YMMV / The B-52s

  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Love Shack", which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    • "Rock Lobster" deserves a mention as well, but it didn't get nearly as much airplay (only reaching #56).
  • Ear Worm: Their entire discography is this. No exceptions.
  • Epic Riff: "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho", "Hallucinating Pluto", "Pump", and "Lava" are the best examples.
  • Epileptic Trees: There are a ton circulating around the Throw It In! line "You're what?!/Tin roof...rusted" from "Love Shack." The prevailing theory (as pointed out by Pop Up Video) is that it's some obscure slang for "pregnant". However, the Love Shack did have a tin roof, and it was rusted.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The shack that inspired the song "Love Shack" burned down in December 2004.
    • "Give Me Back My Man" and "Ain't It A Shame" are both sung by Cindy lamenting the loss of a man...and became this when her brother (and B-52's guitarist) Ricky Wilson died in 1985. In fact, "Ain't It A Shame" was one of the last songs the band recorded with him, and Cindy had no idea he had AIDS at the time.
    • In Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland, the lyric This girl's lost someone/Who is that someone? might strike a chord if you consider the fact that Ipanema was from Ricky's final album, and he died before the album was released. In a way, the someone that has been lost is Ricky. And the girl is Cindy. And no one other than Keith knew Ricky was literally dying during Bouncing. It might take quite a few listens to catch that.
  • LGBT Fanbase: They have one, likely due to Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Ricky Wilson being gay.
  • Periphery Demographic: Kate once said that their songs were popular with toddlers.
    • The band gained many young fans in the 16 year gap between Good Stuff and Funplex, many of whom were not born when the band started out or even during their Cosmic Thing heyday. This meant that the release of Funplex was an occasion when many fans finally got to buy an album of new material when it came out.
  • Signature Song: Both "Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack". They have played both at every show since they were introduced and the success of them as singles was enough to sustain their entire career. To a lesser extent, they have also played "Planet Claire" and "Dance This Mess Around" at very nearly every show too, and the same with "Roam" later on.
  • Tear Jerker: Cindy's solo song, "Ricky", is this since it was a tribute to him after he died.
    • "Give Me Back My Man" can come across as this. Cindy sounds depressed as she sings about wanting an old lover back.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Although the band members did smoke marijuana in the early days (in one instance, leading to the writing of Quiche Lorraine), for many years their strongest vice has been alcohol, and they have never used psychedelics. The crazy ideas they come up with are inspired by weird movies and the band's sense of humor.
    • Alcohol is actually what led to the band forming, after they shared a large cocktail (Flaming Volcano) at a Chinese Restaurant and went to a mutual friend's house and started jamming on his music equipment, creating a song called "Killer Bees" (never recorded). They've written about alcohol in Deadbeat Club (99c Beer), Deviant Ingredient (Martini) and Is That You Mo-Dean? (Wine).