Weezer - The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)

This one is a doozy. “Greatest Man” is the genre defying second track off the Red Album; it twists and turns through 11 different themes, at one point Rivers gives rapping a respectable effort, and at another, the bandmates sing in harmony as if to bring back Bohemian Rhapsody. There’s a Bach section. There’s a spoken word section. There are sirens. The most surprising thing about this song is that it works. It has everything but a chorus, and that’s one of the reasons it works so well—we’re basically hearing 11 very short songs, one after the other. And how does a song like this end? It’s as if it decided on its own that it needed a stopping point; and that stopping point was it running out of genres to exploit.

If you don’t like it, you can shove it / But you don’t like it, you love it