Do you know when you click into articles that claim there will be “Unpopular opinions” on a subject, and then all of the opinions are common among the masses? Yeah, this article isn’t that. A Gen X online forum member asks for their most unpopular opinions of 80s and 90s music. Here are THEIR opinions. Do you agree?
1. Cyndi Lauper Over Madonna
My first 45 record was Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun” single. She was definitely a favorite, but I’m not sure I agree with this unpopular opinion. Many Gen Xers in the forum “Far prefer” Cyndi Lauper over Madonna. One clarifies, “I was the superior vocalist and performer of the two.”
2. Peter Gabriel Over Phil Collins
Are you a fan of the progressive rock band Genesis? Countless individuals admit they prefer the original lead singer, Peter Gabriel, over Phil Collins, who took the lead in 1975. Others note that they can’t stand Phil Collins because the radio overplayed all of his biggest hits.
3. Ace of Base Is Trash Music
I disagree wholeheartedly with one user’s assertion that “Ace of Base is trash.” Their album The Sign stayed on repeat for months in my home. I loved that cassette. Nonetheless, a few people agree with the poster.
4. Not a Michael Jackson Fan
Another user acknowledges, “I’m probably going to get kicked out of the 80s for saying this, but not a fan of Michael Jackson. All his songs sounded the same, and I found his voice irritating.”
I was in love with MJ and sent his fan club a letter professing it as a kindergartener. I didn’t hear back until I was a teen, and I have no idea how they found my new address, considering my parents had moved twice.
5. Can’t Stand Depeche Mode
Numerous forum members agree with one who professes, “I can’t stand Depeche Mode.” A second person adds, “Thank you for speaking the unspeakable.” I agree with this unpopular opinion.
6. AC/DC Should Have Stopped When Bon Scott Died
AC/DC’s Back in Black saw the group’s transition from Bon Scott to Brian Johnson on lead vocals, and it was one of their most revered albums. However, this forum member thinks that “AC/DC should have broken up when Bon Scott died in 1980.”
7. Van Halen Was Never Very Good
A user suggests that “Van Halen was never very good, regardless of who their lead singer was. Their only halfway-decent album was their 1978 debut.”
A second person adds, “Van Halen — especially the David Lee Roth era — was basically the Weird Al of Top 40 mainstream rock music with how utterly eye roll ridiculous it was… they just didn’t know it, nor did their easily impressed fan base.”
8. Sting Over The Police
“Sting over The Police,” writes another. “He’s so deep and lush on his own. The Police sounded one-dimensional to me, with a few exceptions. That’s all I got for now.”
9. Hair Metal Sucks
“Personally think hair band music is total and complete garbage,” one notes. “Some exceptions as far as a song here and there, but the entire genre is like a bad joke. You can keep all your Poison, Def Leppard, and Damn Yankees. I don’t want any of it.”
Hard disagree. “High Enough” by Damn Yankees is still one of my favorite videos from those days (Next to “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses). Also, I loved me some Poison and Def Leppard.
10. Couldn’t Stand Grunge Music
Countless people confess that they didn’t like grunge music in the 90s, naming bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. One user clarifies, “I was not a fan of any of the Seattle grunge scene.”
I also did not like grunge because I’m from Seattle, and the local station, Kube 93.3, decided to alternate between hip-hop and grunge. So I’d be jamming to Warren G and then be interrupted by Soundgarden—fortunately, 107.7 The End came into play, and Kube returned to my 90s R&B with a side of hip hop. However, I appreciate hearing some of it as nostalgia now.
11. Miss Me With the Rap Music
A thread contributor shares, “Rap and hip-hop missed me entirely. I think my musical tastes were just formed already when it became popular where I was.” That is the opposite of my experience. I heard some hip-hop and R&B and abandoned country music stylings immediately.
12. Can Not Stand The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Someone confesses, “I can’t stand the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I actually H-word them,” before another adds, “I used to like them and then just went ick on them. Finding out about all the heinous things they did behind the scenes certainly has helped keep that going.”
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.