Another one of those silly lists compiled by people with too much time on their hands -- 14 songs you should never play in a bar:
There's nothing worse than having a perfectly good drinking session ruined by a song that either doesn't belong in a bar, has been crammed down your ears too many times, or just plain sucks.
The three songs that should not be on this list but are -- "Sweet Home Alabama," "Hotel California" and "anything by the Beatles." But that's all subjective, which is the whole point of such lists.
I have two strong memories of songs being overplayed in a bar. One is Springsteen's "Hungry Heart." We played it every time we went into a certain bar in Michigan City. But so did a lot of patrons, and nobody seemed to mind. It was a catchy tune that everybody liked, and it expressed a sentiment that people drinking in bars might like to hear. "Hey, Honey, lay down you money and play your part, but lemme finish this drink first."
The other was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." A bunch of us from Fort Hood found it on a juke box in Killeen, Texas, and kept playing it over and over for about three hours straight. The locals ("civilians" is what we called them) were not amused, but the more annoyed they became, the more determined we were to keep playing it. We threw in Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" occasionally to keep them off guard, but they weren't fooled.
"Stairway to Heaven," by the way, is one song on the list that definitely belongs there. Even when I hear it on the radio, I have to pull over and make myself calm down. "Sometimes words have two meanings." Yeah, right, move it along, for God's sake, my ears are bleeding.