Top Ten Most Overplayed Classic Rock Songs

Despite the volume of incredible classic rock songs, radio stations insist on beating the same tracks into the ground. Over and over and over again. Many are indeed fantastic songs, but grow annoying with overexposure.

The Top Ten

1 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Overrated. I want to tear my ears off each time I have to listen to it.

But it is an awesome actully listening to it bow

I would rather see it be the greatest rock song of all time

I like this song but Journey has better songs than this - KillerQueen1774

2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Done to death! It's a shame it's not buried.

What? I heard this song once on the radio. This is the best song!

I don't think it is overplayed, I listen to classic rock station but the last time I heard it was about oh, a month ago. - Stalin

Overplayed, overrated and overvoted.

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Deserves to be #1

Queen has better songs that don't get played on the radio that much but I still love this song - KillerQueen1774

All these songs are great songs and they were overplayed for that simple reason. We can't blame the songs or the bands. We can only stop listening to the radio. I did it. - Metal_Treasure

I agree. I gave up listening to the radio for the exact same reason. Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway are amazing, but that doesn't mean I want to listen to them all the time. - Gg2000

This is one of my favourite songs it deserves to be at #1 I mean come on who doesn't love queen/freddie mercury I will always love queen ♥️

4 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

I agree with IronSabbathPriest - Ritchie Blackmore himself said that his favorite Deep Purple song was Perfect Strangers. My favorite is Highway Star and 2nd fave - maybe Perfect Strangers. However, I still love the intro riff to Smoke On the Water - it instantly gets my blood pumping.
I stopped listening to the radio several years ago when I became a metalhead. Currently I listen to only what I want and when I want to. - Metal_Treasure

Child In Time, Highway Star, and Perfect Strangers are all better songs in my opinion. - IronSabbathPriest

I don't think it's their best song. For me it was when I just got into it. But after listening 70-80 songs of theirs, I've found better songs. - zxm

Come on guys, they had much better songs than this!

5 Hotel California - Eagles

An absolutely amazing song, but holy crap I do not need to hear it every hour! This is why I stopped listening to classic rock radio stations. They overplay great songs until they are ruined. - Atham

Radio has ruined one of the greatest guitar solos ever for me. Alongside Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again", Joan Jett's "I Love Rock And Roll", and "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi, "Hotel California" is undoubted the song I'm the most sick of hearing. I don't even know why people are listing "Stairway To Heaven" on here. I barely ever hear that one on the radio because it's so long. Maybe it's the place I live in.

This is another song I love. But there are so many Eagles songs you never hear as a result of it being played to death. - PetSounds

"Maybe we play this song too much" -Said no radio station ever.

6 Who are You - The Who

Every single sports stadium insists on playing this. It's not bad, but there are at least a dozen better songs by The Who. - PetSounds

I love this song personally. But it's on the radio SO MUCH it's been stuck in my head for about an hour now! But I loved the music video. Keith Moon is hilarious! - MontyPython

I've heard this about ten million times. Can't they just stop? - Turkeyasylum

Yes this is overplayed. Not the band they were in 1969.

7 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

It's the best

This is a good song but I heard it twice in one day! - RiverClanRocks

8 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I prefer Come As You Are and About A Girl. I just do. - PositronWildhawk

It's not really classic rock and the song itself is good but man I hear it probably like 5 times a week at least and it gets kind of annoying but hey it's better than hearing people in school turn up their rap music disregarding other people and singing along to the songs (hearing sing alongs in public is one of my pet peeves) so I'm not complaining. - Anonymousxcxc

Not Really Classic Rock But Still Overplayed To An Extent - FettiMC

Very overplayed, but enter sandman should be up there. That song is overplayed to the max!

9 More Than a Feeling - Boston

It's a great song I've come to dislike because of endless overplaying. There's one song that's worse, that's "Maggie Mae" by Rod Stewart, the only song that makes my lower back hurt.

It's a good song, but it is ridiculously overplayed on classic rock stations (along with Peace of Mind).

Hear it all of the time. I will like it though!

Ironic, considering the lyrics. - PetSounds

10 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Love AC/DC, love the song, but yeah, it’s played too much. You know what AC/DC song is played more than this? Thunderstruck

This song is complete rubbish. A terrible song by the absolute worst band in history. Most overrated people ever, Angus shoul retire now

The Contenders

11 Tom Sawyer - Rush

No, I hear it much too often in the USA, despite how good it is and despite the relative lack of attention sometimes given Rush.
Again, the primary message is "variety, please". One or 2 songs doesn't and can't define a group and I'd imagine they'd prefer to be acknowledged for body of work. - Billyv

Id love to hear this on the radio (I never have), along with some others, (La Villa Strangiato, The Trees, Red Barchetta, Fly By Night, Spirit Of Radio, 2112, and the only Rush Song I've heard on the radio, my personal favorite, Limelight.) - Beatlesboy9

This song is four and a half minutes of synthesizer hell. The person who thinks to play this song on the radio all the time should be drug in the street by their hair and shot in the head.

I wanna hear this on the radio more! Although 2112 and La Villa Strangiato are better songs. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

It plays on every classic rock radio station on the face of the Earth, every day. Not an exaggeration.

Sweet home Alabama sucks, I'm sorry it just does.

The single most over played song of all time.

Got to keep the rednecks happy. Since they are armed. Yetyet

13 We Are the Champions - Queen

I remember when I first heard it, I thought it was decent. Bohemian was miles ahead of it but it was still good. Then I realized how the radio played this like 7 times a day and I was going nuts. We Are Overplayed should be the new name for this overrated overplayed no longer fun song - TheRealBeOne

And if it wasn't already overplayed on the radio, every sports team plays it about 5 times during a game.

HATE this song! It is Annoying nonsense.

Used FOR EVERYTHING. Sooo overplayed. - cat_f

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14 The Final Countdown - Europe

Stop saying bad things about rock n roll there the best

Not a bad song, but how did it get so popular? Posers. - PositronWildhawk

This song is ALWAYS played. Shame really because it is probably one of Europe's worst songs.

I kinda like this song actually

15 House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

This song SUCKS! And no, I'm not some millenial moron who has no taste in music. I love Metallica, Guns 'n' Roses, Queen...A lot of 80's music, but the animals' music... It's just crap!

Probably the song I'd say least belongs out of Top Ten in my humble opinion, and from what I hear, but maybe my opinion is tainted by my fondness for it (which I see you note of yours as well). I understand it's inclusion, though and for what it's worth I don't argue that or necessarily disagree - both as I'm sure you hear it too often. My primary wish and reason for commenting is that I'd prefer that other covers of this song get some of its percentage of AirPlay. While The Animals did the most popular and successful version, and perhaps the "definitive" one, it was Not an original composition in lyrics or melody and many others had done interesting versions previously. - Billyv

The Animals are one of, if not THE most underrated rock band. Like Deep Purple, only one of their songs truly hit big. They've had so many more amazing songs, like We Gotta Get Out of This Place, I'm Crying, and Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

I actually love this song. But it gets enough airplay for the entire British Invasion. - PetSounds

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16 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

I came on this list looking for this song. It's a good tune, but I don't understand why this song gets played more often than most AC/DC songs. Instead of hearing this all the time, maybe we could hear more stuff from the Bon Scott era like "Girls Got Rhythm", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Let There Be Rock", etc. Again, not a bad song at all, but there's so much more to AC/DC than this.

17 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
18 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

Even if it is overplayed it is still a great song

AWESOME - PhoenixAura81


19 Hotel California - The Eagles
20 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Always playing on my local radio station. Can't stand it anymore.

21 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas
22 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
23 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Still one of the best songs of the century

24 Crazy - Aerosmith
25 Jump - Van Halen

Van Halen's best song. - PhoenixAura81

26 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

My brother told me to

One of the most overplayed songs of all time. Almost every single time I turn on the radio it is playing. Still. I have had my fill of it to last a lifetime. Both this song, “Eye of the Tiger” and Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll” used to be good songs. Now I can’t stand either of them anymore.

27 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

"Tangled Up in Blue" is played quite a bit more often.

Great, ground - breaking perhaps, but there are So many fantastic songs from this man, even from the same short time period as this one. - Billyv

28 Bloody Well Right - Supertramp

I never hear this great tune on the radio station I listen to. - matty925

29 I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett

I hate this song! - KillerQueen1774

30 Time of the Season - The Zombies

Aaargh! Finally, someone who agrees! - PositronWildhawk

31 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Too bad Blue Oyster Cult never recorded another song. Oh, wait...

More cowbell! - truckturner

32 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
33 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

I love this song, along with Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. I grew up on Queen music. Then, I started listening to the radio... - matty925

34 Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd

This is the one that got me into Floyd, but now it's too overplayed despite it being a great song. - matty925

35 Plush - Stone Temple Pilots

Why are there 90s rock songs on here? They're never played on classic rock stations.

Some of them do now. They've had to add slightly newer stuff to attract younger listeners. - Gg2000

36 Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
37 Hit Me with Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

Can anyone tell me why classic hits/classic rock stations in the USA play this song ad nauseum? Because I honestly don't see a point, and this song just gets more monotonous and tiring the more times I hear it.

38 Baby Hold On - Eddie Money
39 Dance the Night Away - Van Halen
40 Surrender - Cheap Trick

? , YOU NEVER HERE THIS SONG! And its one of my favorites

With a New York radio station on in the car, I heard this 3 days in 1 week...and still hear it.

41 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
42 Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd
43 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
44 La Grange - ZZ Top


45 Hey You - Pink Floyd

For some strange reason the classic rock station in the city where I live seems to like to play this more than Another Brick in the Wall Part II, Money, or Comfortably Numb.

46 Something About You - Boston

If they don't play the crap out of More Than a Feeling, they play the crap out of this song. I thoroughly detest Boston now!

47 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

Really? Why is this on the list. - Stalin

48 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
49 Back in Black - AC/DC
50 867-5309 / Jenny - Tommy Tutone
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1. You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
2. Who are You - The Who
3. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Hotel California - Eagles
3. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
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