Sorry for the click-bait-y, headline, but I want to direct your attention to this article on the topic of classic rock songs that are so burned out that it may take them years to become listenable again. While some songs are timeless and evergreen (at least in my head), there are others that…well, you’ll see. This comes from USA Today:
The “Classic Rock” genre is the most tired in all of music. Often the only purpose it serves is to prove you’re getting older and that you no longer drive the cool car you used to drive when you were in high school, or something. Part of me dies inside when I hear a Nirvana tune — and I don’t even really like Nirvana’s music all that much — sandwiched between Foreigner and Steve Miller Band on the local classic rock station.
However there is something to be said of some classic rock tunes. Once the weather gets warm (77 degrees seems to be the key point on the mercury) and your outside sipping on a canned lite beer, it’s okay. Look, it’s not great, but it’s passable. Tolerable, even. You might even air guitar or air drum … or air bass a little bit … or break out your best falsetto if you can look past all the $150 concert tickets and 65-year-olds still making weird guitar sex faces during songs written five decades ago.
Once this hazy summer nostalgia trip ends, you come to your senses and realize the majority of the genre is tired, played-out crap. The following is but a sample of some of the songs that could be stricken from the airwaves and we’d all be better off for it.
Rule of thumb: if a song can be used as the soundtrack to a Brett Favre relaxed fit jeans commercial or as a mindless sports arena anthem, it probably can find its way onto this list.
You can read the full story here. Meanwhile, here is my totally subjective list on the topic.
- Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
- Boston, “More Than a Feeling”
- Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the USA”
- Bachman-Turner Overdrive: “Takin’ Care of Business”
- April Wine, “Oowattanite”
- Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Freebird”
- Steve Miller, “The Joker”
- Deep Purple, “Smoke on the Water”
- Aerosmith, “Walk This Way”
- ANYTHING by The Eagles