The thing about classic rock is that they’re not making any more of it. Sure, you can make a decent case for moving Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Chili Peppers and other legacy alt-rock bands into the format, but that doesn’t always sit well with the classic rock purists, those who believe that all the best music was made before someone invented the word “alternative.”
Endless focus groups and audience testing has created a rigidly stratified canon of classic rock songs that, after decades of airplay, are getting decidedly toasty if not completely burned out. Salon has done some work to identify 10 songs that it believes should be retired immediately before endless repetition sends people screaming to their deaths.
1.Pink Floyd: “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”
2.Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Sweet Home Alabama”
3&4. Queen: “We Will Rock You”/”We Are the Champions”
5. Journey: “Don’t Stop Believin'”
6. Ozzy Osbourne: “Crazy Train”
7. Van Halen: “You Really Got Me”
8. AC/DC: “TNT”
9. Eagles: “Hotel California”
10. Rolling Stones: “Sympathy for the Devil”
What? No “Kashmir” from Led Zeppelin? Any other suggestions?