With rock's extensive history, one must wonder why every classic rock station in the world all seem to play the same couple of hundred songs over and over again. Here are twelve highly influential songs that nonetheless could use an extensive hiatus.
This song put the Doors on the map, but it also overstayed its welcome. Its seemingly neverending organ solo makes it a bit tiresome, but the radio edit with the majority of it excised seems to make this song oddly worse. There are several tracks on the band's 1967debut that deserve far more attention.
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Tom Scholz' engineering prowess cannot be questioned; he recorded Boston's smash debut in his basement, an almost astonishing feat for the 1970s and long before the advent of digital home recording. Musically it is a pleasant song, with its memorable riff and swirling harmonies. Unfortunately it is also a prime example of bloated arena rock bombast.
Few artists have been as big a victim of their own success as Peter Frampton. "Frampton Comes Alive" set the template for live albums, and it remains an impressive listen. It was also beat into the ground, and several of its tracks could hold this spot on this list. I simply chose this track because it is the one most likely to spawn terrible covers by non-rock artists.
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Famous for its no so veiled jab at Neil Young, Sweet Home Alabama is a classic rock testament to the attitude that the genre imbodies; gritty, upbeat and in your face. It is also played far too much, and one cannot help but see the irony in the song's locale, seeing as how Lynyrd Skynyrd were from Jacksonville, Florida.
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Now 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.
The 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.
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This 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.
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Anybody 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.