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5th Oct '17 2:12:23 AM jormis29
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* Fans turned on to Alien Ant Farm by their hit cover of "Smooth Criminal" were probably confused when they got that track and 12 tracks of emo. Before "Smooth Criminal" hit the radio circuit, AAF were a hyped band in the local Bay Area rock scene, and they had two minor singles that received some radio play. After "Smooth Criminal," it got really hard to market "that band who did that Music/MichaelJackson song."

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* Fans turned on to Alien Ant Farm to Music/AlienAntFarm by their hit cover of "Smooth Criminal" were probably confused when they got that track and 12 tracks of emo. Before "Smooth Criminal" hit the radio circuit, AAF were a hyped band in the local Bay Area rock scene, and they had two minor singles that received some radio play. After "Smooth Criminal," it got really hard to market "that band who did that Music/MichaelJackson song."
12th Aug '17 2:34:56 PM Willbyr
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->"At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song."

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->"At ->''"At first I didn't even want to play it for the guys. I thought that Metallica could only be the four of us. These are songs about destroying things, head banging, bleeding for the crowd, whatever it is, as long as it wasn't about chicks and fast cars, even though that's what we liked. The song was about a girlfriend at the time. It turned out to be a pretty big song.""''
12th Aug '17 2:34:40 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:A FunkMetal band scores their sole #1 pop hit, by doing ''an acoustic rock song''. Did we mention their other top 5 hit is ''another'' acoustic song?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:A FunkMetal band scores their sole #1 pop hit, by doing ''an acoustic rock song''. Did we mention their other top 5 hit is ''another'' acoustic song?]]
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14th Jul '17 10:24:45 AM MikeK
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* Music/{{Pantera}}'s biggest hit on rock radio was a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Planet Caravan". Like the original, it's a softer PsychedelicRock number that sharply contrasts their hard-hitting GrooveMetal material.

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* Music/{{Pantera}}'s biggest hit on rock radio was a cover of Music/BlackSabbath's "Planet Caravan". Like the original, it's a softer PsychedelicRock number that sharply contrasts their hard-hitting GrooveMetal material. The ''Far Beyond Driven'' liner notes even acknowledge that this isn't the kind of material fans would normally expect from them - The following message is printed in place of the song's lyrics:
-->This is a Black Sabbath song off of the ''Paranoid'' album. So don't freak out on us. We did the song because we wanted to. It has nothing to do with the integrity of our direction. It's a tripped out song. We think you'll dig it. If you don't, don't fucking listen to it. Thanks. On behalf of the rest of Pantera, Phil Anselmo '94.
4th Jul '17 8:33:03 PM LaptopGuy
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** "Stairway to Heaven" is far more gentle and calmer than most of their loud and heavy output. To this day Robert Plant despises "Stairway To Heaven" and even encourages radio stations not to play it! The band prevented it from charting by refusing to release it as a single (although a few 7-inch promos were made for distribution to US radio stations). In at least one interview, Plant stated that he always thought of "Kashmir" as the definitive Led Zeppelin song. Despite Robert Plant's feelings towards his signature song, Music/{{Heart}} performed it live at Kennedy Center and the video released shows Plant in the audience, visibly moved by the performance.

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** "Stairway to Heaven" is far more gentle and calmer than most of their loud and heavy output. To this day Robert Plant despises "Stairway To Heaven" and even encourages radio stations not to play it! The band prevented it from charting by refusing to release it as a single (although a few 7-inch promos were made for distribution to US radio stations). In at least one interview, Plant stated that he always thought of the more typical Zeppelin-sounding "Kashmir" as the definitive Led Zeppelin song. Despite Robert Plant's feelings towards his signature song, Music/{{Heart}} performed it live at Kennedy Center and the video released shows Plant in the audience, visibly moved by the performance.



%%* The Rembrandts, "I'll Be There For You." (the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' theme)

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%%* * The Rembrandts, "I'll Be There For You." (the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' theme)theme), a more mainstream-pop friendly song compared to their alternative power-pop sound.



%%* Music/JanesAddiction - "Been Caught Stealing"

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%%* * Music/JanesAddiction - "Been Caught Stealing"Stealing", an upbeat hip-hop-esque song with dog barks.



%%** "Bittersweet Symphony"

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%%** ** "Bittersweet Symphony"Symphony", their sole American hit, which was certainly more mainstream in its sound than their normal output.



%%** "Radio Song".
%%** "Stand"

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%%** ** "Radio Song".
%%** "Stand"
Song", a funk-rap-rock song with KRS-One.
** "Stand", which is far more bubblegummy than their normal output.



%%* Music/BillyIdol, "Eyes Without a Face"

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%%* * Music/BillyIdol, "Eyes Without a Face"Face"; a synthpop ballad by a normally punk-rock singer



%%* Music/ThreeEleven - "Amber"
%%** And their cover of Music/TheCure's "Love Song," too.

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%%* * Music/ThreeEleven - "Amber"
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"Amber", a slow reggae-ish song compared to their ska-punk rap-rock signature sound.
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And their cover of Music/TheCure's "Love Song," too.too. It was even softer than "Amber" was.



* Music/ModestMouse - "Float On." While the song sounds pretty similar to their other songs, it is 1000x times more upbeat and positive than other songs by them.
%%** "Dashboard" far more so.

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* Music/ModestMouse - "Float On." While the song sounds pretty similar to their other songs, it is 1000x times more upbeat and positive than other songs by them.
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them. "Dashboard" far more so.
4th Jul '17 8:19:04 PM LaptopGuy
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%%* Finger Eleven present a variation. Until they had a hit with "Paralyzer", their best known song was "One Thing," which was far less representative of their typical style.
%%** And "Paralyzer" is itself an example.
%%** Also, many Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestling fans are only really familiar (aside from the aforementioned two songs) with "Slow Chemical," which the band tailor-made for the wrestler Kane to use from 2002 to 2008.

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%%* * Finger Eleven present a variation. Until they had a hit with "Paralyzer", their best known song was the slow ballad "One Thing," which was far less representative of their typical style.
%%** ** And "Paralyzer" "Paralyzer", which was far more poppy than their usual work, is itself an example.
%%** ** Also, many Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestling fans are only really familiar (aside from the aforementioned two songs) with "Slow Chemical," which the band tailor-made for the wrestler Kane to use from 2002 to 2008.2008. It was a remake of Kane's instrumental theme and took more cues from that than the normal Finger Eleven sound.
16th Jun '17 10:33:44 PM nombretomado
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* Music/{{Extreme}} was known for poppy HairMetal with clever lyrics and remarkably intricate and speedy guitarwork by Nuno Bettencourt (the Beethoven guitar riff from ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' came from their song "Play With Me" and a regular feature in their concerts was Nuno's rendition of "Flight of The Bumblebee"...take THAT, Music/DragonForce!). The only songs by them that get any airplay anymore? The ballad "More Than Words" and the folksy "Hole Hearted," both slower acoustic songs.

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* Music/{{Extreme}} was known for poppy HairMetal with clever lyrics and remarkably intricate and speedy guitarwork by Nuno Bettencourt (the Beethoven guitar riff from ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' came from their song "Play With Me" and a regular feature in their concerts was Nuno's rendition of "Flight of The Bumblebee"...take THAT, Music/DragonForce!). The only songs by them that get any airplay anymore? The ballad "More Than Words" and the folksy "Hole Hearted," both slower acoustic songs.
31st May '17 1:47:10 AM MyTimingIsOff
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Sometimes, a musician has a huge hit with a song that is at right angles to their usual style. For some reason, this happens very often with hard rock/metal bands who hit it big with a [[PowerBallad slow ballad]]. Or alternatively a hardcore rapper/rap group with a crossover party anthem. For bands with a very niche appeal, the Black Sheep Hit is usually one of the songs "mainstream" enough to [[RadioFriendliness receive play on the radio stations]].

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Sometimes, a musician has a huge hit with a song that is at right angles to their usual style. For some reason, this happens very often with hard rock/metal bands who hit it big with a [[PowerBallad [[SurprisinglyGentleSong slow ballad]]. Or alternatively a hardcore rapper/rap group with a crossover party anthem. For bands with a very niche appeal, the Black Sheep Hit is usually one of the songs "mainstream" enough to [[RadioFriendliness receive play on the radio stations]].



* Finger Eleven present a variation. Until they had a hit with "Paralyzer", their best known song was "One Thing," which was far less representative of their typical style.
** And "Paralyzer" is itself an example.
** Also, many Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestling fans are only really familiar (aside from the aforementioned two songs) with "Slow Chemical," which the band tailor-made for the wrestler Kane to use from 2002 to 2008.
* Music/{{Kiss}} released "Detroit Rock City" as a single. Yet radios liked to play the piano and string based B-side ballad "Beth" instead. Their other big Top 10 pop hit was "Forever" (co-written by Music/MichaelBolton of all people) which while somewhat heavier still falls firmly into the PowerBallad genre. The only other studio single to flirt with the top ten (reaching number 11) was the {{Disco}} influenced "I Was Made for Lovin' You" - Kiss just can't get a hit single with songs in their trademark style.

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* %%* Finger Eleven present a variation. Until they had a hit with "Paralyzer", their best known song was "One Thing," which was far less representative of their typical style.
** %%** And "Paralyzer" is itself an example.
** %%** Also, many Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestling fans are only really familiar (aside from the aforementioned two songs) with "Slow Chemical," which the band tailor-made for the wrestler Kane to use from 2002 to 2008.
* Music/{{Kiss}} released "Detroit Rock City" as a single. Yet radios liked to play the piano and string based B-side ballad "Beth" instead. Their other big Top 10 pop hit was "Forever" (co-written by Music/MichaelBolton of all people) which while somewhat heavier still falls firmly into the PowerBallad genre. The only other studio single to flirt with the top ten (reaching number 11) was the {{Disco}} {{disco}} influenced "I Was Made for Lovin' You" - Kiss just can't get a hit single with songs in their trademark style.



* Vince Vance & the Valiants were mostly known for their novelty songs, such as "Bomb Iran" (a parody of Music/TheBeachBoys' CoveredUp [[Music/BeachBoysParty version of "Barbara Ann"]]) and the flashy appearance of Vance. However, their most famous song is the fairly serious Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (not to be confused with the MariahCarey song from her album ''Music/MerryChristmas''), which also has Lisa Layne doing the vocals.

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* Vince Vance & the Valiants were mostly known for their novelty songs, such as "Bomb Iran" (a parody of Music/TheBeachBoys' CoveredUp [[Music/BeachBoysParty version of "Barbara Ann"]]) and the flashy appearance of Vance. However, their most famous song is the fairly serious Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (not to be confused with the MariahCarey Music/MariahCarey song from her album ''Music/MerryChristmas''), which also has Lisa Layne doing the vocals.



* The Boomtown Rats was a punk rock/new wave band, but their one US hit was ''I Don't Like Mondays'', a much slower ballad. Rats fans cringe when others hate the band for it.

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* The Boomtown Rats was a punk rock/new wave band, but their one US hit was ''I Don't Like Mondays'', a much slower ballad. Rats fans cringe when others hate the band for it.



* Music/CharliXCX finally had a BreakthroughHit with her theme from ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'', "Boom Clap", after 8 non-charting singles and only being known for features (Music/IconaPop's "I Love It" and Music/IggyAzalea's "Fancy"). "Boom Clap" is a clean, upbeat, energetic [[SillyLoveSongs silly love song]] that could safely be played on any radio station or event with children involved (indeed, the song is very popular with kids). Anyone who looked up her ''other'' material however, might have been in for a shock to discover how [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]], [[IntercourseWithYou raun]][[HardDrinkingPartyGirl chy]], and [[ClusterFBomb swear-filled]] her songs normally are. This is most likely why she never had another major solo hit afterwards.

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* Music/CharliXCX finally had a BreakthroughHit hit with her theme from ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'', "Boom Clap", after 8 non-charting singles and only being known for features (Music/IconaPop's "I Love It" and Music/IggyAzalea's "Fancy"). "Boom Clap" is a clean, upbeat, energetic [[SillyLoveSongs silly {{silly love song]] song|s}} that could safely be played on any radio station or event with children involved (indeed, the song is very popular with kids). Anyone who looked up her ''other'' material however, might have been in for a shock to discover how [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]], [[IntercourseWithYou raun]][[HardDrinkingPartyGirl chy]], and [[ClusterFBomb swear-filled]] her songs normally are. This is most likely why she never had another major solo hit afterwards.



* While calling any of their songs a "hit" would be stretching it, the cult classic DeathMetal band Music/EdgeOfSanity is best known for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhzmUismio "Black Tears"]], a catchy punk/alternative rock-influenced song which has been covered by numerous other metal bands including HeavenShallBurn and EternalTearsOfSorrow. Even with singer Dan Swanö's new band Nightingale, it remains a SignatureSong that gets played at most live shows and has become an AudienceParticipationSong.

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* While calling any of their songs a "hit" would be stretching it, the cult classic DeathMetal band Music/EdgeOfSanity is best known for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhzmUismio "Black Tears"]], a catchy punk/alternative rock-influenced song which has been covered by numerous other metal bands including HeavenShallBurn Music/HeavenShallBurn and EternalTearsOfSorrow.Music/EternalTearsOfSorrow. Even with singer Dan Swanö's new band Nightingale, it remains a SignatureSong that gets played at most live shows and has become an AudienceParticipationSong.



* Primitive Radio Gods scored a hit in 1996 with the ethereal "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand", but the rest of the album it was taken from consisted of near-unlistenable '80s style rock.

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* Primitive Radio Gods scored a hit in 1996 with the ethereal "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand", but the rest of the album it was taken from consisted of near-unlistenable '80s style rock.
27th May '17 8:32:55 PM RoseAndHeather
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* 1990s country star Doug Stone was usually known for being a balladeer, usually with an emphasis on heartbreak. Two of his biggest hits ("A Jukebox with a Country Song" and "Why Didn't I Think of That") were far more uptempo, but not completely outside his comfort zone thematically the first is about him seeking a place to [[DrowningMySorrows drown his sorrows]] after a fight with the Mrs., while the latter is him observing his girl with someone else. However, "In a Different Light" stands out as a love song about a sexual relationship with an office worker.

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* 1990s country star Doug Stone was usually known for being a balladeer, usually with an emphasis on heartbreak. Two of his biggest hits ("A Jukebox with a Country Song" and "Why Didn't I Think of That") were far more uptempo, but not completely outside his comfort zone thematically the first is about him seeking a place to [[DrowningMySorrows drown his sorrows]] after a fight with the Mrs., while the latter is him observing his girl with someone else. However, "In a Different Light" stands out as a romantic love song about a sexual relationship with an [[OfficeRomance office worker.worker]].
24th May '17 10:14:54 AM igordebraga
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* Music/{{Metallica}}, "Nothing Else Matters" (the closest the band came to writing a ballad) and all of ''Music/AndJusticeForAll'' save for "One," which was the only song from said album that survived the band's live setlist after the tour for the album ended.

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* Music/{{Metallica}}, "Nothing Else Matters" (the closest the band came to writing a ballad) and "The Unforgiven" from ''The Black Album'', and all of ''Music/AndJusticeForAll'' save for "One," which was the only song from said album that survived the band's live setlist after the tour for the album ended.



%%** Also, "Still Loving You."

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%%** ** Also, the PowerBallad "Still Loving You."You".



%%** [[Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon "Money"]].
%%** Early on in their career, "See Emily Play".

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%%** ** Their first commercially successful singles, "See Emily Play" and [[Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon "Money"]].
%%** Early on in
"Money"]] count for being groovier and more accessible than their career, "See Emily Play".ProgressiveRock sound.



%%* Music/{{REM}}:
%%** "Shiny Happy People". [[CreatorBacklash Damn, they hate this]].

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%%* Music/{{REM}}:
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* Music/{{REM}} has the peppy "Shiny Happy People". People", which even features [[Music/TheB52s Kate Pierson]]. [[CreatorBacklash Damn, And damn, they hate this]].this song]].



%%* Music/{{Soundgarden}}, "Black Hole Sun".
%%* Music/BlackSabbath - "Changes" and "Paranoid"

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%%* Music/{{Soundgarden}}, * Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s "Black Hole Sun".
%%* Music/BlackSabbath - "Changes" and "Paranoid"
Sun" is LighterAndSofter, with a tone described by the band as "Beatles-esque", but became the band's SignatureSong.
* Music/BlackSabbath's "Changes", a piano-driven PowerBallad from the band that basically created HeavyMetal.



** On a lesser note, there's "Girls and Boys", which is downright dance music, but employed in the same mocking tone as "Song 2".



** Most of ''Use Your Illusion'' and all of ''"The Spaghetti Incident?"'' is this. In fact, when set-lists are put together, TSI is left off entirely, and only a few certain fan-favorites from UYI get on the set-lists. On Slash-tours, that'd be "Civil War". On GNR-shows, that'd be "Civil War", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "You Could Be Mine", "Estranged", "Don't Cry" and "November Rain" (the Ballad-Trio). And that's out of a setlist with up to 35 songs! 6 from UYI get to be played. Granted, the current GNR tour is called "Appetite For Democracy", which might help explain the shortage of UYI and TSI songs (and there's only one or two from Lies).

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** Most of ''Use Your Illusion'' ''Music/UseYourIllusion'' and all of ''"The Spaghetti Incident?"'' is this. In fact, when set-lists are put together, TSI is left off entirely, and only a few certain fan-favorites from UYI get on the set-lists. On Slash-tours, that'd be "Civil War". On GNR-shows, that'd be "Civil War", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "You Could Be Mine", "Estranged", "Don't Cry" and "November Rain" (the Ballad-Trio). And that's out of a setlist with up to 35 songs! 6 from UYI get to be played. Granted, the current GNR tour is called "Appetite For Democracy", which might help explain the shortage of UYI and TSI songs (and there's only one or two from Lies).''Lies'').



* Music/{{Eve 6}} followed a similar path. The hit from their debut self-titled album, "Inside Out" was much lighter and more pop flavored than the harder-edged post-grunge style of the rest of the album. The following album "Horrorscope" was filled with mellower, poppier songs. Among several songs from that album to hit the charts was one that took them even further from their roots - the ballad "Here's to the Night", making it, arguably, a black sheep among black sheep (or maybe a black goat).

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* Music/{{Eve 6}} followed a similar path. The hit from their debut self-titled album, "Inside Out" was much lighter and more pop flavored than the harder-edged post-grunge style of the rest of the album. The following album "Horrorscope" ''Horrorscope'' was filled with mellower, poppier songs. Among several songs from that album to hit the charts was one that took them even further from their roots - the ballad "Here's to the Night", making it, arguably, a black sheep among black sheep (or maybe a black goat).



** This also extends to the ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack'' itself. The entire licensed soundtrack has a very 'urban' feel with rap, EDM, and latin music. "See You Again", which is a piano ballad that's placed almost in the middle of the album, is very incongruent compared to the rest found throughout.

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** This also extends to the ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack'' itself. The entire licensed soundtrack has a very 'urban' feel with rap, EDM, and latin music. "See You Again", which is a piano ballad that's placed almost in the middle of the album, [[MoodWhiplash is very incongruent compared to the rest found throughout.]]
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