ANNOYING: Has this happened to you?

While driving to work, home, or elsewhere, you turn on the radio, only to find a very played-out song airing on one of your favorite stations.

In the mood for something newer, you tune into a different station and, to your dismay, the same song is playing on that station as well. At this point you're thinking, "Third time must be the charm." You opt for another radio station and gasp at hearing that very song yet again.

This has actually happened to me multiple times over the last couple of years, and boy, is it annoying.

I think it's indicative of the fact that radio stations are becoming more homogeneous by the day. Their playlists seem anything but unique. Everyone is trying to play the same Billboard chart-toppers in rotation.

I think these companies have to do a much better job of varying their music. Why only play the biggest hits from the past 3 or 6 months?

It would serve them well to juxtapose today's hits with those from 5, 10, even 20 years ago. Some of my local radio stations have what they call "Throwback Thursday," where they reserve that one day of the week for songs from back in the day.

While that's certainly better than nothing, I think it'd be wiser to incorporate these songs into their playlist daily. That would go a long way toward preventing what I and so many other drivers/radio listeners come across quite frequently: the same song being played on various stations at the same exact time.

Have you encountered this before?

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