Top Ten Songs You Used To Love (But Now Hate Due to Over-Saturation)

By Brent Chittenden

We here at alancross.ca try to keep perspective on things. We tend to be rather positive when it comes to music and while we could just crap all over music we don’t like or are sick of, we instead go the high road and just promote the stuff we like.

Except for today.

Today I have permission to burn off some of that anger that swells up whenever I’m stuck in a car for a few hours and my mp3 player’s battery dies. Today we list the songs that aren’t necessarily bad (although a few are) but have just been over played so much in various realms of media that you now hate them.  Yes, it’s the Top Ten Songs You Used To Love (but now hate due to over-saturation)!

10) Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow – Picture

I can almost listen to this song now but there was a time where it was played on multiple format radio stations and every gig at a bar I went to that it started driving me nuts. It’s not even a bad song, just over played for a good period of time.

9) B-52’s – Love Shack


Once again a good song but is overplayed by retro stations way too much. Why can’t it ever be Rock Lobster?

8) Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama


I know a fair amount of people who play in bands. A good chunk of them played in bar bands covering various classic rock hits. Most of those people hate Sweet Home Alabama. For whatever reason, it tends to be the song most guys in bar band know and hence play… and then get requests for… and then hate the song.

7) Goyte – Somebody The I Used To Know


If I have to explain to you why this is on the list, I’m very curious, what’s the cave you’ve been living in look like?

6) Weezer – Buddy Holly


Not the best song on the album but it was pretty good and the video was pretty cool. But for whatever reason, unless they happen to have a new album out, this is the default Weezer song. 9 times out of 10, when you here some one tee up Weezer, it is followed by Buddy Holly when what you are dying to hear is the Sweater Song.

5) Led Zeppelin – D’yer Mak’er


This may just be a an Ontario thing but for whatever reason, classic rock and rock stations in Ontario feel that it is necessary to play this least impressive piece from Houses of the Holy at least twice a day. Never a fan of it to begin with and now I just want to punch Robert Plant in the face any time I hear it. And I honestly like Led Zeppelin and any other time would shake Plant’s hand… but if he even started humming this POW, right in tha kissa!

4) George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone


Be it classic rock radio, movies or television, this song needs to be shelved for five years. Or maybe ten for good measure. Trust me, there are plenty of songs besides this one to make you feel like a bad ass.

3) Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling


You know, I don’t really harbour any hatred to the BEP. Sure, My Humps is pretty well the stupidest song ever made but over all, I’m not a fan but I don’t throw bags of flaming poo at them either. Except for this song. Ever since this song came out, it has started every high school dance, wedding reception, crappy club night, karaoke sing along and what was mildly annoying became this juggernaut of ear ache.

2) Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)


I unfortunately graduated high school around the year this came on that Seinfeld special so guess what got played at our commencement… and every graduation since.

1) Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’


Not everyone’s cup of tea I know but urgh, thanks to The Sopranos, this song got way too much added air play and I was just getting over it’s previous overuse. In fact, the only way I find the song acceptable now is in the clip above from the film The Loosers. Sniper fire can make any song listenable again.

Now it’s your turn dear readers. What songs have been overplayed into your dislike column? Please leave you thoughts in the column below!

Brent Chittenden

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and a podcaster with True North Nerds, he's also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places. Currently, he is the co-host of the True North Nerds podcast. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/bcchittenden

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Songs You Used To Love (But Now Hate Due to Over-Saturation)

  • July 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm
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    This "top ten" is not a bad survey except for two songs. I am not familiar with the Kid Rock Sheryl Crow song, but maybe I live in another country for that to be too overplayed? The Journey track doesn't make the cut on so many levels other than it was overplayed and overused. Journey is a such a loser band to begin with, they were bad by the time Steve Perry joined despite a promising start by a few ex-members of Santana. I understand the feel good nature of the song and its' anthemic overtones but what Journey were doing in the early eighties was so far removed from the new music scene, so derivative and lacking in substance. I hated this song then as much as I do now.

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  • July 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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    I would've added Blind Melon's "No Rain." There weren't a lack of great songs on their debut, but this is the only song you ever hear from the band.

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  • July 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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    Maybee yoo neede sum speling clases iddiot

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  • July 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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    "Bad to the Bone", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "D'yer Maker" are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to classic rock songs that have been played to death. Although to your point about punching Robert Plant, Zep never played that song live so that probably tells you a lot about how he feels about it (I digress).

    The worst victims are Canadian Classic Rocks songs that have been killed by Can-con rules. I'm talking The Guess Who "American Woman", April Wine "Oowhatanite ", Tom Cochrane "Lunatic Fringe" Bryan Adams "Summer of '69", BTO "Taking Care of Business", Steppenwolf "Born to be Wild" and even "New Orleans is Sinking" by the HIp.

    Don't get me wrong I think our country does a great job of promoting homegrown talent, but the downside is how much some of this stuff gets over played by Canadian rock radio.

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  • July 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm
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    Losing my Religion – REM
    It's not only way overplayed, but seems to be the only REM song I ever hear on radio or at malls, pubs, etc. Such a shame as they released so many other great songs…I don't understand why today's radio seems to view them as a "one-hit-wonder".

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  • July 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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    "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger.

    At least I can remember another Blind Melon song aside from "No Rain". ("Galaxie")

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  • July 27, 2013 at 12:54 am
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    Finger Eleven: Paralyzer

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  • July 27, 2013 at 1:26 am
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    If I have to hear Bohemian Rhapsody one more time I will chew my own ears off. And I don't care that it's impossible to do so…I'll figure out a way so I never have to hear that song again.

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  • July 27, 2013 at 1:44 am
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    Ugh. Please, hit the spell check button before you post. Seeing some of those mistakes made me twitchy. Not a good look for anyone trying to achieve any level of journalistic integrity.

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  • July 27, 2013 at 3:29 am
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    Definitely agree with the Black Eyed Peas being on this list.
    As for the Hip I dont mind some of their older stuff for the most part but radio does over play them. Especially Fifty Mission Cap, New Orleans Is Sinking, Little Bones and My Music At Work (never liked that song to begin with).

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  • May 21, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    I’ve never heard of the Kid Rock Sheryl Crow song but I don’t know how I haven’t since I used to listen to Sheryl Crow all the time. I agree with all the other songs on this list.one song I would add to this list is those two songs by FUN that are really overplayed and Lights by Ellie Goulding.

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