30 Great Songs by Terrible Artists

Pretty much every good band has written its fair share of bad songs — for every “Eleanor Rigby” there’s an “Octopus’s Garden”; for every “Famous Blue Raincoat” there’s a “Jazz Police.” But what about bad bands writing good songs? There’s a theory that even the worst acts have at least one good song in them, so in the spirit of investigation, we thought we’d see if we could put together a  survey of great songs by largely terrible bands. Here are the results. Do, of course, let us know if you have any to add.

Kings of Leon — “On Call”

Before “Sex on Fire” and its attendant album Only By the Night, Kings of Leon were a sort of middle-ranking, hirsute band of chest-beating rock ‘n’ roll types. But just before they went global, their third record Because of the Times hinted at the fact that there was perhaps a more interesting band lurking somewhere in the Followill genes. This song in particular was actually really good, the story of devotion to a woman (or perhaps a god) who’s silent to your appeals.