Good songs that are cliché due overplay, that you listen to anyway

I was driving down the road today listening to the local metal station and Stairway to Heaven came on. I enjoyed it enough but couldn’t remember the last time I heard it on the air. I’ve heard it enough up to this point that I don’t need to go out of my way to actually play the thing.

But, on the other hand, I put Iron Man on the other day. It’s cliché I suppose but I still like it.

What songs that have been burnt out by overuse do you still enjoy.
*I realize that different posters opinion of what a “good” song is will vary, but hopefully we can make allowances for that.

Muskrat Love. No, wait, scratch that. Sultans of Swing.

There are the famously irritating ones that I’d be glad to never hear again, but you know, most overplayed songs actually are pretty good. There’s (hopefully) a good reason they get overplayed.

And sometimes something is irritatingly catchy, so that I like it while wishing I didn’t. “Sweet Escape” checks a lot of my personal “bad song” boxes, but my brain gets caught on that hook every time, so sue me.

And once in a while there’s a song that’s not good and not catchy either, but they play the hell out of it anyway. I can’t remember those ones. Lucky me. :slight_smile:

I had never heard that song till right now.

That was

Interesting. :slight_smile:

I said all what I said up there… And then I went onto YouTube to hear a couple of songs over again, and saw a bunch of overplayed titles, and I was like “Ugh, not that one again, no way not that one either”, on and on. So I partly take back what I said about them mostly being good songs. :slight_smile:

L**ots of 80s songs - Take on Me, Shout, Vienna, Don’t You Want Me…the list is long.

I can listen to Dancing Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody definitely holds up

Even (gasp!) Never Gonna Give You Up

But, sorry, YMCA is gonna cringe me.

And I can listen once anyway, to Hey Good Lookin (Hank Williams)

But “Memory” from Cats … well, something about it just seems to beat a fatalistic warning. :slight_smile:
And the only tune I know written by Merv Griffin, has to be one of the most overplayed titles in the history of the world. So, since I answered that Merv Griffin wrote it, can you guess the tune, but phrase your guess in the form of a question? We’re all waiting… :smiley:

The Spirit of Radio by Rush is way overplayed. But it’s a jamm’n song, and I’ll gladly listen to it for the millionth time.

I love that song. When all that “rick-rolling” was going on, I’d just listen to the whole song… :smiley:

I submit “Afternoon Delight”. For some reason, I like that song, I like the harmonies.

I’ll still crank up Golden Earring’s “Twilight Zone” when it comes on.

Where am I to go, now that I’ve gone too far?

Stairway to Heaven

Dang, some people have all the luck!

I’ll nominate the hits of ELO. I like them and was thinking of getting some of those tunes for my own, but then I thought, “Well, they’re found on the radio frequently enough. I’ll just keep enjoying them there.” Makes it special.

Twilight Zone and Radar Love make up for everything else Golden Earring ever did. Solid two-hit wonder. I’ll always stop what I’m doing and listen if either one comes on. In fact, this is me pausing Dead Kennedys (who never got enough airplay, but maybe that’s just me) to youtube those two songs.

…and then the YouTube autoqueue tossed out Lunatic Fringe by Red Ryder. I might get nothing done today if this keeps up. :slight_smile:

eta: …and Another Thing Coming by Judas Priest.

Journey “Don’t Stop Believing”
REO Speedwagon “Keep on Lovin’ You”
REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water”
Haddaway “What is Love”

I’ll second that. Complex arraingments and compositions.


I’ll listen.

I am thrilled to hear My Sharona once every ten years.

Probably every song I enjoy has been overplayed way too much. I have very mass-market tastes.:wink:

I have a low tolerance to over exposure of a song but two I never tire of are Boys Of Summer and Rebel, Rebel . Love to hear covers, not tied to the originals.