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Is it possible for a band to go from critical darling to punching bag with just one song? Definitely, especially if the song is so popular that the distaste for it grows in direct relation to how ubiquitous it becomes.

We all know the bands that people love to hate, and in all cases, it can be traced to one song. The contempt may have been building awhile, but all it takes is one song that's so popular, it forces that disdain to the surface. 

Those tipping point songs are always catchy (which is why they're popular in the first place), but with every play the layers start to peel away, revealing a core that encapsulates everything annoying about a particular band. It's often the sound of a band in a creative vacuum, attempting to mimic a previous success, in turn referencing themselves so much that they become a self-parody. In other cases, it's a distinct shift in style, the result being that the band alienates its core fans and adds fuel to the fire for its detractors. 

In the gallery above, we take a closer look at 10 of those songs.

Is there one song that pushed your loyalty to your favourite band past the breaking point? Let me know on Twitter: @JesseKG.


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From U2 to Coldplay, 10 songs that made people hate the band

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mikeroy9
#1 posted by
mikeroy9
on Apr 19, 2014

I've personally given up on Coldplay, but still believe "Clocks" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" to be their greatest track and album to date. It's been a bit of mess in quality since that release.

Norargh
#2 posted by
Norargh
on Apr 21, 2014

Long time loathed Bono and his band of elites prancing around in the name of world peace, pocketing the cash along the way...

Norargh
#3 posted by
Norargh
on Apr 21, 2014

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aqdKjGJi9cHc

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