49 Hit Songs That Everyone Likes Apart from the Artists Who Sang Them

You might assume that all artists must have a special place in their hearts for songs that were massive hits; after all, they did great business for them. But that’s not always the case; sometimes artists regret letting a specific song become their identity, and sometimes they just personally don’t rate the song as much as the audience.  I guess they sometimes have strained relationships with the songs that appear to define them.

The majority of the time, artists throw together a small song or a bit of poetry for a laugh in a few heated moments, only to find that their audiences won’t leave until they play it in full. ISn’t that odd, sometimes these pop artists want nothing but to get rid of these songs while they are making them millions of dollars! Here are various artists who highly disliked a key song in their repertoire. We hope you enjoy!

1. Walk This Way by Aerosmith and Run-DMC

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith had reservations regarding the song during its recording. They didn’t agree with this amalgamation of hip-hop with rock and roll. Even though the song ended up being a huge hit, Aerosmith never really considered it their favorite. Joey Kramer once exclaimed that he doesn’t really like the song but respects what it signifies.

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Did you know that up until today, Aerosmith still happens to be one of the best-selling rock bands from America of all time! The band managed to sell way more than 70 million albums in America! If you’d like to know what their worldwide success is, well, that pretty number jumps up to a whopping 160 million! Impressed? I am!

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Kurt Cobain and co. made many super hit songs mainly because of the youth of the time related to their work. However, members of the band weren’t entirely happy with the song’s production and how it ultimately sounded like. “I’m embarrassed by it (when I listen to it) now,” said Kurt in the documentary “Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana.” He didn’t deem it fit to be a punk rock song.

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I think the real reason Hurt isn’t happy with the song is because he even admitted that it was only written to rip off the band ‘Pixies’! However, the song was actually inspired by a female vocalist called Kathleen Hanna. She is a friend of Kurt’s and she once shot him a phrase saying say he “smells like teen spirit.”

3. Let It Be by The Beatles

The iconic 1970 song has been revered for multiple decades, but Paul McCartney never liked the wall of the sound approach taken by Phil Spector on the song. John Lennon wasn’t pleased about the music of the song either. Regardless of how they might feel about the song, however, it garnered a cult following that to this day keeps growing stronger.

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Regardless, I guess the song had a bigger purpose, even if they felt that the song wasn’t exactly part of their style! Paul McCartney actually wrote the song. He was inspired by his mom who was named Mary. Unfortunately, she died when he was only 14 years old. A lot of people thought the lyrics including ‘Mother Mary’ was a biblical reference. But now you know, it’s for his mum!

4. Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

Sweet Child o’ Mine topped all the charts around the world post-release. It’s still regarded as one of the best rock songs ever recorded. However, Slash abhorred it. “I was sitting around acting like an idiot when I played that riff,” Slash said. “Izzy joined in, and I don’t know how but Axl Rose liked it, and the rest is history,” he added.

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The lyrics came from a poem Axl happened to be working on. He actually wrote this song about his girlfriend at the time, Erin Everly. She was the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. The couple dated for four years. They then decided to tie the knot in Las Vegas on April 28, 1990, but just nine months later, the marriage was annulled, with Everly claiming abuse.

5. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin didn’t have high hopes for the song that ended up becoming the most requested song on FM radio during the 70s. However, Robert Plant famously called it, “That bloody wedding song.” The band never released the song as a single, but in the approximately 5 decades that have passed since its release in 1971, it has become the all-time favorite of millions from around the world.

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Robert Plant spent a lot of the 70s  answering questions about the lyrics he wrote for “Stairway.” When he was asked why the song was so popular and loved by everyone, he always said it could be its “abstraction,” adding, “Depending on what day it is, I still interpret the song a different way – and I wrote the lyrics.” The beginning of the song is about a woman who accumulates money only to find out her life has no meaning.

6. Never Say Die by Black Sabbath

Geezer Butler has admitted that th e title of the album was supposed to be ironic after the band was faced with such creative and personal difficulties, which ultimately resulted in the firing of Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy said that the album was the worst piece of musical work he had ever produced and that he was ashamed that it had hit the stores. “I think it is disgusting,” he said.

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Despite the optimistic and emphatic title, this 1978 release marked the final Black Sabbath recording that featured the band’s complete original lineup for thirty years, until Black Sabbath announced on November 11, 2011 that they would be reuniting to record a new album with Ozzy in 2012.

7. Never Let Me Down by David Bowie

David Bowie felt directionless when he started working on “Never Let Me Down,” and he doesn’t deny it.

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“The album had some great songs which I didn’t treat right. I didn’t apply myself to the fullest. Perhaps I wasn’t really sure of what I should have been doing” Bowie said. Regardless of his feelings, however, the fans really enjoyed the album.

8. Strictly Personal by Captain Beefheart

Don Van Vliet, whom you may know as Captain Beefheart, initially didn’t mind the use of phasers by Bob Krasnow, the producer of the album, Strictly Personal.

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However, later, he changed his stance and said that he didn’t like the album personally. He further added that the phaser was used without his consent.

9. Cut the Crap by The Clash

The 1985 album, Cut the Crap was released after Clash only had two original members left. Joe Strummer admitted that since CBS had already paid for the album in advance, they had to give them something.

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Joe’s parents had recently died so you can imagine why he doesn’t hold the album in high regard. Joe had gone to Spain to grieve in solitude before the album had been finished, which meant that Bernie Rhodes had to rearrange the songs to a great deal.

10. One by One by Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl often talks about his songs honestly and without much regard for what the audience and media might construe from his words.

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Discussing One by One, Foo Fighters’ 2002 album, he said that he only liked four of the songs from the album. He further added that he never played the other songs again in his entire life.

11. Rainbow in the Dark by Dio

Rainbow in the Dark was a song that peaked at the #14 spot on the Mainstream Rock chart when it got released in 1983.

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Ronnie James Dio, however, didn’t like the song at all. He famously called the song “too poppy” after a recording session once, and then tried to destroy the tapes when he was stopped by other members of the band.

12. ‘Love Beach’ by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

The seventh studio album of the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer was such a huge misstep in their attempt to make radio-friendly songs, that the band had to go in to hibernate mode for over a decade.

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Carl Palmer still maintains that it’s one of the worst albums that the band ever made. He further added that his hate was not mainly for the music, but for the album cover.

13. Gold Digger by Kanye West

Kanye West considers one of his most successful song, Gold Digger, a mere means to an end. He didn’t like writing a song where a woman takes money from suggestible men simply to make money.

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Kanye admitted on a TV interview with Zane Lowe that he only wrote the song because he would get paid a great deal of money for it, but he never liked it.

14. Ooh La La by The Faces

Rod Stewart shifted all of his focus on establishing a career as a soloist during the band’s efforts to put together Ooh La La, which ended up being their final album.

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Ronnie Wood had to fill in as the substitute singer since Rod wasn’t giving the band enough time. Rod eventually really hated the results, and called the album a “bloody mess.”

Rod Stewart was increasingly focused on his solo career as the Faces’ constructed what would become their final album. Ronnie Lane ended up taking a more central role, and Ronnie Wood even sang. Stewart apparently wasn’t pleased with the results, telling Melody Maker that ‘Ooh La La’ was an “a disgrace” and “a bloody mess.”

15. Candy by Mandy Moore

You might know Mandy Moore for her prolific acting skills, but before she ever established a career as an actress, she used to test her mettle as a singer.

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It’s easy to forget her 1999 hit “Candy,” but when it was released, it helped her album go platinum. However, as her acting career started to take off, she didn’t really look back on her musical work with a smile on her face.

16. Time by Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac didn’t have Stevie Nicks or Lindsey Buckingham when they released the album “Time,” and as you’d expect, it didn’t even make the Top 200 albums list.

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Mick Fleetwood admitted that releasing a successful album after the departure of two pivotal members of the band was a long shot. He also confessed that he wished he had never made the album.

17. Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof, the voice for the iconic charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas despised the song more than any other person on the planet.

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He said that he hated listening to it every Christmas. He believes that he is responsible for giving the music industry two of the worst ever songs in Do They Know It’s Christmas? And We Are the World.

18. Strangers in The Night by Frank Sinatra

Sinatra had already wowed us for 20 years with his music when he recorded Strangers in the Night, which ended up being his first chart-topper in over 11 years.

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However, he still thought that it was the worst song he had ever heard. During a concert he said, “If you really like this song, you must be mad about pineapple yogurt” but the crowd didn’t care.

19. All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You by Heart

Ann Wilson admitted that she loved everything about the song apart from its lyrics. She believed that she was against the song talking about the exchange of bodily fluids between a woman and her lover.

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Regardless of the performer’s feelings about the ballad written by the legendary Robert Lange, the audience loved it, and it became the band’s first hit single during the 1990s.

20. Shiny Happy People by R.E.M

The alternative rock superstars didn’t always have a knack to producing happy, upbeat songs. When their record company asked them to make such a song, they gave them “Shiny High People,” a song they considered too absurdly sweet to get accepted.

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However, their plan went sideways when the record company liked the song, released it, and made it one of their most successful singles. Michael Stipe has repeatedly admitted that he hates the song.

21. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division

Unknown Pleasures is Joy Division’s most famous album, and everybody seems to have enjoyed it at some point in their lives, except, perhaps, Peter Hook.

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The bass guitarist once said that since the album’s music sounded a lot like Pink Floyd’s, he wasn’t pleased with the production. To be very honest, we would disagree; it’s one of the greatest punk rock albums to have ever been released.

22. Music from “The Elder” by Kiss

When the famed American rock band Kiss were working on their ninth studio album, Music from “The Elder” in 1981, they didn’t know Ace Frehley will depart over his disapproval of the album.

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Ace believed that Kiss wouldn’t be able to do justice to the true essence of a concept album. Once the album was released, however, even Paul Stanley admitted that it was “mediocre.”

23. Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp

Also though Jack and Diane topped the charts in 1982, John Mellencamp never really liked the song, primarily because of the hand claps; the very thing that gave the song its legendary status.

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He was so hellbent on wasting the song that he almost pulled it back from “American Fool.” John said that when he plays the guitar on his own, it all sounds fine. The problem occurs when the band chimes in.

24. Relationship of Command by At the Drive-In

Most of the albums that are infamous enough to be featured on this list ended up with the band disintegrating or quitting music altogether. Relationship of Command is also an example.

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When it was released in 2000, the band wasn’t able to handle the sudden onset of fame and soon dismantled. Omar Rodriguez especially hated how the album ended up sounding, calling it a mixing failure.

25. Zombie Zoo by Tom Petty

Tom Petty didn’t hold Zombie Zoo in high regard, and that’s an undersell to be very honest. Even though the song features his friend Roby Orbison, he never really grew fond of the music.

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“I don’t know how that got on the record. I had a lot of better stuff”, said Petty. Despite his reservations for the song, it did gain a lot of appreciation from fans and critics alike.

26. Cherry Pie by Warrant

When Jani Lane was coerced into writing a more commercial song to finish Warrant’s second studio album, he came up with Cherry Pie.

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It’s believed that he wrote it on the back of a pizza box. Surprisingly, the reason why Jani hates the song is that it became the staple of his career. “My legacy is Cherry Pie. Everything about me is Cherry Pie. I could shoot myself in the head for writing this song”, he once said.

27. Chelsea Girl by Nico

The chamber folk arrangements that were added on the song Chelsea Girl didn’t have Nico’s approval, and she has hated her hit song for that very reason, ever since.

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“I still can’t bring myself to listen to it,” she said while talking about the song. “It’s like they took all of what I liked about the song away, and added their own customizations,” she added.

28. It’s Hard by The Who

Roger Daltrey to this day believes that “It’s Hard” shouldn’t even have been released. He claims that he had many arguments with guitarist Pete Townshend about the song.

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Even though Pete is known to be a self-critical kind of guy, he never really found anything wrong with “It’s hard.” It was his sound musical judgment that ended up giving the world a great song in “It’s hard,” much to Roger’s disapproval.

29. Kill Uncle by Morrissey

Kill Uncle was the second solo album released by Morrissey after he left the legendary band Smiths. While talking about it in his autobiography, he mentioned that Kill Uncle was only recorded for the sake of recording.

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He was openly distasteful of the song because he thought he could have written far better music.

30. M.I.U. Album by The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys have undoubtedly released some avant-garde albums over the years, but M.I.U Album was one that about which even the band members had questions.

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Dennis Wilson, in particular, had some strong opinions about the album. “It’s an embarrassment to my life,” he said while talking about the album that made the band millions worldwide.

31. Wonderwall by Oasis

Liam Gallagher didn’t ever hold back at all from offering his opinions about music. He did the same for “Wonderwall,” one of Oasis’ most commercially successful songs.

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“I can’t stand that song at all. Every time I have had to sing it, I felt like gagging. When I go to America, and they ask me, ‘Oh, are you, Mr. Wonderwall?’, I want to chin someone.”

32. Heart of Gold by Neil Young

Even though Heart of Gold was Neil Young’s only #1 hit, he never really liked it. “This song put me right in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon started to seem boring.”

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He further added, “To overcome the bore, I headed for the ditch. Yeah, it was a rougher ride, but I found a lot more interesting people there”. A bit harsh, don’t you think?

33. The Final Cut by Pink Floyd

By 1983, Pink Floyd had already gained enough recognition worldwide that every album they released instantly became a sensation. At the same time, they released The Final Cut, which was well met by the audience.

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However, Roger Waters said he finished the project by adding “Cheap filler that we hadn’t put on one of our albums for years.” He further added that the album could’ve been a lot better had they put in an adequate amount of effort into it.

34. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus

Even though Party in the USA has been a staple of pop music, especially for the youth, for close to a decade now, Miley agreed that her role in the song wasn’t enough for her liking.

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“I really picked the song because I wanted to have something that would be in tune with my clothing line.” She said in an interview. However, she did admit that the song ended up sounding alright.

35. Encore by Eminem (2004)

The encore wasn’t rated highly by the critics, and even though Em’s religious followers still consider the album an all-time classic, Eminem himself didn’t think much of it.

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“When I look back on it today, I see a lot of mediocre things put in there. When I was writing the songs, my drug addiction got the better of me. I recorded some of the songs with Dre on a high.” That was probably the reason why we got iconic songs like Rainman and “A** like that” in the album.

36. Brass in Pocket by Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde famously told Chris Thomas, the producer of Brass in Pocket, that he would die before letting the song out. However, we are very happy nobody really cared about what she said.

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The song ended up becoming an anthem for feminists from all over the world. Regardless of the attention the song got, Hynde held her own saying that she never thought the song was great enough to be No. 1.

37. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

Brian May, the lead guitarist for Queen, thought that the iconic song “Don’t Stop Me Now” was a bit too self-indulgent.

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He agreed that the song was a great party piece, and signified fun and excitement, but he was also worried that the song was sending out the wrong message. When you think about lyrics like “I am a sex machine ready to reload” along with the fact that Freddie Mercury died of AIDS, you get what May was thinking.

38. Telephone by Lady Gaga Ft. Beyoncé

Most singers would look back at their performances with Queen Bey with sheer joy and nostalgia, but Gaga wasn’t really a fan of her collaboration with Beyoncé for the 2009 song, Telephone.

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“I hate the song. I don’t know if that’s a terrible thing to say. I find it hard to listen to it.” Gaga said. She further added, “The mixing and production of the song were way too stressful.”

39. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen spends multiple years trying to refine Born to Run. He reportedly spent months to finetune the title track alone. He wanted to make one of the greatest rock and roll records of all time.

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However, according to him, the album was far from it. In the initial years of release, he called the album “worst piece of garbage” he had ever heard. Eventually, Jon Landau, the producer had to convince him to release the album, much to his displeasure.

40. Royals by Lorde

The New Zealand star has to credit most of her recognition to Royals, but apparently, she doesn’t really like the song, now that she has had ample time to rethink it.

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“When I listen to covers of the song, I realize just how terrible the song really is,” she said. She further added that the song sounds like a ringtone from an old Nokia, as none of the melodies sound good.

41. I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry

Katy Perry doesn’t necessarily “hate” I Kissed a Girl, but she claims that if she were given a second crack at it, she would rework it massively.

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“The world has come a long way in the years since the song. Bisexuality isn’t looked down as much as it was in 2008. If I wrote the song again, I would definitely edit it somewhat.”

42. Pop by U2

The ninth studio album of the rock band U2 is regarded by the Edge as “A compromise project.” He said that they were having serious problems in producing and finetuning the music.

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“If you are having trouble mixing tracks, then that basically means that there is something deeply wrong with the music,” he said.

43. Around the Sun by R.E.M

During an interview, the band’s guitarist Peter Buck said that Around the Sun wasn’t really listenable for him. “I don’t like it because it sounds like a group of people fed up with the material that they can’t even stand it anymore,” he said.

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R.E.M weren’t entirely happy with the 1991 hit Shiny Happy People either, calling it a fruity pop song that only children would enjoy.

44. Creep by Radiohead

Creep has for a long time been an anthem for people with an inferiority complex and also those who just lack self-confidence, in general. None of the members liked the song before its release.

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Ed O’ Brien once said, “What you hear in the song is actually Jonny trying to f— up the song. He didn’t like how it ended up when we played it the first time, so he tried to spoil it further”. The blend of sweet and sour actually turned an otherwise ordinary song into an iconic jam.

45. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl is by far the most commercially successful and acoustically pleasant song ever released by Van Morrison.

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It made an entry in the Top 10 hits during 1967, but Van Morrison still wasn’t pleased with it, at all. During an interview with Time magazine once, he said, “I can think of 300 songs that are better than Brown Eyed Girl.”

46. Loaded by The Velvet Underground

The lead guitarist Lou Reed had quit before the release of The Velvet Underground’s fourth album in 1970, after admitting that he “gave up on the album.”

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He maintained his stance during future interviews saying that much of the editing and mixing were done without consulting him. He doesn’t consider Loaded to be reflective of everything the band was known for before it.

47. Like a Virgin by Madonna

Madonna has seen close to 50 of her songs feature on the Top 40 hits list, but she doesn’t indeed hold all of them in high regard.

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“I don’t think I can, or would want to sing Like a Virgin ever again,” she said during an interview in 2008. She further added that she might do it if someone paid her around $30 million, however.

48. Creep by TLC

This is the second Creep on the list, and even though it’s a little less known, it was still a hit in 1999. Dallas Austin wrote the song after T-Boz experienced some trouble in paradise, but not everyone was in favor.

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Lisa Lopes was adamant to somehow remove the song from the final cut. She hated the gist of the song and even made a remix where she added a rap verse which talked about safe sex.

49. Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

Simple Minds was chosen to write a soundtrack for a prospective blockbuster The Breakfast Club, and they couldn’t say no, even though they would have to record whatever they were given.

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The band apparently even bashed the song altogether while recording it. However, despite their reservations, nothing about it was changed, and yet, it became a cultural sensation.

In 1970, Eric Clapton wrote the hit song “Layla.” It was written for a woman named Pattie Boyd Harrison; he was in love with her even though she was married. The song also has elements from The Story of Layla and Majnun.

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When asked about the song, Eric said that “as a song, just in itself, I don’t think it’s got much going for it, to be honest with you. I mean, there’s structure, and there is melody…” Needless to say, Clapton wasn’t very enthusiastic.  He went on to explain that music was changing at the time of the song’s release, and Layla didn’t seem to fit.