Top 10 Worst Classic Rock Songs

I love Classic Rock but these songs are overplayed, annoying, or just plain overrated. These are MY OPINION and I understand why people would like these songs but if you're mad, keep it to yourself or just tell me POLITELY your opinions.

The Top Ten

1 Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

OK, you can defend any songs or bands/artists from 10-2 but if you have ANY defense for this song or Warren Himself then we need to have a little discussion. To me, this guy doesn't qualify as "classic rock" or even rock in general. This song is an example of how not to do a classic rock song. His voice is annoying, the chorus will make you want to rip your hair out, the instrumentals are atrocious, no the whole song is atrocious! No song will ever make me feel as angry, annoyed, and miserable as this one. I don't see how anyone could like this garbage. It does not deserve to be played on the radio or to even exist. Screw this song! - BlackPikmin1998

Completely disagree. I appreciate and respect the artist, his talent and his work in general, and I love this song - it's Fun! - Billyv

Kid Rock must have liked it since he plagiarized it a few years ago...

I hate it.

2 La Grange - ZZ Top

This song is just annoying. I know I keep saying that for every entry here but it's true! I seriously can't think of much to say about this one but how can people tolerate or even like that laugh thing or whatever that noise he makes is? It was very close between this and Cheap Sunglasses but because this one gets an absurd amount of undeserved praise La Grange makes the list. - BlackPikmin1998

I hate this band with a passion. They are an embarrassment to the rest of us Texans - Johnnyt800

A riff stolen from John Lee Hooker's " Boogie Chillen' ". Before ZZ Top, some members were in the " Moving Sidewalks ". At least they had riffs that were Original. Once they became ZZ Top they just took all Blues riffs.


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3 Look at Little Sister - Stevie Ray Vaughan

So far ever artist/band on this list had at least one good song or redeeming factor but Stevie Ray Vaughan is nothing but a pile of trash that no one should ever have the displeasure of listening to. This so-called "rock star" made countless songs that could've been here but Look at Little Sister had the most annoying chorus, instrumentals, vocals, and overall just bad quality. I can't think of any words to describe how atrocious this garbage is. - BlackPikmin1998

4 157 Riverside Avenue - Reo Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon is fantastic! I love mostly all the songs I've heard from them. Emphasis on MOSTLY. This 12 minute long song is once again 25% song 75% filler but this takes it to the next level. Instead of a long drawn-out guitar interlude we get a 10 minute story about how Kevin Cronin is trying to "make sweet love to a girl" when oh no... THE TELEPHONE RINGS! How is this a concert favorite from the band? If this song never played on any radio station anymore I don't know about you but I wouldn't miss it one bit. Listen to the original. It's the song with no talking. - BlackPikmin1998

Sissy rock at at its finest.

5 We Built This City - Starship

I figured this would be on here eventually, might as well add it now.

This whole list sucks. You have have great songs like Werewolves of London, La Grange, and Space Oddity being compared to this garbage.

This is number 10 and David Bowie is number 2? What? - MontyPython


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6 Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton

What's the point of this crap?! This song is just atrocious. It's 4 minutes of actual song which is actually pretty good but what happens for the remaining 12? Just Peter making noises with his guitar and audience cheering. I understand that this was very unique for its time but why, why, WHY does it have to go on for 12 minutes?! We get it Peter you can make noises with your guitar! - BlackPikmin1998

Way overrated. I don't understand why people think Peter Frampton is a killer guitarist. Because he uses the guitar voice box a lot in his songs! Woo!

7 Hotel California - The Eagles

Its overplayed not a terror terrible song

This shouldn't be on any bad list!

Take this off...

R u kidding? Maybe it's "a little bit" overrated, but... Really? Do you think is worst than We Built This City?

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8 Space Oddity - David Bowie

That's no way to treat such a kind, loving, and creative man with a unique and amazing talent for songwriting. David Bowie is one of the greatest music artists of all time and will remain a legacy, and you obviously can't look past your pedestal to see how much of an influence he was. - MontyPython


No we're getting serious. David Bowie is a freaky, disturbing, and just ugly man in appearance and his music is no different. I chose this one because it has the most annoying chorus in rock history. No one should ever have the displeasure of sitting through this garbage. - BlackPikmin1998

Again, you are in such a minority about both the man and the song. You may want to avoid a lot of "classic rock". You are certainly entitled to your opinion, likes and dislikes, but you're presenting your opinion far too strongly and as if it's definitive or even generally agreed to, when it's actually quite the opposite. - Billyv

9 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

This song suffers from the same problems the previous entry does and then some. Repetitive lyrics, annoying chorus, and just bland quality. Also worth mentioning the stuttering. Who is this Porky Pig? You just a-ain't s-seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet! - BlackPikmin1998

10 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

I don't mean to pick on Skynyrd but after my comments on Free Bird, I felt I had to add it.

This song makes me want to punch a wall

The Contenders

11 I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

Puke...of several late up heavals by this sell out piece of of a band

12 The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin

I know all classic rock bands sing about sex, but this is just taking it too far

Another waste of space.

13 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This is a joke right why is this her

This isn't classic rock.

Nirvanas great but even Kurt admits this one was bad...

Nirvana sucks! They are worthless! They're NOT rock they're NOT talented THEY SUCK!

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14 Don't Stop Believing - Journey

They suck!

15 Another Brick In the Wall - Pink Floyd

I'm considering taking this list down. Most of these entries no longer reflect my opinions. I still don't like a few of the songs on this list but Imve heard parts 1 and 3 of this song mixed with part 2 and it quickly became one of my favorites. The only songs here that I still don't like are "ain't seen nothing yet" "157 Riverside Avenue" "La Grange" "Do You Feel Like We Do" "Look at Little Sister" (sorry blues rock just... Isn't my thing for the most part) and "Werewolves of London" I also feel like I was pushing my opinions as if they were facts. And now that I'm a lot more mature, I feel like kind of a jerk for making this list. I might make a modified, more mature version of this list or just simply take this one down. - BlackPikmin1998

Before you send me death threats let me explain. Pink Floyd to me is a very influential band that rock fan or not you've gotta appreciate them. But the way people treat them like their gods or something confuses me. The reason I chose The Wall is that it's really the only Floyd song that makes me feel bored while listening to it. It's overplayed, bland, and overrated. I know overplay doesn't really make a song bad but a classic rock station should stop playing the same artist and go for more obscure songs and bands. This song prevents them from doing that in my opinion. - BlackPikmin1998

But it isn't a bad song, you just think its overplayed. So why did you put it on the "worst classic rock songs" list? - Doom

16 Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra


I had to vote for this song.
How is "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent up here? Same with "Space Oddity" by Bowie? Those songs are legendary. I'm astounded by that.

17 Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagon

Sappy song that goes on forever. Obscenely long for a 2 verse/2 chorus pop song.

"Don't Bring Me Down" is excellent and does not deserve to be on this list.

18 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Sorry, this song is immortal and your comment is totally sacrilegious. Other than that, I'm fine with it.

This song as well as Hotel California are the best Classkc Rock Songs, yes Stairway to Heaven is played a lot but that is because people actually like good music, also don't you dare say Nirvana is horrible they are indeed Classic Rock and are an amazing band!

I can't even with these people

Sucky song from a sucky band. Screaming is Not synonymous w/singing. Plus it's just an unattractive song that doesn't even qualify to be "rock."
I guess I share Pete Townshend's assessment of L.Z.: that they've never done anything worth listening to.
I know, it's sacrilegious to not like them or the sainted Beatles, but there it is: I don't like either one. Queen outshines both these overplayed, over exposed, under talented groups, as well as everyone else in the music business.
Queen Rocksss!

19 Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Much as I love Clapton, he always plays this song way too slow and it puts me to sleep faster than NyQuil.

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20 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

Suffers from the exact same problems as number 7. Only 25% is lyrics while the other 75% is pointless guitar filler. "But Ted Nugent's a legend! " I hear you say. Well he doesn't have to do annoying riffs for 8 minutes to prove it. - BlackPikmin1998

I don't know if Ted Nugent is a legend but I know he's an A-hole.

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Top Remixes

1. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
2. Look at Little Sister - Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. La Grange - ZZ Top
1. We Built This City - Starship
2. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin



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