Today I learned that the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is widely reviled. From the Wikipedia article:
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is often the subject of ridicule. In 2004, it was included in Blender magazine’s list titled “50 Worst Songs Ever!” and was voted the worst song of all time in an online poll organised by Mars. In 2012, the NME’s website editor, Luke Lewis, argued that the Beatles had recorded “a surprising amount of ropy old toss”, and singled out “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” as “the least convincing cod-reggae skanking this side of the QI theme tune”. That same year, Tom Rowley of The Daily Telegraph said the track was a “reasonable choice” for derision, following the result of the Mars poll, and it subsequently came second (behind “Revolution 9”) in the Telegraph’s poll to determine the worst Beatles song.
I always liked that song, and never thought of it as anything other than a light, fun song that is supposed to be—big shock here—light and fun. I’m more apt to be critical of art that takes itself too seriously.