YMMV: Barenaked Ladies

  • Dude, Not Funny!: The line "Better chance you're gonna buy it at the mall" in the upbeat and lighthearted song "Odds Are", released less than a year after the Toronto mall shooting in summer 2012.
  • Ear Worm: "It's been...one week since you looked at me!"
  • Genius Bonus: Among many Ed sprinkles around his lyrics, one of the lines in When I Fall is "it's 9.8 straight down".note 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A great number of songs after Steven Page's departure, most notably "Call and Answer", "Alcohol", "Bank Job" and "War on Drugs," the first of which was actually the last song he ever performed live with the band.
    • "Sell, Sell, Sell", an already politically charged song, becomes this after 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror.
      • Especially with the line about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
    • From the same album, the first few lines of "Helicopters" wouldn't sound out of place in a song about the September 11th attack.
    "This is where the helicopters came to take me away
    This is where the children used to play
    This is only half a mile away from the attack
    This is where my life changed in a day, and then it changed back"

    "This is where the allies bombed the school, they say by mistake"
    • The line "Try to behave" in "Celebrity".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Box Set". Hard to believe they were this Genre Savvy on their first album.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "Get in Line," the music video of which features the outrageously paranoid Dale Gribble from King of the Hill.
  • Signature Song: "One Week".
    • In their native Canada, where "One Week" was not as popular as in the US, their Signature Song is far and away "If I Had $1000000," which is easily their second most famous song in the States.