Iconic? Or just well known?
It could be my imagination, and it might not be, but it seems to me that in the past few years, the word "iconic" has been increasingly overused and outright mis-applied in various contexts. As an example, I recently read that the Dodge Dart was an "iconic" automobile. Hmmm. Not the '73 anyway.
This morning I read an article about Stuart Copeland, who was described as the drummer for the Police, "the iconic 1970's and 1980's British rock band". I enjoyed the Police, and Lord knows they became famous - but iconic? They never struck me that way. The Beatles - iconic. Elvis - iconic. The Band - iconic. The Beach Boys - iconic. Cary Grant - iconic. Lauren Bacall - iconic. The Empire State Building - iconic. Eiffel Tower - iconic. Donovan - ironic (what a difference one letter makes!)
What makes a band iconic as opposed to simply very well known, famous, infamous, popular? When is iconic appropriate and when is it hyperbole? Examples?