I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. The following comes from a collaboration of opinions. It’s often come up in conversation, especially when provoked by the hearing of a song that has been played, played to death, buried, dug up, and played again. The following songs are in no way unfavorable, but it is safe to say that they could be shelved for the next decade and not be missed.
The first list is based on songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, mostly classic and pop rock tracks. The following list is comprised of songs I feel were played way too much in the 90s (based on the alternative rock and hard rock genres.)
Without further ado:
The older songs that have been played to death
1. Hotel California The Eagles (and responsible for me exclaiming, “GOD! I hate the Eagles!” Really, I don’t, but I don’t care if I NEVER hear this track again.)
2. Little Red Corvette (Prince)* This came from a friend. I’m still down with it.
3. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Synyrd)
4. White Wedding (Billy Idol)
5. Jack and Diane (John (Cougar) Mellencamp)
6. American Pie (Don McLean)
7. Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
8. Back in Black (AC/DC)
9. Pour Some Sugar on Me (Def Leppard)
10. We Are the Champions (Queen)
That being said, the radio made the aforementioned songs die.
The quick & dirty 90s list I promised:
1. Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)
2. Last Kiss, Pearl’s Jam’s version. (Surprised? Don’t be. I liked the original better; sorry, Eddie and friends. Their version is good but it got driven into the ground on the airwaves.)
3. Closing Time (Semisonic)
4. Crash (Dave Matthews Band)
5. Lightning Crashes (Live, and it’s supposed to be pronounced “Live” like “give”.)
6. Crazy (Aerosmith)
7. Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind, radio edit. The uncut version is better.)
8. Inside Out (Eve 6)
9. Don’t Speak (No Doubt)
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Most of these artists are respected and adored on my list, but these tracks have been overdone. Often, there is a hidden track, a B-side, or something that never gets heard, that is golden. For example, Pearl Jam’s “Down.” Third Eye Blind’s “Dao of St. Paul,” Nirvana’s “Plateau.”
If you have others you’d like me to add, let me know.
In the meantime, here’s the original “Last Kiss.”
Be well and rock on,