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22 Terrible Songs by Great Artists

Great mistakes from Dylan, Elvis, Zep, the Who and more

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Jay Z, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Presley are great — but not perfect.

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As much as we love our favorite artists, it's hard to say that any of them are perfect. Here are 22 iconic artists who have been briefly lured by drugs, laziness, novelty, over-production, poor judgement or, in the case of Brian Wilson, rap music.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Don’t Pull Me Over” (2010)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 2010 LP Mojo is the group's deepest dive into the blues-rock they all grew up loving, but 11 songs in they take a very bizarre and unexpected detour into reggae. Sixty-year-old white millionaires don't have a great track record in this genre, especially when they're complaining about the potential of police mistreatment. "What I've got to do won't hurt anyone," Petty sings. "Where I've got to go won't hurt anyone/Don't pull me over, I've got mouths to feed. Don't pull me over, should be legalized." We get it. You like to smoke weed, even when you're driving. But if they pull you over, they're going to ask for an autograph and let you go. This song, however, deserves to be dragged into the station for questioning. "It doesn’t fit on the record," Petty's daughter Adria wrote on The Huffington Post while introducing her video for the track, "but in a way it is the standout moment on the record. It is the comic relief."

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