- Part of the hip-hop/rap industry is built on this trope, or more specifically, "diss songs", in which one rapper blatantly insults another rival rapper(s) on their track, by making claims about them which may be true or false.
- Perhaps the most (in)famous example example of a diss song is Nas's "Ether" (a response to Jay-Z's diss "The Takeover), in which he takes big shots at Jay-Z, claiming that he is a misogynist, was originally a fan of his (Nas) and still is a fan of his and obsesses about him, among other shots.
- Another (in)famous example would be Eazy-E's "Realmuthaphucckin G's" (a response to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Fuck With Dre Day), in which he makes disses at Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, such as claiming Dr. Dre is a phony trying to imitate the thug life style, as well as claiming Snoop Dogg is anorexic.
- This is also the entire point of "Rap Battles," where two (or more) singers face off and insult one another in song and rhyme.
- Surprising example from the seventeenth-century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier of all people. His cantata Epitaphium Carpentarii (Charpentier's Epitaph) features his own ghost rising from his grave and directing various 'reason you suck' speeches at music-lovers (who were too stupid to appreciate his work when he was alive and have forgotten him now that he's dead) and a rival composer named Chaperon (the pun of 'goat music' comes up a lot, because Chaperon's name in Latin, Capronus, sounds very like the Latin word for 'goat', caprinus). The whole piece might also be a subtler diss to the Church, given that it sets zany, often nonsensical and hugely bitter words to music that sounds unassumingly devotional.
- This was a surprisingly prophetic attack. Over 300 years later, Charpentier's only just been rescued from obscurity because listeners of the time didn't get his music and made little effort to revive it after he died, and no one seems to care about Chaperon anymore.
- The Wall by Pink Floyd in its entirety is about how a rock star thinks he's always been the victim through his life and would just prefer to be shut off entirely from the world and eventually order his fans around like a Nazi-esque fashion. In "The Trial", he retreats within his own Psyche where he receives this from apparitions that represent the people that "hurt" him during a mock trial and gets totally verbally bashed by the Judge which included the threat of being defecated on.
- "Go on, judge! Shit on him!"
- Pink's wife is a standout; while Pink's teacher and mother both bemoan their loss of control over him, the wife is the only one who legitimately criticizes him and admonishes him for how badly he treated her, as this analysis shows.
- "Admit It" by Say Anything was (originally meant to be in the Rock Opera that the CD was written as) Max's faceoff with the man and he calls it 'the corniest song he's ever written' and claims that 'accepting love and salvation lies within admitting he is nothing more or less than a human being.' So really, a Take That! to anyone who tries to make things bigger than they actually are and can't accept that they should just seek happiness in the short time they have (which is most all people on the planet).
- "The Stand (Man or Machine)" and the first half of "The Sons of Fate," by The Protomen, are basically the "the people you fight for aren't worth it" version of this trope in incredibly epic musical form.
- What makes this especially effective is he's right.
- The song "You're Pitiful" is "Weird Al" Yankovic's way of telling you that you suck. It's can be seen as a dark reprise because it's a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful". He even goes so far to say that your DOG would rather play fetch by itself.
- On the other end of the scale, Al used two words to say that Atlantic Records sucks in the video for "White & Nerdy".
- And then there's his "Sports Song," a marching band-styled, systematic verbal beatdown about why an unidentified "sports team", well, sucks. One of the highlights simply consists of Al repeating the phrase, "we're great and you suck" over and over again.
- Bob Dylan has a few songs in the spirit of this trope, including "Like a Rolling Stone", "Positively 4th Street", and "Ballad of a Thin Man".
- The gist of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" is "You suck because of the hell you put me through. Good thing I don't suck as much as you do."
- "Fear" by Disturbed is one long rant about how pathetic and worthless someone is. It's supposed to be told from the victim's point of view (in other words, he's singing at you).
- Freddie Mercury allegedly dedicated this delightful tune to the band's ex-manager, Norman Sheffield.
- Specifically, it was dedicated to "A real motherfucker of a gentleman". Possibly related to the fact that immediately after hearing the song, Sheffield attempted to sue the band for defamation despite absolutely no identifying information appearing anywhere in the lyrics. The lawsuit is how his name got attached to the song; the band never talked about it. He's also rumoured to be the inspiration for an earlier song.
- Running Wild's "Underworld" ends with this:
You have eyes to see, nevertheless you see nothing.
You have a soul to feel, nevertheless you feel nothing.
You have a mind to know, nevertheless you know nothing.
- Many of Lupe Fiasco's tracks towards Mainstream Hip-Hop and towards society in general. And the worst part of it is...he's actually the good guy.
- The second track on Swans' magnum opus Soundtracks for the Blind, "I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull", is focused around an FBI recording of an unknown man delivering a rather bizarre one to someone else (possibly a federal agent), going on at length about exactly how the subject in question is "fucked up."
- Michael Jackson's song "D.S." on his History album is a rant about the lawyer who would have prosecuted him if the 1993 allegations had gone to trial. The song's title is the initials of the lawyer switching the first letter of the man's first name with a D to prevent any legal action. The lyrics of the song call out the lawyer for what MJ felt was the obsessive and racist way he went after him around the allegations and how he would act in the 2005 trial.
- Eminem's "Cleanin Out My Closet" is a huge one to his abusive mother due to her making his life even as a celebrity as a living hell. The third verse in particular is one of these.
Take a second to listen for who you think this record is dissin.
But put yourself in my position; just try to envision,
Witnessin your momma poppin prescription pills in the kitchen,
Bitchin that someone's always goin through her purse and shit's missin,
Goin through public housin systems, victim of Munchausen's Syndrome.
My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't,
'Til I grew up, now I blew up, it makes you sick to ya stomach,
Doesn't it? Wasn't it the reason you made that CD for me Ma?
So you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?
But guess what? You're gettin older now and it's cold when your lonely,
And Nathan's growin up so quick he's gonna know that you're phony,
And Hailie's gettin so big now; you should see her, she's beautiful,
But you'll never see her - she won't even be at your funeral!
See what hurts me the most is you won't admit you was wrong;
Bitch do your song - keep tellin yourself that you was a mom!
But how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get?
You selfish bitch; I hope you fuckin burn in hell for this shit!
Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished it was me?
Well guess what, I AM dead - dead to you as can be!
- That first line's clearly ignoring all those songs Em made before that dissed his mom. Like "Role Model", where he kills her with a shovel, or "Kill You", where he rapes her.
- However, he later apologized for the song in "Headlights"
- Eminem also gives us the final verse of "Bad Guy" directed at himself, of all people. He's singing from the point of view of the younger brother of Stan, from "Stan". Stan himself was a crazy obsessed fan of Ems, even copying his hairstyle. From the song of the same name. Stan commits suicide by the end of the song, and his younger brother, Matthew, clearly blames Eminem for it, and the lyrics reflect this. Stan also mentions that Matthew likes Em even more than he does.
- The Ben Folds Five song, "Best Imitation of Myself" Includes the verse:
''The 'problem with you' speech you gave me was fine
I liked the theories about my little stage
And I swore I was listening but I started drifting
Around the part about me acting my age''
- In "Harper Valley PTA", the title PTA sends a single mother a letter saying they disapprove of how she's raising her daughter, because of her short skirts and her dating and going to bars. In response, the mother walks into the PTA meeting, in a miniskirt, and calls out all the members—one (married) member has asked her for a date, one is a heavy drinker, one impregnated his mistress, etc. She then finishes up by calling them all 'Harper Valley hypocrites'.
- Knorkator's Anti-Christmas Song Weinachtsschimpfe (christmas rant) is a No Holds Barred rant against consumerism and hypocrisy and a major deviation from the bands usually humorous and light hearted style. Except that it's presented like a solemn church music.
- Du bist schuld (it's your fault) is a rant about the continuing financial crisis. It's less caustic but tells everyone that the problems are not caused just by a few people, but the result of western society as a whole.
- The title track of Kamelot's concept album The Black Halo is Ariel delivering one of these to Mephisto, denouncing him as a liar and traitor. Doubles as a "World of Cardboard" Speech, as he also resolves to make his own way in the world despite believing himself to be damned.
- "Ching Chong! Asians in the Library song", in response to Alexandra Wallace's anti-Asian rant video, is largely one dedicated to her.
You ain't that polite, American girl
Your momma raised you to be
So when you reach that epiphany-
Wait, are you freakin' kidding me?
If you have an epiphany every time you study
that means you are probably doing something wrong.
But I like it when you're wrong...
- The Dead Kennedys wrote "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" as a Reason You Suck Song for their Neo-Nazi Misaimed Fandom who didn't quite get that their songs "Kill The Poor" and "California Uber Alles" weren't endorsing the ideas they portrayed.
- In a more general sense, "Chickenshit Conformist" is a six-minute admonishment aimed at toxic fans and artists who turned punk rock from a movement for positive social change into a scene of violent skinheads.
- Northern State has "Sucka Mofo," which is a gigantic one of these directed towards chavs, bums, mooches, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, and pro-lifers.
- I Never Liked You by Rogue Traders
- Revenge Is Sweeter, When It All Falls Apart, Cold by The Veronicas
- The bridge to Frank Zappa's "Mom And Dad" launches one at the parents who said their children deserved to get shot for looking too weird:
Ever take a minute just to show a real emotion?
In between the moisture cream and velvet facial lotion?
Ever tell your kids you're glad that they can think?
Ever say you loved them, ever let them watch you drink?
Ever wonder why your daughter looks so sad?
It's such a drag to have to love a plastic mom and dad!
- There's also "The Blue Light", a tirade against set-in-their-ways change-aphobics.
You are tired of...Moving...Forward.
You think of the future, and secretly you piddle your pants.
The puddle of piddle, which used to be little, is rising around you...
- Guniw Tools's "DISTORTION":
Tell me, what are you complaining about?
Complaint is just spilling from your mouth.
Turned on by trite TV dramas,
You grow fatter everyday.
So tell me.
How come that's my fault?
. . . You scream because you can't get what you want
- "I Know Where You Sleep" and "Don't Blame Me" are this trope, by Emilie Autumn
- Nickelback's "Never Again" combines this with Calling the Old Man Out.
Father's a name you haven't earn yet
You're just a child with a temper
Haven't you heard don't hit a lady
Kicking your ass will be pleasure
- They also have "Just To Get High" which calls out a drug addict for selling his soul to fuel his addiction and "Throw Yourself Away" which takes a shot at the Prom Mom.
- Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake 's "Give It To Me" is a 3 part speech directed at Fergie, Scott Storch, and Prince
- "How Do You Sleep" and "Steel and Glass", both by John Lennon, are basically lengthy lists why the subjects of the songs (Paul McCartney in the former case) are worthless human beings.
- Dear Mr. Douchebag, we all agree that you are a dumbass, why can't you see that? (And a jerkass, to boot.)
- Lily Allen's "Fuck You" is pretty self-explanatory, and particularly goes after homophobes and racists.
- Shinedown's Bully contains this chorus directed at bullies
All you'll ever be is the faded memory of a bully
Make another joke while they hang another rope so lonely
Push em to the dirt til the words don't hurt can you hear me?
No one's gonna cry on the very day you die you're a bully
- "Nowhere Kids" from the same album seems to be one towards Paparazzi
- "Mean" and "Dear John" by Taylor Swift, and also about half of her other songs, mostly directed towards her various exes or their new girlfriends.
- "Top of the World" by The All-American Rejects is this towards George W. Bush
- Sabaton songs have many of these. For example, "In the Name of God" to terrorists, "Reign of Terror" and "Panzer Battalion" for Saddam Hussein, and "Rise of Evil" for Nazi Germany
- Daughtry's "All These Lives" says that child abductors are not people, just a disease.
- "Douchebag" by Patent Pending.
- Aimed at a specific city, The Decemberists' "Los Angeles, I'm Yours", and Death Cab for Cutie's "Why You'd Want To Live Here" both hate a lot on LA and those who live there.
- "When Will You Die" by They Might Be Giants
You're insane, you are bad
You wreck everything you touch, and you're a sociopath
But there's one thing that everyone's wondering
When will you die?
- "Grenade" by Bruno Mars, though despite all that, he still loves said girl.
- Pendulum's "Encoder" counts per Word of God. Chronicling the end of a relationship, Swire has said that it's about leaving unworthy friends behind.
- Karmin's "Crash Your Party". There is one little justification/Stealth Insult in the middle of the song ("You're so misunderstood, 'cause you're so complex, you and your complex;", though it reverts back into insult mode afterwards. "And you claim you're so low-key, well you coulda fooled me, Mr. TMZ."
- "Ugly" by Cady Groves is pretty self-explanatory. "Real With Me" is more subtle
- Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is one big rant about how the subject of the song (her ex-boyfriend) is an arrogant, womanizing jerk.
You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naive
You said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
- Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name". No explanation necessary
- "Special Delivery" by MC Frontalot gets in a particularly harsh dig on George W. Bush.
And I wish that I could afford the ear of Bush the Second;
I’d ask, is it your favorite philosopher who recommended
invading and exterminating all who defy us,
crying out justice but seeking out triumphs?
Wasn’t your Christ unbeloved of empires?
One nailed his ass to a post; he expired!
A terrorist, as Roman evidence showed,
put down like a retard on the death row
in Texas; I guess “tough luck,” right George?
Ain’t that how every war gets scored?
Big gun wins. Winner gets a free turn.
Enemy after enemy burns.
- Lil Kim wrote a whole reason you suck song to her long time rival, Nicki Minaj; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBHIBoUKmw Abbreviated, the reason Nicki sucks according to Kim is because she ripped off her style and claimed it as her own, and also that she'll never be as successful and famous as her and they'll forget her once the next "big thing" shows up while she still has a legion of fans.
- Nicki Minaj countered her attack with this; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYQpDwNd0o4 in which her reason you suck speech is generally telling Lil Kim that she's a jealous has-been who's selling out off of other people's success and that she isn't half the woman she used to be, and that she's disappointed in how bitter she is in real life.
- The debates between their fans still go on two years later.
- Death Cab for Cutie's track "Styrofoam Plates" is one for the narrator's dead Glorified Sperm Donor father, heavily subverting the Never Speak Ill of the Dead trope.
You're a disgrace to the concept of family.
The priest won't divulge that fact in his homily
and I'll stand up and scream if in the mourning remain quiet,
you can deck out a lie in a suit.
But I won't buy it.
I won't join the procession that's speaking their peace,
using five dollar words while praising his integrity.
Just 'cause he's gone, it doesn't change that fact:
he was a bastard in life, thus a bastard in death.
- John Squire has confirmed that The Stone Roses' "I Am the Resurrection" is an attack on somebody he and Ian Brown both know, although he refuses to say who. Whoever it is is clearly "a no-one nowhere washed up baby who'd look better dead".
- Megadeth's song "Liar" is a Reason You Suck song to former band member Chris Poland. It's 3 minutes and 20 seconds of straight-up insults.
x* Multiple examples came about as a result of the less-than-cordial parting between Tarja and the band Nightwish. Nightwish had "Bye Bye Beautiful" and "Master Passion Greed," aimed at Tarja and her husband, respectively. And Tarja fires back at Nightwish songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen with "Enough."
- Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" was attempting to be this, but fails epicly.
- Mariah Carey's "Clown" is one directed towards Eminem. Obsessed might be, but, in reality, it was most likely directed towards an L.A. producer that claimed he slept with her. However, her standout insult songs are Side Effects and I Wish You Well, both directed towards her abusive ex-husband.
- Nine Inch Nails has a few of these, most particularly "You Know What You Are?"
Just long enough to really make it hurt
When they figured me out and it all just rotted away
DON'T YOU FUCKING KNOW WHAT YOU ARE?!
Go on and get back to where you belong...
- Kim Stockwood's "Jerk" is all about how her inconsiderate ex is, well, a jerk.
- "Narcissus" by Alanis Morissette, in which she calls a guy out for being a spoiled child and then growing up to be extremely egocentric and misogynistic.
- "Big Shot" by Billy Joel involves the narrator calling out a companion female for drugging and drinking too much ("You had a Dom Perignon in your hand and a spoon up your nose") and acting obnoxious and embarrassing at a party, and her not remembering her rude behavior the next morning.
- "Self Esteem" by Garfunkel and Oates. The narrator refuses to get involved with a guy because he sends her texts at three a.m. that misspell her name, has slept with half her Facebook friends, and tells Blatant Lies on a regular basis. The first line of the chorus is "My self esteem's not low enough to date you."
- David Lee Roth's "The Dogtown Shuffle"
- The title track of concept album The Black Halo by progressive metal band Kamelot, doubling with "World of Cardboard" Speech. After spending two albums in a futile quest for the meaning of life and bargaining away his soul to Mephisto, Ariel finally grows a spine and denounces Mephisto as a liar and a traitor, declaring he no longer fears damnation.
- Hopsin has always been critical of mainstream hip-hop and it's near total Gangsta Rap image nowadays, but he usually reserved his criticism for the artists responsible for perpetuating that image. However, in his "The Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5", he gives a vicious condemnation of the fans of mainstream hip-hop as well as how he views today's generation of youth. It is a No Holds Barred Deconstruction of the Lazy Bum, All Girls Want Bad Boys, and especially Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!.
Hopsin: "Is it because you're selling drugs to get loot? And bragging about how you've been shot and stabbed - like it's fun to be you!?"
- Tool's "Hooker with a Penis", is one full song cussing out a fan accusing the rock group of selling out after they became a mainstream success. The main point is that everybody sells out to The Man at some point, and the fan complaining is an even bigger fool for still buying their albums.
- Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", where the singer puts down a useless ex-flame.
- "Get Over It" by the Eagles.
- Sir Phil Collins would like to inform you that he doesn't care anymore.
- Jars of Clay's "Light Gives Heat" is basically this towards Christians who attempt to westernize the Third World in the name of mission work.
- Phil Ochs was a protest singer, so it was common for him to sing against things he found to be awful. But one quintessential example is his 1965 diatribe against the state of Mississippi, "Here's to the State of Mississippi".
They're guarding all the bastions with their phony legal fort
Oh, justice is a stranger when the prisoners report
Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of
- "Grendel" by Marillion ends with Grendel giving the Danes the Reason You Suck speech before killing them.
You lust for gold with your sharpened knives
Oh when your hoards are gathered and your enemies left to rot
You pray with your bloodstained hands at the feet of your pagan gods
Then you try to place the killer's blade in my hand
You call for justice and distort the truth
Well I've had enough of all your pretty pretty speeches
Receive your punishment, Expose your throats to my righteous claws
And let the blood flow
- "Numbers" — a novelty song written by Shel Silverstein, performed by country-western singer Bobby Bare. A would-be ladies' man who grades women on a scale of one to ten meets a woman who decides turnabout is fair play. She lambastes everything about him, from his physique and manners to his clothes and car:
And there really ain't much to add once the subtractin's done
Since there ain't no zeroes, I give you a one!
- "Think Different" by Substantial (collaborating with Nujabes) is a big call-out to how vacuous gangsta rappers are compared to true hip hop.
- Pain was known to entertain this trope every so often. Namely in "Antidote", "Put 'Em Back", and the last few lines of "Grudge".
- "The Purest Land" by Cormorant features Lope de Aguirre, who delivers some speeches to the king of Spain.
- "Stupid Girl" by Garbage lashes out at a woman for being manipulative all while faking innocence.
- "Aunt Sophie's Song" from the Norwegian children's book and play When the Robbers came to Cardamum Town consists of the angry Moral Guardian Aunt Sophie delivering a ranting "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the entire town. And it's hilarious:
Oh, I'm so angry, cross and dour, cantankerous and mad,
because in our Cardamum, the state of things is sad!
If you were more like me, I think it'd work out in the end,
but you are not at all like me - and that's a crying shame! Yes!!!
- Scott Beach's spoken word recording Religion And Politics is about a conservative guy at a political debate who tells all the liberals they're all full of shit (which is bleeped) without offering any concrete proof why. He just keeps on repeating how every liberal there was all full of shit, questioning their patriotism, until the liberals gang up on the conservative and beat the shit out of him themselves. (The catch of this recording is that Scott Beach performed it in a single breath.)
- Reel Big Fish nails it about as bluntly as possible with "Your Guts (I Hate 'Em)."
I hate the way you look
(You make me sick)
I hate the way you talk
(I wanna punch you in the face)
I can't stand you at all
(You drive me insane)
Why won't you go away-ay-ay-ay?
- Tim Minchin's "Come Home (Cardinal Pell)" starts off sympathetic to his supposed ill health that prevents him returning to testify in Australia about child sex abuse. However it soon turns to asking if he covered up abuse by Gerald Risdale and accusing him of "ethical hypocrisy, intellectual vacuity and arrogance", being "scum" and worst of all cowardice. Minchin even gets God to chime in saying He has a "nice spot in Hell" and suggesting "he toughen up and go". The procedes from the song were used to send survivors of the abuse to Rome to witness Pell's testimony in person when he testified by video link.
- "Praying" by Kesha, which is supposedly aimed at her former producer Dr. Luke, who was accused by Kesha of sexual assault and emotional abuse that went on for years. While the song is about moving on, being strong and having hope of healing in the future, some of the lyrics really pack a punch. It's also a big Catharsis Factor if you know that she lost the fight against him:
And you said that I was done, but you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
You brought the flames and you put me through Hell
When I'm finished they won't even know your name!
- Todd in the Shadows put it best in his review of the song (listed in his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2017):
Todd: The song is basically a letter to the man who assaulted her, and it is powerful. ...I mean, it is a song about forgiveness, but like, the really condescending forgiveness that southerners like to use to remind you that you're a loathsome piece of shit. ...Kesha says in this song that she wants the best for Dr. Luke, and I believe it. Because what she means by that is that she wants him to be a completely different person than the piece of human garbage that he is.