Gosh, there are so many. Too many, perhaps. To identify my top overplayed songs ever, I will digress to those which the consumer crowd tends to gravitate towards by word-of-mouth peer popularity. Usually, the song is okay or reasonably good but certainly not nearly as good as the mass buzz surrounding it may suggest- which more or less renders it to being more of a concept piece in the sense of music as a commodity. Like when Starbucks started selling those re-usable cold cups and everyone bought one, or when Bluetooth first was a thing. The song becomes a popular consumer product, which helps launch it to an unprecedented height of commercial success that it, likely, would not have enjoyed otherwise. Usually, however, they tend to simply be good, standard fair songs that get blown far out of proportion in popularity, solid singles off an album that happen to be soft-rock or pop enough to catch the collective ear of a mass audience.
And so then, of course, there are the TOP most overplayed songs… Like, ever. Songs that blow up and gain an absurd amount of traction due to the repeated and passed along sentiment, thought or idea being relayed via word of mouth that they are “SO good!” thus being played for waaayyy too long on the radio or on television repeatedly to the point where you would give just about anything not to have to hear that song again for at least a good 10 years…if not, longer.
So, here are some of the finer examples which best illustrate this phenomena. We proudly present to you 15 of our top most overplayed songs ever…get your earplugs ready!
- Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock, “Picture”
- Puff Daddy (Diddy), “I’ll Be Missing You”
No insensitivity implied, but let’s just be honest here.
- Smash Mouth, “All Star”
“…And we could all use a little change…” of radio station.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”
Even when it is not being played, people are yelling it out as a request at concerts everywhere.
- Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”
- Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why”
- Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me”
- Blink 182 “All The Small Things”
- TLC “Waterfalls”
Very important message here, but maybe one too many times…
- Vanessa Carlton “A Thousand Miles”
I will walk a thousand miles away…
- James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”
Okay, dude, we get it.
- Seal “Kiss From A Rose”
- Elton John “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
THE LION KING!!!
- Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”
Every graduation. Every. Single. One. Ever.
- Five For Fighting’s “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”
I still don’t know how this happened.
Thank you to Rock On Philly’s Shawnee Houlihan for contributing Lynard Skynard and Sheryl Crow/Kid Rock to the list!
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