Calling someone a LOSER is usually reserved as the ultimate putdown of failure at life. You know the saying, “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt me”, the word loses its impact if you have the right attitude. Get called TV’s Biggest LOSER and you win $500,000 on their weight loss reality show. Many musicians have turned the negative label into a positive by aligning themselves with the nickname. Going all the way back to the Fab Four to even the crew on Glee’s theme song, a huge variety of bands and genres have used the word “Loser” in their song’s title. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Loser Songs:
10. Montgomery Gentry “Long Line Of Losers”
A traditional country rocker, Montgomery Gentry shows us that being from a broken home doesn’t mean your life is over. Take pride in who you are and your family that helped shape your personality.
9. Warrior Soul – “The Losers”
Kory Clarke’s Grunge rock band didn’t leave a big impression on the music industry. But the New York City rockers delivered a passionate “loser” number worthy of our Top 10 List.
8. Cast of Glee! – “Loser Like Me”
Glee has set multiple Billboard records for landing an incredible number of singles on the Hot 100. But every song has been a cover or a mash-up of two or more hit songs. “Loser Like Me” and “Get It Right” were their first two original songs. It was released on “Glee, The Music, Volume 5”
7. Little River Band – “Lonesome Loser”
This song went to #6 in 1979 for the Australian soft rock band. It’s been played to death on the radio, but it’s probably one of the first songs you thought of for this countdown.
6. 3 Doors Down – “Loser”
#1 on the Modern Rock charts. The highly personal lyrics speak about Brad Arnold’s high school friend who battled cocaine addiction.
5. Social Distortion – “Winners and Losers”
Punk rock favorites, Social Distortion, turn up the electric guitars and rip into a heated rocker. Released in 2004, this was the band’s comeback album after Mike Ness’ two solo records.
4. Bob Seger – “Beautiful Loser”
“He wants to dream like a young man, With the wisdom of an old man. He wants his home and security, He wants to live like a sailor at sea.” An early hit by Seger and his Silver Bullet Band, the song shows that a loser doesn’t have be a bad thing.
3. The Beatles – “I’m A Loser”
John Lennon admits he wrote this one after listening to a lot of Bob Dylan records. The country tinged song has downbeat lyrics but Lennon’s performance has to make you smile.
2. Beck – “Loser”
This was the song that introduced the masses to Beck. “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me”. “Loser” was funky, unique, tongue-in-cheek, and a brilliant mix of music genres. Beck claims to be imitating Public Enemy’s Chuck D’s rap style here.
1. Tom Petty – “Even The Losers”
Why is Tom Petty’s Loser song #1? It’s so upbeat and hopeful. The full title is “Even The Losers (Get Lucky Sometime)” People are influenced by words, but it comes down to your inner strength in how to choose to let it label you.