"The Reason You Suck" Speech/Music
- "The Wall" by Pink Floyd in its entirety is about how a rock star thinks he's always been the victim through his life and would just prefer to be shut off entirely from the world and eventually order his fans around like a Nazi-esque fashion. In the second to last song, he retreats within his own Psyche where he receives this from apparitions that represent the people that "hurt" him during a mock trial and gets totally verbally bashed by the Judge which included the threat of being defecated on.
- "Go on Judge! Shit On Him!"
- "Admit It" by Say Anything was (originally meant to be in the Rock Opera that the CD was written as) Max's faceoff with the man and he calls it 'the corniest song he's ever written' and claims that 'accepting love and salvation lies within admitting he is nothing more or less than a human being.' So really, a Take That to anyone who tries to make things bigger than they actually are and can't accept that they should just seek happiness in the short time they have (which is most all people on the planet).
- "The Stand (Man or Machine)" and the first half of "The Sons of Fate," by The Protomen, are basically the "the people you fight for aren't worth it" version of this trope in incredibly epic musical form.
- What makes this especially effective is he's right.
- The song "You're Pitiful" is "Weird Al" Yankovic's way of telling you that you suck. It's can be seen as a dark reprise because it's a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful". He even goes so far to say that your DOG would rather play fetch by itself.
- On the other end of the scale, Al used two words to say that Atlantic Records sucks in the video for "White & Nerdy".
- Bob Dylan has a few songs in the spirit of this trope, including "Like a Rolling Stone", "Positively 4th Street", and "Ballad of a Thin Man".
- The gist of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" is "You suck because of the hell you put me through. Good thing I don't suck as much as you do."
- "Fear" by Disturbed is one long rant about how pathetic and worthless someone is. It's supposed to be told from the victim's point of view (in other words, he's singing at you).
- Freddie Mercury allegedly dedicated this delightful tune to the band's ex-manager, Norman Sheffield.
- Running Wild's "Underworld" ends with this:
You have eyes to see, nevertheless you see nothing.
You have a soul to feel, nevertheless you feel nothing.
You have a mind to know, nevertheless you know nothing.
That is the way we want you to be! HOHOHOHO!
- Many of Lupe Fiasco's tracks towards Mainstream Hip-Hop and towards society in general. And the worst part of it is...he's actually the good guy.
- This trope is the entire point of the "diss" track. Also doubles as Take That.
- The second track on Swans' magnum opus Soundtracks for the Blind, "I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull", is focused around an FBI recording of an unknown man delivering a rather bizarre one to someone else (possibly a federal agent), going on at length about exactly how the subject in question is "fucked up."
- Eminem's "Cleanin Out My Closet" is a huge one to his abusive mother due to her making his life even as a celebrity as a living hell. The third verse in particular is one of these.
Now I would never diss my own momma just to get recognition.
Take a second to listen for who you think this record is dissin.
But put yourself in my position; just try to envision,
Witnessin your momma poppin prescription pills in the kitchen,
Bitchin that someone's always goin through her purse and shit's missin,
Goin through public housin systems, victim of Munchausen's Syndrome.
My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't,
'Til I grew up, now I blew up, it makes you sick to ya stomach,
Doesn't it? Wasn't it the reason you made that CD for me Ma?
So you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?
But guess what? You're gettin older now and it's cold when your lonely,
And Nathan's growin up so quick he's gonna know that you're phony,
And Hailie's gettin so big now; you should see her, she's beautiful,
But you'll never see her - she won't even be at your funeral!
See what hurts me the most is you won't admit you was wrong;
Bitch do your song - keep tellin yourself that you was a mom!
But how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get?
You selfish bitch; I hope you fuckin burn in hell for this shit!
Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished it was me?
Well guess what, I AM dead - dead to you as can be!
- The Ben Folds Five song, "Best Imitation of Myself" Includes the verse:
The 'problem with you' speech you gave me was fine
I liked the theories about my little stage
And I swore I was listening but I started drifting
Around the part about me acting my age
- In Harper Valley PTA, the PTA sends a single mother a letter saying they disapprove of how she's raising her daughter, because of her short skirts and her dating and going to bars. In response, the mother walks into the PTA meeting and calls out the members--one (married) member has asked her for a date, one is a heavy drinker, one impregnated his mistress, etc.
- Knorkator's Anti-Christmas Song Weinachtsschimpfe (christmas rant) is a No Holds Barred rant against consumerism and hypocrisy and a major deviation from the bands usually humorous and light hearted style. Except that it's presented like a solemn church music.
- Du bist schuld (it's your fault) is a rant about the continuing financial crisis. It's less caustic but tells everyone that the problems are not caused just by a few people, but the result of western society as a whole.
- "Ching Chong! Asians in the Library song", in response to Alexandra Wallace's anti-Asian rant video, is largely one dedicated to her.
You ain't that polite, American girl
Your momma raised you to be
So when you reach that epiphany-
Wait, are you freakin' kidding me?
If you have an epiphany every time you study
that means you are probably doing something wrong.
But I like it when you're wrong...
- The Dead Kennedys wrote "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" as a Reason You Suck Song for their Neo-Nazi Misaimed Fandom who didn't quite get that their songs "Kill The Poor" and "California Uber Alles" weren't endorsing the ideas they portrayed.
- Northern State has "Sucka Mofo," which is a gigantic one of these directed towards chavs, bums, mooches, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, and pro-lifers.
- I Never Liked You by Rogue Traders
- Revenge Is Sweeter, When It All Falls Apart, Cold by The Veronicas
- The bridge to Frank Zappa's "Mom And Dad" launches one at the parents who said their children deserved to get shot for looking too weird:
Ever take a minute just to show a real emotion?
In between the moisture cream and velvet facial lotion?
Ever tell your kids you're glad that they can think?
Ever say you loved them, ever let them watch you drink?
Ever wonder why your daughter looks so sad?
It's such a drag to have to love a plastic mom and dad!
- Guniw Tools's "DISTORTION":
Tell me, what are you complaining about?
Complaint is just spilling from your mouth.
Turned on by trite TV dramas,
You grow fatter everyday.
So tell me.
How come that's my fault?
. . . You scream because you can't get what you want
- I Know Where You Sleep and Don't Blame Me are this trope, by Emilie Autumn
- Nickelback's "Never Again" combines this with Calling the Old Man Out.
Father's a name you haven't earn yet
You're just a child with a temper
Haven't you heard don't hit a lady
Kicking your ass will be pleasure
- They also have "Just To Get High" which calls out a drug addict for his selling soul to fuel his addiction and "Throw Yourself Away" which takes a shot at the Prom Mom
- Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake 's "Give It To Me" is a 3 part speech directed at Fergie, Scott Storch, and Prince
- "How Do You Sleep" and "Steel and Glass", both by John Lennon, are basically lengthy lists why the subjects of the songs (reputedly Paul McCartney in the former case) are worthless human beings.
- Dear Mr. Douchebag, we all agree that you are a dumbass, why can't you see that? (And a Jerkass, to boot.)
- Lily Allen's "Fuck You" is pretty self-explanatory, and particularly goes after homophobes and racists.
- In many cases, "The Villain Sucks" Song can fall under this
- Shinedown's Bully contains this chorus directed at bullies
All you'll ever be is the faded memory of a bully
Make another joke while they hang another rope so lonely
Push em to the dirt til the words don't hurt can you hear me?
No one's gonna cry on the very day you die you're a bully
- "Nowhere Kids" from the same album seems to be one towards Paparazzi
- "Mean" and "Dear John" by Taylor Swift, and also about half of her other songs, mostly directed towards her various exes or their new girlfriends
- "Top of the World" by The All American Rejects is this towards George W. Bush
- Sabaton songs have many of these. For example, "In the Name of God" to terrorists, "Reign of Terror" and "Panzer Battalion" for Saddam Hussein, and "Rise of Evil" for Nazi Germany
- Daughtry's "All These Lives" says that child abductors are not people, just a disease.
- "Douchebag" by Patent Pending.
- Aimed at a specific city, The Decemberists' "Los Angeles, I'm Yours", and Death Cab for Cutie's "Why You'd Want To Live Here" both hate a lot on LA and those who live there.
- "When Will You Die" by They Might Be Giants
- "Grenade" by Bruno Mars, though despite all that, he still loves said girl.