10 Overplayed Songs From Bands I Like

The title is a nicer way of saying I like the bands, but I never want to hear these songs ever again. In some cases, I don’t even want to buy the corresponding albums because I hate these songs so much. The worst part is that these bands play the hits religiously at their shows because it’s what the casual fans want. Those guys are missing out, though, because these bands have great songs in their catalog that are way better than their hits. I apologize in advance if you like some of these songs on the list, and I do not mean any harm. Without further or do; let’s get on with the show!

10. “Run to the Hills ” (1982) by Iron Maiden

Thankfully, I don’t dislike many of Iron Maiden’s overplayed songs. I like “The Trooper,” “Wasted Years,” “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” and I’m ok with “The Number of the Beast.” But I’m not a fan of “Run to the Hills” because the chorus is too simple. Even with the bass drum opener and the guitar riff, nothing stands out about that song. “2 Minutes to Midnight” was a close call because that’s another one of their big hits that I don’t like. However, I think “Run to the Hills” is a decent choice because of how annoying the chorus is.

9. “Home Sweet Home” (1985) by Mötley Crüe

“Home Sweet Home” was the first Mötley Crüe song I ever heard back in 2012, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I played a lot of Mötley Crüe from 2018 to early 2020, and at the time, I thought it was their best song. It was my fault for not digging into the band’s catalog, but after hearing “Home Sweet Home” a billion times, I got sick of it. “Home Sweet Home” is a ballad, and it’s nothing compared to their hard-rocking hair metal tunes. No big drums or funky bass lines, just pianos! I can’t remember the last time I listened to that track, but I doubt I’ll blast it on Spotify anytime soon. 

8. “Whole Lotta Rosie” (1977) by AC/DC

Hear me out, AC/DC fans! I tried my hardest to get into “Whole Lotta Rosie,” but I couldn’t do it. The lyrics and the storytelling aren’t strong enough, and I’m not a fan of Bon Scott screaming the song. When he sang it live, I could barely understand what he was singing. When Brian Johson sings it, I still don’t care for the song! Phil Rudd’s metronome drumming makes “Whole Lotta Rosie” bearable, like most of the time. I’ll listen to it when the boys perform it in concert, but I will not search up the track on my own because I’d feel bad if I got sick of an AC/DC song. 

7. “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986) by Bon Jovi

Like “Home Sweet Home,” I enjoyed “You Give Love a Bad Name” at first. But during the first lockdown last year, I was out for a walk listening to music, then “You Give Love a Bad Name” came on, and I went, “why do I like this song again?” The chorus and the melody don’t stand out to me anymore; not even Richie Sambora’s playing could save it. The big 80s hits aren’t my favorite Bon Jovi songs, but some of them are decent. Though, I’m this close to calling it quits with “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

6. “Here I Go Again” (1982 and re-released in 1987) by Whitesnake

The reason why it took me so long to get into Whitesnake was because of one particular song. Nothing about “Here I Go Again” clicked for me, and I didn’t care to check out more stuff because of it. I only got into Whitesnake because someone on Sea of Tranquility, a music Youtube channel, said they like Whitesnake. So I bought a Whitesnake album, and I purposely bought an album that didn’t contain “Here I Go Again” to save myself from the torture. I bought Slip of the Tongue (1989), I played it when I got home, and I was like, “this band is way heavier than I thought!”

5. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975) by Queen

“Bohemian Rhapsody” gets all the hype, which is sad because nobody knows about “Drowse,” my favorite Queen song ever! “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a good song, and it was a masterpiece for its time, but it’s not the best thing the band ever did. Think about all the other gems on A Night at the Opera (1975). There’s “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…),” “’39,” “The Prophet’s Song,” and my personal favorite, “I’m in Love with My Car.” I wrote a story for Spanish class about how the latter song came to be. For those of you that love “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that’s great, but just hearing the piano opener is enough to annoy me. Also, people sang it on American Idol way too many times.

4. “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” (1981) by Def Leppard

I love Def Leppard, but I never want to hear “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” ever again! I feel guilty for putting down a Def Leppard song because I love the boys with all my heart, but it irritates me how they don’t play their best tracks at their gigs anymore. They play the heck out of Hysteria (1987), nothing from Adrenalize (1992) besides “Let’s Get Rocked,” and whenever they play High ‘n’ Dry (1981), it was always “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” and “Switch 625.” I mean, really? On an album with headbangers like “You Got Me Runnin,'” “Another Hit and Run,” “Lady Strange,” and “Me and My Wine,” the best you guys can do is a ballad? You can do better than that boys, bring on the rock ‘n’ roll!

3. “Breaking the Law” (1980) by Judas Priest

I don’t even know why people like “Breaking the Law” because it’s so tame, and it doesn’t sum up what Judas Priest is about. I like some of their stuff, and I like “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” actually, but I couldn’t stand “Breaking the Law” from day one. The chorus is repeating the title over and over again, and that’s all I remember! For many rock bands, their hit singles aren’t as heavy because they have to be radio-friendly. Casual listeners get tricked into thinking that “Living After Midnight” is the band’s heaviest song, which is nothing compared to “Painkiller.” I’m new to Judas Priest’s catalog, so I’ll have to do more digging on them.

2. “Master of Puppets” (1986) by Metallica

I love Metallica, but why does “Master of Puppets” exist? Again, this song is very tame and does not sum up Metallica overall. I won’t even buy the album because I hate that song with every fiber in me. The chorus is annoying as heck, and it sounded worse with a symphony. There’s too much going on in the track instrumentally. I like the meaning behind “Master of Puppets” because it’s about being controlled by drugs. But I couldn’t vibe with it, nor could I vibe with most of the album’s tracks.

1. “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975) by Kiss

I’m not a huge Kiss fan, but I like some of their stuff. I mostly wanted an excuse to complain about how annoying “Rock and Roll All Nite” is. The same thing with “Detroit Rock City;” the band plays those two songs the most at their shows, which sucks. Again, the “hits” are not the band’s best work because they don’t show their full potential. Those songs hurt the band because of how overplayed they are, and eventually, people get sick of both the songs and the band. But yeah, I never liked “Rock and Roll All Nite,” and I think they have too many tracks with the words “rock and roll” in the title. AC/DC also has plenty of songs with the words “rock and roll” in the title, but at least they know how to rock! 

I could’ve also put down Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” because those songs are garbage, but I don’t care for those bands. Anyways, again I’m sorry if I offended anyone, and that was never my intention. I did this to rant about the songs that I can’t stand and hope that these bands consider my thoughts the next time they go on tour! 

What are some overplayed songs from the bands you like? Let me know in the comments below!

Take care and see ya real soon!



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  1. Your #1 is spot on. i don’t ever want to hear that song again. It is so overplayed and when it comes on the radio, I turn the channel unless the kids are in the car, then they like it because they have heard it for 40+ years.

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  2. I might’ve chosen Pour Some Sugar On Me for Def Leppard, but your choice is solid too, and this is a great list. I don’t listen to the radio, so I manage to avoid most of the over-played issue. If it gets over-played around here, it’s my own damn fault.

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    1. Yeah the thing is I don’t listen to radio much, so my aim was focusing on songs the bands have played way too many times at their gigs. Perhaps I should’ve titled it ’10 Overrated Songs…” but I realized that a little too late after I posted it.

      “Pour Some Sugar On Me” is overplayed yes, but I’m kind of attached to it because it was one of the first songs that got me into Def Leppard.


  3. Not only does Rosie have that incredible John Lee Hooker beat that makes me want to move every time I hear it, but it also has Angus’ best solo ever. EVAR!

    Love Run To The Hills! That is one of my favs on Number of the Beast. I never tire of BH. It is too well crafted for me.

    Breaking the Law, I’m sort of with you on. I have heard Puppets enough but I’m not really tired of it.

    The rest are bands I hope to never hear from again. Period.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Kevin. I have some thoughts down below, of course:

      Why am I not surprised you’d defend Rosie?!?! I get it, it’s a classic, but it sounds like chaos. Even that Rosie float, it was creepy in the earlier years, but it got better as time went on.

      Fair enough and again the intro the “Run to the Hills” is cool! Maybe it’s cause I grew up with American Idol that I can’t stand BR anymore lol.

      It’s cool we have different opinions, but careful dude, one of the band you said you hope to never hear from again was Def Leppard!

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      1. Oh, right, DF. I’m supposed to listen to High and Dry at some point. If that doesn’t do it though, I’m going to trade you all of my Def Leppard listens for all of your Rosies!

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      2. Deal! You might like High ‘n’ Dry though; there are some killer riffs on there from Steve Clark and former guitarist Pete Willis. Like Angus, he’s a tiny dude, but man can he play!

        I think you said you have On Through the Night as well right? I haven’t listened to it in a while, but I’ve heard the production is better on High ‘n’ Dry, compared to that first record.

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  4. Very interesting, I know how annoying some songs can be when they’re overplayed. Your number seven would have been my number one although “Run to the Hills” was the song that got me into Iron Maiden but I agree, they have better songs. When I saw Def Leppard in 1986, they didn’t play “Bringing On the Heartbreak.”

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    1. Yeah that Bon Jovi track is just not good. I’m ashamed to say I used to like that track. It’s just a filler with a bad title.

      Absolutely! “Run to the Hills” is nothing compared to their better tracks.

      THEY DIDN’T PLAY BRINGIN’ ON THE HEARTBREAK FOR THAT ONE?!?! Man, I wish I saw that gig. Wait, where was that gig? It was definitely before Hysteria came out.

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      1. Oh Donington! I really want to see a gig there because I know Maiden and AC/DC played there. It sounds like an iconic venue for rock acts, well at least for non-American rock acts. Shucks yeah “Foolin'” is a good one too, but I prefer “Die Hard the Hunter.”

        Was the gig good? Was it crowded?

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      2. The answer is yes to both. I don’t think they played “Die Hard the Hunter” either. Donington is now called Download and a lot of great bands have played there over the years.

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  5. Whole Lotta Rosie is classic! Jam guitar heaven. Agree with Whitesnake, although I think they just flat out suck altogether. Not just that song.

    Breaking the Law is just a fun singalong with a cool riff. That’s all there is to it.

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    1. I knew I was going to get a lot of sh*t for complaining about “Whole Lotta Rosie.” I’m not a huge Whitesnake fan, so I can’t really defend them much.

      On the bright side, that “Breaking the Law” song is easy to sing because the lyrics repeat themselves.


  6. If I never heard another Def Leopard song in my life I would be very grateful to the powers that be. I can understand finding a band with some young Brit Men that girls find attractive and promoting them. However, would it really of been that hard to find young Brit Men that had song writing ability? Not talent, there is a difference.

    There are plenty of people that can play the “heck” (This is a family internet sight) out of any instrument. If you were to ask those same people to get together with their equally talented buddies and put out some Rock (not commercial rock or girly rock but Rock, Rock, Thank Motorhead but with a Jamie Hetfield as singer and a little bit slower rhythm) they would be unable to produce something even remotely good or enjoyable to listen to.

    P.S. Sorry Lemmy from Motorhead. Great?/Good? bass player but on vocals? Well,,,,,,,,,,,?,,,,,,, and sorry to
    girls for disliking the style of music many of you like, but if men liked that kind of music on a large scale things like the Hoover Dam(n) and the Panama Canal would never of been built. (Yes, it is complicated)


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