Not just years- but for decades that was a great little song. Almost never played on the newly forming oldys stations in the late 70's..and so years and years would go by never hearing it. Then,in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral dug it out. After that? It was beaten to death by being in every movie in some form,covers,karaoke ..but way too much of it. I almost never play it now. Its not special any longer.
Some songs have had the same things happen to them. Tiny Dancer?..the drunk beautiful people in Almost Famous the movie..I don't know,killed that song. Its bad karaoke to me now.
I don't know how its done it- But a few songs will not be beaten to death no matter how exploited they are. Hendrix version of "All Along the Watchtower"..in so many movies..and still that dum-dum-dum and spinning rattle sound can grab you just as hard as ever. "Fortunate Son"..It could be a TV show theme and wouldn't lose steam. Two rare examples.
And so, in conclusion-lol. I ran out of songs to list...