What is the most overrated song you can think of?

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I seem to remember a high school history teacher telling my class that the US anthem was the tune of a drinking/pub song from that time, just with the lyrics re-written obviously. Not sure if true.... but if so yea that tracks.
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Me and Bobby McGee. Ugh.
Or, Horse With No Name. Ugh.
 

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I’ll go to my undisclosed location right after I post this, but the US national anthem. America the Beautiful would have been better for so many reasons.
I couldn't agree more.
 

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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with both of these posts.

Jolene is an excellent pop/country song and Dolly is an American treasure.

"1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is a terrific ballad and Richard Thompson is a guitar god.

Led Zeppelin is the soundtrack of my misspent youth, and Robert Plant and Alison Krause are sublime together.

It's a good thing we all still have the ability to choose our music. :p
Have you heard "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" covered by the Del McCoury Band?
 

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Well speaking from this side of the pond I can only say that it’s a lot better than ours. God Save the King/Queen has to be one of the worst national anthems ever, it’s just an awful outdated dirge with a sentiment that’s completely irrelevant to a large portion of the population. Every now and then there’s a discussion about changing it to something more rousing (which wouldn’t be hard) like Land of Hope and Glory or Rule Brittania, but since they both smack of rampant imperialism they are, quite rightly, rejected.
You wouldn’t get rid of the dirge-like aspect, but you could use our version of the song, My Country Tis of Thee. but while bumping out the monarchy, it still has problems. Still, get something about this
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Most overated? Anything by Led Zeppelin.

Robert Plant's Voice - nails on a blackboard, whether Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, or his recordings with Allison Krause. I didn't even know it was him, but had that visceral reaction where i just wanted to puncture my eardrums.
It's funny how we all experience things differently. Maybe has something to do with where we are on our musical path.

As an anti-British Invasion, pro-Beach Boys fan in the early 60s, I had started getting into British blues by the mid/late '60s. Then Led Zeppelin came along and took it to another place. I'd never heard anything like what they were doing. Just thinking now of something like "You Shook Me" puts me right back in that time. Maybe trite and hyperbole, but to me they were as revolutionary as the Beatles.

As for their singing and musician-ship, probably none were the best**, but together they surely had a sound all their own.

** John Bonham may be the best I've seen. At a concert during their Physical Graffiti tour he played for 25 minutes solid  between their first and second 40 minute sets, never leaving the stage. But that's not what impressed me. He actually played a song on timpani. Until then I didn't know drums could make notes. Levee, The Ocean, Kashmir all his touch.
 

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It's funny how we all experience things differently. Maybe has something to do with where we are on our musical path.

As an anti-British Invasion, pro-Beach Boys fan in the early 60s, I had started getting into British blues by the mid/late '60s. Then Led Zeppelin came along and took it to another place. I'd never heard anything like what they were doing. Just thinking now of something like "You Shook Me" puts me right back in that time. Maybe trite and hyperbole, but to me they were as revolutionary as the Beatles.
I was in 7th grade when "Whole Lotta Love" came out... I was the only kid in school who went into a fetal position when it hit the radio, and literally could not function while it played... Not as bad now, with my hearing loss, but there was - and is - just something about Robert Plant's voice - whether I know it is him or not - that has always been a problem. I can listen to almost anything else but not that.

Well, I can't deal with "Barney" either...
 

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I will restrict my choice to a seeming particular favourite of ukulele group singalongs.

I hate "Delilah" by Tom Jones.

The lyrics are about a pathetic male stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and the yet the song is constantly sung (Tom Jones himself is to blame for this) like it is a jolly and rousing drinking song. It should be confined to the dustbin of history where it belongs!
 

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I’ve got to say; Delilah, Little Green Arrows, Touch Me, Sugar Sugar and Henry the Eighth were pretty annoying to me… but I grew up with the Beatles and loved the way their music evolved! Early Led Zeppelin was some of my favorite rock/blues music but probably got too “orchestral” after their third album. “Last Train to Clarksville” by the Monkees, was an underrated anti-war song that still brings tears to my eyes…
 

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I will restrict my choice to a seeming particular favourite of ukulele group singalongs.

I hate "Delilah" by Tom Jones.

The lyrics are about a pathetic male stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and the yet the song is constantly sung (Tom Jones himself is to blame for this) like it is a jolly and rousing drinking song. It should be confined to the dustbin of history where it belongs!
Brings to mind Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix.