'Why Can't We Be Friends?' an apt statement to the world and also an absolute banger of a tune by the band War but sometimes things don't work out that way and people argue and fall out.
Even in the glamorous world of pop music, where everybody is happy and beautiful, arguments can happen and it's a terrible terrible thing. Despite being avid promoters of peace and love though, we can't deny that some of these feuds have produced some absolutely amazing songs and here we go through a few of the best.
1. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
It's the first entry and we're already bending our own rules because Rumours is not a single song but an amazing album filled with track after track of absolutely smashing songs all about lament, anger, loss, and betrayal. But why were the band going through such emotional turmoil?
Well, members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were going through a bitter breakup and whilst married coupled Christine and John McVie were in the process of divorcing one another. Recording sessions were tense and fraught and they fired shots at each other in the songs they wrote including Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way", Nicks' U.S. No.1 "Dreams" and Christine McVie's "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun". It worked a treat though as the album sold a total of 40 million copies worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album of all time.
2. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kanye West
Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you may not know that Taylor Swift is an incredibly big pop-star who finds herself at odds with a lot of other pop-stars. She has an ongoing feud with Katy Perry over backing dancers that saw Swift release 'Bad Blood' which saw Perry fire back with 'Swish Swish'.
Swift had previously released a song called 'Shake It off' about how she was just going to let it all go but then Kanye West also wound up Swift with derogatory comments about her in his song 'Famous. Swift clearly did not 'Shake It Off' and hit hard with her track 'Look What You Made Me Do' in which she pretty much proclaimed how she's going to take everyone down. Now, whatever you think of the players in this sordid affair, you can't deny that the songs we've just mentioned aren't very, very catchy.
3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Neil Young is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of a generation with his scintillating lyrics and rich melodies but when he took a dim view of the American South in his songs 'Southern Man' and 'Alabama', it obviously wound a few people up in the Southern states.
Young was making a point about white Southerners building their wealth off the back of slavery but Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant took exception to this. "We thought Neil was shooting all the ducks in order to kill one or two," he said, pointing out that many people had opposed racism and segregation and as such they released the massive hit single 'Sweet Home Alabama' which acted as an ode to their state and was shot through with fierce lyrics about Young himself including, "Well, I hope Neil Young will remember / A Southern Man don't need him around." Young himself loved the song and later went on to admit he was unfair on the South. "Alabama richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me in their greatest song," he wrote in his 2012 memoir. "I don't like my words when I listen to it. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue."
4. Destiny's Child - Survivor
Many may remember girl group Destiny's Child as the vehicle that launched Beyonce into becoming...well, Beyonce but the band did have other members. At the start, it was Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett but Roberson and Luckett would leave after the band's second album claiming that their management favored the other two singers.
There was some bad feeling between those who were left and those who had left and so, after replacing the departing singers, Beyonce wrote the song 'Survivor' with the pointed lyrics of "Now that you're out of my life, I'm so much better," she castigated her former bandmates. "You thought I wouldn't sell without you, sold nine million."
5. Prince - Old Friends 4 Sale
After the release of 'Purple Rain' people couldn't get enough of Prince and the mania surrounding him also plagued him and the artist was soon thrown into turmoil in both his professional and personal life. Part of this came about when bodyguard,"Big" Chick Huntsberry who was also a close friend and confidant sold a made-up story about the hitmaker to the National Enquirer to fund his cocaine habit.
Prince was furious and wrote the scathing, mournful track 'Old Friends 4 Sale' in a take down if Huntsberry but had a change of heart and didn't officially release it until 1991. By this time, Chick had been dead a year and Prince re-wrote the lyrics to express sympathy for his situation. The inferior version is the only one that's been officially released, appearing on the 1999 compilation The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale.
6. The Libertines - You Can't Stand Me Now
The British band has had their problems and none more prevalent than when lead singer Pete Doherty broke into guitarist and best friend, Carl Barat's flat in order to fund his burgeoning drug addiction. Having just been released from prison for the incident, the pair met up in a two-star Parisian hotel and penned this back and forth about their love/hate relationship.
A tongue in cheek toing and froing that references Doherty's thieving and heroin use the chorus sees the pair singing 'You Can't Stand Me Now at one another' but with clear affection on their voices. However, the band couldn't withstand Doherty's issues much longer and split six months later. With a clean and sober Doherty now back, they have reformed and are still touring.
7. Mariah Carey - Obsessed
So apparently Mariah Carey and Eminem dated. This is news to us and it was also news to Carey as well as after Eminem rapped "Mariah, what ever happened to us, why did we have to break up?" on his track 'Bagpipes On Baghdad' but Carey denied the relationship and said she only ever met him four times when all they did was 'hang out'.
Eminem continued to write about Mariah in his songs and so she fired back in her song 'Obsessed' which had some vicious lines like "You're delusional, boy, you're losing your mind", "Why you so obsessed with me?", "Lying that you're sexing me, when everybody knows / It's clear that you're upset with me" and the killer line "Finally found a girl that you couldn't impress."
8. Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors
After living in Hollywood for about a year and a half, Lead singer of the Foo Fighters Dave Grohl moved back to his native Virginia for a more relaxed setting where he promptly wrote a song about the 'fakeness' of Hollywood.
However, wife of former band mate Kurt Cobain, when Grohl was the drummer in Nirvana, Courtney Love claimed the song was about her after the pair had a bitter ongoing legal dispute over the band's music and image rights and how she was treating Cobain's legacy. Although this has never been confirmed, drummer of the band Taylor Hawkins has openly suggested a few choice lines may be about her and some of the lines to seem to be particularly close to referencing her actions. In any case, the pair seem to have made up when Nirvana were inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
9. 2Pac - Hit 'em Up
Rap beefs (beeves?) aren't particularly unusual and one of the biggest and most vicious was supposedly the rivalry between the former friends of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls as they feel out over a robbery and shooting on Shakur supposedly instigated by Biggie.
They traded insults and taunts constantly after this which led to the infamous East coast/West coast rap rivalry and is considered a contributing factor in both men's murders. In any case, this song about Tupac supposedly sleeping with Biggie's estranged wife (something she has constantly and persistently denied) is downright nasty but a darn good tune.
10. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Courtney Love is apparently no stranger to rubbing people up the wrong way and when she called Gwen Stefani a 'cheerleader' in an interview, Stefani set about writing 'Hollaback Girl' to a cheer rhythm and with an accompanying video which featured her as a cheerleader.
The general meaning behind the lyrics suggests she is prepared to rise above a battle of insults but if Courtney Love wants to get into fisticuffs, she is ready to go.