? I don't know what the rest of the lyrics are.

Loved those Eagles lyrics Jackmannii!
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:49 PM
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By the end of Terry Jack's "Seasons in the Sun," I was ready to kill the singer.
I always have to mention it when this song is mentioned, but "Seasons in the Sun" is a dreadful translation of the much more sardonic "Le Moribund" by Jaques Brel, the point of one of the verses being "My friend, I'm dying, but I'm sure you'll take good care of my wife, because I know you've been fucking her".
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Their tongues are firmly in their cheeks, but "Self-Esteem" by Offspring has a pretty big loser as the protagonist.
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We make plans to go out at night
I wait till 2 then I turn out the light
All this rejection's got me so low
If she keeps it up I just might tell her no
I love those Eagles lyrics, too. I always sing along at that point (if I wasn't already).
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:12 PM
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IMHO Five for Fighting's Superman (It's not easy) http://youtube.com/watch?v=GRz4FY0ZcwI tops them all . Way to turn Superman into a self-involved whiner.

"...I'm only a man in a silly red sheet
Looking for kryptonite on this one way street."
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:48 PM
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Bee Gees
How can you mend a broken heart
how can you stop the rain from falling down
how can you stop the sun from shining....
Get a grip.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:03 PM
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"Lovefool" by the Cardigans. Nina Persson's smoking hot looks don't redeem this song.

"Whoever's In New England" by the otherwise generally assertive Reba McIntyre.

"Eurotrash Girl" by Cracker.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:04 PM
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You Am I's "Heavy Heart" is probably the best ballad around for someone wallowing in self-pity after a break-up. No redemption, no final-verse uplift. Just a guy who's "like a waterlogged ball that no-one wants to kick around any more" and doesn't want to do anything except sit in his room drinking wine, smoking and feeling sorry for himself. He even acknowledges that he's "piss[ing] off [his] friends... digging a hole just staring at the floor" and doesn't care.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:18 PM
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Twisting by They Might Be Giants
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:49 PM
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Eliot Smith, "Waltz No. 2". In and of themselves the lyrics may not look so whiny as they appear on the page, but as it's sung it's about the whiniest thing ever.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:22 PM
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I want to second Just My Imagination by The Temptations. Holy cow, talk to the girl, already!

But wait, there is an even bigger loser out there in R&B land. Reuben Studdard's I'm Sorry For 2004. I'd like to point out that this was released in 2003 and this dickless wonder is apologizing for things he hasn't even done yet.
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The Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life

All my sorrows, sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my cryings, feel I'm dying, dying
Take me back to my own home.l
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:24 PM
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After the BCS game, the whiney loser song will be "Texas Fight", which my sources tell me is not to be freestyled.

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We get it..you like the SUC.Give it a rest.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:07 PM
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"Clean Sheets" by the Descendents:
Quote:
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The warmth of a bed to a guy who sleeps on the floor
Was enough to perpetuate all the lies I heard before
I want to hold you, I'll hold my pillow instead
Cause my pillow will never lie or be with a stranger in my bed

[snip]

Woke up this morning alone on the floor
Thinking about those clean sheets and the way it was before
When I looked in the mirror, I saw your face and thought of the past
But now I know how dirty you are, I took my fist and smashed the glass
Even when I was a whiney loser, I thought the narrator sounded like a guy who was begging a girl to kick him in the balls just so he could feel self-righteous about the pain.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:54 PM
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You Am I's "Heavy Heart" is probably the best ballad around for someone wallowing in self-pity after a break-up.
I'd also nominate the same band's "Berlin Chair" - it's more imagery than an obvious narrative, but the entire song is basically from the viewpoint of a guy who's telling a girl who likes him that he's a whining loser.

If she waits around he'll give all his aches to her. He's the rerun that she'll always have to force herself to sit through. He likens himself to a sculpture that's too fragile to serve as the furniture it's named after.

But, if she really wants to, she can get involved with him and "lean on me 'til I break".

The first time I heard it I assumed that I missed the "...but I love you and that makes it all O.K." section. Nope. Just whining.
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Andrew Gold's Oh, What a Lonely Boy seems to fit the OP.

This kid is so whiny that, when he just turned two, he felt so betrayed by his parents (when they had a daughter) that he left home when he was 17, hoping "to find all the love that he had lost in that earlier time."

Who knew that two year-olds had such delicate hearts and perfect memories!
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Alone Again Or (the Damned version)
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Also Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)"
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Andrew Gold's Oh, What a Lonely Boy seems to fit the OP... Who knew that two year-olds had such delicate hearts and perfect memories!
Oh, definitely. Also consider Moving Pictures's "What About Me": http://project80s.com/lyrics/son...oving-pictures
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Frank Sinatra / Billie Holliday's "I'm a Fool to Want You" goes near the top of the list:

Time and time again I said I'd leave you
Time and time again I went away
But then would come the time when I would need you
And once again these words I had to say

Take me back, I love you
Pity me, I need you
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"Gordon is a Moron by Jilted John.

Oh, she is cruel and heartless
to pack me for Gordon
Just cos he's better looking than me
Just cos he's cool and trendy

But I know he's a moron, Gordon is a moron
Gordon is a moron, Gordon is a moron
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:40 AM
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how about "Feelings"?

"Feelings, wo-o-o feelings...'

Wasn't there a TAXI episode where Louis DePalma stood at a jukebox with a beer in hand playing it over and over (and singing to it) because he got dumped by his girlfriend?
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:54 AM
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Hands down, Hope by Descendents:

Quote:
So now you wait for his spark
you know it'll turn you on
he's gonna make you feel
the way you want to feel
when he starts to lie
when he makes you cry
you know I'll be there
My day will come
I know someday
I'll be the only one
Embedded audio version. Rawk.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:30 AM
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In the category of "suffering in silence noisily", I give you:

Crying in the Rain by the Everly Brothers

Silence is Golden by the Tremeloes

and finally

Mrs Brown You've got A Lovely Daughter by Herman's Hermits

Quote:
If she finds that I've been round to see you (round to see you)
Tell her that I'm well and feelin' fine (feelin' fine)
Don't let on, don't say she's broke my heart
I'd go down on my knees but it's no good to pine
Soooo...why did you go around to talk to her mother?
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