Steve Miller's The Joker came on the radio this morning and I leapt off my chair to turn off the radio.  I've simply heard that song a couple of thousand times too often.

So, what's your suggestion for a song that gets played to death on radio and has earned a lifetime ban?

PS: My second nomination for overplayed song is The Boys Are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy.

 

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It is unfortunate that radio stations, including satellite, continue to play the top few songs of major artists.  I would love to hear more than the top songs of various artists, dig in to the many songs that they have recorded and play some from their catalog.  How many times can you hear More Than a Feeling by Boston before getting sick and tired of it?

thistlintom posted:

It is unfortunate that radio stations, including satellite, continue to play the top few songs of major artists.  I would love to hear more than the top songs of various artists, dig in to the many songs that they have recorded and play some from their catalog.  How many times can you hear More Than a Feeling by Boston before getting sick and tired of it?

My wife often comments, "I don't know how that band or artist became so popular. They only have three songs."

Seriously. Why are you listening to the radio?  

But, pretty much anything by an “artist” who became popular after 1996 is *highly* suspect. 

I don’t get tired of songs like “Hey Jude” or “Stairway” or “Paint it Black” because I don’t listen to the radio. So I hear “She’s Leaving Home” 4 or 5 times as often as “Hey Jude”. And you can extrapolate from that. (And there is no such thing as getting tired of “Gimme Shelter”.)

First song I thought of was Stairway to Heaven. Didn’t much care for it back in the day; still don’t. I was/am a Zep I, II and III fan. 

But as winetarelli said, I’m not bothered because I never listen to the radio. The only time Stairway might pop up is when I get Apple Music to create a playlist based on some other classic rock tune. In which case, I skip it. 

winetarelli posted:

Seriously. Why are you listening to the radio?  

You could have asked me this question 20 years ago and my answer would have been the same.

But, pretty much anything by an “artist” who became popular after 1996 is *highly* suspect. 

I'm thinking there must be at least 20 years difference in our ages.

I rarely listen to the radio but still manage to be subjected to those songs every once in a while.

 

 

I listen to Satellite radio, which is much better than local radio.  However, even they tend to play a lot of the same songs.  They do have more depth than local radio and there are multiple stations to choose from to reduce repetitiveness.  I do a lot of channel switching, especially when the same songs come on or when Rush or Pink Floyd come on.

steve8 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Seriously. Why are you listening to the radio?  

You could have asked me this question 20 years ago and my answer would have been the same.

Mix tapes!  (Or albums.)

But, pretty much anything by an “artist” who became popular after 1996 is *highly* suspect. 

I'm thinking there must be at least 20 years difference in our ages.

I was in high school in ‘96.  It is when Fiona Apple got her break, and I think she’s talented.  I suppose The Killers and Coldplay are ok, too.  But, the “youngest” act I listen to with any frequency is U2.

I rarely listen to the radio but still manage to be subjected to those songs every once in a while.

 

 

 

thistlintom posted:

I listen to Satellite radio, which is much better than local radio.  However, even they tend to play a lot of the same songs.  They do have more depth than local radio and there are multiple stations to choose from to reduce repetitiveness.  I do a lot of channel switching, especially when the same songs come on or when Rush or Pink Floyd come on.

I dropped my SiriusXM subscription when they dropped The Loft. I listened to it about 50% of the time, followed by The Spectrum and Deep Tracks.

Another one who doesn't listen to the radio anymore. Amazon Prime for me, 9.3 million songs. So I only hear what I want to hear. Once Alexa got to know my musical tastes, I now only have to tell her to, "...play something I will like." And darned if she doesn't come thru about 90% of the time.

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