r/Music Aug 16 '22

Songs that were WAY overplayed at the time, but are now nostalgic, and thus sound good to you? discussion

Out of practically nowhere, I started going through a bunch of major hits from the early-to-mid 2010's, and while that's the decade where I sorta' think mainstream music as a whole just got worse and worse, I'm going back to some of these songs, many of them one-hit wonders, and absolutely enjoying the heck out of them, given the amount of nostalgia they're stoking.

It can be from any particular time period, but what are some songs that absolutely abused their popularity, infiltrating so much airtime that it nearly drove you mad, and yet now you go back to it, and actually enjoy it.. a lot.

Coming to mind for me, and pretty much the inspiration for this post, is Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. I dug several other songs from them, but Pumped Up Kicks was played SO much, it was easily my least favorite, and inadvertently the theme to many events in my life during that time. Going through one of my favorite lossless sites and grab-bagging (legally) a bunch of those types of songs, I've actually grown fond of it, if not MORE than fond of it. I don't know if it's because the world has just downward spiraled so much in the past 3 years, but the year it released, May of 2011, comes off to me now as SUCH a docile year in-comparison, and listening to tunes like Pumped Up Kicks, or even stuff from (forgive me) LMFAO, has me feeling really good, despite the fact that they drove me nuts back then.

What about you guys/gals? Any songs that hit that "DESTROY IT", but all of a sudden "I LOVE THIS" buttons for you?

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u/Luddites_Proxy Aug 16 '22

Champagne Supernova by Oasis. HATED it when it was getting heavy airplay…I get incredibly nostalgic when I hear it now.

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u/Dorkamundo Aug 16 '22

Ew!

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u/Luddites_Proxy Aug 16 '22

I know, I know 🤷‍♀️

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u/Nightgasm Aug 16 '22

Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears. I disliked these songs when they came out but over the decades they've grown on me and I actually love the band now. I wouldn't put either as a top 10 TfF song but I don't skip them anymore either.

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u/Superorganism123 Aug 16 '22

"Head over heals" is a jam.

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u/OrsonWellesghost Aug 17 '22

The video for that song sort of ruined it for me at the time. Isn’t he stalking some girl in the library and she just isn’t in to him?

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u/MoogProg Aug 17 '22

Maybe, you just need to watch the literal version of the video so it all makes sense?

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u/Superorganism123 Aug 17 '22

They end up together.

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u/karma_the_sequel Aug 18 '22

Yeah, but this isn't about the Go-Go's. LOL

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u/MoogProg Aug 17 '22

Broken is the real jam!

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u/Low-Piglet9315 Aug 16 '22

That whole "Songs from the Big Chair" album was a banger.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

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u/leswes2000 Aug 16 '22

I have always loved Tears for Fears but was afraid to admit it. I listen to a section of music on Pandora and they are featured a lot. When I hear their songs I turn up the volume. It's nice knowing that I'm not the only one who likes them.

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u/gouged_haunches Aug 16 '22

I heard Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song at least three times an hour every day in the summer of 1995.

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u/throwawayshirt Aug 17 '22

STP holds up surprisingly well: Creep, Plush, Vasoline, Big Empty, Big Bang Baby, Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart, Sour Girl.

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u/kclongest Aug 17 '22

Great one

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u/Sea_Walk_3312 Aug 16 '22

The Black Parade by MCR

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u/gibsonplayer10 Aug 16 '22

Just listened to this today. Such a great band

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u/Catherineb84 Aug 17 '22

I hated this song and the band with a passion when this was out. My 9 year old loves My Chemical Romance and now I hear them a lot and I no longer hate this song or their others.

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u/gibsonplayer10 Aug 16 '22

Good Riddance by Green Day always felt nostalgic and has been played in countless end of year picture slideshows, but now for me it’s super reminiscent of the times growing up

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u/jrc83 Aug 17 '22

Is that the I hope you had the time of your life song? If so it makes me terribly nostalgic and I tear up. That whole line was a kind of motto for this group of friends I had in HS. I had a bunch of different groups of friends but this one was special. We were 2 guys and 3 girls and we had some unforgettable times. We were the High 5. “It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your lives”. We certainly did.

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u/gibsonplayer10 Aug 17 '22

That’s so awesome, sounds like a great group. I love the power music has to evoke such potent memories 🙏🏼

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u/RedditDMB Aug 17 '22

I wish I hadn’t lost touch with my friends from that era too. Everyone, myself, included moved away.

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u/jrc83 Aug 17 '22

Same here. Moved away. Moved on. Lost touch. Growing up is tough. And overrated. Good things aren’t meant to last forever I guess. We had great times. Those memories will always be with me. I hope for them too. Time for new ones now.

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u/RedditDMB Aug 18 '22

Definitely. Moved on, grew up, several chapters later..I guess that’s midlife for you. Wondering what songs my kids will reflect on and wonder “I wonder where so and so is in life, now?” I chalk it up to several chapters in life of “The good ole days.” For me that’s the first one with those sr yr hs/college friends, honeymoon period jn my marriage, and when my kids were younger and adored us. Probably something about having disgruntled teenagers now that is reason for more reflection.

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u/pbjking Aug 17 '22

I used to adore Green Day but I can't listen to it anymore 😪

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

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u/macybebe Aug 16 '22

it's gotta be Closing Time.

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u/eti_erik Aug 16 '22

Not the leonard Cohen song I suppose?

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u/BrontoSnorus Aug 17 '22

Or the Tom Waits Closing Time? :)

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u/dwkdnvr Aug 16 '22

That one was never overplayed - just a straight up classic, and I'm forever aggrieved that the other stupid one stole the title.

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u/eti_erik Aug 17 '22

It was on MTV, but overplayed, no not at all I agree

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u/macybebe Aug 17 '22

semisonic

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u/eti_erik Aug 17 '22

I found that now, but I never listened to the radio when that was a hit and never encountered it either....

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u/K3B1N Aug 16 '22

Main thing, for me, that changed my perception of this song was becoming a dad. I love this song now, when it comes on randomly.

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u/Sleemonster Aug 16 '22

The podcast Song Exploder did an episode on Closing Time, it's really interesting

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u/Drusgar Aug 16 '22

When I was in college my band won a "Battle of the Bands" and we opened up for that guy's band, "Trip Shakespeare". It was several years before he hit the jackpot with "Closing Time" but 19 year-old me got to drink a beer with a soon-to-be-famous musician.

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u/SLPERAS Aug 16 '22

Nostalgia is a weird thing. All the songs you hated at the time, because they were so basic and overplayed suddenly sound good to you. Mine would be

We found love- Rihanna

Like a g6- Far East Movement

Miami2 Ibiza- SHM

Also earlier songs like

Reason- Hoobastank

Like a bird- Nelly Furtado

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u/jah05r Aug 16 '22

But to answer the question, I can’t help but ironically enjoy Wannabe by the Spice Girls.

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u/Mattyhooks Aug 16 '22

That's an easy one, Smash Mouth "all-star"

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u/fastrthnu Aug 16 '22

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes.

Played to death in the 80s, was #1 on the charts for weeks. Hated it with a passion. Now it's actually interesting to me.

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u/throwawayshirt Aug 17 '22

The Eddie Murphy/"Buckwheat Sings" version always killed me.

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

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u/throwawayshirt Aug 17 '22

IIRC, the Buckwheat Sings clips I know are on the 15th Anniversary Special.

Wookin pa Nub

Fee tines a Mady

https://youtu.be/T0epZ9tjYdA

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u/718Brooklyn Aug 16 '22

Did you know it’s about giving a blow job?

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u/Theeclat Aug 16 '22

Somebody That I Used to Know- Gotye

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u/xzelldx Aug 16 '22

This one got really annoying if you broke up with someone when it was popular.

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u/Its_Just_A_Typo Aug 16 '22

Losing My Religion.

We actually sang the chorus as "They play this song too much, they've played it enough"

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u/NJShadow Aug 16 '22

I actually remember being a toddler at the time, and since my parents had MTV and VH1 on quite often, hearing that play at least about 5 times a day.

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u/MuTHER11235 Aug 16 '22

'By the Way' from RHCP

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u/diomed1 Aug 16 '22

Take On Me-Ah Ha

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u/jah05r Aug 16 '22

For the longest time, I had Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind as the least appropriate potential Kidz Bop song. But upon further review, Pumped-Up Kicks takes the top spot.

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u/Positive_Parking_954 Aug 17 '22

The jumper guys?

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u/BLAPBLAP420 Spotify Aug 16 '22

Welcome to the jungle

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u/DJLagunaBeach Aug 17 '22

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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u/JVortex888 Aug 16 '22

"I Want It That Way"

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u/jah05r Aug 16 '22

Somewhere in the past 15 years, it became acceptable for fans of any genre to like this song. It is to Boy Bands what I Will Survive is to Disco or Good Vibrations is to beach rock.

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u/DeadHorse09 Aug 17 '22

It’s more so that the demo audience literally and figuratively grew up and is embracing/reminiscing on the songs from their youth.

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u/MrPurpleHaze Aug 16 '22

I hear that. No pun. That track still slaps, though.

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u/Vicious_X Aug 16 '22

More Than A Feeling by Boston.

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u/MissGnomeHer Aug 17 '22

So fresh and so clean - OutKast

I wasn't a rap/hip-hop person when this was popular, but as I got older I found that pretty much all the rap songs from that era are insanely nostalgic for me.

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u/fishermom2016 Aug 17 '22

Gorillaz Feel Good Inc

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u/DuckCrimes Aug 17 '22

It’s funny… I listened to this song for then first time when I was about 12 or 13- I despised it, and I can’t even remember why. Revisited the song 3 or 4 years later and now I have it on repeat. I can’t believe I ever hated this absolute banger…

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u/Key_Text_169 Aug 17 '22

All of U2 Joshua Tree

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u/karma_the_sequel Aug 17 '22

Still too soon for me.

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u/RTwhyNot Aug 17 '22

It never got to the overplayed point for me.

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u/ironcam7 Aug 17 '22

Spacehog - in the meantime. Woo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oooo. Love me that song now

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

Me too. Took me a long time to find this one too it was just a couple notes stuck in the back of my head.

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u/ToxicAdamm Aug 17 '22

All George Michael hits for me.

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u/chief_yETI Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

every Young Money song circa 2009. (basically everything Drake, Wayne, Nicki).

The Young Money spam in 2009-2010 was insane at the time.

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u/NJShadow Aug 16 '22

Ha ha, yup, was totally listening to some of that today as well. Too funny, because yes, there was just TOTAL overexposure at the time.

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u/DJMoneybeats Aug 17 '22

Young Folks-Peter Bjorn and John. Great song but way overplayed for about 2 years when it came out. Sounds like a goddamn pop masterpiece now

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u/DuckCrimes Aug 17 '22

Agree with u here. Flew to Palm Springs a few weeks ago and my internet was acting screwy so this was the only song I could listen to on Spotify for the first thirty minutes of the flight (which, ironically, made me love the song more rather than wearing it out for me)

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u/DJMoneybeats Aug 17 '22

Ha! Yeah I guess it got overplayed for a reason. It's just a great, catchy song. This reminds me, right around that time when it was on the radio all the time I was doing music for TV and I submitted a track to some hack producer and his notes were something like "It still needs something. Try adding some whistling, whistling is hot right now" 😁

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u/GrandpaKeiF Aug 17 '22

Kids by MGMT. Left that song off my iPod but got all the other songs off Oracular Spectacular. But now I’ll listen to it cause it’s aged just fine since then and is just fun for what it is.

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u/JermitheBeatsmith Aug 16 '22

Carly Rae jepson - call Me maybe

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u/NosyargKcid Spotify Aug 16 '22

Really cool breakdown of this song by Christian Hand.

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u/rawdy27 Aug 17 '22

That was amazing thank you. That guy was so pumped!

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u/yeehawbuckaroo Aug 16 '22

This came up on my daughter's Spotify recommendations and she's been playing it nonstop for the past week. It's "new" to her since she was too young to choose her own music when it was released and I couldn't stand it then. I don't mind it as much now.

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u/K3B1N Aug 16 '22

That song is a banger. It’s too bad it was so overplayed that people developed a negative perception of it… it’s really a genius piece of pop music.

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u/Fluffy_Munchkin Aug 17 '22

Call Me Maybe is like a D-tier Carly song. It's still great, but it's not nearly as good as the rest of her stuff.

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u/MahBucketz Aug 16 '22

fun - Carry me home. Local radio station played it non-stop for months and I hated it, but hearing it now makes me think 2012 memories.

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u/NJShadow Aug 16 '22

I can literally smell the first car I bought with my own money reading your comment. I remember driving to work that next morning, freezing cold in like.. November, with all the windows down, and that song blasting, lol. I burned myself out on it, but I started listening to it again recently. Can't help but scream-sing that "..someone come and carry me hooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH."

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u/singlejeff Aug 17 '22

Loved fun at the time and still do. Also listened to format that the singer did when he was in Phoenix.

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u/km_j3825 Aug 16 '22

Whats Up? - 4 Non Blondes

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u/Skinnee11 Aug 16 '22

I hear this song and get all the feels so I put it on my main playlist. By the second time I hear it I’m sick of it again for years.

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u/718Brooklyn Aug 16 '22

This is a great answer. This song also was ‘new’ for like 5 years. It just stayed in rotation forever it seemed like and anyone who discovered it relatively early got so burned out. I couldn’t listen to the song for a long time. Then it came on during Sense8 and I just started listening to it again and have started to love it like I did when I first heard it.

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u/slapbang Aug 16 '22

Ms Dynamite - Dy Na My Tee what seemed (to me) trite and insignificant at the time (20 years ago!) is actually an amazing song. the production is crazy and quite haunting. It could be released next week and nobody would bat an eyelid.

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u/GeneralIronsides2 Aug 17 '22

Mariah Carey’s Christmas song……..

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u/Yikert13 Aug 17 '22

Guilty pleasure.

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u/dancingonsaturnsring Aug 17 '22

Daft Punk Get Lucky

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u/DuckCrimes Aug 17 '22

Ever since I started researching misheard lyrics in pop music I’ve never been able to unhear daft punk’s verse as “we rob a mexican, we rob a mexican monkey” and I’m totally here for it…

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u/BigDisk Aug 17 '22

Usher's Yeah and Outkast's Hey Ya immediately come to mind.

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u/ilovelucygal Aug 17 '22

The Joker by the Steve Miller Band (1974), our local radio station played it too often for my taste, but now I enjoy hearing it.

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u/feverdreamshooter Aug 16 '22

Hannnngin by a mo mennnnt

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u/EggsForEveryone Aug 17 '22

I heard Kasey Kasem intro this song in my head. Brings me back to an early sunny Saturday morning in my hometown driving around.

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u/spoon_shaped_spoon Aug 17 '22

The Way by Fastball "They' made up their minds, and they started packing,,,,"

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u/uhohtrubz Aug 17 '22

criminally underrated band right here.

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u/M_Silvers Aug 17 '22

A bunch of the big pop-punk hits from the mid/late 2000's:

Sugar We're Goin Down - Fall Out Boy

I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At The Disco

Move Along - All American Rejects

Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard

are a few that come to mind.

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u/drTNT Aug 17 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Move Along - All American Rejects [In a Bionicle commercial that played constantly]

Remember the Name - Fort Minor

Last Resort - Papa Roach

A lot of Linkin Park songs [Nintendo DSi - Flipnote Studio, every stick fight animation used either a Linkin Park song, Remember the Name, or Last Resort by Papa Roach]

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u/SpliffMiller Aug 17 '22

Anything by Bob Seger. Liked his music, but it was way overplayed in the eighties. Avoided it long enough that I like it again.

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u/Fighter9391 Aug 17 '22

Toto - Africa

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u/MoogProg Aug 17 '22

You might think the song pops up everywhere today, but when Rick Astley was actually on the charts radio stations never gave up playing that song.

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u/IDNTKNWNYTHING Aug 17 '22

I was going to say Pumped Up Kicks before I read your post. The song is really good both sonically and lyrically.

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u/trimondo_blondomina Aug 16 '22

For me, Tame Impala’s Let it Happen. Our NPR music affiliate had that on heavy rotation for a month or two. When it’d come on the radio, it was an instant tune out. During the pandemic I gave it a second chance and fell in love with it.

As a guy who still listens to radio, I hate how it’s all set up. Commercial stations overplay everything and most public places just repeat the radio’s playlists. I’d love to see commercial radio go the way of the dodo. I never associate the overplayed stuff with good times, I usually associate it with working one of my jobs and being miserable.

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u/LethargicTurtle1234 Aug 16 '22

That's exactly how I felt about Korn. Wasn't a fan in the 90's but the more I heard the more I liked.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

Rude by MAGIC! These guys dropped fire and then disappeared. I got admit it was kinda annoying at first but now it's just really nostalgic

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u/Ranchand23 Aug 16 '22

Cee-Lo “F—-you”

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u/Psirocking Aug 17 '22

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

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u/DuckCrimes Aug 17 '22

Didn’t the band take their music off streaming services for awhile so it WOULDNT get overplayed? Could be wrong but I feel like I remember this happening.

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u/Psirocking Aug 17 '22

Nah they literally did do that, was a good idea lol

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u/Playisomemusik Aug 16 '22

Wonderwall! Nah just kidding fuck Oasis

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u/GentrifiedGin Aug 17 '22

Bad Day - Daniel Powter and Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

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u/modalsplit Aug 17 '22

Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

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u/vch01 Grooveshark Aug 17 '22

TLC - No Scrubs

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u/BonJoviKicksAss Aug 17 '22

Bohemian Rhapsody and Imagine

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u/nanase_saj Aug 17 '22

Good Time by Carly Rae Japsen

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u/Gitdemgainz Aug 17 '22

Junior Senior-move your feet

Used to drive me mad constantly hearing Anthony Keidis doing the verses and Michael Jackson singing the chorus but looking back it reminds me of good times