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- 1These first two were difficult to choose between; both have been played out equally severely. The deciding factor was that any musician who ever played local dive bars can tell you about at least one time in which this song's name was drunkenly bellowed through the smoky darkness. Musically it is fairly inoffensive (save for the overwrought dual guitar solo at the end that seems to drag on for ten minutes), but the lyrics are about as hokey and cliche as they get. No doubt Ronnie Van Zant wrote them from the heart and his death at the age of 29 in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie indeed give them a measure of poignancy. but it doesn't mean this song has had more use than a public restroom.
- 2Many Zeppelin songs could go here, but this one was an easy choice. Any song worthy of being banned in music stores (even if it was just in a movie) has to hold one of the two top spots. Long, overwrought, over analyzed and over-rated to the very end, even forty years after its release it remains almost an hourly staple of classic rock radio.
- 3Whether you like the Stones or not, one must admit they have been instrumental in the development of rock and exert great influence over the genre. While this song is no exception, there are songs in the Stones' catalogue that are far superior and gain extra merit by not being as repetitive.
- 4Simplistic, silly, and full of what would become heavy metal cliches, this song's lunkheaded riff is instantly recognized, and instantly annoying.
- 5Anybody who has ever worked at a music store can tell you what's wrong with this one; Richie Blackmore may have been essential in the development of the power chord with this song's opening riff, but it is amazing how many different ways it can be played incorrectly. It is not a bad song, but it is still played way too much on modern radio.
- 6This rock anthem contains one of the most rebellious and awesome screams in the history of rock. Its impact (for me anyway) has been dulled by its association with the insufferable David Caruso and his Ray Bans. It may have made for a great internet meme, but it is not even the Who's best song.
- 7The most overplayed song off of one of the more over-rated albums of all time, the sounds of change clanking and cash drawers opening can send many a person darting across the room to change the station, even before Roger Waters' killer bass line kicks in. DSOTM is indeed a great album, but this song is almost a parody of itself at this point.
- 8Now don't get me wrong, I love Queen. They are one of the most influential bands of all time and Freddie Mercury is arguably the greatest singer/frontman in the history of rock. This bombastic, groundbreaking masterpiece's broad appeal is a testament to its stature, but it is another song that just gets far too much airplay. Queen have a deep and varied catalog of excellent songs, many of which are far superior to Wayne and Garth's favorite cruising song.