What is the WORST Jimmy Buffett song?

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What is the WORST Jimmy Buffett song?

Post by Bicycle Bill »

According to Ike Morgan in an article found on AL.com, it's this one.


Things you realize while ranking (almost) every song Jimmy Buffett has recorded:

Buffett has written songs with really cool people.  Some of his favorite co-writers, of course, have been bandmates Mac McAnally, Will Kimbrough, Michael “Mr.” Utley, and Will Jennings as well as the late Steve Goodman ("City of New Orleans," "You Never Even Called Me By My Name").  You’ll also find co-writing credits for Glenn Frey, Bill Withers, and the princess herself, Carrie Fisher.

His evolution from folk to Gulf-and-western to a more heavily island sound makes it difficult to rank the catalog because your mood really affects how you perceive the comparisons.  If I did this exercise again some of the songs (mostly outside the top 100) might be much higher or lower.

For average quality of songs, I’d rank his decades: 1. 1970s; 2. 2000s; 3. 1990s; 4. 1980s.

Before we get started, just know that we will disagree.  Which is fine with me.  My rankings are not a music snob’s list about good and bad music (although both are well-represented).  But beyond the vocal melodies and chord progressions, there is an awful lot of humor and storytelling going on in Buffett’s work.  Nearly all of it seems to fit into Buffett’s musical journey as he leads his legions toward their metaphorical Margaritaville.

Some criteria

Here is one thing I consciously decided and one thing I couldn’t help:

Originals were given more consideration than covers, generally.  Some covers, however, fit Buffett’s catalog so well there was little difference while others might rank noticeably low.  For example, Stephen Stills’ “Southern Cross” is simply more 'Buffett' than Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings,” even though they’re both wonderful songs that Bubba does well.

I’m somewhat biased toward the more country-sounding music.  Remember that Miami parrothead at the beginning of the 1985 concert film “By the Bay” who complains that Buffett has been “up there with those rednecks”?  That guy probably wouldn’t like my rankings.

What's not on the list
  • ● Songs that did not appear on a studio album and were not released as singles.
    ● Cuts from movie soundtracks such as “Rancho Deluxe” and “Hoot” and the musical soundtrack from “Don’t Stop the Carnival” that were not released as singles.  Most of these were not intended to stand on their own, and it felt awkward to rank them against full-length pieces.
    ● “Abandoned on Tuesday” and “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and any other pre-“Down to Earth” recordings that never made it to an album.  I’ve never heard them, and you probably haven’t either.
    ● Songs appearing only on live albums.
    ● Other peoples' songs on which Buffett appears, such as Alan Jackson's "5 O'Clock Somewhere" and Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep".
That leaves 307 sandy, salty, and seaworthy songs.  Let’s count ‘em down:
Click here to read the article and to see the list.

Ohh.... just as a sort-of **spoiler alert** .... #1 (and four others in the Top Ten) can be found on the 'yellow album'. [smilie=nod.gif]
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Re: What is the WORST Jimmy Buffett song?

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Dammit, I happen to like "Creola". :pirate:
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And he also ranked "Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants" very low.
Nope, don't think much of this guy's list. :pirate:
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Post by drunkpirate66 »

Today I learned that there are over 100 Jimmy Buffett songs worse than Math Sux.
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Post by LIPH »

What's not on the list
Songs that did not appear on a studio album and were not released as singles.
Cuts from movie soundtracks such as “Rancho Deluxe” and “Hoot” and the musical soundtrack from “Don’t Stop the Carnival” that were not released as singles. Most of these were not intended to stand on their own, and it felt awkward to rank them against full-length pieces.
● “Abandoned on Tuesday” and “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and any other pre-“Down to Earth” recordings that never made it to an album. I’ve never heard them, and you probably haven’t either.
Songs appearing only on live albums.
● Other peoples' songs on which Buffett appears, such as Alan Jackson's "5 O'Clock Somewhere" and Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep".


The guy didn't even follow his own guidelines. He has both Southern Cross and Barefootin' on the list. Southern Cross has never been on a studio album, only live albums. Barefootin' is from the "Hoot" soundtrack. Neither song, as far as I know, was ever released as a single. Plus, he loses all credibility by not ranking almost every song in the history of the universe above Turn Up The Heat And Chill The Rose, A Lot To Drink About and Too Drunk To Karaoke.
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Post by Dr.Corona »

LIPH wrote:
May 7, 2017 7:33 pm
What's not on the list
Songs that did not appear on a studio album and were not released as singles.
Cuts from movie soundtracks such as “Rancho Deluxe” and “Hoot” and the musical soundtrack from “Don’t Stop the Carnival” that were not released as singles. Most of these were not intended to stand on their own, and it felt awkward to rank them against full-length pieces.
● “Abandoned on Tuesday” and “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and any other pre-“Down to Earth” recordings that never made it to an album. I’ve never heard them, and you probably haven’t either.
Songs appearing only on live albums.
● Other peoples' songs on which Buffett appears, such as Alan Jackson's "5 O'Clock Somewhere" and Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep".


The guy didn't even follow his own guidelines. He has both Southern Cross and Barefootin' on the list. Southern Cross has never been on a studio album, only live albums. Barefootin' is from the "Hoot" soundtrack. Neither song, as far as I know, was ever released as a single. Plus, he loses all credibility by not ranking almost every song in the history of the universe above Turn Up The Heat And Chill The Rose, A Lot To Drink About and Too Drunk To Karaoke.
I have no issue packaging the threesome you mentioned along with Math Suks & Everybody's on the Phone as the bottom feeder five!
Oh, and I LOVE Creola!
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Post by spadilly »

Creole is nowhere near the worst.
Worst implies skipping it or changing the station when it comes on. I don't mind creole one bit.

"Turn Up the Heat, Chill the Rosé" would probably have my vote. Either that or "Too Drunk to Karaoke."
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I can't believe I wasted my time looking at that list. I might have to go read some headlines on "Yahoo" to make myself feel better.
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Tough call. But I know darn well what his worst book is.
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Post by ASaltyPieceOfLand »

spadilly wrote:
May 8, 2017 10:19 am
Creole is nowhere near the worst.
Worst implies skipping it or changing the station when it comes on. I don't mind creole one bit.

"Turn Up the Heat, Chill the Rosé" would probably have my vote. Either that or "Too Drunk to Karaoke."
Vampires, Mummies And The Holy Ghost is bad, so is Cultural Infidel - but not as bad as Turn Up the Heat, Chill the Rosé AND Party At The End Of The World!
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Post by C4Parrothead »

Agree with all of these. My Top 3 are

Math Sux
Too Drunk Too Karaoke
Party at the End of The World
Earl's Dead Cadillac for Sale coming in a close 4th
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Post by daddymention »

My top 5 worst songs...
1. Too Drunk To Karaoke
2. Math Suks
3. Turn Up The Heat, Chill The Rose
4. You Call It Jogging
5. Summerzcool

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Post by The Remittance Man »

Without a doubt, the worst is "She's Got You." "Math Suks" may be silly and dumb, but at least it's not butchering someone else's classic.

Among Buffett originals? Probably "Chill the Rose" or "We're Still Here" (although I guess the latter doesn't count here because it hasn't been on a studio album).
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Post by 65pacecar »

C4Parrothead wrote:
May 11, 2017 3:35 pm
Agree with all of these. My Top 3 are

Math Sux
Too Drunk Too Karaoke
Party at the End of The World
Earl's Dead Cadillac for Sale coming in a close 4th
I have to agree with you, especially on Too Drunk to Karaoke, its terrible. But I kinda like Part at the End of the World.

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Post by sabresparrothead »

Creola is on my setlist/CD of Buffett favorites...

Regabilly Hill, Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants, African Friend, Somewhere Over China, The Night I Painted the Sky (OK, I pretty much love everything from Barometer Soup), and Love and Luck (doesn't everyone love that song?), among others, appear in the bottom half of his rankings, and I'd say they're all well in my top half.

But he has Summerzcool, Brown Eyed Girl (a great song when Van Morrison sang it - and also violates his criteria), and Party at the End of the World in his top half...

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Post by ASaltyPieceOfLand »

The Remittance Man wrote:
May 20, 2017 6:26 am
Without a doubt, the worst is "She's Got You." "Math Suks" may be silly and dumb, but at least it's not butchering someone else's classic.

Among Buffett originals? Probably "Chill the Rose" or "We're Still Here" (although I guess the latter doesn't count here because it hasn't been on a studio album).
We're Still Here is, technically speaking, on his 2006 LP Take The Weather With You on the CD edition only, to my knowledge, anyway.
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BPinMI wrote:
June 11, 2017 8:03 am
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Post by wanderingtoes »

Creola would certainly not be in the bottom of my list. I love the song, likely the writer missed the meaning, because he doesn't know the origination of the song, but he is entitled to his opinion.
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Post by ASaltyPieceOfLand »

wanderingtoes wrote:
June 15, 2017 8:59 am
Creola would certainly not be in the bottom of my list. I love the song, likely the writer missed the meaning, because he doesn't know the origination of the song, but he is entitled to his opinion.
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