Why do radio stations incessantly play U2’s One and never Two Hearts Beat as One, or In God’s Country, or any of a billion other interesting U2 songs? Why if you’re going to play The Police would you play King of Pain a hundred times and never Driven to Tears? Why a thousand Glycerines and nary a Chemicals Between Us? Why Everybody Hurts and not Leave?
My anti-ballad bias might be showing.
Speaking of which, The Knack has the distinction of writing the worst ballad of all time. It’s called How Can Love Hurt So Much and you can pretty much tell that their producers came in and said, you can’t do a whole album of My Sharonas so whip up a good slow number, will ya? (They failed.)