Follow-up to this delightful analysis:
… but here’s another hallmark of the genre that I noticed: It’s home to many artists with a single golden hit — and little else. These one-hit wonders may not have made the indelible impact on music that Led Zeppelin or The Beatles have, but these hits are some of the most recognizable tunes out there.
After keeping track of the songs played on these classic rock stations, I looked for songs that represented a disproportionate number of plays for a given artist. For example, Thin Lizzy had 123 song plays on the 25 stations over the week that I monitored them, but 106 of those plays — 86 percent — were “The Boys Are Back In Town.”