Music Lists #13: The Top 25 Songs Ruined by Classic Rock Radio

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.

  1. "More Than a Feeling" by Boston
  2. "Hotel California" by The Eagles
  3. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones
  4. "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas
  5. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
  6. "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey
  7. "American Woman" by The Guess Who
  8. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  9. "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Man's Earth Band
  10. "Renegade" by Styx
  11. "Feels Like the First Time" by Foreigner
  12. "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Bad Company
  13. "Fly Like an Eagle" by The Steve Miller Band
  14. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  15. "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
  16. "Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers
  17. "Tom Sawyer" by Rush
  18. "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
  19. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  20. "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith
  21. "Barracuda" by Heart
  22. "All Right Now" by Free
  23. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes 
  24. "Baba O'Reilly" by The Who
  25. "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.


  1. Can't argue with anything that's there and the first song that occurred to me that should be and isn't is "Won't Get Fooled Again." from the Who.

  2. Very true...which is why I started the Two Forgotten Friday Favorites on my blog about a year ago, so that people can remember the more obscure hits that aren't on radio stations' playlists.

    However, being a Foreigner fan, I'll never tire of hearing "Feels Like the First Time."

  3. Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
    Turn the Page - Bob Seger
    Night Moves - Bob Seger
    Katmandu - Bob Seger
    Like a Rock - Bob Seger
    Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
    Against the Wind - Bob Seger
    Strut - Bob Seger

    The guy's only decent music was covers of songs other people had already mastered.

    I'm puzzled by:

    (A) Why classic rock stations insist on playing his fucked-out, over-played, second-rate shit in perpetuity, and;

    (B) Why anyone other than someone who had been in a coma since 1977 would call a radio station and REQUEST "Old Time Rock and Roll" or "Turn the Page," as if it's not going to come around in heavy rotation in the next eleven minutes.

    Thank you.


  4. Here's a few that would make it to my list.

    Taking Care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive
    Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
    Roundabout - Yes
    Money - Pink Floyd
    Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
    I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
    Everybody's Working For The Weekend - Loverboy
    Angel In A Centerfold - J. Geils Band
    Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band

  5. I'd also put most of Tom Petty's catalog on that list. I could never figure out why anybody who wasn't a chick liked that guy.

  6. Gee, sounds JUST like our local "classic rock" station. I had to listen to that station (majority rules) in the late 80s, working a bullpen graphics job, and since then, have refused to listen to those songs every again.

    The 592 times I heard them THEN was enough.

    Al Bigley

  7. There are handful in your list I've not heard before - will rectify that now.
    Guess they weren't hits in the UK (where there isn't really "rock radio" as such).

  8. Your station must be a little different than mine. Or perhaps I don't listen to classic rock as much as I used to.

    I'm with Craig F. on Bob Seger.

    Around here I don't hear "Satisfaction," I hear "Honky Tonk Women" played like it's the ONLY Rolling Stones song. THE STONES HAVE SIX OR SEVEN ALBUMS OF GOOD STUFF! CHANGE THE FREAKING SONG!

    The Guess Who (and most of the other bands) also has a fabulous catalog of songs that get overlooked.

  9. @Craig - Bob Seger is waaaayy overplayed. Great comment. I could do without hearing any of his songs again.

    @Atom Kid- I agree with everything on your list. All of them have been basically ruined forever. (I did, however, already have Fly Like an Eagle in my list)

  10. Enter Sandman, by Metallica. You Shook Me All Night Long, by AC/DC. Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard.

    Any bar in my town that has a jukebox, it's these songs over and over. The last 2 are played multiple times a night at country dance clubs as well; apparently these are the only 2 non-country songs that the patrons will allow.

  11. You are my hero, change nothing from this list it's perfect!

  12. AnonymousJune 27, 2011

    Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison!

  13. Love this thread! Luckily I hated the Beatles and the Doors when I was a kid (graduated high school in 1985) because I love them now. I can hardly stand to listen to a lot of other classic rock any more because I overdid it back then.

  14. Agree with all of the above, and I would add pretty much everything by Pink Floyd.

    Also, every time it rains in Los Angeles, every classic rock station is required by law to play Riders on the Storm.

    Or Gimme Shelter.

    Or Who'll Stop the Rain.

  15. Agreed. And 'Blinded By The Light' gives me hives.

  16. A bunch of these have been redeemed by the mashup community....that's the thing I love about a good bootleg, it's like hearing the song for the first time all over again if the mashup is done right.

  17. AnonymousJune 27, 2011

    Beatles: Maybe someone could persuasively argue for them, but I personally could go the rest of my life in comfort and ease without hearing Let It Be or Hey Jude again.

  18. Golden Earring, "Radar Love"
    the Entire Doors singles catalog.

  19. Great post! I agree with all the selections but would move Journey's Don't Stop Believing to the top of the list.

  20. I want to second Anonymous regarding "Hey Jude," a boring song that is incredibly long; just about any Beatles song is more interesting/fun. "Hey Jude" is the only Beatles song that will make me turn the station.

  21. AnonymousJune 27, 2011

    "Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS. Our local classic rock station doesn't seem to know that they recorded any other song. Couldn't we hear "I Want You" just once...just for the fun of it?

  22. About the only time I listen to music on the radio is when I forget to bring my iPod out the the car. I'll usually listen to Classic Rock since I can usually be assured I hear something I don't absolutely hate. I'll agree that I'm alost guarenteed to hear on of the songs you listed. I agree with other posters that somthing by Bob Seager and Tom Petty should be in the list. And Oye Como Va by Santana.

  23. Why play that sluggish turd "Love Me Two Times" when you could play the kick-ass "Changeling"?

    Why drag out "Honky Tonk Women" -- a song you hear at least 900 times a day -- when you have a chance to play the killer "Monkey Man" or "Live With Me"?

    That pile of shit "Squeezebox" is heard seven times an hour across America. It is an awful song that I'm sure Pete Townshend would like to see eradicated from his history. Yet no classic rock station has played "Relay" or "The Seeker" since 1978.

    "Hey Jude" was a crappy song in 1969 and continues to age like a jar of mayonnaise left out in the sun. "Don't Bother Me" was a smoking song in 1964 and continues to be today.

    Similarly, why, oh, why do I have to sit through one more rendition of John Lennon's saccharine "Imagine" when Paul McCartney's "Junior's Farm" gathers dust on the shelf?

  24. Gilligan, please consider doing a reverse post and offer up a list of the songs they should play. The comments have great suggestions for some of these, but I think there has to be a full list created. Maybe a podcast of the top 10? Pleeeez!!!?

  25. Consider it done Greg VA.

  26. Good to see Thin Lizzy are too awesome to be affected by classic rock stations.

    U2 could well be sitting at no. 26 however....

  27. I can't say I agree or disagree with this list as I stopped listening to Classic Rock radio about 20 years ago. I considered it as waste of time then and cannot understand why people feel they have to listen to the same damned songs over and over again forever. I like pretty much every song on the above list but can't imagine a steady diet of just artists from the era it represents. There is too much great music from every year - ignore the radio. You'll be happier.

  28. As a former classic rock DJ, I can tell you what much of the problem with the format is. For one, it is a stagnant or dead format. There isn’t any “new” music. Some classic rock station have taken out the songs of the 60s and 70s and added groups from the 80s and 90s, but that is all the change they can make.

    Automation and the practice of “limited playlist” is another factor. There is a thought in radio at the moment that the should only be fifty songs in heavy rotation at one time. These lads to many classic rock or oldies stations picking only one song per artist to play. Add to that the fact that the
    automation system at our station play the same songs at the same time for weeks in a row.

    “Testing” is also a factor. Radio stations may have a research group have a “audience test.” They get a group of people in an auditorium and play them a group of songs. They ask these people if they recognize the song and if they like the artist. In the market I worked in, the artist who were considered “racy,” “satanic” or “leftist” got low ratings. Also people who sounded “kinda country” were received high ratings. Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles and Bon Jovi lost out to Lynard Skynard, Bob Seger, the Eagles, Allman Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Ted Nugent. Most of these people being "tested" were not classic rock fans.

    I found out that it is best to NOT listen to classic rock radio, because it ruins the greatness of the songs. That is the reason that I still like most of the songs you listed (except for Lynard Skynard). What made these sings great, in the pre-classic rock station era, was that they would some times appear out of nowhere after a song by Dan Fogleberg, Air Supply or Barry Manilow, giving us a form or relief or mixed in with Van Halen, Duran Duran or Michael Jackson, they added to the coolness of a radio station.

    The specialty formats like classic rock and others are what has hurt radio, even though they
    seemed like good ideas at the time.

  29. Epic comment, Desdinova. Thank you.

  30. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    All of these are dreadful.

  31. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    Glad you mentioned "Stairway to heaven." I used to love that song. About 16 years ago I lived in Seattle and had a radio in my office. Then one afternoon I noticed that they had played "Stairway" three times in the same day. That was too much. I turned off the classic rock station in Seattle, and never went back. Now classic rock is just one of many playlists on my iPod, and frankly I don't listen to it that much.

  32. Ugh, I cringe each time I hear one of those songs. There is a radio station in my town that plays nothing but the songs on your list, as well as Bob Seger and more....ick!

  33. AnonymousJune 29, 2011

    Amen to your article and the comments. I bitch about this all the time to whoever will listen. Happened again today when "Long Cool Woman" came on by the Hollies and I was looking for the nearest sledgehammer. I vow that if I ever win the lottery, I will start a "Deep Cuts" network of stations replete with Request Line!! (remember those??). Oxymoron = Classic Radio Program Director.. -jrsfarm-

  34. AnonymousJune 30, 2011

    If I never ever hear "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Seger again I will die a happy man. Overplayed ad nauseum and the horror of the Alan Thick/Kirk Cameron cover of it on (shudder) Growing Pains....

  35. AnonymousJune 30, 2011

    Thanks! All this time I thought it was just me, being slowly driven mad by listening to the same songs on a daily basis. I was working in a warehouse for several years in the late 80's early 90's, and they had a "classic rock" station that played the exact same songs every day, some almost at the same time every day. What drove me completely crazy was the DJ reminding me after each song, that they only play "real" rock and roll, and anything made after the 70's was not worth listening to.(that was one of their tag lines). What made this worse is some if the songs were EDITED! they took all the offensive lyrics out of the songs ! Just blanked them out ! Imagine Lou Reed's "Take a Walk on the Wildside" twice a day with half the verses missing. I was never a huge fan of the Beatles, but hearing "octopus's garden" every day at 10:20 AM just was too much for even me.

  36. AnonymousJuly 01, 2011

    Re: Bob Seger and Tom Petty...

    In their defense, both of these guys have an extensive catalog of genuinely great tunes and songs that deserved their hit status. I hate "Old Time Rock and Roll" and "Free Falling" as much as you do, but it isn't their fault that radio chooses to (over)play the crap and ignore the gold.

  37. AnonymousJuly 01, 2011

    Bravo. I have commented on this very topic numerous times. As soon as I read this, I thought "'Hotel California' better be on the list." And it was No. 2 -- right where it should be.

    The Eagles deserve a special spot in Non-Song Hell because they spawned other "no-longer listenable tunes" like "Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance."

    In fact, a few weeks ago, I was listening to a classic rock station and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" came on, and I immediately switched the station because it is now my Least Favorite Song of All-Time.

    I switched it to a station that claims "We Play Anything," which usually they do -- 70s stuff right through today's biggest songs. Only this time, they were playing -- yup -- "All She Wants to Is Dance."


  38. In The Netherlands each year between Christmas and new years eve public radio presents "The biggest radio event of the year, the top 2000, yeaaaaahhh".
    consisting of songs listeners can choose as their favourite song of all times
    It's filled with ruined songs. The songs of your top 25 are nearly all in it, in the higher regions.
    Firts time in 1999 was kind of fun, but now it's 2011 and appearently there's an audience for it. The past few years the marathon broadcast was accompanied by TOP 2000 television shows. There's top 2000 T-shirts and all...
    I've been avoiding radio stations like for some years now, so that perhaps once every 5 years I can play Dark side of the moon, empty my mind, concentrate and try to listen to Money as if it were the first time. It's hard but maybe if I try hard enough it can be done

  39. All of these songs were ruined long BEFORE "classic" rock stations came along. They were pretty much all played to death before they even fell off the chart.

  40. Where I used to work we listened to a classic rock station that pretty much played the same songs every day, but if you listened to any other radio station you hear the same songs every hour. If we listened to a country station we heard that godawful skydiving song at least 8 times in a single shift. If we listened to a top 40 station we heard the same shitty Usher song over and over again. I'd rather hear the same good songs over and over every day than the same bad songs over and over every hour.

  41. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    You can add Elton John's entire catalog to this list. In St. Louis, he's currently the most overplayed artist on the air. I loved his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, but can't listen to it anymore.

    @Desdinova: The 50 song limit makes complete sense now, because that seems to be the extent of our local stations' air list.

    @MPorcius: I love the Beatles, but agreed: Hey Jude is an automatic channel changer.

  42. AnonymousJuly 21, 2011

    I have worked as a Dj on claassic rock, and I understand why the bosses do what they do, but I don't agree with it. They are very slow to catch on to the idea, that they need to play more variety.

    Example: We've played Pink Floyd to death, so much so that people are bored to death of Another Brick In The Wall and Money, and half of Dark Side Of The Moon, but we had a weekend thing once, and we played Sheep and Dogs back to back!

    The phone didn't stop ringing for an hour. People were so thrilled to hear those songs, and they all wanted us to know that. Yes, an hour later, people were still calling!

    Think about this...you may have a great sex life, but if you always go about it the same way, in the same order, with the same predictable things that you do, your partner will tire of it. Occasionaly throwing in a few unexpected things will keep it fresh. You don't have to change it up completely, just a little here and there.

    Got it, PD's? Do you hear me? Doubt it, you're too brainwashed by owners, management, and surveys.

  43. im tired of two for Tuesday , one for Wednesday , Zeptember (get the Led out) , Rocktober and every other uncreative slogan these guys steal. radio today is horrible, thank heavens for the mp3 and podcasts.

  44. well, i'm a little upset about the seeming hatred for tom petty and bob seger. i love both of them, though i do agree that radio plays the same few songs by them and other artists, while ignoring other songs by them. my favorite tom petty song is a b-side, called "casa dega." and um, i LOVE u2. bono rocks. his sweet voice can sing anything and it is the same as angels singing. no dissing bono.

  45. Every time I hear "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll," I find myself comparing it (unfavorably) to "Rock This Town" by the Stray Cats. The theme is pretty much the same--rock rules, disco sucks--but Seger ends up sounding like an angry aging hippy, while the Stray Cats sound much more fun, even though the musical style was even then a quarter century old.

  46. Some that immediately spring to mind:

    "Doctor my Eyes" Jackson Browne
    "Samba pa Ti" Santana
    "Heroes" David Bowie
    "Owner of a Lonely Heart" Yes
    "Sultans of Swing" Dire Straits
    "Burning Down the House" Talking Heads
    "Mary Jane's Last Dance" Tom Petty (and I LOVE Tom Petty)
    "Black Hole Sun" Soundgarden (1994 makes it an oldie)
    "Jump" Van Halen

    Remember, this isn't a list of terrible songs that get played too much; it's a list of great songs that get played too much.

  47. Caught Up In You - 38 Special
    Dance The Night Away - Van Halen
    Tush - ZZ Top
    I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
    Faithfully - Journey

    Agree Seger has sounded old and tired since about 1973, disagree Bono has a sweet voice. Like Axl Rose, Bono sings like a girl, and an angry, not-very-pretty girl at that.

  48. Overplayed songs, just off the top of my head:

    "La Grange" by ZZ Top is hugely overplayed. Great song but I still can't listen to it without thinking "The band has other albums! PICK ONE!"

    "Magic Man" by Heart

    "Honky Tonk Women" by the Stones.

    "Born in the USA" by Springsteen, especially since it's so often played on the 4th by people who've clearly never read the lyrics.

    "Black Magic Woman" (the Santana version, not the original by Fleetwood Mac)

    Songs I'd like to hear more often:
    "Cold Gin" by KISS

    "Whiskey in the Jar" trad. by Thin Lizzy; the Metallica version should be banned from radio entirely until Metallica apologizes to Ireland.

    "Get Out of Denver" by Bob Seger (although I agree with the earlier list of his overplayed tunes, especially "Old Time Rock and Roll")

    "Stone Cold Crazy" by Queen

    "Absolutely Right" by The Five Man Electrical Band (added bonus: might not hear "Signs" as often)

    "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" by Blue Oyster Cult. Don't actually mind the Metallica version of that though I prefer the original.

  49. All Right Now
    Taking Care Of Business
    Black Water
    China Grove
    Carry On My Wayward Son (projectile)
    Blinded By The Light
    ad nauseum.
    I don't listen to FM radio anymore. All my music is on my 'pooter. And I mean all of it.

  50. I've always disputed the claim that "Stairway To Heaven" is Zeppelin's most overplayed tune. I don't hear it nearly as often as I hear "D'yer Maker", "Rock And Roll", "Whole Lotta Love", "Fool In The Rain", "Kashmir", or several others. "You Shook Me All Night Long" should be at the top of the list instead.

    Regarding The Stones, it has to be "Brown Sugar". Sticky Fingers is still my favorite Stones album, and I can recognize that "Brown Sugar" is a good song in the abstract, but I skip right over it every time.

  51. "Slow Ride" -- Foghat

  52. Margaritaville

  53. Aqualung

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Dude Looks Like a Lady

    Bad to the Bone

    Smells Like Teens Spirit (and I love Nirvana)

    Even Flow

    Dyer Maker (always the same 5 Zep tunes)

    Fool In the Rain

    Burning Down the House


    Jet Airliner

    Keep on Rocking Me Baby

  54. The king of the overplayed....

    Start Me Up

  55. Like Sly Stone said:

    "If it was good in the past it's still good"


    Also, if any of you dissing Bob Seger had ever seen him play a live show in Detroit you might have a different opinion.

    Do I like the fact that if I hear a Grateful Dead song on the radio it most likely will be Touch of Grey? Not really, but I can't see many commercial radio stations playing 40 minute versions of Darkstar.

    A while back I was listening to a recording of Crossroads by Cream. During a solo by Clapton I said to myself, "boy that guitar work sounds cliched", and then I realized, "No, that's Clapton inventing rock guitar".

    I don't care how many times they play Higher Love by Steve Winword, every time I hear the opening percussion I turn up the radio. Hell, I'll play it three or four times in a row at home.

    I feel the same way about Stevie Wonder's Superstition. A couple of weeks ago it was on two of the stations programmed on the car radio at the same time. When one was done I flipped stations to hear the end again. Those laughing horns kill me every time.

    The problem with classic rock is that it's a much more rigid playlist stylistically than even 60s era Top 40. I just wrote a review of Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip for Left Lane news and in the book there's a copy of the Top 31 from radio station WKNR from August of 1964, 47 years ago this month. On the playlist along with the Beatles, Motown bands, Roy Orbison and Gene Pitney were Dionne Warwick, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Earle Hagen (who did music for tv and movies), and Charles Albertine (also a soundtrack song).

    Later, in the late '60s and early '70s, the so called "underground" or "free form" FM rock stations also played a much more varied playlist than you find on most stations today. They were as likely to play Muddy Waters as they were to play the Dead.

    Also, today's radio seems far more racially segregated than either '60s Top 40 or '70s underground rock. Other than Jimi, most rock stations don't play black musicians, and other than Eminem, most hip hop stations don't play white musicians.

    Ronnie Schreiber

  56. Dust in the Wind - Kansas (.. and I am a Kansas fanatic)!

  57. I have been a victim to the same system, sadly. Can't really listen any classic rock station without getting annoyed in about 20 minutes.

    call Iran

  58. @Craig F.-You summed up what I was going to say perfectly. I used to like Night Moves, but that was it. Now, I can't stand anything the man does. I seriously can't stand when that raspy voice comes on.

    @James-Hell, yeah, Psychic Wars! The original, as you said. Classic stuff.

    I disagree somewhat with the mention of Slow Ride, and Tom Sawyer. I've yet to get sick of them.

    Add to this list pretty much every mainstream AC/DC song ever. Back In Black and Highway to Hell especially, but many others. How come we can never hear "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" or "High Voltage"?

    Surprised no ones mentioned how every single Pink Floyd hit is played nonstop. The entire Darkside album (minus "Great Gig"), almost all of "Wish You Were Here (except most of "Crazy Diamond"), and at least half of "The Wall" (meaning badass songs like "The Trial" are not present) are the only Floyd songs you'll hear from the Roger Waters era.

    And for the love of Bowie fans everywhere, STOP playing "Space Oddity." The man has so many hits you never hear. What about "Cat People," "Hearts Filthy Lesson," "Beauty and the Beast," "1984," it goes on. And these are not obsure B sides as you mentioned. These are fan hits.

    Oh, and why do stations think that "Rock N Roll All Nite" and "DTR" are the ONLY KISS songs ever?!! Play some "Love Gun" or "God of Thunder" for cryin' out loud!!!

  59. WHO is the woman in the photo accompanying this story?

  60. As one of the other Anonymouses noted, I once took to writing what song came on at what time, and found they were cycled the same time every day. Almost ALL of those songs give me hives. I am surprised no-one has mentioned REO Spudwagon's 'Love you Foreverrrrrr" (or whatever the hell it's called) Turgid crap the whole lot. 'Squeeze Box' ????? What the hell is CLASSIC about that ???

  61. AnonymousJune 11, 2012

    Definitely the best list for overplayed classic rock I've ever seen. The only one I would have left off is The Who's "Baby O'Reily," which I don't hear so often. The Eagles, Rush, Journey, Led Zep, Bad Company and Boston are so overplayed I immediately turn the knob if any of their songs come on the radio. Queen has been getting annoying lately too.

  62. Just about any song from The Wall by Pink Floyd. Classic Rock has such a depth of stuff you haven't heard in decades. I do a radio show on WRIU and I avoid any songs that the "Classic Rock" Stations play. Open peoples' ears to a side of that era that they never hear. Sad that some of these songs and artists will never be heard by the mainstream.

  63. You are right as rain...nothing makes me sicker than radio stations that play "Nothing but the TOP HITS of the 70s-80s-etc"; and each band is represented by maybe 2-3 songs, when they had many other great songs which never receive airplay!
    Heck, there aren't even very many DJ's anymore either - just a damn playlist selected (possibly at random) somewhere in some central ClearChannel office.
    It's only going to get worse, until they have one station per city playing the same pop/rock playlist for each era over & over, and all the rest are pretty much either hip-hop, country, and the majority of FM stations will be all-talk, all the damn time.

  64. I'm almost forced into listening to this stuff in the car. I try not to but it's almost inevitable. When I'm at home it's mostly underground progressive rock usually online. I actually don't even like the term classic rock. Corporate rock is more accurate. I like album rock and think this music is meant to be heard start to finish. It's just too bad many of these songs have been played to death.

  65. La Grange - ZZ Top
    In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
    Layla - Eric Clapton
    Dream On - Aerosmith
    Cold As Ice - Foreigner
    Takin' Care of Business - BTO
    Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
    Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

    Classic rock stations are all the same and they always play the same old boring crap. Then it's just commercial after commercial. They never play more obscure songs. That's why I don't listen to those stations much anymore. I'd rather listen to my iPod or online radio stations.

  66. Songs that I hate, but since I'm not one to curse the darkness, in some cases I offer (in parentheses) suggested alternates to these instant channel changers. Others, like George Thoroughlymonotonous, The Iggles or John Booger Melonhead, can have their entire catalog killed with fire.

    La Grange - ZZ Top (Stages)
    Tush - ZZ Top (Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers)
    Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
    I Drink Alone - George Thorogood
    Who Do You Love? - George Thorogood
    One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer - George Thorogood
    Roadhouse Blues - The Doors (The Crystal Ship)
    Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas (Portrait [He Knew])
    Jack and Diane - John "Cougar" Mellencamp
    We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions - Queen (Keep Yourself Alive)
    The Joker - Steve Miller (Serenade)
    Take The Money And Run - Steve Miller
    I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton (The Core)
    Come Together - The Beatles and Aerosmith versions (Everybody's Got Something To Hide, Except For Me And My Monkey or Hey Bulldog)
    Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (For You)
    Tom Sawyer - Rush (Marathon or Dreamline)
    Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy (The Rocker)
    Moondance - Van Morrison (It's All Over Now Baby Blue [Them])
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (Into The Mystic)
    Old Time Rock And Roll - Bob Seger (Brave Strangers)
    Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd (One Slip)
    The Long Run - The Eagles
    Hotel California - The Eagles
    Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
    Don't Stop Believing - Journey (La Do Da)
    Dream On - Aerosmith (Seasons Of Wither)
    D'yer Maker - Led Zeppelin (Ten Years Gone)
    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (Candy Store Rock)
    Start Me Up - Rolling Stones (Monkey Man)
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (need a Southern Rock anthem? Try "Green Grass And High Tides" by The Outlaws)
    I've Seen All Good People - Yes (Going For The One)
    Free Fallin' - Tom Petty (Louisiana Rain)
    The Waiting - Tom Petty
    Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty
    Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
    Cold As Ice - Foreigner

    I'm sure I missed several, but eliminating these from Classic Rock playlists (and replacing them with the ones in parentheses) might make Classic Rawk stations less hellish.

  67. AnonymousMay 08, 2013

    Don't forget the muther fn cars!!!!!

  68. Every time the DJs say something like "here's another 60 minute block of the best classic rock," It should really be "now get ready to hear same songs you've been listening to for the past 30 fucking years."

  69. This is a great blog and the selections made in the article and the selections made by people responding are right on the money. Our local classic rock station plays the same songs over and over again. I’ve told friends they should rename the station to WE HAVE 20 SONGS TO PLAY.

    These stations wouldn’t be in business if there wasn’t a market for these repetitive songs. So what kind of rock fans would listen to this stuff? My answer is the ultra-rock fans. You know these people, that’s all they ever talk about is rock concerts and bands they saw. They eat, sleep and drink rock music and talk about nothing else. If you start a conversation with them about your family, job, home or car, you can be sure that they will change the subject to rock music, bands and concerts. Ask them how the band sounded during some of those concerts and they will say “gee I’m not sure I was so drunk and stoned I couldn’t tell”.

    The ultra-rock fan guys are stupid and the girls are groupies and they love these classic rock stations with their repetitive songs. The songs echo through the interior of their empty heads as they sit there with this gaga look on their faces as they wait to hear their favorite song for the 1000th time. They don’t like complicated or emotionally stimulating music because they’re limited both intellectually and emotionally. They hate songs like The End by the Doors or Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan and prefer simple boring songs like Rock n Roll all night by Kiss or Bang the Drum all Day by Todd Rundgren.

    For the rest of us that are not ultra-rock fans, we have the off switch and tuning control of the radio but there is not much choice for radio except stations that play modern stuff because what’s left is country, NPR, Christian radio (yuk), right wing political talk radio and regular talk radio. It’s a shame; a lot of the music we loved has been played to death because the ultra-rock fans that love these classic rock stations want nothing else and as long as there is a market for these fools we will have to endure.