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  • The most overplayed songs of ALL TIME?

    What do you think are the most overplayed songs of all time?


    Here's a couple I think that should be hidden for a little while.


    Hotel California
    We Are the Champions
    Celebration
    Proud Mary
    My Heart Will Go On
    Jack And Diane
    Takin' Care of Business

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    Over 8 Million Times

    * You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers

    Over 7 Million Times

    * Yesterday - The Beatles
    * Never My Love - The Association
    * Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
    * Stand By Me - Ben E. King

    Over 6 Million Times

    * Michelle - The Beatles
    * Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
    * Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkle
    * Your Song - Elton John
    * How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
    * Baby, I Need Your Loving - Johnny Rivers
    * Every Breath You Take - The Police
    * All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
    * On Broadway - The Drifters
    * Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
    * I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
    * Higher & Higher - Rita Coolidge
    * I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight
    * Oh Girl - The Chi-lights
    * Up, Up and Away - The Fifth Dimension
    * Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
    * Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters
    * Only You - The Platters
    * Twilight Time - The Platters
    * Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
    * Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra

    Over 5 Million Times

    * Imagine - John Lennon
    * Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
    * Something - The Beatles
    * Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
    * (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
    * California Girls - The Beachboys
    * Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkle
    * How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
    * Up on the Roof - The Drifters
    * Hooked on a Feeling - B.J. Thomas
    * The Rose - Bette Midler
    * I'd Really Love To See You Tonite - England Dan & John Ford Coley
    * Up on the Roof - The Drifters
    * I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
    * When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
    * Sounds Of Silence - Simon and Garfunkle
    * Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkle
    * By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
    * You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
    * Traces - The Classics IV
    * Goin' Out Of My Head - Little Anthony and The Imperials
    * Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades
    * The Letter - The Box Tops
    * Layla - Eric Clapton
    * Dreams - Stevie Nicks
    * Happy Together - The Turtles
    * Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers
    * Cherish - The Association
    * Gentle On My Mind - Glen Campbell
    * Sunny - Bobby Hebb
    * Proud Mary - Credence Clearwater Revival
    * Angel Of The Morning - Merilee Rush
    * Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson
    * The Heart of the Matter - Don Henley
    * Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson
    * Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - The Four Seasons
    * Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
    * You Send Me - Sam Cooke
    * Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - The Casinos
    * Release Me - Englebert Humperdinck
    * Canadian Sunset - Guy Lombardo
    * More - Marcello Ciorciolini

    Over 4 Million Times

    * Take It Easy - The Eagles
    * Let It Be - The Beatles
    * Crying - Roy Orbison
    * Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
    * Daydream Believer - The Monkees
    * Windy - The Association
    * Fire and Rain - James Taylor
    * Daniel - Elton John
    * Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
    * Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    * Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers
    * Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
    * Listen to the Music - The Doobie Brothers
    * Best of My Love - Eagles
    * Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
    * Mr. Bojangles - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    * It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
    * I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton John
    * For the Good Times - Ray Price
    * We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
    * What a Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
    * My Special Angel - The Vogues
    * A Groovy Kind of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
    * Put A Little Love In Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon
    * Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
    * Snowbird - Anne Murray
    * Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton
    * My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
    * If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
    * The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
    * Spanish Eyes - Engelbert Humperdinck
    * Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sami Smith
    * Born Free - Matt Monroe
    * I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson

    Over 3 Million Times

    * Hey Jude - The Beatles
    * Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
    * Alone Again, Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan
    * Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
    * Desperado - Eagles
    * Dust In The Wind - Kansas
    * Do You Believe In Magic - The Lovin' Spoonful
    * Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
    * Kokomo - The Beach Boys
    * Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
    * Tie A Yellow Ribbon - Tony Orlando
    * For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
    * The End Of The Innocence - Don Henley
    * Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
    * Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
    * How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
    * Heartache Tonight - Eagles
    * I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
    * Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
    * Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
    * Maggie May - Rod Stewart
    * Memphis - Chuck Berry
    * I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John
    * Higher Love - Steve Winwood
    * Lean On Me - Bill Withers
    * My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
    * Turn Turn Turn - The Byrds
    * You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
    * That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
    * Spooky - The Classics IV
    * Still The One - Kansas
    * On and On - Stephen Bishop
    * Penny Lane - The Beatles
    * Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers
    * Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
    * Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat and Tears
    * Time Of The Season - The Zombies
    * To Love Somebody - The Bee Gees
    * And I Love Her - The Beatles
    * Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
    * You Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat and Tears
    * Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
    * Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
    * Crocodile Rock - Elton John
    * Dance With Me - Orleans
    * Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves
    * Do You Know Where You're Going To - Diana Ross
    * Don't Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
    * Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
    * Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
    * Down On The Corner - Credence Clearwater Revival
    * Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
    * Drivin' My Life Away - Eddie Rabbit
    * Everything I Do, I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
    * Feelin' Groovy - Harpers Bizarre
    * The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
    * For All We Know - The Carpenters
    * For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
    * Get Together - The Youngbloods
    * Go Away Little Girl - Donnie Osmond
    * Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
    * Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton John
    * Cupid - Sam Cooke
    * After The Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck
    * Hello It's Me - Todd Rundgren
    * Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
    * Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkle
    * Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
    * Classical Gas - Mason Williams
    * I Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops
    * I Write The Songs - Barrie Manilow
    * Key Largo - Bertie Higgins
    * King Of The Road - Roger Miller
    * Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
    * Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka
    * Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton John
    * The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
    * The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
    * Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain and Tennille
    * Mandy - Barrie Manilow
    * Love's Theme - Barrie White
    * Mony Mony - Tommy James
    * My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
    * New Kid In Town - Eagles
    * Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
    * Reach Out, I'll Be There - The Four Tops
    * Reminiscing - Little River Band
    * Someday We'll Be Together - The Supremes
    * Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
    * Up On The Roof - The Drifters
    * Wake Up Little Suzie - The Everly Brothers
    * We Just Disagree - Dave Mason
    * Wedding Bell Blues - The Fifth Dimension
    * Where Did Our Love Go? - The Supremes
    * Wildfire - Michael Murphy
    * You Are The Woman - Firefall
    * You Got It - Roy Orbison
    * Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
    * Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
    * Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka
    * My Way - Frank Sinatra
    * How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michal Bolton
    * I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbit
    * El Paso - Marty Robbins

    Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

    The greatest list of music I don't own on CD :sad:
    You should check these guys out

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    • #3
      Well Jared you just killed that thread didnt you?
      ---IZAAK

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      • #4
        Originally posted by IZAAK
        Well Jared you just killed that thread didnt you?

        lol I didnt even read all of his post.......





        I swear the radio station here played Hoobastank-The Reason about A MILLION TIMES A DAY! well thats stretching it a bit but seriously i think I heard it about 3-5 times a day.... I hate that song
        Last edited by Skywalker; 11-03-2005, 08:04 PM.
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        • #5
          Who let the dogs out...

          Mambo Number 5?

          Also, completely unrelated. But I hate the Gilmore Girls.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by IZAAK
            Well Jared you just killed that thread didnt you?

            Well, I answered the question, I think?

            Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

            The greatest list of music I don't own on CD :sad:
            You should check these guys out

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EMCF

              Also, completely unrelated. But I hate the Gilmore Girls.
              The show or the actressess?

              Lauren Graham could be my snuggle buddy anytime.

              Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

              The greatest list of music I don't own on CD :sad:
              You should check these guys out

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              • #8
                All Greenday songs!!!!!!!!!

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                • #9
                  how about that god dam james blunt, with your beautiful,i hate that song.im sure all the guys from the UK know what im saying
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jared
                    Well, I answered the question, I think?
                    --- is your list comprised of all types of radio formats ? --- or is it just the mainstream country/pop/r+b --- all of the songs on your list seem on the "tame" side ---

                    --- although early Led Zep is still one of my favorite groups, "Stairway To Heaven" seems to have worn it's welcome out a long time ago --- suprised that one didn't make the list --- it is still overplayed !

                    --- and what about the dreaded "Louie-Louie" by the Kingsman ??? ---

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AZ Snake Fan
                      --- is your list comprised of all types of radio formats ? --- or is it just the mainstream country/pop/r+b --- all of the songs on your list seem on the "tame" side ---

                      --- although early Led Zep is still one of my favorite groups, "Stairway To Heaven" seems to have worn it's welcome out a long time ago --- suprised that one didn't make the list --- it is still overplayed !

                      --- and what about the dreaded "Louie-Louie" by the Kingsman ??? ---
                      My list is strictly numerical based on airplay, regardless of format.

                      Granted, its leans pop, but that is because pop radio, even back in the 50's on the AM dial, has always had tight playlists with songs that eventually burn out. Plus, it was not unusual in the 50's and 60's to hear a top single once an hour on a station!!!!! So that is why so many older songs have so many plays.

                      So it stands to reason that any artists who has a radio hit in one of the pop styled formats (country, CHR, AC, R&B) will have more plays than a song like Stairway, for a few reasons:

                      There are more pop stations than Rock/classic Rock/AOR in the U.S.

                      Not all college stations monitor or report airplay (So, back in the 70's, bands like Led Zep & King Crimson could get tons of college airplay and no royalties).

                      The songs on rock stations tend to be longer, thus less songs overall get played. So, it's impossible to get as many airplays as you would on a "must be under 4 minutes" pop station.

                      It is estimated that Stairway to Heaven MIGHT be the most played song of all time, but it is impossible to know, because a large chunk of their airplay was not reported in the 70's. They actually get played more now than they did in their hey day.

                      Yes, rock stations overplay certain artists, but generally because of their willingness to have a larger library by artists, the songs themselves don't burn out as much. I played Stairway about once every 10 days in my classic rock gig. But I played a Led Zep tune 3 times a shift some days.

                      Pop stations (and now oldies, which are essentially time warp pop stations) are song oriented, regardless of artist.

                      Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

                      The greatest list of music I don't own on CD :sad:
                      You should check these guys out

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                      • #12
                        --- Muchas Gracias, Don Jared ---

                        --- thanks for a very concise and clear explanation --- i think you have answered the question ! ---

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                        • #13
                          One song that obviously cant be on the list due to its relatively recent release, but that has still been played way too much, leading to its extreme commercialization and loss of true meaning, is Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. It’s a good song, but by no means one of Nirvana's best, and for the majority of Americans, it is the only Nirvana song they have ever heard. The song is way overplayed.

                          Yes, this doesn’t answer the question, as it is DEFINITELY not THE most overplayed song, but it is definitely overplayed.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AZ Snake Fan
                            --- is your list comprised of all types of radio formats ? --- or is it just the mainstream country/pop/r+b --- all of the songs on your list seem on the "tame" side ---

                            --- although early Led Zep is still one of my favorite groups, "Stairway To Heaven" seems to have worn it's welcome out a long time ago --- suprised that one didn't make the list --- it is still overplayed !

                            --- and what about the dreaded "Louie-Louie" by the Kingsman ??? ---
                            I was reading Jared's list looking for Stairway to Heaven myself. That was the first song that popped in my head just reading the thread title. Back in Black is a more recent one I suppose. Both Led Zep and AC/DC are killer bands that put out mega music and both bands have those two songs played the most. It is quite annoying. What happened to variety on these classic rock channels anyway? Another reason I turned to country music over 20 years ago.

                            But if you included wedding rececptions, YMCA would be another one way over played. lol
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                            • #15
                              what about Holloback Girl by Gwen Stefani? argh...

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