Definition of unlistenable in US English:



  • (especially of music) impossible or unbearable to listen to.

    ‘today, his recordings seem unlistenable’
    • ‘In a female music world that seems dominated by cardboard girl bands and unlistenable dross from solo Spice Girls, Gabrielle is someone to be treasured.’
    • ‘This CD is already a smash hit with the demographic of people who think they're smarter and more cultured than everybody else because they listen to unlistenable music that everybody else listens to.’
    • ‘I can coexist with ‘easy listening,’ with ‘adult contemporary,’ with even that unlistenable concoction called ‘smooth jazz.’’
    • ‘A satellite radio subscription, offering every imaginable musical genre, lets you bypass the unlistenable hypermass music on nearly every radio station.’
    • ‘I think the station is amateurish, playing embarrassing music and is unlistenable.’
    • ‘There's also a free jazzer who runs a club in London dedicated to presenting totally unlistenable music who still claims that ‘Days In The Trees’ is one of the greatest Pop songs of all time.’
    • ‘Anyway - I found the King Crimson album utterly unlistenable, except for one track ‘Epitaph’, and I really rather liked the whole rock and roll Curved Air thing… and felt very clever that I knew where Stuart Copeland came from.’
    • ‘Although this combination could have been truly unlistenable, their forays into rock music were ego-free, expressionistic and pared down to the bone.’
    • ‘Note that I'm taking this as a high-water mark: go further back and you will find a baroque mixture of naff and the unpleasantly unlistenable.’
    • ‘I said as much and befriended Guy, whose musical tastes encompass a diverse medley of almost unlistenable music.’
    • ‘Experimental music is a term that is intimidating, evoking unlistenable sonic chaos meant only for academics.’
    • ‘The other reason I typically place Miles in my second tier is because he had long stretches of his career when his music was virtually unlistenable to me.’
    • ‘Viewed as an actual piece of music, it's virtually unlistenable.’
    • ‘The music had distorted, the words mumbled into an unlistenable mess.’
    • ‘It's, as club vernacular would have it, going right off, and what's more it's going right off on the least sociable night of the week, to the sort of music most people would consider unlistenable.’
    • ‘In this context, ‘interesting’ means a recording is so unlistenable that it's enjoyable to listen to it.’
    • ‘Your level of enjoyment depends on how much you invest in the lyrics and metaphors - Saul's observations come flying at breakneck speeds and require undivided attention, rendering the album unlistenable as background music.’
    • ‘In between these two line-ups came the two rather directionless studio albums recorded with a revolving cast of musicians, ‘Lizard’ and ‘Islands’, both of which I find pretty much unlistenable.’
    • ‘In case you don't know this, and I sincerely hope you don't, Jesus Christ Superstar is a remarkably bad film with remarkably dated, unlistenable music.’
    • ‘No doubt these reactions are due to my unfamiliarity - just as someone bred on Asian music might find western forms unlistenable.’