All My Favorite Songs

Album: OK Human (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Rivers Cuomo sings of how confusing life can be. He wants to be rich, but feels guilty about wealth, and his favorite people annoy him. He laments about his contradiction of wills over orchestral production.

    Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad
    All my favorite songs are slow and sad


    Cuomo has lost his sense of direction and doesn't understand why everything that usually gives him pleasure is making him depressed.
  • Rivers Cuomo wrote the song with:

    Californian singer-songwriter Ilsey Juber, who has co-penned hit songs for the likes of Shawn Mendes ("Mercy"), Martin Garrix ("In The Name Of Love"), and Mark Ronson ("Nothing Breaks Like A Heart").

    Nashville songwriters Ben Johnson and Ashley Gorley, who also co-penned Lee Brice's "One Of Them Girls." Ashley Gorley has co-written numerous #1 Country singles, including "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins, "Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood, and "T-Shirt" by Thomas Rhett.
  • The string-driven song is the lead single from Weezer's 14th album, OK Human. Rivers Cuomo first mentioned OK Human prior to the release of Weezer (The Black Album) in a a February 2019 interview with The Los Angeles Times. He described it then as, "piano-based, very eccentric, with strings already recorded at Abbey Road."

    The band had planned on releasing the record after their '70s and '80s metal-inspired record Van Weezer, but when that album got delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group shifted their focus to completing OK Human first.

    With the 38-piece Abbey Road orchestra already recorded, Cuomo took to his piano during the 2020 summer lockdown. Inspired by his love for Harry Nilsson's 1970 album Nilsson Sings Newman, they completed OK Human using only "analogue technologies."

    "We used our instruments to connect to the 1960s and 1970s and, with the orchestra, back to the 18th and 19th centuries," Weezer said. "We had no click track or loops or hi-tech sounds. Not even an electric guitar."
  • The album title is a play on the 1997 Radiohead album OK Computer. "OK Human was made at a time when humans-playing-instruments was a thing of the past," Weezer explained. "All we could do is look back on ancient times when humans really mattered and when the dark tech-takeover fantasy didn't exist."
  • This topped Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart, becoming Weezer's sixth song to top the tally. Their first leader, "Beverly Hills," was back in July 2005. It was followed by "Perfect Situation" (2006), "Pork and Beans" (2008), their cover of Toto's "Africa" (2018), and "Hero" (2020).
  • Weezer released an alternate version of the song, featuring AJR, on May 12, 2021.

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