Most Overrated Classic Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 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.

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.

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

This song is so heavily over rated that it hurts. There is nothing special about this song except for how over rated it is. I just can't believe this song is regarded as one of the best rock songs of all time.

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2 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

Two chords and a lot of fluff

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

A copy of 2 songs, it still egts more credit than any demanding song... - somekindofaguy

3 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Journey is one of my favorite bands. But this song is SO overrated. Can't we hear "Only the Young" or "Separate Ways" or "Stone in Love" for once? I go bananas every time I hear this song

So overrated! Most people think it's the only classic rock song they need to know... Ever heard of Led Zeppelin or the Who?

Separate Ways is better - Nickelstickman

Please stop.

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4 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

Why do people like the beatles so much
the songs I only like
are Hey jude
and lucy in the sky with diamonds
i mean their musics good
maybe not the best or most unique - LeBustyBlonde

5 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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6 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

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

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

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

This song is terrible

8 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

SO overrated! Rolling Stone rates this at #163 on its 500 best songs of all time list, which is about right.

Overrated as hell... I don't mean it's bad because it's great... but if I were to choose the best Queen songs, the list would look like this:
1. "Don't Stop Me Now"
2. "I Want It All"
3. "Another One Bites the Dust"
4. "Innuendo"
5. "Show Must Go On"
6. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
7. "A Kind of Magic"
8. "Dead on Time"
9. "I Want to Break Free"
10. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Yes, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is on 10th place... and it's barely better than "Save Me" (11th place), so why it was voted 1st on "the best rock song ever"? I don't understand...

On the other hand, it was a hard decision to vote on this in "overrated classic rock songs" category, because there is some serious competition for this one... "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" are well... a bit weak, compared to the ...more

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9 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.

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

Definitely more than Run Like Hell

10 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

SCOM is overrated, Paradise City isn't. - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This is undeserving of the top 10 of the best songs of all time. It's a heavy grunge song. And what now? - naFrovivuS

Yeah it's overrated, but it's not classic rock. - Gruunge

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

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12 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

13 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.

14 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
15 Back in Black - AC/DC
16 Panama - Van Halen

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

Panama is UNderrated

17 (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.

So obviously overrated...

Overrated as hell

18 Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd

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


19 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

It might have been really ambitious in the 60's, but it doesn't hold up and I don't see how this song is better than songs like While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes The Sun

20 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

21 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

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

22 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

23 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

I was thinking of putting "Summer of '69", the most generic rock song ever, on here but with that song at least I know some people who don't like it. I was also thinking of putting "In the Air Tonight", a boring, lifeless song, but I chose "Comfortably Numb" because a lot of people worship Pink Floyd and treat this as their best song. I don't mind Pink Floyd, in fact "Wish you were Here" is one of my favorite albums, but a lot of their stuff is a little overrated. This song on the other hand is horrifyingly overrated. It is a boring, lifeless (but then again a lot of PF's stuff is a little lifeless, but not to this extreme), and confusing song. In fact this feels like a filler song to me, and I do know the where it fits in on The Wall. I guess people like this song because it makes them feel like they are on drugs, and if that is the case I am glad I never take them.

It's not really overrated. It's an amazing song. Don't say the song is overrated just because it's the most popular Pink Floyd song. If any Pink Floyd song is overrated it's Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2 - hype

Wonderful tune. - naFrovivuS

Eh, yeah it's a good song, but listen to something like echoes(meddle) or something, and then respond to me.

24 Sweet Child (O' Mine) - Guns N' Roses

This song has been so overplayed.

25 Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

Spent 31 Weeks at #1 on the chart and is still played to death on radio today. -

26 Highway to Hell - AC/DC
27 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
28 Hotel California - Eagles

Shocked this isn't up there already. Overall falls flat, with the guitar solo at the end being nothing more than a way for him to play with himself. Eagles as a whole are an overrated band, though.

29 Barracuda - Heart

Agreed - doodie

30 Jump - Van Halen
31 All Right Now - Free

Only overlooked on this websites lists

Are you kidding? This song is overrated? - zxm

32 La Grange - ZZ Top

This songs riff is good, but it is overrated. - Frizor

33 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Most overrated song of all times

34 Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon
35 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
36 Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
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Top Remixes

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


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