Admin Post I haven't seen this posted yet... but I thought that it got so much flack because of the arrogance of the lyrics themselves, particularly the chorus. "We built this city" was not them saying, "everyone who was there at the beginning, or even at Woodstock, are the real rock and roll." It was them saying, "We, that is, Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick, WE built all of this - the ability for everyone to make a living at rock and roll. And don't you forget it." I don't think the hatred for the song has anything to do with production, radio play, performance, popularity, or anything like that. It had to do with the perceived arrogance of Thomas and Slick for trying to take sole credit for something that was much bigger than them. I didn't come up with that - I know that I've read it over and over through the years.