Bowling for Soup’s Jaret Reddick Wishes He Had Written ‘Let It Go’
Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup was recently asked for his top ten songs he wishes he had written, with Disney's 'Let It Go' taking the #1 spot.
The Bowling for Soup front man and current voice of Chuck E. Cheese (how did I not know that?!) sat with Team Rock to discuss the songs that made him a little jealous he didn't write. Reddick told Team Rock that while he is the primary writer of the songs for the band, he doesn't consider himself an artist,
I definitely write from the standpoint of the listener. I’m less of an ‘artist’ than probably a lot of songwriters, since I tend to stick to simple structures and songs that are easy to listen to. When you start getting into crazy dissonant chords and odd tunings, you’re going to hit your niche, but the average Joe down the street won’t always get their head around what you’re doing.
For me, a perfect song is a song that you can’t get sick of.
Reddick's top ten shows an eclectic taste, ranging from Disney to Country to Classic Rock and even a truly classic song.
- 'Let It Go' by Idina Menzel
- "That song is so good. I remember sitting in the theatre watching the film with my kids and I looked over at my wife as if to say, ‘Holy sh*t!’ After hearing it one time I could already sing it. It’s brilliant. I’ve probably now heard it as many times as I’ve heard any song in the world, just in the last three years, but I still can’t say that I’m sick of it."
- 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain' by Willie Nelson
- "If you go back and look at any of the old country and rock‘n’roll stars, the chances are they all did a Willie Nelson song and Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, for me, is the perfect Willie Nelson song."
- 'Welcome to the Jungle' by Guns N' Roses
- "The trashy blues-rock thing was already kind of happening, but Guns N’ Roses stumbled on the magic formula.”
- 'Flagpole Sitta' by Harvey Danger
- "It’s produced really oddly and he’s not even always on pitch, and it’s rare for me to like a song like that, but it’s simple and it’s rocking and I’d definitely love to have it in my cataloge.”
- 'Crazy Train' by Ozzy Osbourne
- "It’s the song that got me into music. It’s the reason I asked for a drum set and started listening to metal music."
- 'Happy Birthday to You' by Mildred J. Hill and Patty Smith Hill
- "I wish I’d written Happy Birthday To You because it’s still not public domain, which means that somebody’s family is still collecting a sh*t load of money off the song."
- 'Learn to Fly' by Foo Fighters
- "I prefer the more melodic Foo Fighters songs so it would’ve been either Everlong or Learn to Fly, but I think Learn to Fly just has that great feel good vibe. It’s a perfectly written song that you can sing along to, it makes me happy, and I never get sick of it.”
- 'Imagine' by John Lennon
- “Not only is this one of the most perfect songs ever written, it’s also one of the most poignant songs ever written."
- 'Mr. Jones' by Counting Crows
- "The reason I’ve picked this song is because it’s infectious, it’s simple, and you can never get sick of it. No matter when it comes on, I just turn it up and go."
- 'Carry On' by fun.
- "Not only is this song something I can’t get sick of; it’s an entire album that I can’t get sick of."