Those of us who are 30 years or older have probably spent a lot of time listening to the radio, whether in the car or at home. Over the years, classic rock radio — in particular — has a go-to list of songs, many of which are really, really overplayed. Check out our list of the top five most overplayed songs, and no doubt, some of these will resonate.
1. “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger
This song is probably the most played track on FM radio (AM too, for that matter). Released in 1979, it’s safe to say “Old Time Rock and Roll” has been played a million times. Plus there’s all the weddings, sports events, movie soundtracks, and parties, where it inevitably seems to get played. Again and again. Suffice it to say, it’s a station changer when it comes on the radio. And someone should start a petition to get it permanently banned from radio.
2. “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf
This is a pretty good song that’s just been around way too long and played way too many times. “Born to be Wild” was released as a single back in 1968, and while it coined the term “heavy-metal thunder”, its worn out its welcome on radio. Interestingly, the song was written by Mars Bonfire as a ballad. We can credit Steppenwolf for turning it into a riff-rocker, but we can’t credit radio stations for continually playing “Born to be Wild” ad nauseam.
3. “American Woman” by The Guess Who
It’s bad enough “America Woman” got enough air time to make even the most casual radio listener bored to death. But then Lenny Kravitz decided to cover it in 1999 and it enjoyed a renaissance that really killed any faint luster left on the track, which was first released in 1970. What makes it worse, since the song is written by a Canadian band, it gets extra airplay in Canada, because of the Canadian content laws which state at least 35% of music played between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m Monday-Friday has to be Canadian.
4. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones
We love the Rolling Stones here at Rock ‘n Roll Insight, make no mistake, but “Satisfaction” needs to be taken off the radio. And the Stones need to stop playing it in concert. Mick Jagger famously said he would rather be dead than singing “Satisfaction” at age 45. Well he’s 76 and still singing it. “Satisfaction” is a good song and was amazing when it was released in 1965. But we’ve endured 54 years of it in fairly heavy rotation. And, sadly, the Stones are still using it live, as the final encore to boot.
5. “More Than a Feeling” by Boston
No doubt when you first heard “More Than a Feeling” all those years ago, you probably liked it. But now, 43 years after its release, put your hand up if you change the station when it comes on. Overplayed to Death is the term. Apparently it took Boston guitarist/songwriter Tom Scholz five years to write, which is about the same time it takes to get sick of this song. In addition to more-than-enough airplay, “More Than a Feeling” has been used in countless films and TV shows. When will it end?
Needless to say, there are tons of overplayed songs. Fortunately, with today’s Bluetooth technology in most vehicles, we can pick and choose what we listen to and avoid radio altogether. But rest assured, if you tune into an FM station for a day or two, you’ll hear one of the above songs.
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Originally published at https://www.rocknrollinsight.com.