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Overrated rock n' roll songs

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Inspired by the top 3 rock n' roll songs thread, list 5 to 10 (or whatever you feel like) rock songs that get on your nerves. They may not necessarily be bad songs, just overplayed and overhyped.

BTO - Takin' Care of Business

Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like a Lady (I like Aerosmith...but I hate this song)

Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild

AC/DC - Back in Black

Black Sabbath - Iron Man

Ozzy - Crazy Train

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Jane's Addiction - Jane Says

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

The only two I can't stand are Takin' Care of Business and Dude Looks Like a Lady, but I get really tired of hearing all of them on the radio.

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Journey's Don't stop Believin'. Decent song, but karaoke bars have turned it into a monster.

Most of the Beatles' work before they discovered hallucinogens.

Anything by the Doors. Jim Morrison's voice is nails on a chalkboard to me.

And of course, Stairway to Heaven.

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It almost seems like we need a revival of intersting rock and roll music. I enjoy rock and roll, as my 15 year old son seems to be right out of 1985 in terms of his music tastes and I enjoy doing things with him.

However, any more I find myself listening to other forms of Music, from classical to dixieland jazz.

So I guess I would say that I find it all kind of overplayed and over rated. I guess that's why I kind of like some modern cars as well...kinda feel the same way. A 69 Mach 1 or a 65 GTO or a 70 Charger R/T all take my breath away...but I've been looking at the same cars for almost 40 years now.

Of the more modern stuff, for some reason I kind of liked Green Day when they came out, but I'm burned out a little bit on them as well.

Chris

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Perhaps this thread should be about overplayed songs rather than over-rated songs?

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My top 3 overrated rock songs:

1. Queen - Anything they've ever done, if I hear another Queen anthem, I'll gag

2. Led Zeppelin - 'Stairway to Heaven', it's become almost cliche as the best rock song ever...it's a great one, but I like 'Whole Lotta Love' better

3. The Doors - Anything they've ever done. Frankly the most overrated rock group ever.

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It almost seems like we need a revival of intersting rock and roll music. I enjoy rock and roll, as my 15 year old son seems to be right out of 1985 in terms of his music tastes and I enjoy doing things with him.

However, any more I find myself listening to other forms of Music, from classical to dixieland jazz.

So I guess I would say that I find it all kind of overplayed and over rated. I guess that's why I kind of like some modern cars as well...kinda feel the same way. A 69 Mach 1 or a 65 GTO or a 70 Charger R/T all take my breath away...but I've been looking at the same cars for almost 40 years now.

Of the more modern stuff, for some reason I kind of liked Green Day when they came out, but I'm burned out a little bit on them as well.

Chris

I think most mainstream music has come to a grinding halt as far as originality goes. It doesn't matter the genre, there's no new ground left to be broken. The 50s to 70s saw the formation of rock music with the electrification of the guitar, the 80s saw the solidification of rock/metal and the rise of electronic and hip hop with the synthesizer, and the 90s led to the deconstruction of rock into simpler elements (grunge / alternative) and the mainstream rise of hip hop. But as far as this decade goes, it has been a rehash of old ideas. The synthesizer and digital sound brought all kinds of new possibilities to music and helped spawn numerous genres, but we've exhausted all that in the last 20 years. Technical guitar playing reached its pinnacle two decades ago. All the new music I hear on the radio is just a play off past styles, whether it be folk, punk, or new wave.

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As much as I love Whitesnake, I'd have to say the 1987 version of 'Here I Go Again' gets played way too much.

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I think it's because music sources has become so fragmented. There's so much great music being created as we speak, it's just not heard by the masses. The whole Top 40 radio hit parade thing is dead. Superstar rock musicians are history, never to be repeated. You'll never see a a particular style of music rise to the top again. It will be a full array of musical styles within the rock idiom. So, good rock music is still there, it's just that one has to seek it out more.

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I don't get why nirvana's "smells like teen spirit" is loved so much.. yeah it's the "song that defined a generation" but please...it's not truely a great song... i find a few of their other songs ok.

HE..queen.. awwww yes it's been ingrained in sports now but they have plenty of not quite "rock" songs that really are good and aren't like anything else that came out of "pop rock" in that era.

one that can't be on this list is primus. lol

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I don't get why people like nirvana so much, to me that is the most overrated band.

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I don't get why people like nirvana so much, to me that is the most overrated band.

Because it started the beginning of the end for $h!ty glam metal bands.

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I don't get why people like nirvana so much, to me that is the most overrated band.

I think Nirvana has it's place in R&R history....

Pearl Jam however is the Who of alternative.

Overplayed & over rated IMO.

Also Peter Frampton.... STFU dude, Uriah Heep

you NEVER EVER hear on the radio nd yet their

taking guitar was WAY cooler.

(plus Uriah Heep's songs are like 2 minutes long, not 17 minutes like Frampton's)

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I don't get why people like nirvana so much, to me that is the most overrated band.

yeah. plus the fact that kurt was a wastoid, and had terrible choice in women. i get that courteney was a ho, but aside from that, a genuine embarassment. and nirvana only really had one solid album. even the doors were mildly consistent with a wastoid at the helm.

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I Love Rock 'n' Roll

Pour Some Sugar On Me

Cum On Feel the Noize

We're Not Gonna Take It

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I agree on the Nirvana sentiment here, decent band that emerged at the right place at the right time IMO. I'd take Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots any day of the week over a Nirvana song.

I also lean more towards Pearl Jam being slightly overrated, while I like Jeremy, Black, and Evenflow, on a whole I find their work to be rather dull.

Linkin Park, loved Hybrid Theory ( their first album) however they jumped the shark with that remix album of Hybrid Theory like 2 years after it's original release rather than a true follow up album. By the time Meteora was released I was like who cares, and it wasn't anywhere near being as good as their debut album. And now this most recent album which I don't even know the name too hasn't impressed me one bit.

Nickleback....'nuff said.

BTW I went with bands as a whole rather than just a particular song because all of these bands I've listed have gotten major radio airplay to begin with so it's hard to narrow it down to just one song.

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I'd rather listen to a mixtape of every song mentioned in this thread 24 hours a day for a year than spend one minute hearing Brokencyde.

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I also lean more towards Pearl Jam being slightly overrated, while I like Jeremy, Black, and Evenflow, on a whole I find their work to be rather dull.

I really like Pearl Jam's first and second albums. Vs. is better than Ten, IMO...a bit more raw and dark. Vitalogy is ok, and everything after that is very hit or miss.

As for Nirvana, they are midpack as far as grunge goes. They always get labeled as pioneers, yet the true pioneers of the genre were bands like Green River and Screaming Trees that were putting stuff out years earlier. Later bands like Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam were simply better musicians.

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Sweet Home Alabama.

Good Song, overplayed TOO MUCH

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How 'Free Bird' hasn't made it in here yet is beyond me. And for some reason, it seems like that Thompson Twins song has been on the radio way too much recently.

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Nickelback sucks.

True, when everyone was ragging on that 13 year old Rebecca Black this week, I was wondering what the big deal was, she's no worse than Nickelback and they're adults.

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