Who knew that Bette Midler singing her signature song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," at the Oscars would ignite such a social media firestorm. As it turns out, the song that has become a standard at weddings, funerals and graduations is one that people either love or hate, with equal passion on both sides.
Staff writers Tony Hicks (hates it) and Joan Morris (loves it) are among the divided, and they don't hold anything back in this pop culture smackdown.
Hicks: "Not only is "Wind Beneath My Wings" overly sappy, it's kind of patronizing. Bette Midler's pal is the wind blowing her higher than an eagle to touch the sky? Yeah, easy for you to say, Bette. You're the star in that relationship. You really want to be your friend? OK, first off, stop singing this song. I also get misty-eyed when I hear this, but not from emotion. It's the pain of all the schmaltz."
Morris: "Come on, how can you hate such an uplifting song? OK, it could be seen as a tad bit insulting to the people who are the wind, but it honors and thanks those people who have unselfishly helped us on our way. It is a simple song that says so much, and I rarely hear it without getting a little misty-eyed. And you know that Miley Cyrus will never sing it naked, which makes it even more perfect."
The debate got us thinking about other songs that have the power to divide the masses, and why people are so passionate on their respective sides. Next thing we knew, the song titles of similar songs were flying, but we eventually narrowed it down to a handful of popular vintage tunes, chosen with the idea that it takes a while for the song to truly get into your heart or drive you out of your mind.
So how about you? Take a look at the list of songs below, pick one (or more) and defend your choice -- a gift from the musical gods, or a sign of musical apocalypse? Send your responses, along with your name, city and suggestions for other pop culture smackdowns to Martha Ross, email@example.com by Thursday, March 13. Please put "love/hate" in the subject line.
So how about you? Take a look at the list of songs below, pick one (or more) and defend your choice -- a gift from the musical gods, or a sign of musical apocalypse? Send your responses, along with your name, city and suggestions for other pop culture smackdowns, to Martha Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday. Please put "love/hate" in the subject line.
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