YMMV / Barenaked Ladies

  • Broken Base: Whether or not Steven Page's departure from the band was a detriment to the rest of the band. They're still filling venues and selling albums, but hardcore fans feel that without Steve, they're just not the same.
  • Ear Worm: "It's been...one week since you looked at me!"
  • Face of the Band: Steve and Ed shared this title for the former's entire time in the band, Steve moreso simply because he was a better lead singer. Even after his departure, even hardcore fans have a difficult time remembering the names of the other three members.
  • 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".
    • "Pinch Me" discusses the feeling of being depressed even when things are going fine. It stings a bit harder knowing that Steven Page, as it turned out, does have mental health issues.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Box Set". Hard to believe they were this savvy on their first album.
  • Memetic Mutation: Neil Cicierega has turned "One Week" into this by featuring it prominently on one of his mash-up albums.
    • IT'S BEENnote 
    • Chickity China, the Chinese chicken.note 
    • Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The album cover of "Stunt" can be unsettling to some people.
  • 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.