Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" Songs

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

While walking through the subway station tunnel at 59th Street station here in New York, I heard someone across the platform loudly and repeatedly singing the refrain "I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna..." until the increasingly distant voice trailed off completely as I climbed the steps to the street at Central Park South. The song kept echoing in my head as I tried to figure out what it was. I couldn't pinpoint it, but then I realized that it could be one of countless songs that have those same three words. "I don't wanna" is something people say a lot and naturally spin into song lyrics, hence this Amoeblog post. Here are the Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" songs with those words in its title or lyrics.

This list includes heavy hits such as Minor Threat's "I Don't Wanna Hear It" (my favorite of them all, and a song that has been covered by many other artists, including Slayer). Then there's The Ramones' song "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" from their !Adios Amigos! album and the Descendents' title track I Don't Want To Grow Up, both of which are included. The Ramones recorded several other "I Don't Wanna" songs, including "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement," "Don't Wanna Be Learned/Don't Wanna Be Tamed," and "I Don't Walk Around With You." However they did "Wanna Sniff Some Glue" - all four of these Ramones songs (some in demo format) can be found on the wonderful 2001 collection entitled The Ramones.

In the pop/rock vein there are such songs as Aerosmith's big hit "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" and Gavin DeGraw's breakout 2003 hit single "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album Chariot, in which he sings: "I don't wanna be anything other than what I've been trying to be lately." In Tina Turner's hit "I Don't Wanna Fight" the soulstress sings: "Don't you know baby I don't wanna hurt no more....I don't care whose wrong or right. I don't really wanna fight no more." Then there is Albert Hammond's excellent "I Don't Wanna Die In An Airline Disaster" in which, in addition to not wanting to die in an air disaster, he also lists "And I don't wanna die in a freeway pile-up," among other fates. In a similar vein is The Unicorns' 2004 Ween-esque "I Don't Wanna Die" that lists the ways they don't want to die, including, "We don't wanna die in the ocean" and "I don't want to die in a plane crash." Someone who did tragically die in a plane crash is Aaliyah whose song "I Don't Wanna" with sample lyrics like "I don't wanna be...Be without you, be without you. I don't wanna live…live without you" makes this top ten list.

Songs that almost made the list include Toni Braxton's "I Don't Want To," Rise Against's "I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore," and The Outfield's "I Don t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight."

Check out all the songs below!

1) Minor Threat "I Don't Wanna Hear It"

2) Descendents "I Don't Want To Grow Up"

3) The Ramones "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"

4) Toxic Reasons "War Hero"

5) Albert Hammond "I Don't Wanna Die In An Airline Disaster"

6) Aerosmith "I Don't Want Miss A Thing"

7) The Unicorns "I Don't Wanna Die"

8) Tina Turner's "I Don't Wanna Fight"

9) Aaliyah "I Don't Wanna"

10) Gavin DeGraw "I Don't Want To Be" (2003)

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