Most Overrated Classic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I don't see why this song is so popular. Sorry, but it just isn't number one on any respectable greatest songs list. I can think of a long list of Led Zeppelin songs that are better than this one, and a seven mile long list of songs in general that are better than this. But this song just drowns them out; never seen anything so absurd.

A lot of people say this has the best solo ever. I disagree. It's fast, but that's pretty much it. It's a good song, but certainly not the best rock song ever like a lot of people think. And when it comes to the solo thing, Comfortably Numb is miles ahead of this

We will rock you isn't Queen's best song, but it's not considered to be the greatest rock song of all time either. Stairway sounds beautiful the first 10 or so times you listen to it, but Led Zeppelin has written more rock-oriented and punkier songs than this.

This song is painfully overrated

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2 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen

Not rally good. It's late, My Melancholy Blues, Spread Your WIngs and All dead, All dead are far better from this album alone, let alone the entire court of magnifence from queen

It is alright, but far too minimalist... Too simplistic... Boring really. So many Queen songs better than this.

Why the hell is Paradise City #1? - Estranged

I mean from a standpoint its an anthem that can be sung accapella
that's what makes it a great song/anthem
but for some reason its ranked as one of the best songs out there - LeBustyBlonde

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3 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

Not the most overrated rock song... but definitely not "Led Zeppelin's Best Song"... not even in the top 5 in my opinion. - AlphonsoRichardson

I think a visitor is really concerned about how much chords are used in a song. If that'd be the case, then Blitzkrieg Bop would be one of the worst songs of all time. Am I wrong? - zxm

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4 Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey Jude - The Beatles

Maybe you had to "be there". If you can't identify with the spirit of the song and the period, you probably can't appreciate the song

I love the beatles but I personaly don't think this is one of their best - RecklessGreed

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5 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey V 2 Comments
6 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne

Ok Ozzy isn't classic rock. He's metal. And this is a great song with a great solo - Sabbath

7 Wonderwall - Oasis Wonderwall - Oasis

The most overrated song ever, without a question. I know a long, long, long list of overrated songs, and a considerably long list of overrated songs by music artists that have done a lot better and have loads of underrated songs. Wonderwall, I have to say, is number one on both of these lists.

The song in itself is just uninspired drivel that people call music. What does anybody see in it?! It is a talentless song that deserves nowhere as much recognition that it got! It just cannot compare to other songs like it and cannot be called their best song. I can understand that Sweet Child Of Mine is the most popular Guns n' Roses song, even though my favourite is Paradise City, which shouldn't be on this list. I can understand that Gimme Shelter is the most popular Rolling Stones song. What I don't get is why Wonderwall is the most popular Oasis song!

Don't Look Back In Anger is no better. The second most popular Oasis song, and there's just nothing talented about it. It is ...more

Is it bad because it has fewer chords? Just joking. This song isn't classic rock. - zxm

This isn't classic. This isn't rock. It isn't even all that overrated. - hype

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8 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
9 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody is hardly overrated! It's Way underrated in my humble opinion. Esp when you consider that a typical song has 3 chords, while Bohemian Rhapsody boasts SIXTY CHORDS! Plus the fact that it marries 2 such diverse genres of music as rock and opera; I mean, how Genius is that?! That's the genius of the great, the sublime, the one and only FREDDIE MERCURY.

Someone said, Bohemian Rhapsody is underrated. I've one question, when a song is considered as the best (I meant best, not one of the best) song of all time, how this song is underrated? - zxm

Queen has better song like innuendo

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10 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Actually I find Free Bird is hit or miss with a lot of people. The lead is amazing but I could see where folks might think it's long and repetitious. I like it because it's a tribute to Duane Allman, but even I think it's kind of drawn out in parts.

Definitely more than Run Like Hell

I don't like this song, but apparently everyone else does.

The Newcomers

? Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen
? Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Every single guitar newbie thinks they're so cool showing off that they can play only the first few notes of this song. Next time someone does that, tell them to play the solo.

Deep Purple is actually an underrated band. But this song of their's is overrated. The riff isn't that good that gets praised. I like some other songs like, Sometimes I feel like screaming, Soldier of Fortune, Child In Time etc more than this one. - zxm

Is a good song, but incredibly simple and is treated like one of the greatest songs of all time.

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The Contenders

11 Who Are You - Who Who Are You - Who

This is nowhere near the Who's best work (Try "My Generation" or "Behind Blue Eyes" and you'll know what Classic Who is. ) -

Got to admit, I love this song. Not overrated at all! - PetSounds

An awful demonstration of Pete's post punk angst

12 Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd

THIS? Was a hit single and one of Pink Floyd's most overplayed songs? -

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13 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
14 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

A big hit in 1965, played ( and overplayed ) on the radios millions of times, known by everyone ( even by those who don't care of Rock music ). All that made this song so popular that it became " overrated ". But in a context, back in 1965, this was a really " Them against us " anthem! Just listen to those lyrics of " no satisfaction " for T.V., radio, ads, media, girl action... This was really a " revolutionary " song back in those days.

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15 Panama - Van Halen Panama - Van Halen

The reason why this song is overrated is because this song is as good as hell! - VanHalen

Panama is UNderrated

16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Should be at first. At least, stairway to heaven has better lyrics. - zxm

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17 Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC
18 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

More of Led Zeppelin's work needs to be recognized - theforgiventeen

19 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

This song is good as hell, so emotional and deep, not overrated

15 year olds should be banned from this site.This is not overrated at all - Jay_07

20 Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith

Aerosmith is my favorite hard rock band (with GN'R); but I actually don't like very much this song. - rock2metal

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List StatsUpdated 25 Feb 2017

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Top Remixes

1. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Hey Jude - The Beatles
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Back in Black - AC/DC



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