Lyrically, Jim Morrison’s poetry-set-to-music resembles the scribbling of someone who has just finished the Romantic Poetry section of their tenth grade English class. This doesn’t even cover the fact that in the chorus, “fire” is rhymed with “fire,” the second of which is delivered with a strangled bellow that is supposed to convey some sort of passion that is missing in Morrison’s morose and flat delivery during the rest of the song. Also, “girl we couldn’t get much higher”? He sounds like an eight grader who just smoked some oregano he bought in the bathroom of the mall. Morrison is considered a rock god because he removed his pants in public, took too many drugs, and let disgusting overconfidence mask an obvious lack of talent. If this is what makes someone a rock god, then we all went to college with about 50 rock gods who now work at Morgan Stanley.
“Light My Fire” is a novelty song of the psychedelic age. Somehow it has become tied up with equally inexplicable mythology surrounding Jim Morrison and received critical acclaim far beyond anything that it deserves. The gap between the adoration for “Light My Fire” and the intense awfulness of the song is so large, it’s easily one of the most overrated pieces of popular music created in a long time.
Selected by Morgan from Earvolution.com
3. “Free Bird” - Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of the most overrated songs in rock history has to be Lynryd Skynryd's "Freebird." The song has good intentions; it is dedicated to the memory of fellow southern rocker Duane Allman. However, the good intentions have gone bad. It is now one of the ultimate rock cliches. Anyone, who has ever attended a rock concert, will almost certainly hear someone yell out, "Freebird." The song has become a parody of itself. Unfortunately, I have to report that this disturbing trend may have its origins in Chicago, my hometown. There are many theories as to how this annoying habit started, one common thread among them involves The Brady Bunch, an overrated TV show, and a Chicago radio personality.
I would like to quote no less an authority than the Wall Street Journal:
“Kevin Matthews is a Chicago radio personality who has exhorted his fans — the KevHeads — to yell "Freebird" for years, and claims to have originated the tradition in the late 1980s, when he says he hit upon it as a way to torment Florence Henderson of "Brady Bunch" fame, who was giving a concert. He figured somebody should yell something at her "to break up the monotony." The longtime Skynyrd fan settled on "Freebird." saying the epic song "just popped into my head."
But he bemoans the decline of "Freebird" etiquette. "It was never meant to be yelled at a cool concert — it was meant to be yelled at someone really lame," he says. "If you're going to yell "Freebird" yell "Freebird" at a Jim Nabors concert."