You know the songs. No matter where you are, no matter what radio station you listen to at least one of these classic rock songs will be heard on the radio within the hour. We're talking songs that should be banned from the airwaves. Permanently!
We're not talking MOR America's Top 40 here. We're talking the real McCoy. You won't find Michael Jackson on this list. You won't find The Police or U2 on this list either – even though their music oozes treacle – because as far as we are concerned they ain't rock and roll baby. Remember, these are rock songs by actual rock bands, not bands or solo artists who think they are rock bands.
Presented without audio or video evidence to spare you the agony of hearing them again are the 10 Most Overrated, Overplayed Rock Songs That You Never Want to Hear Again. Ever!
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
It's a shame that a song that started a musical movement is on this list but let's face it grunge died with a shotgun blast to the head in the mid 90s with a "do not resuscitate" label affixed to it. Give us the Foo Fighters any day. Besides, we hung up our Neil Young inspired lumberjack shirts back in 1993.
9. November Rain – Guns and Roses
So this is what rampant drug use and clashing egos sounds like before they implode on themselves. Use your illusion and tune this pompous monstrosity out. (We are talking about the song but you can tune Axl Rose out too.)
8. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
This was a tough one because we're still not convinced that Bon Jovi is a rock band. Their latest offering only confirms our suspicions. What is that stuff anyway? This song should get on a steel horse and ride off into the sunset.
7. We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You – Queen
This song has been haunting you since elementary school. Every time that your team won the big game, whether it was a game of jacks or the Super Bowl you had to listen to this double barrelled fist pumping, body-painted nonsense.
6. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
Blame Bill Gates for this one. When Windows 95 came out this once harmless song became ubiquitous and we could never listen to it again without thinking of how rich Bill Gates is and how many millions the Stones got to pad their bloated bankroll. Why FM radio still plays this free MS commercial is beyond comprehension.
5. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The quintessential, arm pumping, flag waving anthem to…not much really. You know that you have problems when both the Democrats and Republicans co-opt the song for political gain and they both lose. But the real losers here are American eardrums.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
The second entry on this list for Queen should come as a surprise to no one. Blending opera and rock opened the door for all the other opera/rock acts that followed. What's that you say? There weren't any. We are all the richer for it, not as rich as Queen mind you.
3. Hey Jude – The Beatles
Na na na na, na na na na. Any number of Beatles tunes could have been inserted here as most any Beatles tune is played to death on FM radio. This may have been their swan song but that swan has been singing the same song since 1970.
2. Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
You know that you have become irrelevant when you become a caricature of yourself. How many Freebird jokes have you heard? How many burnt thumbs are out there from people holding their Bic lighters over their heads too long?
1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
If there is a God out there She will spare us from ever hearing this song again. Remember that guy in high school who played a real mean Zep air guitar, remember the other Zep guy from high school who said that the Zep air guitar guy missed a note during the solo at 5:47? They are the one's to blame for this song still being on the airwaves.