Can any of you out there even remember how you felt when you first heard "Stairway to Heaven"? It's been played so many times by classic rock stations that I can't bear to hear it any more..... I take that back. I no longer hate it; instead it has become almost a "non song" - no surprises, every note tired and stale.
The tragedy is that this has happened to so many other brilliant songs which have been literally played to death over the decades. Sadly, it doesn't have to be this way. Oftentimes, these artists have huge catalogs of songs to choose from, but the stations pick the same shit over and over. Why? Will people turn away if they hear a song they aren't instantly familiar with?
I understand, you can't just play obscure B-sides and expect big audiences. But would it kill these classic rock stations to slip in Steely Dan's "Any Major Dude" instead of "Do It Again"?
Regardless of the reason and who is to blame. There's a plethora of songs rendered unlistenable. Here's my top 25.
- "More Than a Feeling" by Boston
- "Hotel California" by The Eagles
- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones
- "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas
- "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
- "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey
- "American Woman" by The Guess Who
- "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Man's Earth Band
- "Renegade" by Styx
- "Feels Like the First Time" by Foreigner
- "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Bad Company
- "Fly Like an Eagle" by The Steve Miller Band
- "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
- "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
- "Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers
- "Tom Sawyer" by Rush
- "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
- "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith
- "Barracuda" by Heart
- "All Right Now" by Free
- "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes
- "Baba O'Reilly" by The Who
- "Back in Black" by AC/DC
I'd be interested in hearing of any glaring omissions. Note: Oddly enough, I don't feel any Beatles songs have been killed by classic rock stations; although, their use in certain ads may have injured a few.... but that's a subject for another post.