Songs everyone should know

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Right now i'm making a music quiz (for the age 12 to 17) and i'm searching for music.

This made me wonder, are there songs everyone should know. There were some that crossed my mind.

Smells like team spirit - Nirvana
Ironic - Alanis Morriset
time after time - Cindy Lauper
Wonderwall - Oasis
Fast car - Tracy Chapman
Seven nation army - The white stripes

Some from every genre, what are your thoughts on this?

Nirvana is the only one I agree with.

EDIT:

Here's some better ones.

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Back in Black - AC/DC
It's a Wonderful Life - Louis Armstrong

This topic has already been done very recently: Link

Here was mine:

Disappoint (Funker Vogt RMX) by Assemblage 23.

The intro may be a little long for some so give it a chance.

Legion:
This topic has already been done very recently: Link

Here was mine:

Disappoint (Funker Vogt RMX) by Assemblage 23.

The intro may be a little long for some so give it a chance.

He's making a Music quiz of songs people problem know (And if they don't, they're out of touch), not a 'Must Listen To' thread.

Unless I am missing something.

I'd name dozens of classic orchestral songs, but I can't name any of them. They're always called something overly complicated. "Mozart's 9th symphony in E Minor with a bit of piano but not as much as that other verson, you know the one I mean." and such.

Fighting by Eyeshine

Because its Johnny Yong Bosch. EVERYONE should know him and his awesomeness!

/fanboy

I'll throw out the obvious one...

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin.

Seriously, how can anyone not know that?
Also...

Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N' Roses
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Old, yes, but undoubtedly classics, and should all be known.

As much as I hate it,

Enter Sandman by Metallica

@ legion
I'm looking for classics. Songs that even 12 year olds should have heard.

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Back in Black - AC/DC
It's a Wonderful Life - Louis Armstrong

Really nice and agreed.

But you don't really care for music, do ya?

I am not 12-17, but here are some well known tunes:

Stairway - Led Zep
Iron Man - Sabbath
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Welcome to the Jungle - GnR
Fight for your right - Beastie Boys
Creep - Radiohead

Radiohead - No Surprises
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Judy Garland - Somewhere over the rainbow
Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma/Ave Maria
The Three Tenors - O Sole Mio
Wagner - Ride of The Valkyries
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
Edvard Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Those are some very well known songs, I believe.

Some more,

Piano man - Billy joel
Knights of sydonia - Muse
Dancing queen - Abba
summer of 69 - Brian adams

Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel
Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon
Hearts And Bones by Paul Simon
El Condor Pasa by Simon & Garfunkel

You know what? Just go look up either Paul Simon or Simon & Garfunkel and you can pretty much be sure that I approve of what you find. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are amazing musicians, although Art didn't have much of a career after Paul Simon decided to go solo, but his work with Paul Simon and Paul's solo work are nearly all masterpieces and are mainly the reason that modern music makes me want to shove a powerdrill in my ears cause nothing will ever measure up to Paul Simon's greatness.

Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

The story behind this follows: I was at a Dropping Daylight/Sick Puppies show a couple years ago in Burlington, VT. My buddies and I were standing near the front but when Dropping Daylight busted out the Journey cover NOBODY (save me and my two buddies) sang along. Everyone just stared at them dumbfounded. I was shocked. The cover was perfect (except that Seth couldn't play the solo and his brother had to do it on the keyboards) and there was no mistaking the song. Clearly the audience was just a bunch of jabrones. Sebastian (the keyboardist) came up to me after the show and said "dude, if it weren't for you three belting it out, that cover wouldn't have worked."

Samwise137:
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

The story behind this follows: I was at a Dropping Daylight/Sick Puppies show a couple years ago in Burlington, VT. My buddies and I were standing near the front but when Dropping Daylight busted out the Journey cover NOBODY (save me and my two buddies) sang along. Everyone just stared at them dumbfounded. I was shocked. The cover was perfect (except that Seth couldn't play the solo and his brother had to do it on the keyboards) and there was no mistaking the song. Clearly the audience was just a bunch of jabrones. Sebastian (the keyboardist) came up to me after the show and said "dude, if it weren't for you three belting it out, that cover wouldn't have worked."

Journey has about 20 songs everyone knows, either actively or passively.

Personally, I believe everyone LOVES Journey, whether they wan to admit it or not. Everyone at that concert with you was just in denial.

CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SONNNNN

THEY'LL BE PEACE WHEN YOU ARE DONE

LAY YOUR WEARY HEAD TO REST

DON'T YOU CRY NO MORE

*Drumbeat*

DA NA NA NAAAA DANANANAAAA DANANANANAAAANAAAANAA...etc.

Pifflestick:
Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel
Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon
Hearts And Bones by Paul Simon
El Condor Pasa by Simon & Garfunkel

You know what? Just go look up either Paul Simon or Simon & Garfunkel and you can pretty much be sure that I approve of what you find. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are amazing musicians, although Art didn't have much of a career after Paul Simon decided to go solo, but his work with Paul Simon and Paul's solo work are nearly all masterpieces and are mainly the reason that modern music makes me want to shove a powerdrill in my ears cause nothing will ever measure up to Paul Simon's greatness.

Great music and classic, well for me it is. But i'm afraid that not a lot of kids under 20 will know it.

Same goes for Journey.

Maybe i should use it to teach them something.

Dust in the Wind-Kansas
My Generation-The Who
Break on Through-The Doors

AccursedTheory:

Samwise137:
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

The story behind this follows: I was at a Dropping Daylight/Sick Puppies show a couple years ago in Burlington, VT. My buddies and I were standing near the front but when Dropping Daylight busted out the Journey cover NOBODY (save me and my two buddies) sang along. Everyone just stared at them dumbfounded. I was shocked. The cover was perfect (except that Seth couldn't play the solo and his brother had to do it on the keyboards) and there was no mistaking the song. Clearly the audience was just a bunch of jabrones. Sebastian (the keyboardist) came up to me after the show and said "dude, if it weren't for you three belting it out, that cover wouldn't have worked."

Journey has about 20 songs everyone knows, either actively or passively.

Personally, I believe everyone LOVES Journey, whether they wan to admit it or not. Everyone at that concert with you was just in denial.

I sincerely hope you're right.

I can think of thousands of songs but one in particular. Second most powerful song I've ever heard is Karn Evil 9 -3rd Impression by Emerson, Lake & Palmer and it should be a well known song but it isn't.

Michael Jackson - Smooth criminal
Elvis - Jailhouse rock

The Pirates of Penzance provides a lyric most redoubtable.
The Major General's Song therein is reckoned Stock Shout Out-able.
And Mr Gilbert's verses as a vehicle for parody,
On many different themes are copied with particularity.
To demonstrate the actor's elocution and acuity,
For ratting through fast-paced tongue twisters with full perspicuity.
Sir Arthur's tune is catchy too, though some can't name the latter's song,
It's still become the model of the modern Filk or Patter Song.

Because the tune in question is so very recognisable,
To make a trope about it is a project not despise-able.
And to be most laconic any sort of Made Of Win-ful song,
Is likely to be based upon the Modern Major General Song.

Yes, I know I read too much TV Tropes. Here's the damn page link.

In all seriousness, I think common parody sources should be on a list of songs everyone should know, even if they do only know the words to one of the parodies.


Also forget Nirvana. The Pixies is where it's at. There wouldn't be Nirvana without them anyway. "Here comes your man" and "Where is my mind" are their most popular as far as I know.
Also this thing

but you know, in original by the Charlie Daniels Band.
The Ace of Spades by Mötörhëäd.

Alice in Chains - Would?
Pantera - Walk
Motorhead - Overkill
Judas Priest - One Shot at Glory
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Rush - Tom Sawyer, Limelight
Journey - Wheel in the Sky, Lights
Riot - Road Racin'
Winger - Battle Stations
KISS - God Gave Rock & Roll to You
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing, Plush, Big Empty, Interstate Love Song
RATM - Killing in the Name Of
Disturbed - Down With the Sickness, Indestructible
Pearl Jam - Even Flow, The Fixer, No Way
Live - I Alone, Lightning Crashes
The Offspring - Bad Habit, You Gotta Keep 'em Separated, Pretty Fly

Excuse the list. I have high expectations of people.

OH, forgot some!

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Dare to be Stupid, Amish Paradise
Stan Bush - Dare, The Touch

Realitycrash:
But you don't really care for music, do ya?

I approve, very good call. :D

Bored otter:
Piano man - Billy joel

Bah ninja'd. Love that song. <3

As for others...

Everyone should know at least 2 songs by Queen, I don't care what 2 songs they are, but everyone should know at least 2.

Bored otter:
@ legion
I'm looking for classics. Songs that even 12 year olds should have heard.

Never gonna give you up - Rick Astley
Seemed like the best song to suggest.

I haven't seen it yet so
Pink Floyd - dark side of the moon

I hate to be the guy to do this but since we are talking about song titles I have to.

its "Smells like TEEN spirit" by Nirvana
its "What a Wonderful World" by Loius Armstrong

I am correcting these opnly because I agree with them and want them listed so people can find them, not trying to be an ass.

for my own picks I feel like there has to be something from the Rolling Stones but I can't put my finger on what. Probably "Sympathy for the Devil"

Something from Janis Joplin too, maybe "Mercedes Benz", but only if the sarcasm is understood and you don't actually go on believing that she is doing a comercial for them

CrazyCapnMorgan:
Alice in Chains - Would?
Pantera - Walk
Motorhead - Overkill
Judas Priest - One Shot at Glory
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Rush - Tom Sawyer, Limelight
Journey - Wheel in the Sky, Lights
Riot - Road Racin'
Winger - Battle Stations
KISS - God Gave Rock & Roll to You
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing, Plush, Big Empty, Interstate Love Song
RATM - Killing in the Name Of
Disturbed - Down With the Sickness, Indestructible
Pearl Jam - Even Flow, The Fixer, No Way
Live - I Alone, Lightning Crashes
The Offspring - Bad Habit, You Gotta Keep 'em Separated, Pretty Fly

Excuse the list. I have high expectations of people.

OH, forgot some!

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Dare to be Stupid, Amish Paradise
Stan Bush - Dare, The Touch

Not ever going to work, they won't know what hit them. I'm afraid most kids never hear more then what's on the radio.

I do like the list though.

Chili Peppers have a surprising few of them. Changed quite a lot throughout the years.

There's always:
Under the Bridge
Dani California
Snow
Give it Away
Suck my Kiss

My personal favourite:
Coffee Shop

I been looking for a reason to post this for a while now...

-Mad World
-Pretty fly for a white guy (the offspring)It´s not the best song, but everyone knows the song.
-Anything made by Tenacious ´d

most of the other song I could come up with has been suggested already haha

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