Ban Classic Tracks From Playlists

Some people believe you can/'t get too much of a good thing while others will point out the concept of radio overplay proves that's not true.

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Some people believe you can't get too much of a good thing while others will point out the concept of radio overplay proves that's not true.

Now eccentric blog the Donnybrook Writing Academy has published a list of tracks including a stack of rock classics which should be banned from the airwaves. The Who, Queen, Springsteen, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy and Soundgarden all make the "bottom 100" alongside the Led Zeppelin and George Thorogood ones.

Author Colonel Hector Bravado says: Some of these songs we love. Some of them, if they were people, we'd burn to death in front of their families. But what do they have in commong? All have succumbed to the putrefaction of overplay. None of them should be played anywhere for any reason.

The Donnybrook's rock tracks which should never be played again:

Baba O'Riley The Who Bad to the Bone George Thorogood & the Destroyers Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction Black Hole Sun Soundgarden Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen Born to be Wild Steppenwolf Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne Creep Radiohead Don't Stop Believin' Journey Enter Sandman Metallica Feel Like Making Love Bad Company Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner In the Air Tonight Phil Collins Janie's Got a Gun Aerosmith Jeremy Pearl Jam Light My Fire The Doors Lithium Nirvana Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi Money Pink Floyd Mony Mony Billy Idol More Than a Feeling Boston Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) Offspring Rooster Alice in Chains Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin Start Me Up Rolling Stones Take it Easy Eagles The Boys are Back in Town Thin Lizzy You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC

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    None of them should be played anywhere for any reason.
    so were just gonna take away the classics we grew up with away from the kids? dont we want them to listen to these songs instead of pop music? kids discover most of classic rock from their parents radio, are we just gonna take that away from them?
    I agree that some are overplayed, but I don't listen to the radio, so Baba O'Riley and Bohemian Rhapsody are still great for's all a matter of opinions P.S. But he's right that "Classic rock" radios always play the same songs
    But what do they have in commong?
    I can tell you what you and UG have in common. No spell check.
    GREENWARRI0R wrote: guitarpatrick66 wrote: Can we at least make this true of songs used on commercials? Im sick of songs i used to like being ruined by commercials. how exactly does a commercial ruin a song? Sounds just as good on the commercial as it does off. ALSO what a stupid article. Leave it to UG to cover something as lame as this, let alone make it a cover story.
    Ford (i think. Dont kill me) used fortunate son for their ads but edited it to seem like a patriotic tune. That is a commercial ruining a song. Fogarty was pissed. Sometimes commercials revive awful music too. I heard a guy listening to venga boys yesterday. I fully attribute that to the Six Flags commercial.
    those songs are no worse than most. get rid of neil sadakas 'shes having my baby, starland vocal band 'afternoon delight' and anything by abba
    Amuro Jay
    rickyj wrote: peaches58` wrote: What would we play on the radio then? the rest of the albums?
    Usually songs don't get on the radio if they aren't released as a single. I think it's because radio stations only buy singles because no radio station wants to buy rights to a full album when it's only the singles that people want to hear in the first place. Checked.
    These songs are played too much? Why stop there? Why don't we get rid of Lady Gaga and whatever else gets played over and over on the radio? These songs stood the test of time in my opinion. I don't know how many times I've heard every single one of these songs and they still haven't gotten old.
    These should be played MORE if it means getting rid of all the crap new songs that are played constantly. These are classics for a reason. They are great
    Whoa, I'm going to make that list of songs into a playlist, as it's awesome! Thanks random guy who never wants to hear them again, I shall listen to them for you instead!
    The Necrotizer
    BassFishin wrote: BassFishin wrote: I actually agree with this guy. The point he's trying to make is that we should be playing the LESSER KNOWN songs from these great artists. However, we shouldn't eradicate these classics. Just play them about 75& less. percent*
    I 100% agree with your take on this, but the blogger was a dick about it, the problem with radio stations were I live, is the ones that are not top 40 and play more classic stuff play the same 3,4 0r 5 songs from an artists all the ****ing time ! I can't listen to it, this kind of radio programming kills classics, there is nothing classic about hearing hey jude three times a ****ing day! keep classics classic, use them sparingly, but not never that defeats the purpose.
    I would rather UG not post any news at all than to post opinion articles taken from bloggers.
    If what you listen to is influenced by the radio, you are truly restricting yourself to a world of music that is infinitely more rewarding. What people call a classic is totally irrelevant to the experience. You either like something or you don't, that's all that matter's. If you are just getting into music, be aware that radio is basically a handful of carefully researched investments that rise or fall based on trends and the health of relationships between record companies and stations.
    my play count for baba o riley on my ipod is 127. And I still listen to it almost
    actually, if you listen to sirius radio channel 14 (the classic rock channel)... this makes some sense. Obviously the implication here isn't to delete the songs from your ipods. It's just saying that'd it'd be nice to go a day on a classic rock station without hearing one or more of these songs... which you do. Always.
    they have a point. clear channel stations WAY overplay these songs (anywhere from their pop, rock, or alt stations). they should not be banned, but really oughta make way for some lesser known tracks by these artists
    Don't think they should be banned, but definitely played less. And I swear, if I hear another "classic rock" station play Hit Me With Your Best Shot again, I will find it and burn it to the ground.
    Some of these are certainly overplayed, and I'm sure I could come up with a few more songs that could stand to be shelved for a little while. I have an iPod, and most of my music does come from that, but I try to enjoy some random radio pickings on my way to and from work - but when it's the same old stuff all the time, I just drive in silence. There are even some NEW songs that get played too often for my taste. God, Shinedown's "The Crow & The Butterfly" seems to be on at least twice a day on my local station. What the hell? Play "Cry For Help" or "The Energy" or ANYTHING ELSE off of that album instead! Really, they should just substitute different songs by these artists, and then maybe people would know more than two songs by their 'favorite band'. (and some of these bands just shouldn't get radioplay, but that's just my very picky opinion) Baba ORiley Who Are You, My Generation Bohemian Rhapsody Bicycle Race Crazy Train anything from "Black Rain" Enter Sandman more from "Garage Inc", "S&M" versions Janies Got a Gun Seasons of Wither, Make It, Rats in the Cellar, Combination... More Than a Feeling Rock & Roll Band Rooster Rain When I Die, Angry Chair Take it Easy Heartache Tonight The Boys are Back in Town Jailbreak You Shook Me All Night Long Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, Razor's Edge
    Wait...people actually read others' blogs? I thought it was basically an e-diary that lonely people use so they feel like they have friends.
    There's a reason these songs are played on and on: They are simply great Besides after reading this I feel like listening to all of them
    this guy is 100% correct..the radio SUCKS now. it's all the same shit over and over again. Yea let the pop stations play their music but cmon mix it up on the rock stations at least..These bands have plenty other songs they can play besides their singles. why can't we get some lesser played ac/dc stuff like "the jack" and livewire" instead of you shook me all night long EVERYTIME. anyway **** the radio I have my ipod
    I remember one day when I was driving to In-n-Out, I had forgotten my iPod and decided to listen to the classic rock station. In the 20 minutes that I was driving there, I heard "Who Are You", "Wheel in the Sky Keeps on Turning", "Paranoid" and a lot of the same things I always heard on that station. Worst of all, just before I had arrived was "Feel Like Makin' Love", which I had heard almost quite literally every time I turned the station on. So I left the car in a bad mood, and said that if I heard that song again I was going to just ride in silence and never listen to the radio there again (every other "decent" station was just as bad with that kind of problem, just different songs). Sure enough, not 30 minutes later as I got in my car, turned the keys, and THEY'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG AGAIN. Shit, it was seriously like 30 minutes and they couldn't resist playing that again.
    Can we at least make this true of songs used on commercials? Im sick of songs i used to like being ruined by commercials.
    I think hardcore metallica fans like me should still be able to include enter sandman on our playlist of songs to jam to.
    I wish my local classic rock station overplayed these. They just have like a loop of around 100 songs and continuously play that.Basically Def Leppard, Van Halen, and Aerosmith all day. Never Bohemian Rhapsody.
    this is retarded. As George Carlin said: The radios got 2 knobs. One turns it off. the other changes the station.
    First thing, no song is EVER going to be banned from radio play, so they can get the hell over that. Second, the reason these songs are "overplayed" is because people love them. Its common sense, and people who are trying to achieve a recognized critical standpoint need to stop being so desperate and think things through.
    Um, if we forget about our classics and our forefathers, we will be no better than a typical Rap, Country, R/B station in terms of Rock/Metal stations.
    Sewage Rat wrote: I think the sole reason of posting this is to get people really riled up...
    yep an then people on here are going to complain that it is not really news, and not realize that by posting these arguments they encourage the articles...
    Bati wrote: ibanez949 wrote: Coming from a music educator's standpoint, take this music away from the kids and they're ****ed. Why on Earth would kids be ****ed if instead of Baba O'Reiley they were exposed to, say, Pictures of Lily? Why would anyone's taste in music suffer because Rats in the Cellar is played instead of Toys in the Attic? Whose taste in music would skydive if they heard Mama's Little Helper or Can You Hear Me Knocking while messing with the radio dial instead of Start Me Up? It's preposterous. I think it would be fun to have an "Alternative Classics" or "Famous Songs You Never Heard" day on the radio. Or a whole week or something. Not just one station, make it something a bit more global, all playing great but lesser-known songs from the same classic arstists. I know the guys are saying we should ban overplayed songs forever, but that's just an obviously troll-esque way of getting more attention to the overplayed status of most of this songs. It shouldn't be taken so seriously. Jeez.
    +100000 but every once in a while, still play the classics since everyone at least needs to listen to them in their life.
    What's stupid is that Atlanta radio stations only play maybe.... two of those songs.... Atlanta is run by the suits.
    That Full Sail Academy girl in the ad on the left is super cute. I think I need to enroll. She can record/engineer my band's album and then we'll fall in love.
    The only one I really agree with is 'Don't Stop Believing.' Every time I hear that song I want attack someone.
    MagicsDevil wrote: Lol, try getting real news, not some cranky guy's opinion. Don't like it, don't listen to it.
    Except sometimes they're so all over the place that you have no choice to listen to them. Working in a store? Stuck listening to the radio. Watching TV? Listen to the same 40 year old songs played in intros and during the show. See the same songs fellated every year in "Best of All Time" lists in blatant disregard for anything released after 1980. These are songs that at least need to be cut back on, because after decades of airplay, they're staler than food pantry food and need a rest.
    Apejack Cuba
    I'm all for never hearing Don't Stop Believin' again. My roommate last year played that song for like 6 hours a day. Ridiculous.
    Raining Kasch
    This guys full of it, he wanted his rant on UG and he got it. There is no way this will ever come to fruition.
    This whole thing is stupid. A large portion of us have cd players in our cars. If you dont like the radio use hte cd player. Besides id kill to have these songs over played. My local stations suck.
    I COMPLETELY agree with this. Whenever one of these songs comes on I go ughh... THISS one again, and then I change the station. Radio overplay completely is overkill for these classic songs. I'm not saying they should be ever played again, but much much less and probably rather with your own mp3 player or cd than on the radio at all. All those songs should be removed besides Stairway to heaven.
    I don't get how lithium made this list and smells like teen spirit didn't. Maybe it's because i live in bum **** Iowa but I almost never hear lithium on the radio, but I hear teen spirit and come as you are all the ****ing time.
    The point isn't that we can just listen to CD's or whatever, the point is that the amount of exposure to these songs people get is ridiculous. Not even necessarily from the radio. It's so annoying to hear these in so many places just because they are "classics." Stop trying to say its the same with pop on radio stations, because it's not. Those pop songs are around for a few months, not 40 years. I'm sure all these bands have OTHER SONGS, unless they are one-hit-wonders. If that's the case, they shouldn't even be famous.
    Why don't they play some other songs by the same artists? No overplay Good music WIN!