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5 Most Over Played Bands on the Radio

Updated on July 29, 2013

Too Much of a Good Thing

I love the radio. I love listening to the radio whenever I am in the car. I have about 10 different stations programed into my car radio, and I love flipping through them in my constant quest for a better song.

I also love the variety that the radio provides. I listen to mostly the alternative rock stations, but I like to flip over to the oldies, and classic rock, and even the Jack and the Kiss station that every metropolitan area has. I love finding a song that I haven't heard in years, or finding a new song that I've never heard before.

However, the radio does have one nasty habit. That is finding a certain band and playing this band over and over again, hour after hour, day after day. This habit destroys songs for me, and sometimes even destroys bands for me. I get sick of it.

So here is a list of the 5 bands that I think are the most overplayed on the radio (especially in my area). Let me know if you agree or if there is another band that I left off of the list.

The 5 Most Over-Played Bands

5. Greenday

I still love Greenday. I think they are awesome. They are definitely one of my favorite bands. However, I do not need to hear "Brainstew" once a day. The worst thing is that this is one of the only songs I hear by them. I think that if the radio stations played more of a variety of Greenday songs, I wouldn't be so sick of them. I haven't heard "Hitching a Ride" since Nimrod came out, and I haven't heard "Geek Stink Breath" since Insomnia. What is wrong with those songs? Play some variety. 

4. Guns N' Roses

It is bad enough that all of the classic rock stations think GnR is the greatest rock band ever and play them all the time. It is worse that the alternative rock stations have decided that GnR is not really classic rock, but should be considered alternative, and thus play the band every single day. They also have the same problem as they have with Greenday, and only play "Welcome to the Jungle". I hear this song on the radio a few times a week. I don't even know any other Guns N' Roses songs. 

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers

I never really cared for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Maybe this is why I think they get played on the radio all the time. Or, maybe this is a Southern California phenomenon, as the Chili Peppers are from this area. Either way, the alternative rock stations play the Red Hot Chili Peppers a few times per day. The one plus side is that they play a variety of their songs, but the minus is that all of their songs sound the same to me.

2. Foo Fighters

I used to love the Foo Fighters. I was really into "Monkey Wrench" and "Everlong" when they came out. I even when to go see them when they played the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago when I was in high school. It was a pretty good show. Then the song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other" (is that even the name?) came out. Every radio station played this song at least once an hour. I now hate that song, and don't really care for the Foo Fighters. The radio stations are doing the same thing to their newest songs as well. I like "Walk" and "One of These Days" when I first heard them. Now they are just overplayed. 

And, the number one band that radio stations love to play way too much...

1. Nirvana

I get it, Nirvana is the Father of modern alternative rock. We want to celebrate them. However, this does not mean that we need to play them on every radio station 12 times a day. It is too much, especially for a band that has been gone for almost 20 years. Play them once a day, during the 90s hour or something. That is sufficient to keep them relevant and ensure that we celebrate their contribution to the music industry. 

Play Some Variety

I know some people really love all of these bands, and might even be mad that I ask radio stations to stop playing them so often. However, I think we need some variety! There are so many great bands out there that have never even made it to the radio. There are so many great bands that we are missing because the radio station chooses to play "Heart-Shaped Box" six times a day rather than substituting it with a new band. Call your radio stations and ask for more variety!


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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Mi Pham...I agree they play that one Foster the People song way way way too much!! I hate that song too!! But I didn't include it because that is just a fad, it will go away soon (I hope).

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      Mi Pham 5 years ago

      U should add Foster The People. They play your favorite kind of music

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Nealbo. I like most of the bands too (or at least used to). I would love some more variety though!

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      nealbo 5 years ago from P

      I can totally agree with that - I actually like 4 of the 5 bands mentioned and have a lot of their music on my iPhone, but as you say variety is essential and I'm constantly updating my collection. Although I admit it is nice to go back to bands like these once in a while!