What do you think is worth more, a college degree or experience these days?

Im looking for jobs and theyre all saying they want a degree even if its not in the same subject as the job is! Whats the point of that? :(

I always thought it would be better to get a bit of experience rather than a useless bit of paper but it seems not these days :(

Is there any way to convince a company that says you have to have a degree to interview you anyway or am I fighting a lost cause and I should just waste some years doing a degree :(