Occasionally a post at Flavorpill touches a nerve with readers, and our feature a couple of weeks back about classic rock songs that we never want to hear again was clearly one such post. We received a deluge of comments, and we have to admit to being a little surprised that very few of them were of the “quit hating h8rs”/”get off my lawn” variety — most of them were suggesting more fuel for the bonfire. We’ve sifted through the comments and picked out the best (or worst, depending on your point of view) nominations for more songs that need to be expunged from FM radio playlists — so, gentle readers, here’s the best of your very own suggestions as to classic rock songs you never want to hear again.
Jimi Hendrix — “All Along the Watchtower”
Reader Nicholas Gibson hit the nail squarely on the head with his comment about this song, and AOR radio in general. “All great songs, but relentlessly pushed when far better tunes from each respective artist/band are left in obscurity… [this] is the great failure of the ‘classic rock’ format’s formula.” Indeed. There’s nothing wrong with “All Along the Watchtower” or “Stairway to Heaven” (of which more shortly), but seriously, even the relatively non-prolific Hendrix had a load of songs that simply never get played, whereas this has been jackhammered into our ears for far, far too long.