There are many reasons why this can occur. Perhaps the singer is simply tired of singing a song. Sure, “Like a Virgin” and “Holiday” helped propel Madonna to the top of the charts in the ’80s. However, the Material Girl has sung those songs so many times that she once confessed it would take several million dollars to convince her to play them in front of a crowd again.
This kind of dread can also occur because some bands are not actually in the music business for the money or fame. Radiohead is a band that prides itself on originality. When “Creep” launched them into the mainstream, it wasn’t necessarily where the band wanted to land. In the years since, lead singer Thom Yorke has been extremely vocal about his hatred of the song. But Radiohead isn’t the only band that dislikes their biggest hit. Led Zeppelin, Warrant, and Simple Minds make the list of singers who hate their hits as well.