Signature Song

A music trope for the (usually) one song by an artist that everyone knows. It doesn't matter how people know the song — maybe the song was used in a movie, maybe it was used in a TV show, maybe it was used for an ad that got played over and over and over again — but people know it.

These songs do tend to be Ear Worms, songs with an Epic Riff and can also be Black Sheep Hits. It's also possible for an artist to have more than one Signature Song, especially one for two or more distinct phases of their career. Whatever the case, these songs are very likely to be awesome.

Some of the more rabid members of the artist's fandom community may accuse one of not being a true fan for disliking the artist's Signature Song, even if said person may like every other song that the artist has recorded — or, inversely, liking the Signature Song more than what Fanon considers the artist's "real best work."

Sometimes the signature song isn't the artist's best-charting hit. It also doesn't necessarily run in line with their Signature Style.

The song can also be famous because of a certain work. The songs that are Potholed are examples of these.

If they made an appearance in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, it's probably this song. If the artist is a composer of Classical Music, the song has probably become a Standard Snippet.

In earlier times, such as the 1930s and 1940s, it was not uncommon for a band or singer to open their set with their signature song or at least a few bars of it, especially when they appeared on radio. With the advent of television talk shows it also became not uncommon for the studio band to play a few bars from the artist's signature song as he or she walked onstage.

To stop people from leaving at gigs after they've heard the song note , these songs are normally played live either at the end of the main set or during the encore. Not performing it at all may result in an Iconic Song Request.

Some musicians arguably avert this by having several equally famous hit songs, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley being three prominent examples. If they'd left off one of their hits from a show it wouldn't have been such an obvious oversight. That said, certainly some of their songs are more identified with them than others.

Occasionally, an artist can have a signature song that is eventually usurped by another song (although this could be temporary). It's also possible for an artist to have different signature songs in different countries. Additionally, one could have different signatures songs for different audiences.

Often overlaps with Black Sheep Hit. See also One-Hit Wonder, for an extreme case of this trope. Not to be confused with Leitmotif or Character Signature Song, which is about signature songs sang by fictional characters.

Artists are listed alphabetically. Signature songs for films and musicals are listed after all the artists.
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    A 
  • aha — "Take On Me"
  • Aaliyah — "Try Again", or "One in a Million".
  • ABBA — "Mamma Mia" (from Abba) or "Dancing Queen" (from Arrival)
  • ABC — "The Look of Love"
  • Paula Abdul — "Straight Up" or "Opposites Attract"
  • Abnormality — "Visions"
  • AC/DC — "Long Way to the Top" was Bon Scott's signature song, and so identified with him that Brian Johnson won't perform it. It's also regarded as the band's signature song in their native Australia. In America, "Highway to Hell" is regarded as Bon Scott's signature song. For Brian Johnson, it's "Thunderstruck" in Australia and "Back in Black" (from Back in Black) in America.
  • Accept — "Balls to the Wall"
  • Ace Hood — "Bugatti"
  • Ace of Base — "The Sign"
  • Bryan Adams — "Summer of '69", "Heaven" or "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
  • Adele — "Rolling In The Deep", "Someone Like You", or "Set Fire to the Rain"
  • Adelitas Way — "Sick"
  • Adema — "Giving In"
  • A Day to Remember — "The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle"
  • Aerosmith — "Dream On" or "Walk This Way" for their earlier work, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for their later years
  • Aesop Rock — "Daylight" or "None Shall Pass"
  • AFI — "Prelude 12-21/Miss Murder"
  • Afrojack — "Take Over Control" was his highest-charting hit as a lead artist, but "Can't Stop Me" is also remembered due to its success in dance clubs.
  • Afroman — "Because I Got High"
  • After 7 — "Ready or Not" and "Can't Stop"
  • Agent Orange — "Bloodstains"
  • Christina Aguilera — "Beautiful"
  • Aiden — "Die Romantic"
  • Air — "All I Need"
  • Airbourne — "Runnin' Wild" or "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast"
  • Air Supply — "All Out of Love"
  • AJR — "I'm Ready"
  • Akon — "I Wanna Fuck Love You" (and, to a lesser degree, "Don't Matter")
  • Alabama 3 — "Woke Up this Morning"
  • The Alan Parsons Project — "Eye In The Sky"
  • Hans Albers — "La Paloma" and "Auf der Reeperbahn Nachts um halb Eins"
  • Jason Aldean — "Dirt Road Anthem"
  • Alesso — "Heroes (We Could Be)"
  • AlestormYou Are a Pirate
  • Alice in Chains — "Man in the Box"
    • Post-Layne Staley: "Check my Brain"
  • Alien Ant Farm — Their cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"
  • Lily Allen — "Smile", "Fuck You" and "Hard Out Here (For A Bitch)"
  • All Levels at Once — "Flutershy's Lament" or "Pony Should Pony Pony"
  • All That Remains — "Two Weeks"
  • All Time Low — "Dear Maria, Count Me In"
  • The All-American Rejects — "Dirty Little Secret", "Move Along", or "Gives You Hell"
    • Tyson Ritter — "Air"
  • The Allman Brothers Band — "Ramblin' Man"
  • Alphabeat — "Fascination"
  • Alphaville — "Big in Japan" or "Forever Young," although the latter has gained the advantage ever since Jay-Z sampled it.
  • Alpinestars — "Carbon Kid"
  • Alter Bridge — "Rise Today" or "Metalingus"
  • AlunaGeorge — "Attracting Flies" in the UK, "You Know You Like It" (specifically the remix by DJ Snake) in the US.
  • Amber Pacific — "Always You (Good Times)" or "Fall Back Into My Life"
  • Marsha Ambrosius — "Far Away" or "Butterflies"
  • America — "A Horse with No Name"
  • American Authors — "Best Day of My Life"
  • Amerie - "1 Thing"
  • Amiina — "Seoul"
  • Amon Amarth — "The Pursuit of Vikings", "Death in Fire", or "Twilight of the Thunder God"
  • Tori Amos — "Cornflake Girl"
  • Anastacia — "I'm Outta Love"
  • Anberlin — "Feel Good Drag"
  • And One — "Military Fashion Show"
  • Andee — "Never Gone"
  • Laurie Anderson — "O Superman"
  • The Angels (Australian band) — "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again"
  • The Angels (American girl group) — "My Boyfriend's Back"
  • Angelspit — "100%" or "Vena Cava"
  • Aneka — "Japanese Boy"
  • Animal Collective — "My Girls"
  • The Animals — "The House of the Rising Sun" or "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"
  • Anjulie — "Brand New Bitch"
  • Annihilator — "Alison Hell"
  • Anthrax — "Caught in A Mosh" for the Joey Belladonna years, "Only" or "Walk" for John Bush's tenure.
  • Antony and the Johnsons — "Hope There's Someone"
    • Hercules and Love Affair — "Blind" (Features vocals from Antony Hagerty)
  • AOA — "Miniskirt" for the dance unit and the group's most well-known song overall
  • A Perfect Circle — "Judith"
  • Aphex Twin — "Windowlicker" and "Come to Daddy"
  • A Pink — "No No No"
  • Fiona Apple — "Criminal"
  • Apocalyptica — "I Don't Care" (Often wrongly attributed to Three Days Grace because Adam Gontier sings it)
  • Apollo 440 — "Stop The Rock"
  • Aqua — "Barbie Girl"
  • Aranda — "WhyYaWannaBringMeDown"
  • Arcade Fire — "Wake Up" or "My Body Is A Cage"
  • Arctic Monkeys — "Do I Wanna Know?" in both the UK and US. Respectively, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" (from Whatever People Say I Am Thats What I Am Not) in the UK and "R U Mine?" in the US compete with it.
  • Arch Enemy — "Nemesis"
  • The Archies — "Sugar, Sugar"
  • David Archuleta — "Crush"
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti — "Round and Round"
  • Arkona — "Rus'" for older listeners,"Yarilo" for newer ones
  • Louis Armstrong — "West End Blues", "Potato Head Blues" (collected on The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings), "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World"
  • Art of Dying — "Die Trying"
  • Army of Anyone — "Goodbye"
  • Eduard Artemyev — "Siberiade" theme
  • A$AP Ferg — "Work" or "Shabba"
  • A$AP Rocky — "Fuckin' Problems"
  • Ashanti — "Foolish"
  • Asia — "Heat of the Moment"
  • Asian Kung-Fu Generation — "Haruka Kanata to western audiences, in Japan it's debatable.
  • Asking Alexandria — "The Final Episode"
  • Rick Astley — Intially "Never Gonna Give You Up" or "Together Forever", but now indisputably the former.
  • The Ataris — Their cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"
  • Atlantic Starr — "Always" and "Secret Lovers"
  • Atmosphere — "Trying to Find a Balance"
  • Atom Smash — "Do Her Wrong"
  • Atreyu — "Bleeding Mascara" or "Ravenous"
  • Attack — "Ooa Hela Natten"
  • Attack Attack! — "Stick Stickly"
  • At The Gates — "Blinded by Fear"
  • Audioslave — "Cochise"
  • The Automatic — "Monster"
  • Autopilot Off — "Clockwork" or "Make a Sound"
  • The Avalanches — "Frontier Psychiatrist"
  • Mickey Avalon — "Jane Fonda"
  • Avantasia — "Dying for an Angel"
  • Avenged Sevenfold — "Bat Country" or "Beast and the Harlot"
  • Avicii — Previously "Levels," but now unquestionably "Wake Me Up!"
  • AWOLNATION — "Sail"
  • Iggy Azalea — Previously "Work", but now "Fancy", although "Black Widow" is a runner-up.

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  • B.B. King — "The Thrill is Gone"
  • B.o.B. — "Airplanes" ("Nothin' On You" was his only #1 hit, but has become more associated with Bruno Mars over time.)
  • The B-52s — "Love Shack" or "Rock Lobster"
  • Baauer — "Harlem Shake"
  • Baby Bash — "Suga Suga" or "Cyclone"
  • Babybird — "You're Gorgeous"
  • Babyface — "When Can I See You"
  • Johann Sebastian Bach — "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" or the "Mass in B Minor"
  • Tal Bachman — "She's So High"
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive — Initially "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"; more recently "Takin' Care Of Business"
  • Backstreet Boys — "I Want It That Way", followed closely by "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
  • Bad Brains — "Pay to Cum"
  • Bad Company — "Bad Company" . . . from the album Bad Company (and later a hit for Five Finger Death Punch).
  • Bad Lip Reading — "Gang Fight," "Russian Unicorn"
  • Bad Religion — "21st Century Digital Boy"
  • Badfinger — "Baby Blue"
  • Erykah Badu — "Tyrone"
  • Joan Baez — "Diamonds & Rust"
  • Baha Men — "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
  • Anita Baker — "Sweet Love"
  • Josephine Baker — "J'ai deux amours"
  • Balance and Composure — "Quake"
  • Kelsea Ballerini — "Love Me Like You Mean It"
  • Baltimora — "Tarzan Boy"
  • Afrika Bambaataa — "Planet Rock"
  • Bananarama — "Venus" or "Cruel Summer"; while the former was a bigger hit in its heyday, its status as a Cover Version could give the latter the advantage.
  • The Band — "The Weight" (from The Band The Band]])
  • Band of Skulls — "Death by Diamonds and Pearls" or "Light of the Morning"
  • The Band Perry — "If I Die Young"
  • Bang Camaro — "Push Push (Lady Lightning)"
  • Chiddy Bang —"Opposite of Adults"
  • The Bangles — "Walk Like an Egyptian"
  • Kirko Bangz — "Drank In My Cup"
  • BANKS — "Beggin For Thread"
  • David Banner — "Play"
  • The Bar-Kays — (Original lineup) "Soul Finger", (New Lineup) "Freakshow On The Dance Floor"
  • Sara Bareilles — "Love Song", "King of Anything", or "Brave"
  • Barenaked Ladies — "One Week" and to a lesser extent, "If I Had $1000000". In Canada, "Pinch Me" works as well.
  • Jimmy Barnes — "Working Class Man"
  • Syd Barrett — "See Emily Play" (from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn) with Pink Floyd, "Dark Globe" as a solo artist
  • John Barrowman — "You're So Vain", the orchestral arrangement makes it immediately recognizable from Simon's version
  • Toni Basil — "Mickey"
  • Basement Jaxx — "Where's Your Head At?"
  • Bass Drum of Death — "Crawling After You"
  • Shirley Bassey — "Goldfinger"
  • Bastille — "Pompeii" in the U.S., although "Of the Night" is also a candidate in the UK.
  • Bat For Lashes — "Daniel"
  • Bathory — "A Fine Day to Die" or "One Rode to Asa Bay"
  • Battles — "Atlas"
  • Bauhaus — "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
  • Beastie Boys — "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" (despite the Creator Backlash) or "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" for their '80s material, "Sabotage" or "Intergalactic" for their '90s output.
  • Beach House — "Norway" or "Zebra"
  • The Beach Boys — "Good Vibrations" (from Smiley Smile) and "God Only Knows" (from Pet Sounds)
  • Beat Happening — "Indian Summer"
  • The Beatles — While it's generally agreed that the Beatles have no clearly defined signature song, some of their many hits stand out. Contenders include "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", A Hard Days Night, "Yesterday" (from Help!), "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), "Strawberry Fields Forever" (from Magical Mystery Tour), "Hey Jude" (available on Past Masters), "Come Together" (from Abbey Road), "Let It Be" (from Let It Be)
  • Beck — "Loser" (from Mellow Gold)
  • Becky G — "Shower"
  • Daniel Bedingfield — "If You're Not The One".
  • Natasha Bedingfield — "Unwritten" or "Pocketful of Sunshine"
  • The Bee Gees — "Stayin' Alive"
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — "Ode to Joy" or "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor - 1st Movement"
  • Lou Bega — "Mambo No. 5"
  • Bell Biv Devoe — "Poison"
  • Drake Bell — "I Found a Way"
  • Belle and Sebastian — "The Boy with the Arab Strap"
  • Ben Folds Five — "Brick"
  • Benny Benassi — "Satisfaction" in Europe; "Cinema" in America
  • Pat Benatar — "Love is a Battlefield" or "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
  • Berlin — "Take My Breath Away" (ironically, the one hit single they had that they didn't actually write themselves)
  • George Benson — "Give Me The Night"
  • Leonard Bernstein — "Somewhere", "Tonight", "I Feel Pretty"... Pretty much the entirety of West Side Story
  • Chuck Berry — "Johnny B. Goode"
    • "My Ding-A-Ling" was his only number-one hit, but it's mostly forgotten today.
  • Best Coast — "Boyfriend"
  • Better Than Ezra — "Good"
  • Between the Buried and Me — "White Walls"
  • Beyoncé — "Irreplaceable", "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" or "Crazy in Love"
  • Justin Bieber — "Baby"
  • Biffy Clyro — "Many of Horror"
  • Big & Rich — Initially "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)", then "Lost In This Moment," but has since gone back to being "Save A Horse"
  • Big Bang — "Fantastic Baby"
  • Big Black — "Kerosene"
  • The Big Bopper - "Chantilly Lace".
  • Big Data — "Dangerous"
  • Big Sean — "Dance (A$$)" or "I Don't Fuck With You"
  • Big Star — "September Gurls"
  • Big Time Rush — "Big Time Rush"
  • Big Tymers — "Still Fly"
  • Bikini Kill — "Rebel Girl"
  • Bill Haley And His Comets — "Rock Around the Clock"
  • The Bird & The Bee — "Fucking Boyfriend"
  • Birdy — "Skinny Love"
  • Birds of Tokyo — "Plans" or "Lanterns"
  • The Birthday Massacre — "Happy Birthday" or "Blue"
  • The Birthday Party — "Relese the Bats"
  • Georges Bizet — "Les Toreadors"
  • Björk — "It's Oh So Quiet" (from Post)
  • Aloe Blacc — Overall, his uncredited appearance on Avicii's "Wake Me Up!"; for his solo work, "I Need a Dollar" in Europe and "The Man" in North America
  • Black — "Wonderful Life"
  • Rebecca Black — "Friday"
    • Mike Bauer — "Friday, as performed by Bob Dylan"
    • Funnyz — "Friday (Music Video Parody)" (AKA the "Fried Eggs" parody)
  • The Black Crowes — Their cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle"
  • Black Eyed Peas — used to be "Where is the Love?", then "Let's Get Retarded It Started" or "My Humps", now "I Gotta Feeling"
    • will.i.am — "Scream & Shout"
    • Fergie — "Big Girls Don't Cry" or "Fergalicious"
  • Black Flag — "Rise Above"
    • The Rollins Band — "Liar"
  • The Black Keys — "Tighten Up", "Howlin' For You", "Lonely Boy", or "Gold On The Ceiling". Prior to Brothers, it was "Strange Times".
  • Black Lab — "Wash it Away"
  • Black Label Society — "Stillborn"
  • Black Stone Cherry — "White Trash Millionaire"
  • Blessid Union of Souls — Initially "I Believe", but has been gradually displaced by "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)"
  • Black Sabbath — "War Pigs", "Paranoid", or "Iron Man"
  • Black Veil Brides — "Knives and Pens"
  • Bleachers — "I Wanna Get Better"
  • Mary J. Blige — "Be Without You" or "Family Affair","Not Gonna Cry", or even "Real Love"
  • Blind Guardian — "The Bard's Song — In the Forest" or "Mirror Mirror"
  • Blind Melon — "No Rain"
  • blink-182 — "All the Small Things"
  • Bloc Party — "Helicopter"
  • Blondie — "One Way or Another" or "Heart of Glass"
  • Bloodhound Gang — "The Bad Touch"
  • Blue — "All Rise"
  • Blue Cheer — "Summertime Blues"
  • Blue Oyster Cult — "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (from Agents Of Fortune)
  • Blue October — "Hate Me"
  • Blue Stahli — "Ultranumb"
  • Blues Traveler — "Run-Around"
  • Blue Swede — "Hooked on a Feeling"
  • James Blunt — "You're Beautiful"
  • blur — "Song 2" in the US, "Parklife" in the UK
  • Blut Aus Nord — "Epitome I"
  • Boards of Canada — "Roygbiv"
  • Bone Crusher — "(I Ain't) Never Scared"
  • Bon Jovi — "Livin' on a Prayer" or "You Give Love a Bad Name"
    • Jon Bon Jovi — "Blaze of Glory"
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony — "Tha Crossroads"
  • Boney M. — "Rasputin"
  • The Boo Radleys — "Wake Up Boo!"
  • The Boomtown Rats — "I Don't Like Mondays"
  • Boston — "More Than a Feeling"
  • David Bowie — By era:
  • Bowling for Soup — "1985"
  • Bow Wow — "Fresh Azimiz"
  • Boys Like Girls — "The Great Escape"
  • Boyz II Men — "End of the Road"
  • Boyzone — "No Matter What" or/and "I Love The Way You Love Me"
  • Billy Bragg — "A New England"
  • Georges Brassens — "Les Copains D' Abord"
  • Johannes Brahms — Lullaby (Wiegenlied) in E Flat (often referred to as "Brahms' Lullaby")
  • Brainpower — "Dansplaat" in Europe; "Mijn Manier" to a certain desert community.
  • Michelle Branch — "Everywhere"
  • Brand New — "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades"
  • Brand New Heavies — "Midnight at the Oasis"
  • Toni Braxton — "Un-Break My Heart"
  • Breaking Benjamin — "Blow Me Away" or "I Will Not Bow"
  • Breathe Carolina — "Blackout"
  • Jacques Brel — "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and "Le Plat Pays"
  • Edie Brickell — "What I Am"
  • Bright Eyes — "Lua" or "First Day of My Life"
  • Music/ Bring me the Horizon — "Shadow Moses"
  • Garth Brooks — "The Dance" or "Friends in Low Places"
  • Meredith Brooks — "Bitch"
  • Brooks & Dunn — "Boot Scootin' Boogie"
  • Chris Brown — "Run It!", "Yeah 3x" or "Look At Me Now"
  • Havana Brown — "We Run The Night"
  • James Brown — "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
  • Sawyer Brown — "Drive Me Wild"
  • Zac Brown Band — "Chicken Fried" (and, to a lesser degree, "Toes")
  • Jackson Browne — "Doctor My Eyes"
  • Brownsville Station — "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet — "Take Five"
  • Luke Bryan — "That's My Kind Of Night"
  • Chase Bryant — "Take It On Back"
  • Peabo Bryson — "If Ever You're in My Arms Again"
  • BT — "Flaming June"
  • Michael Bublé — "Haven't Met You Yet"
  • Buckethead — "Jordan"
  • Buckcherry — "Crazy Bitch" to rock audiences; "Sorry" to pop and adult contemporary audiences
  • Buckner & Garcia — "Pac-Man Fever"
  • Buckwheat Boyz — "Peanut Butter Jelly Time"
  • Buffalo Springfield — "For What It's Worth"
  • Jimmy Buffett — "Margaritaville"
  • The Buggles"Video Killed the Radio Star"
  • Built To Spill — "Car"
  • Bullet For My Valentine — "Tears Don't Fall"
  • Burial — "Archangel"
  • Solomon Burke — "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" or "Got to Get You Off My Mind"
  • Burzum — "Dunkelheit" or "My Journey to the Stars"
  • Bush — "Everything Zen"
  • Kate Bush — "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)"
  • Stan Bush — "The Touch"
  • Busta Rhymes — "Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check"
  • Butthole Surfers — "Pepper"
  • Armin van Buuren — "This Is What It Feels Like"
  • Buzzcocks — "Ever Fallen In Love" or "Everybody's Happy Nowadays"
  • The Byrds"Mr. Tambourine Man (from Mister Tambourine Man) or "Turn, Turn, Turn" (from Turn Turn Turn)

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  • Cabaret Voltaire — "Yashar"
  • Caesars — "Jerk It Out"
  • John Cage — "4'33"" note 
  • Cage the Elephant — "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked"
  • Cali Swag District — "Teach Me How to Dougie"
  • Colbie Caillat — "Bubbly"
  • CAKE — "The Distance"
  • The Calling — "Wherever You Will Go"
  • Cab Calloway — "Minnie the Moocher"
  • Camel — "Echoes"
  • Cameo — "Word Up!"
  • Craig Campbell — "Keep Them Kisses Comin'"
  • Camper Van Beethoven — "Take the Skinheads Bowling"
  • Candlebox — "Far Behind"
  • Candlemass — "Demon's Gate" or "The Black Dwarf"
  • Canned Heat — "Going Up the Country"
  • Cannibal Corpse — "Hammer Smashed Face"
  • Capital Cities — "Safe & Sound"
  • Tim Cappello — "I Still Believe"
  • Caramell — "Caramelldansen"
  • Ian Carey — "Amnesia"
  • Mariah Carey — "Hero" or "Fantasy" for her earlier era, and "We Belong Together" more recently
  • Caribou — "Odessa"
  • Belinda Carlisle — "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
  • Kim Carnes — "Bette Davis Eyes"
  • Vanessa Carlton — "A Thousand Miles"
  • The Cars — "Just What I Needed"
  • The Cardigans — "Lovefool"
  • Cascada — "Everytime We Touch"
  • Johnny Cash — "Ring of Fire" or "I Walk the Line"
  • Cash Cash — "Take Me Home"
  • Ca$h Out — "Cashing Out"
  • Cassie — "Me & U"
  • Nick Cave — "Red Right Hand" (from Let Love In) or "O Children"
  • Cavo — "Champagne"
  • Cee Lo Green — "Fuck/Forget You!"
  • Celldweller — "Switchback" or "Wings of Icarus"
  • Celtic Frost — "Circle of The Tyrants"
  • Peter Cetera — "Glory of Love"
  • Chad & Jeremy — "A Summer Song"
  • The Chainsmokers — "#SELFIE"
  • Chairmen of the Board — "Give Me Just a Little More Time"
  • The Chambers Brothers — "Time Has Come Today"
  • Chamillionare — "Ridin"'
  • The Champs — "Tequila"
  • Gene Chandler — "Duke of Earl"
  • Harry Chapin — "Cats in the Cradle"
  • Tracy Chapman — "Fast Car"
  • Ray Charles — "Georgia On My Mind" or "Hit The Road Jack"
  • Charli XCX — "Boom Clap"
  • Cheap Trick — "I Want You to Want Me"
  • Chubby Checker — "The Twist"
  • Cher — "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" for her older work, "Believe" for her newer material.
  • Cherish — "Do It To It"
  • Chevelle — "The Red", "Send The Pain Below" or "Jars"
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry — "Save Tonight"
  • Neneh Cherry — "Buffalo Stance"
  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies — "Zoot Suit Riot"
  • Kenny Chesney — "The Good Stuff"
  • Maurice Chevalier — "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" (at least in America). In France "Valentine" is considered to be his Signature Song.
  • Chic — "Le Freak"
  • Chicago — "25 or 6 to 4"
  • Chief Keef — "I Don't Like"
  • The Chiffons — "He's So Fine"
  • Children of Bodom — "Needled 24/7" or "Are You Dead Yet?"
  • The Chi-Lites — "Have You Seen Her" or "Oh Girl"
  • Chimaira — "Pure Hatred"
  • Chingy — "Right Thurr"
  • The Chipmunks — "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"
  • Chiodos — "Baby, You Wouldn't Last A Minuite on The Creek"
  • Fryderyk Chopin — "Funeral March"
  • The Chordettes — "Mr. Sandman" or "Lollipop"
  • Lou Christie — "Lightning Strikes"
  • Chromeo — "Jealous (I Ain't With It)"
  • Chumbawamba — "Tubthumping"
  • Eric Church — "Springsteen"
  • The Church — "Under the Milky Way"
  • CHVRCHES — "The Mother We Share"
  • Ciara — "Goodies" or "1, 2 Step"
  • Circa Survive — "The Difference Between Medicine and Drugs is in the Dose"
  • Cirque du Soleil — "Alegria" (the only song that appears in some way on each of their first three greatest hits albums) or "Kunya Sobe".
  • Citizen King — "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)"
  • City High — "What Would You Do?"
  • Civil Twilight — "Letters From the Sky"
  • The Civil Wars — "Barton Hollow"
  • Eric Clapton — "Tears in Heaven"
  • Dave Clark Five — "Glad All Over"
  • Petula Clark — "Downtown"
  • Kelly Clarkson — "Since U Been Gone" or "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
  • Alex Clare — "Too Close"
  • The Clash — "London Calling" (from London Calling) or "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
  • Classified — "Inner Ninja"
  • Classixx — "All You're Waiting For"
  • Clean Bandit — "Rather Be"
  • Clipse — "Grinding"
  • Clutch — "Electric Worry"
  • CN Blue — "I'm A Loner"
  • The Coasters — "Yakety Yak" or "Down in Mexico"
  • Cobra Starship — "Good Girls Go Bad" or "You Make Me Feel…"
  • Tom Cochrane — "Life Is A Highway"
  • Coheed and Cambria — "Welcome Home"
  • Leonard Cohen — "Hallelujah"
  • Marc Cohn — "Walking In Memphis"
  • Cold — "Stupid Girl"
  • Cold Chisel — "Khe Sahn"
  • Coldplay — "Clocks" or "Viva la Vida"
  • Cheryl Cole — "Fight For This Love"
  • Keyshia Cole — "I've Should've Cheated"
  • Nat King Cole — "Unforgettable" or "Mona Lisa"
  • Natalie Cole — "Inseparable"
  • Paula Cole — "I Don't Want To Wait"
  • Zendaya — "Replay"
  • Collective Soul — "Shine"
  • Edwyn Collins — "A Girl Like You"
  • Judy Collins — "Both Sides Now"
  • Phil Collins — "In the Air Tonight" (from Face Value) or "Sussudio"
  • Shawn Colvin — "Sunny Came Home"
  • Combichrist — "Get Your Body Beat"
  • The Commodores — "Brick House"
  • Common — "Glory"
  • Coolio — "Gangsta's Paradise"
  • Alice Cooper — "School's Out"
  • Core — "Angle"
  • Cornershop — "Brimful of Asha"
  • The Corrs — "Runaway" or/and "Breathless"
  • cosMo — Depending on whether you ask the VOCALOID fanbase or the Sound Voltex fanbase: "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku" or "For UltraPlayers", respectively.
  • Elvis Costello — "Pump It Up" (from This Year's Model) and "I Want You" (from Blood And Chocolate)
  • Jonathan Coulton — "Still Alive"
  • Course of Nature — "Caught in the Sun"
  • Counting Crows — "Mr. Jones"
  • Deborah Cox — "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"
  • Cracker — "Low" or "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
  • Cradle of Filth — "Her Ghost in the Fog"
  • The Cramps — "Human Fly"
  • The Cranberries — "Zombie"
  • Crash Test Dummies — "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
  • Crash Kings — "Mountain Man"
  • Cream — "Sunshine of Your Love"
  • Creed — "Higher" or "With Arms Wide Open"
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival — "Fortunate Son" (from Willy And The Poor Boys)
    • John Fogerty — "Centerfield"
  • Bing Crosby"White Christmas"
    • Although he used "Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day" as his 'official' signature tune. In one Bob Hope movie, Bing Crosby's surprise cameo appearance at the very end was accompanied by an orchestra version of the opening bars of this song.
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash (And Young) — "Woodstock"
  • Christopher Cross — "Ride Like the Wind"
  • Sheryl Crow — "All I Wanna Do"
  • Crowbar — "All I Had (I Gave)"
  • Crowded House — "Don't Dream It's Over"
  • Mark Crozer and the Rels — "Live in Fear (Broken Out in Love)"
  • Crush 40 — "Live and Learn" and "Open Your Heart"
  • The Cruxshadows — "Birthday"
  • Taio Cruz — "Dynamite"
  • Crystal Castles — "Vanished"
  • The Crystal Method — "Name of the Game"
  • Cryoshell — "Creeping in my Soul"
  • Culture Beat — "Mr Vain"
  • Culture Club — "Karma Chameleon" or "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?"
  • Cupid — "Cupid Shuffle"
  • The Cure — "Love Song" or "Just Like Heaven"
  • Cut Copy — "Hearts on Fire"
  • Cutting Crew — "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
  • Cypress Hill — "Insane in the Brain"
  • Billy Ray Cyrus — "Achy Breaky Heart"
  • Miley Cyrus — "Party in the USA" for her Disney-era material; "Wrecking Ball" for her mature era

    D 
  • D — "Night-ship "D""
  • D-Cru — "I Will Be Waiting"
    • Craig Smart — "I Miss You"
  • Da Yoopers — "Second Week of Deer Camp", "Rusty Chevrolet", or "Grandpa Got Run Over by a Beer Truck"
  • Daddy Yankee — "Rompe"
  • Daft Punk
    • Earlier work — "One More Time"
    • 2013 comeback — "Get Lucky"
  • The Damned — "New Rose"
  • Dick Dale — "Misirlou"
  • The Dandy Warhols — "Bohemian Like You"
  • The Charlie Daniels Band — "The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
  • Danity Kane — "Damaged"
  • Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip — "Thou Shalt Always Kill"
  • Danzig — "Mother"
  • Terence Trent D'arby — "Wishing Well"
  • Bobby Darin — "Splish Splash" or "Mack the Knife"
  • The Darkness — "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
  • Dark New Day — "Brother"
  • DarkThrone — "Transylvanian Hunger"
  • Dark Tranquillity — "Lethe" or "Punish My Heaven"
  • Darude — "Sandstorm"
  • Roscoe Dash — "Show Out"
  • Daughtry — "It's Not Over"
  • Bette Davis — "They're Either Too Young Or Too Old"
  • Miles Davis — "So What" (from Kind of Blue) or "Bitches Brew" (from Bitches Brew)
  • Paul Davis — "I Go Crazy"
  • Howie Day — "Collide"
  • Days of the New — "Touch, Peel and Stand"
  • DC Talk — "Jesus Freak" to their fans. However their biggest mainstream hit was "Just Between You and Me" and is the song they're best known for to the average listener.
  • Claude Debussy — "Claire de Lune"
  • Dead By April — "Promise Me" or "Losing You"
  • Dead Kennedys — "California Über Alles" or "Holiday in Cambodia" (from Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables)
  • The Dead Milkmen — "Punk Rock Girl" or "Bitchin' Camaro"
  • deadmau5 — "Ghosts n' Stuff"
  • Dead or Alive — "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
  • Dead Sara — "Weatherman" or "Heart-Shaped Box"
  • Jimmy Dean — "Big Bad John"
  • Death — "Evil Dead," "The Philosopher," or "Crystal Mountain"
  • Death Cab for Cutie — "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" or "I Will Possess Your Heart"
  • Death Grips — "Hacker"
  • Death In June — "Little Black Angel" or "All Pigs Must Die"
  • Death In Vegas — "Dirge"
  • DeBarge — "Rhythm of the Night"
  • Chris DeBurgh — "The Lady in Red"
  • The Decemberists — "This Is Why We Fight", or "The Perfect Crime"
  • Deee-lite — "Groove is in the Heart"
  • Deep Blue Something — "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
  • Deep Purple — "Smoke on the Water" (from Machine Head Machine Head]])
  • Default — "Wasting My Time"
    • Dallas Smith — "Tippin' Point", or "Jumped Right In" in Canada
  • Def Leppard — "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
  • Deftones — "Change (In The House of Flies)", with "Diamond Eyes" a strong contender.
  • Gavin DeGraw — "I Don't Want To Be"
  • Deicide — "Trifixion"
  • Alice DeeJay — "Better Off Alone"
  • Dej Loaf — "Try Me"
  • Del Amitri — "Roll To Me"
  • Lana Del Rey — "Born to Die" or "Summertime Sadness"
  • De La Soul — "Me Myself & I"
  • Deltron 3030 — "Positive Contact"
  • Dem Franchize Boys — "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It"
  • Cathy Dennis — "Touch Me (All Night Long)"
  • John Denver — "Take Me Home, Country Roads," especially in West Virginia. In the Rockies, especially Colorado, it's "Rocky Mountain High".
  • Depeche Mode — "Just Can't Get Enough" or "Enjoy the Silence"
  • Rick Derringer — "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" or "Real American"
  • Jason Derulo — "Whatcha Say" for his earlier material, "Talk Dirty" or "Want to Want Me" for his later work.
  • Jackie DeShannon — "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" or "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
  • Des'ree — "You Gotta Be"
  • Shawn Desman — "Let's Go" or "Night Like This"
  • Destiny's Child — "Survivor" and "Say My Name"
  • Dethklok — "Thunderhorse"
  • dEUS: "Suds & Soda" (from Worst Case Scenario)
  • Dev — "In the Dark"
  • Devin Townsend — "Kingdom"
  • Devo — "Whip It" (from Freedom of Choice)
  • Lee DeWyze — "Sweet Serendipity"
  • Device — "Vilify"
  • Dexys Midnight Runners — "Come On Eileen" or "Geno" in the UK, "Come On Eileen" indisputably in the US
  • D 4 L — "Laffy Taffy"
  • Diamond Head — "Am I Evil?"
  • Neil Diamond — "Sweet Caroline"
  • Bo Diddley — "Bo Diddley"
  • Dido — "Thank You"
  • Die Antwoord — "Enter The Ninja"
  • Marlene Dietrich — "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" ("Falling in Love Again"), "Lili Marleen"
  • Digital Underground — "The Humpty Dance"
  • Digitalism — "Pogo"
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan — "43% Burnt"
  • Dimmu Borgir — "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse"
  • Dinosaur Jr. — " Start Choppin'"
  • Dio — "Holy Diver" and "Rainbow In The Dark"
  • Dion — "Runaround Sue"
  • Céline Dion — "My Heart Will Go On"
  • Dire Straits — "Sultans of Swing", "Money For Nothing" (from Brothers in Arms) or "Walk of Life"
  • Dirty Heads — "Lay Me Down"
  • Dirty Radio — "Ground Shake" or "Found You"
  • Dirty Vegas — "Days Go By"
  • Discharge — "Free Speech for the Dumb"
  • Disclosure — "White Noise" in the UK, "Latch" in the U.S.note 
  • Dishwalla — "Counting Blue Cars"
  • Dissection — "Where Dead Angels Lie"
  • Disturbed — "Down with the Sickness"
  • Disparition — The Ballad of Fiedler and Mundt"
  • Divide the Day — "Let it Roll"
  • Divine Heresy - "Failed Creation"
  • Divinyls — "I Touch Myself"
  • Dixie Chicks — "Goodbye Earl" or "Landslide"
  • Colton Dixon— "Never Gone"
  • Dizzee Rascal — "Bonkers"
  • DJ Felli Fel — "Get Buck In Here"
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince — "Parents Just Don't Understand" or "Summertime"
  • DJ Khaled — "All I Do Is Win"
  • DJ Mass MAD Izm* — "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny"
  • DJ Sammy — "Heaven"
  • DJ Shadow — "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt" or "Six Days"
  • DJ Snake — "Turn Down For What"
  • DJ Unk — "Walk It Out"
  • DJ YOSHITAKA"FLOWER"
  • Ramin Djawadi — The Game of Thrones Theme
  • DMX — "Party Up (Up In Here)"
  • Fefe Dobson — "Ghost" or "Stuttering"
  • Doctor P — "Sweet Shop"
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah? — "We Are Rockstars"
  • Dog's Eye View — "Everything Falls Apart"
  • Thomas Dolby — "She Blinded Me With Science"
  • Dolla — "Who The Fuck Is That"
  • Doman & Gooding — "Runnin'"
  • Lonnie Donegan — "Rock Island Line" or "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor"
  • Donora — "Boom Boom" or "Champion"
  • Donovan — "Sunshine Superman"
  • The Doobie Brothers — "Black Water" or "What a Fool Believes"
  • Dobie Gray — "Drift Away"
  • The Doors — "Light My Fire" and "The End" (from The Doors)
  • Dorrough — "Ice Cream Paint Job"
  • Carl Douglas — "Kung Fu Fighting"
  • Down With Webster — "Big Wheels" or "Your Man"
  • Downstait — "I Came To Play"
  • The Downtown Fiction — "I Just Wanna Run"
  • Dr Dre — "Nuthin' But A G Thang" or "Still D.R.E."
  • Dr. Hook — "The Cover of Rolling Stone"
  • Dr. John — "Right Place, Wrong Time"
  • Dragonforce — "Through The Fire And Flames" or "Fury of the Storm" Undeniably the former to Guitar Hero fans.
  • Drake — "Best I Ever Had" in the U.S., "Hold On, We're Going Home" in Canada.
  • Nick Drake — "Pink Moon"
  • Dream — "He Loves U Not"
  • The-Dream — "Shawty Is A Ten"
  • The Dream Academy — "Life in a Northern Town"
  • Dream Theater — "Pull Me Under" or "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper"
  • The Dropkick Murphys — "I'm Shipping Up To Boston"
  • Drowning Pool — "Bodies"
  • Dru — "Getting It In" or "She Can Ride"
  • Dru Hill — "In My Bed"
    • Sisqo — "Thong Song" (despite the fact that "Incomplete" was actually his only #1 hit)
  • The Drums — "Let's Go Surfing"
  • Dschinghis Khan — "Moskau"
  • Duck Sauce — "Barbra Streisand"
  • Hilary Duff — "Come Clean"
  • Duffy — "Mercy"
  • Paul Dukas — "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • Duke Dumont — "I Got U"
  • Duran Duran — "Hungry Like the Wolf" or "The Reflex"
  • Ian Dury And The Blockheads — "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" or "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick"
  • Antonin Dvorak — "Symphony of the New World (4th movement)"
  • Dying Fetus — "Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)"
  • Bob Dylan — "The Times, They Are a-Changin'" (from The Times They Are A-Changin') or "Like a Rolling Stone" (from Highway 61 Revisited)

    E-F 
  • E-40 — "Tell Me When to Go"
  • Eagles — "Hotel California" (from Hotel California)
    • Glenn Frey — "The Heat is On"
    • Don Henley — "Boys of Summer"
    • Joe Walsh — "Life's Been Good"
  • The Eagles of Death Metal — "Don't Speak"
  • Eamon — "Fuck It! (I Don't Want You Back)"
  • Steve Earle — "Copperhead Road"
  • Earshot — "Get Away"
  • Earth, Wind & Fire — "September"
  • Sheena Easton — "Morning Train (9 to 5)"
  • Echo and the Bunnymen — "The Killing Moon"
  • Echosmith — "Cool Kids"
  • Edgar Winter Group — "Frankenstein" or "Free Ride"
  • Eels — "Souljacker, Part I" (from Souljacker) or "Novocaine for the Soul" (from Beautiful Freak).
  • Egypt Central — "White Rabbit"
  • Eiffel 65 — "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
  • David Glen Eisley — "Sweet Victory"
  • El Ten Eleven — "My Only Swerving"
  • Brett Eldredge — "Don't Ya"
  • Electric Light Orchestra — "Don't Bring Me Down"
  • Electric Six — "Gay Bar" (To the chagrin of many fans)
  • Electric Wizard — "Funeralpolis"
  • Danny Elfman — Theme for Tim Burton's "Batman" or "Edward Scissorhands".
  • Edguy — "Ministry of Saints" and "Superheroes"
  • Editors — "Bones" or "All Sparks"
  • Edward Elgar — "Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 1 in D Major"
  • Duke Ellington — "Take the 'A' Train".
  • Missy Elliott — "Get Ur Freak On"
  • Eluveitie — "Inis Mona", "Thousandfold"
  • emblem3 — "Chloe (You're The One I Want)"
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer — "Karn Evil 9 First Impression Part 2"
  • EMF — "Unbelievable"
  • Eminem
    • Older work — "Lose Yourself", "The Real Slim Shady", "Stan" or "My Name Is"
    • Newer material — "Love The Way You Lie", "Not Afraid", "Rap God", or "The Monster"
      • D12 — "My Band"
      • Bad Meets Evil — "Lighters"
  • Emperor — "I am the Black Wizards"
  • Emphatic — "Bounce"
  • En Vogue — "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
  • The English Beat — "Mirror in the Bathroom"
  • EndeverafteR — "No More Words"
  • Ensiferum — "Lai Lai Hei"
  • Enslaved — "Havenless"
  • Enter Shikari — "Sorry, You're Not A Winner" or "Destabilise"
  • Enya — "Only Time"
  • The Eraserheads — "Pare Ko" and Ang Huling El Bimbo
  • Erasure — "Always"
  • Eric Prydz — "Call On Me"
  • The Escape Club — "Wild, Wild West"
  • Escape the Fate — "Situations" (with Ronnie); "Issues" (with Craig)
  • Gloria Estefan — "Conga"
  • Estelle — "American Boy"
  • Melissa Etheridge — "Come To My Window"
  • Europe — Initially "Carrie", but now unquestionably "The Final Countdown"
  • Eurythmics — "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  • Evanescence"Bring Me To Life", with "My Immortal" being a clear second.
  • Eve 6 — "Inside Out"
  • Everclear — "Santa Monica"
  • The Everlove — "Cities In Dust"
  • Jace Everett — "Bad Things"
  • Everything But The Girl — "Missing"
  • The Everly Brothers — "'Wake Up Little Susie"
  • Evil Nine — "Crooked", "All The Cash", "The Black Brad Pitt" or "No Manners"
  • The Exies — "Ugly"
  • Expose — "Seasons Change"
  • Extreme — "More Than Words"
  • George Ezra — "Budapest"
  • Fabolous — "Breathe"
  • Face to Face — "Disconnected"
  • Fairport Convention — "Meet on the Ledge"
  • Faith No More — "Epic"
  • Chet Faker — "Talk is Cheap" in Australia, "Gold" in the U.S.
  • Falco — "Rock Me Amadeus"
  • Falling in Reverse — "The Drug In Me Is You"
  • Fall Out Boy
    • Earlier work: "Dance, Dance", "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," or "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"
    • 2013 comeback: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em' Up)" or later, "Centuries".
      • Patrick Stump — "This City"
      • The Damned Things — "We've Got a Situation Here"
  • Far East Movement — "Like A G6"
  • Tyler Farr — "Redneck Crazy"
  • Farewell, My Love — "Portraits"
  • John Farnham — "You're the Voice"
  • Fastball — "The Way"
  • Fatboy Slim — "The Rockafeller Skank"
  • Fat Joe — "Get It Poppin"
    • Terror Squad — "Lean Back"
  • Fear Factory — "Replica"
  • Jose Feliciano — "Feliz Navidad"
  • Feeder — "Buck Rogers"
  • Feist — "1234"
  • Felt — "Primitive Painters"
  • Jay Ferguson — "Thunder Island"
  • Danny Fernandes — "Curious" or "Take Me Away"
  • Fetty Wap — "Trap Queen"
  • Fever Ray — "If I Had a Heart"
  • Lupe Fiasco — "The Show Goes On", "Kick, Push"
  • FIDLAR — "No Waves" or "Cheap Beer"
  • Fifth Harmony — Previously "Sledgehammer" but now "Worth It"
  • Filter — "Hey Man Nice Shot" or "Take A Picture"
  • Finatticz - "Don't Drop That Thun Thun"
  • Fine Young Cannibals — "She Drives Me Crazy"
  • Finger Eleven — Initially "One Thing", but now "Paralyzer" (maybe "Slow Chemical" if you're a wrestling fan)
  • Finntroll — "Trollhammaren"
  • Melanie Fiona — "Give It To Me Right"
  • Firefall — "You Are the Woman"
  • Firehouse — "Love of a Lifetime"
  • First Aid Kit — Was "Emmylou", but "My Silver Lining" seems to have supplanted it.
  • Fishbone — "Party at Ground Zero"
  • Fit For Rivals — "Crash"
  • Fitz & the Tantrums — "Out of my League" or "The Walker"
  • Five Finger Death Punch — "Coming Down" or "Hard to See"
  • Five for Fighting — "Superman (It's Not Easy)"
  • Five Iron Frenzy — "Handbook for the Sellout" or "Every New Day"
  • The Fixx — "One Thing Leads To Another"
  • Roberta Flack — "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
  • Flaming Lips — "Do you Realize" (State rock song of Oklahoma)
  • Fleet Foxes — "Mykonos"
  • Fleetwood Mac — "Dreams" or "Go Your Own Way" (from Rumours)
    • "Albatross" for the original incarnation with Peter Green
  • Flight Facilities — "Crave You"
  • Flight of the Conchords — "Business Time"
  • Flipper — "Sex Bomb"
  • The Flirts — "Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)"
  • Flo Rida — "Low", "Right Round", or "Whistle"
  • Flobots — "Handlebars"
  • A Flock Of Seagulls — "I Ran (So Far Away)"
  • Floetry — "Say Yes"
  • Florence + the Machine — "Dog Days Are Over" or "Seven Devils"
  • Florida Georgia Line — "Cruise" (both the original and the remix with Nelly)
  • Flow — "GO!"
  • Eddie Floyd — "Knock On Wood"
  • Flux Pavalion — "I Can't Stop" or "Cracks"
  • Flyleaf — "I'm So Sick"
  • The Flys — "Got You (Where I Want You)"
  • Focus — "Hocus Pocus"
  • Foghat — "Slow Ride"
  • Fonogenio — "Reason"
  • Ben Folds — "Rockin' the Suburbs"
  • Foo Fighters — "Everlong" or "The Pretender"
  • Lita Ford — "Kiss Me Deadly"
  • Foreigner — "I Want To Know What Love Is"
  • Foster The People — "Pumped Up Kicks"
  • The Foundations — "Build Me Up Buttercup"
  • Fountains Of Wayne — "Stacy's Mom"
  • The Four Seasons — "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)"
  • The Four Tops — "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
  • Foxes — "Let Go for Tonight"
  • Jamie Foxx — "Blame It"
  • Foxy — "Get Off"
  • Foxy Shazam — "I Like It"
  • Fozzy — "Enemy"
  • Framing Hanley — "Lollipop"
  • Peter Frampton — "Show Me the Way"
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze — "Back In Stride"
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood — "Relax"
  • Frankie J — "Obsession (No Es Amor)"
  • Aretha Franklin — "Respect"
  • Kirk Franklin — "Stomp"
  • Franz Ferdinand — "Take Me Out"
  • The Fratellis — "Chelsea Dagger"
  • The Fray — "How to Save a Life"
  • Free — "All Right Now"
  • Aaron Fresh — "Spending All My Time"
  • Music/Front242 — "Headhunter"
  • Front Line Assembly — "Mindphaser"
  • Frou Frou — "Let Go" or "Breathe In"
  • FT Island - "Lovesick" or "I Hope"
  • Julius Fucik — "Entry of the Gladiators"
  • Fuel — "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"
  • Fugazi — "Waiting Room"
  • The Fugees"Killing Me Softly" (from The Score)
  • fun. — "We Are Young" or "Some Nights"
    • Nate Ruess — "Nothing Without Love"
  • Fun Factory — "I Wanna B With U"
  • Funeral for a Friend — "Roses For the Dead" or "Red is the New Black"
  • Funkadelic"One Nation Under a Groove"
  • Nelly Furtado — "Promiscuous"
  • Future — "Turn On The Lights"
  • Future Leaders of the World — "Let Me Out"

    G 
  • Peter Gabriel — "Sledgehammer," "Solsbury Hill", or "In Your Eyes"
  • Gackt — "Vanilla"
  • The GAG Quartet — "Le Internet Medley"
  • The Gazette — "Reila", "Cassis"
  • Serge Gainsbourg — "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Je T' Aime... Moi Non Plus"
  • Gallery — "Nice To Be With You"
  • Childish Gambino — "Freaks & Geeks"
  • Garbage — "Only Happy When It Rains" or "Stupid Girl"
  • Art Garfunkel — "Bright Eyes"
  • Judy Garland — "Over the Rainbow"
  • Martin Garrix — "Animals"
  • Marvin Gaye — "What's Going On," "Let's Get It On" (from What's Going On) or "Trouble Man". You could also make a case for "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Sexual Healing".
  • Gloria Gaynor — "I Will Survive"
  • G-Eazy — "I Mean It"
  • General Public — "Tenderness"
  • Genesis (pop era) — "Land of Confusion" or "Invisible Touch"
    • Genesis (prog era) — "Supper's Ready"
  • George Baker Selection — "Little Green Bag"
  • The Georgia Satellites — "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"
  • Gerardo — "Rico Suave"
  • The Germs — "Lexicon Devil"
  • George Gershwin — "Rhapsody in Blue", "Summertime"
  • Geto Boys — "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"
  • Stan Getz — "The Girl From Ipanema"
  • Ghostface Killah — "Back Like That"
  • Brantley Gilbert — "Bottoms Up"
  • Gin Blossoms — "Hey Jealousy"
  • Ginuwine — "Pony"
  • Girlicious — "2 In The Morning"
  • Girlschool — "Emergency" or "Race With The Devil"
  • Girls Aloud — "Biology", "Love Machine", "The Promise", "Call The Shots"
  • Girls' Generation — "Gee" or "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)"
  • Giulietta — "Vertigo"
  • Glassjaw — "Cosmopolitan Bloodlust"
  • Glaze — "Nightmare Night" or "Beyond Her Garden"
  • Godsmack — "Even Flow", "I Stand Alone" or "Voodoo"
  • The Go-Gos — "Our Lips Are Sealed" or "We Got the Beat"
  • Gojira — "Flying Whales"
  • Golden Earring — "Radar Love"
  • Goldfinger — "Superman"
  • Goldfrapp — "Ooh la La" or "Strict Machine"
  • Selena Gomez & The Scene — "Love You Like A Love Song"
    • Selena Gomez (without The Scene) — "Come & Get It"
  • Good Charlotte — "The Anthem"
    • The Madden Brothers — "We Are Done"
  • Benny Goodman — "Sing, Sing, Sing"
  • The Goo Goo Dolls — "Iris"
  • Lesley Gore — "It's My Party" or "My Boyfriend's Back"
  • Gorillaz — "Clint Eastwood" (from Gorillaz), "Feel Good, Inc.", or "DARE" (from Demon Days)
  • Gorgoroth — "Profeten Apenbaring," "Incipit Satan," or "Carving a Giant"
  • Mark Gormley — "Without You" or "Little Wings"
  • Gotye — "Somebody That I Used To Know"
  • Ellie Goulding — Formerly "Starry Eyed" in the UK & "Lights" in the US, but "Love Me Like You Do" has easily surpassed them in both countries.
  • Go West — "King of Wishful Thinking"
  • Andy Grammer — Formerly "Keep Your Head Up", but now "Honey I'm Good"
  • Grand Funk Railroad — "We're an American Band"
  • Ariana Grande — "Problem"
  • Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five"The Message"
  • Amy Grant — "Baby Baby"
  • Eddy Grant — "Electric Avenue"
  • The Grateful Dead — "Casey Jones"
  • Graveland — "Thurisaz"
  • David Gray — "Babylon"
  • Macy Gray — "I Try"
  • Great Big Sea — "Ordinary Day"
  • A Great Big World — "Say Something" (specifically the re-recording with Christina Aguilera)
  • Great White — "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
  • Al Green"Let's Stay Together"
  • Green Carnation"Light of Day, Day of Darkness"
  • Green Day"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" or "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (from American Idiot). "Basket Case" (Dookie)
  • Norman Greenbaum — "Spirit in the Sky"
  • Lee Greenwood — "God Bless The USA"
  • Edvard Grieg — "Hall of the Mountain King" (which isn't a song, by the way)
  • Grizzly Bear — "Two Weeks"
  • Grouplove — "Tongue Tied"
  • GS Boyz — "Stanky Leg"
  • Guano Apes — "Open Your Eyes"
  • Vince Guaraldi — "Linus and Lucy"
  • The Guess Who — "American Woman"
  • David Guetta — "Titanium", although once Sia became more well-known on her own it has probably gone back to being "Love Is Gone". For his later material, "Hey Mama" fits (then again, it's more associated with Nicki Minaj).
  • Guided By Voices — "I Am A Scientist" and "Teenage FBI"
  • Guns N' Roses — "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome to the Jungle", or "Paradise City"
  • Arlo Guthrie"Alice's Restaurant"
  • Woody Guthrie — "This Land Is Your Land"
  • Guttermouth — "She's Got the Look"
  • Gym Class Heroes — "Cupid's Chokehold" or "Stereo Hearts"
    • Travie McCoy — "Billionaire"
  • GZA — "Liquid Swords"

    H 
  • Haddaway — "What is Love?"
  • Hadouken! — "That Boy, That Girl"
  • Sammy Hagar — "I Can't Drive 55"
  • Hail The Villain — "Runaway"
  • Haim — "The Wire"
  • Halestorm — "I Get Off"
  • Hall And Oates — "Maneater", "Out of Touch" or "Rich Girl"
  • Hammerfall — "Hearts On Fire"
  • Hampton the Hampster — "Hampster Dance"
  • Hatebreed — "I Will Be Heard"
  • Herbie Hancock — "Chameleon" (from Head Hunters) or "Rockit" (from Future Shock)
  • George Frederic Handel — "Messiah," (more specifically the "Hallelujah Chorus" at the end of Part II)
  • Hanson — "MMMbop"
  • Happy Mondays — "Step On"
  • Calvin Harris — "Summer"
  • Richard Harris — "MacArthur Park"
  • George Harrison — "My Sweet Lord" (from All Things Must Pass)
  • Corey Hart — "Sunglasses at Night"
  • Jonn Hart — "Who Booty"
  • Dan Hartman — "I Can Dream About You"
  • PJ Harvey — "Down By The Water" (from To Bring You My Love)
  • Harvey Danger — "Flagpole Sitta"
  • Donnie Hathaway — "A Song For You"
    • Hathaway and Roberta Flack — "The Closer I Get To You"
  • Sophie B. Hawkins — "Right Beside You" or "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"
  • Hawkwind — "Silver Machine"
  • Hawthorne Heights — "Saying Sorry" or "Ohio Is For Lovers"
  • Joseph Haydn — "Emperor Quartet - 2nd Movement/Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser"
  • Hunter Hayes — "Wanted"
  • Isaac Hayes — "Theme from Shaft"
  • Murray Head — "One Night in Bangkok"
  • Head East — "Never Been Any Reason"
  • The Head and the Heart — "Down in the Valley"
  • Heather Headley — "In My Mind"
  • Heart — "Alone" or " Barracuda"
  • Heatwave — "Always and Forever"
  • The Heavy — "How You Like Me Now?" or "Short Change Hero". "What Makes a Good Man" is also a contender in the UK.
  • Heavy D and the Boyz — "Now That We Found Love"
  • Hedley — "Perfect"
  • Oliver Heldens — "Gecko (Overdrive)". Ditto for Becky Hill.
  • Hella — "Biblical Violance"
  • Hellhammer — "The Triumph of Death"
  • Helloween — "I Want Out"
  • Hellyeah — "You Wouldn't Know"
  • Bobby Helms — "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • Jimi Hendrix — "Purple Haze" (from Are You Experienced), though "All Along the Watchtower" (from Electric Ladyland) is also fairly well-known (and his only Top 40 hit).
  • Herman's Hermits — "I'm Into Something Good"
  • Hey Monday — "How You Love Me Now"
    • Cassadee Pope — "Wasting All These Tears"
  • Hi-Five — "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)"
  • Faith Hill — "Breathe"
  • Hilltop Hoods — "Chase That Feeling"
  • Keri Hilson — "Knock You Down"
  • H.I.M. — "Wings Of A Butterfly"
  • Hinder — "Lips of an Angel"
  • The Hives — "Hate To Say I Told You So"
  • The Hold Steady — "The Swish"
  • Hoku — "Another Dumb Blonde" or "Perfect Day"
  • Hole — "Celebrity Skin"
  • J. Holiday — "Bed"
  • The Hollies — "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
  • Buddy Holly — "Peggy Sue" or "That'll Be The Day"
  • Hollywood Undead — "Undead"
  • Rupert Holmes — "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"
  • Gustav Holst — "The Planets Suite, Op. 32"
  • Hoobastank — "The Reason"
  • The Hoosiers — "Cops and Robbers"
  • The Hooters — "And We Danced"
  • Hootie and the Blowfish — "Only Wanna Be With You"
    • Darius Rucker — "Wagon Wheel"
  • Bob Hope — "Thanks for the Memories"
  • Bruce Hornsby and the Range — "The Way It Is"
  • Hot Chelle Rae — "Tonight Tonight"
  • Hot Chocolate — "You Sexy Thing"
  • Tomoyasu Hotei — "Battle Without Honor or Humanity"
  • Thelma Houston — "Don't Leave Me This Way"
  • Whitney Houston — "I Will Always Love You"
  • House of Pain — "Jump Around"
    • Everlast — "What It's Like"
  • Randy Houser — "Runnin' Outta Moonlight"
  • James Newton Howard — "The Hanging Tree". Ditto for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Howlin' Wolf — "Smokestack Lightnin'"
  • Hozier — "Take Me To Church"
  • Huey — "Pop, Lock, & Drop It"
  • The Human League — "Don't You Want Me"
  • Sam Hunt — First "Leave The Night On," now "Take Your Time"
  • Hunters & Collectors — "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
  • Hurricane Chris — "A Bay Bay"
  • Hurt — "Ten Ton Brick" or "Rapture"
  • Hüsker Dü — "Makes No Sense At All"
  • Brian Hyland — "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini"
  • Hyuna — "Ice Cream"

    I-J 
  • I Am Empire — "Gravity Bomb"
  • I Prevail — "Blank Space"
  • Janis Ian — "At Seventeen"
  • Ice Cube — "It Was a Good Day" or "Check Yo Self"
  • Iced Earth — "Travel in Stygian"
  • Icehouse — "Great Southern Land" or "Electric Blue"
  • Ice-T — "6 in the Mornin' "
  • Icona Pop — "I Love It"
  • Billy Idol — "Dancing With Myself," "Rebel Yell" or "White Wedding"
  • Enrique Iglesias — "Bailamos", "Hero," or "Be with You"
  • I Love Makonnen — "Tuesday"
  • Imagine Dragons — Previously "It's Time," but now far and away "Radioactive"
  • Natalie Imbruglia — "Torn"
  • Immortal — "Call of the Wintermoon"
  • Imogen Heap — "Hide and Seek"
  • In This Moment — "Blood"
  • Incubus — "Drive"
  • India.Arie — "Video"
  • The Indigy — "Apache (Warrior Bow)"
  • In Flames — "Behind Space" or "Moonshield" for their earlier work; "Take This Life" or "Cloud Connected" for their later work
  • Injected — "Faithless"
  • Interpol — "Obstacle 1"
  • INXS — "Need You Tonight"
  • Donnie Iris — "Ah, Leah!"
  • Iron & Wine — "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"
  • Iron Butterfly"In A Gadda Da Vida"
  • Iron Maiden — "Run to the Hills" or "The Number of the Beast"
  • Chris Isaak — "Wicked Game"
  • Ish — "Rollin'"
  • The Isley Brothers — "Shout" (for the original line up), "Who's That Lady" (for the "3x3" lineup)
  • Issues — "Stingray Affliction"
  • IU — "Good Day"
  • IYAZ — "Replay"
  • J Cole — "Workout"
  • Terry Jacks — "Seasons in the Sun"
  • Freddie Jackson — "You Are My Lady" or "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)"
  • Janet Jackson — "Nasty" & "Rhythm Nation". Later "That's the Way Love Goes"
  • Joe Jackson — "Steppin' Out"
  • Michael Jackson — Tough to say; candidates include "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" (from Off the Wall), "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Thriller" (from Thriller) "Bad", and "Smooth Criminal" (from Bad).
  • The Jackson Five — "I Want You Back", "ABC" or "I'll Be There". When they changed their name to the Jacksons: Blame It On The Boogie was their greatest hit.
  • Jack Ü — "Where Are Ü Now" (although it's probably more associated with Justin Bieber)
  • Felix Jaehn — "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (although he is best known overall for his remix of OMI's "Cheerleader")
  • JAM Project — "SKILL, or GONG"
  • The Jam — "Going Underground"
  • James — "Sit Down" in the UK, "Laid" in the U.S.
  • Etta James — "At Last"
  • Rick James — "Super Freak"
  • Tommy James — "Hanky Panky"
  • Trinidad James — "All Gold Everything"
  • Jamiroquai — "Virtual Insanity", "Canned Heat"
  • Janes Addiction — "Jane Says", or " Been Caught Stealing"
  • Chris Janson — "Buy Me a Boat"
  • Janus — "Eyesore"
  • Ja Rule — "Always on Time"
  • Jay Rock — "Hood Gone Love It"
  • Jay-Z — "99 Problems" or "Empire State of Mind" (though people tend to associate the latter more with Alicia Keys than with him)
  • J Dash — "Wop"
  • Jefferson Airplane — "Somebody To Love" or "White Rabbit" (from Surrealistic Pillow)
  • Sean Jenness — "Written In My Face"
  • Carly Rae Jepsen — "Call Me Maybe"
  • Jeremih — "Birthday Sex", "Down On Me" or "Don't Tell 'Em"
  • Jessie J — "Price Tag", "Domino" or "Bang Bang"
  • The Jesusand Mary Chain — "Just Like Honey" or "Head On"
  • Jesus Jones — "Right Here, Right Now"
  • Jet — "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
  • Jethro Tull — "Aqualung" (from Aqualung)
  • Joan Jett"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" or "Bad Reputation"
  • Jewel — "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me"
  • The J. Geils Band — "Centerfold" or "Freeze Frame"
  • Jibbs — "Chain Hang Low"
  • Jimmie's Chicken Shack — "Do Right"
  • Jimmy Eat World — "The Middle"
  • J-Kwon — "Tipsy"
  • JLS — "Beat Again"
  • Jo Boxers — "Just Got Lucky"
  • Joe — "Stutter"
  • Billy Joel — "Piano Man"
  • Elton John — "Your Song", "Rocket Man", or "Candle in the Wind 1997"
  • Robert John — "Sad Eyes"
  • Johnny Hates Jazz — "Shattered Dreams"
  • JoJo — "Leave (Get Out)"
  • Don Johnson — "Heartbeat"
  • Freedy Johnston — "Bad Reputation"
  • Jim Johnston — "I Won't Do What You Tell Me'' or "ChaChaLaLa"
  • Jonas Brothers — "Burnin' Up"
    • Joe Jonas — "See No More"
    • Nick Jonas — "Jealous"
      • Nick Jonas & The Administration — "Who I Am"
  • George Jones — "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
  • Glenn Jones — "Here I Go Again"
  • Jim Jones — "We Fly High"
  • Norah Jones — "Don't Know Why" (from Come Away With Me)
  • Tom Jones — "It's Not Unusual" or "Delilah"
  • Janis Joplin — "Me & Bobby McGee"
    • Big Brother & the Holding Company — "Piece of My Heart" (from Cheap Thrills)
  • Scott Joplin — "The Entertainer"
  • Eric Johnson — "Cliffs of Dover"
  • Montell Jordan — "This Is How We Do It"
  • Journey — "Don't Stop Believin'", although prior to its mid-2000s resurrection "Open Arms" was considered this.
  • Vance Joy — "Riptide"
  • Joy Division — "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  • JRDN — "U Can Have It All"
  • Juanes — "A Dios le Pido"
  • Judas Priest —"Living After Midnight"
  • Julien K"This Machine" or "Technical Difficulties"
  • Jungle — "Busy Earnin'"
  • Juniel - "Illa Illa"
  • Justice — "D.A.N.C.E."
  • Juvenile — "Back That Ass Up" or "Slow Motion"

    K 
  • K'naan — "Wavin' Flag"
  • Kaiser Cartel — "Favorite Song"
  • Kajagoogoo — "Too Shy"
  • Kaiser Chiefs — "I Predict A Riot" or "Ruby"
  • Kaizers Orchestra — "Kontroll på kontinentet"
  • Kamelot — "The Haunting"
  • Kansas — Initially "Dust in the Wind", but over time has become "Carry On Wayward Son"
  • Kara — "Mister"
  • Kardinal Offishall — "Dangerous"
  • Karmin — "Brokenhearted"
  • Karnivool — "Themata"
  • Kasabian — "Club Foot" or possibly "Underdog"
  • Kaya — "Chocolat"
  • KC and the Sunshine Band — "That's The Way (I Like It)"
  • KC-i and Jojo — "All My Life"
  • Keane — "Somewhere Only We Know" in the UK, "Is It Any Wonder?" in the U.S.
  • Toby Keith — "Red Solo Cup"
  • Kelis — "Milkshake"
  • Paul Kelly — "To Her Door", "Before Too Long", or "Darling It Hurts"
  • R. Kelly —For the 90s, "I Believe I Can Fly," for the 00s, all chapters of Trapped In The Closet
  • Anna Kendrick — "Cups (''Pitch Perfect's'' When I'm Gone)"
  • Kenny G — "Songbird"
  • Alicia Keys — "Fallin'"
  • Ke$ha — "Tik Tok"
  • Aram Khachaturian — "Sabre Dance"
  • Khaled — "Didi" and/or "Aïcha"
  • Wiz Khalifa — "Black & Yellow" to the hip-hop/urban community; "See You Again" to mainstream audiences
  • Chaka Khan — "I'm Every Woman"
    • Rufus & Chaka Khan — "Tell Me Something Good"
  • Eduard Khil — "I am Glad Because I'm Finally Returning Home"
  • Kid Cudi — "Day 'n' Nite"
  • Kid Rock:
    • "Cowboy" (rap era)
    • "All Summer Long" (country era)
  • Kiesza — "Hideaway"
  • Greg Kihn Band — "Jeopardy"
  • The Killers — "Mr. Brightside"
  • Killing Joke — "Love Like Blood"
  • Killswitch Engage — "My Curse" (Howard Jones era), "In Due Time" (Jesse Leach era).
  • Andy Kim — "Rock Me Gently"
  • Ben E. King — "Stand By Me"
  • Carole King — "It's Too Late" (from Tapestry)
  • Elle King — "Ex's and Oh's"
  • King Crimson — "21st Century Schizoid Man" (from In the Court of the Crimson King)
  • King Diamond — "The Family Ghost" or "Welcome Home"
  • King Missile — "Detachable Penis"
  • Kings of Leon — "Sex on Fire" or "Use Somebody" to rock audiences; indisputably "Use Somebody" to general audiences
  • The Kingsmen — "Louie, Louie"
  • Sean Kingston — "Beautiful Girls"
  • The Kinks — "You Really Got Me"
  • KISS — "Rock and Roll All Nite"
  • Kitty Pryde — "okcupid"
  • Michael Kiwanuka — "Home Again"
  • The KLF — "3 AM Eternal"
  • KMFDM — "Juke Joint Jezebel" or "Megalomaniac"
  • The Knack — "My Sharona"
  • Knife Party — "Internet Friends"
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips — "Midnight Train To Georgia"
  • Koan Sound — "Funk Blaster"
  • Koji Kondo — The "Super Mario Bros." overworld theme
  • Kome Kome Club — "Kimi ga Iru Dake de"
  • KONGOS — "Come With Me Now"
  • John Kongos — "He's Gonna Step On You Again"
  • The Kooks — "Naive"
  • Kool & the Gang — "Celebration"
  • Korn — "Blind" or "Freak on a Leash"
  • Korpiklaani — "Wooden Pints"
  • kors k — "smooooch・∀・"
  • Kraftwerk — "Das Modell"[/]"The Model" from The Man-Machine or "Autobahn" from Autobahn.
  • Lenny Kravitz — "Fly Away" or "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"
  • Kreayshawn — "Gucci Gucci"
  • Krewella — "Alive"
  • Kris Kross — "Jump"
  • Kris Kristofferson — "Why Me?"
  • Krokus — "Eat the Rich"
  • Yevgeny Krylatov — "Beautiful Tomorrow"
  • Kula Shaker — "Tattva"
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu — "PONPONPON"
  • Kyuss — "One Inch Man"

    L 
  • L7 — "Pretend We're Dead"
  • The La's — "There She Goes"
  • La Dispute — "Said the King to the River"
  • La Roux — "Bulletproof"
  • Labelle/Patti Labelle — "Lady Marmalade"
  • Labrinth — "Beneath Your Beautiful" or "Earthquake"
  • Lacuna Coil — "Our Truth"
  • Lady Antebellum — "Need You Now"
  • Lady Ga Ga — "Just Dance", "Poker Face", "Bad Romance", or "Born This Way"
  • The Lady of Rage — "Afro Puffs"
  • Kendrick Lamar — "Swimming Pools (Drank)" or "i"
  • Lamb Of God — "Redneck"
  • Adam Lambert — "Whataya Want From Me"
  • Miranda Lambert — "Over You"
  • Larc En Ciel — "Ready, Steady, Go"
  • The Last Goodnight — "Pictures of You"
  • Cyndi Lauper — "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", with "Time After Time" being a close second.
  • Avril Lavigne — "Complicated" or "Girlfriend"
  • Lawson — "Brokenhearted"
  • Lazlo Bane — "Superman"
  • LCD Soundsystem — "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" or "All my Friends"
  • Led Zeppelin — "Stairway To Heaven" (from Led Zeppelin Four)
  • The Left Banke — "Pretty Ballerina" and "Walk Away Renee"
  • John Legend — Previously "Ordinary People," but now "All of Me"
  • Lemon Demon — "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny"
  • The Lemon Pipers — "Green Tambourine"
  • Len — "Steal My Sunshine"
  • John LennonImagine
  • Less Than Jake — "All My Best Friends are Metalheads"
  • Letters to Cleo — "Here & Now"
  • Level 42 — "Lessons In Love" in the UK, "Something About You" in the U.S.
  • LeVert — "Casanova"
  • Huey Lewis and the News — "The Power of Love" or (according to Patrick Bateman) "Hip To Be Square"
  • Jerry Lee Lewis — "Great Balls of Fire"
  • Leona Lewis — "Bleeding Love"
  • Lifehouse — "Hanging By A Moment"
  • LFO — "Summer Girls"
  • Gordon Lightfoot — "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" or "Sundown"
  • Lil B — "Wonton Soup" or "I'm Paris Hilton"
  • Lil Boosie — "Wipe Me Down"
  • Lil' Flip — "Sunshine"
  • Lil Jon — "Get Low"
  • Lil Kim — "Queen Bitch"
  • Lil Mama — "Lip Gloss"
  • Lil Scrappy — "Money In The Bank"
  • Lil Wayne — "Lollipop"
    • Young Money — "Bedrock"
  • Lillywood & the Prick — "Prayer in C" (specifically the remix by Robin Schulz)
  • Limp Bizkit — "Nookie", "Break Stuff", "Rollin'", or "Take A Look Around"
  • Lindisfarne — "Fog on the Tyne"
  • Linkin Park — "Crawling", "In The End", or "Numb" (both the original and the Jay-Z remix) for their Nu Metal era, "What I've Done", "New Divide", or "Burn It Down" after changing styles
    • Fort Minor — Initially "Where'd You Go?", but has over time become "Remember The Name"
    • Dead By Sunrise — "Crawl Back In"
  • Lipps Inc. — "Funky Town"
  • Franz Liszt — "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2"
  • Lit — "My Own Worst Enemy"
  • Little Big Town — Tough call between "Pontoon" or "Girl Crush". The former was their biggest hit on country radio and their most popular song amongst their core demographic. The latter, on the other hand, is their most widely known and beloved song to general audiences.
  • Little Birdy — "Come On, Come On"
  • Little Eva — "The Locomotion"
  • Little Feat — "Dixie Chicken"
  • Little Mix — "Wings"
  • Little Richard — "Tutti Frutti" (from Here's Little Richard)
  • Little River Band — "Reminiscing"
  • Live — "Lightning Crashes"
  • Living Colour — "Cult of Personality"
  • The Living End — "Prisoner of Society"
  • LL Cool J — "Mama Said Knock You Out" or "I Can't Live Without My Radio"
  • Lloyd — "You"
  • Cher Lloyd — "Swagger Jagger" in the UK, "Want U Back" in the US
  • LMFAO — "Party Rock Anthem" or "Sexy and I Know It"
  • Local H — "Bound for the Floor"
  • Kenny Loggins — "Footloose" or "Danger Zone"
  • London After Midnight — "Kiss"
  • London Grammar — "Hey Now" or "Wasting My Young Years"
  • The Lonely Island — "I'm on a Boat" or "I Just Had Sex"
  • Lonestar — "Amazed"
  • Long Beach Dub Allstars — "Sunny Hours"
  • Longo & Wainwright — "One Life Stand"
  • Jennifer Lopez — "Jenny From The Block" (early work, though that's often considered a Creator Killer), "On The Floor" (more recent material)
  • Lo-Pro — "Sunday"
  • Lorde — "Royals" (from The Love Club and Pure Heroine), with "Team" a close second.
  • Lordi — "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
  • Loreen — "Euphoria""
  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs — "El Matador"
  • Lost Boyz — "Renee"
  • Lostprophets — "Last Train Home" or "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
  • Los Lobos — "La Bamba"
  • Los Del Rio — "Macarena"
  • Los Lonely Boys — "Heaven"
  • Pixie Lott — "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"
  • Demi Lovato — "Give Your Heart A Break" or "Heart Attack"
  • Love — Initially "7 Plus 7 Is", but now "Alone Again Or"
  • Love And Rockets — "No New Tale to Tell" or "So Alive"
  • Love Battery — "Out of Focus"
  • Loverance — "Up"
  • Loverboy — "Working For the Weekend"
  • The Lovin' Spoonful — "Summer in the City" or "Do You Believe in Magic?"
  • Ludacris — "Move Bitch"
  • Ludo — "Love Me Dead"
  • The Lumineers — "Ho Hey"
  • Lunatic Calm — "Leave You Far Behind"
  • LunchMoney Lewis — "Bills"
  • Luniz — "I Got 5 on It"
  • Dustin Lynch — "Cowboys and Angels"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd — "Sweet Home Alabama" to general audiences; "Free Bird" to rock aficionados (the latter so much so that the Iconic Song Request became a Memetic Mutation!)
  • Kevin Lyttle — "Turn Me On"

    M 
  • M — "Pop Muzik"
  • M83 — "Midnight City"
  • Mac Dre — "Thizzelle Dance"
  • Machine Gun Kelly — "Wild Boy"
  • Machine Head — "Davidian" or "Block"
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Thrift Shop" or "Can't Hold Us"
  • Madness — "House of Fun" in the UK, "Our House" from The Rise And Fall in the U.S.
  • Madonna — Tough to say; contenders include Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl" (from Like A Virgin), "Holiday" (from Madonna), "Vogue" (from I'm Breathless) or "Like a Prayer" (from Like a Prayer)
  • MAGIC! — "Rude"
  • Austin Mahone — "What About Love?" or "MMM Yeah"
  • Maino — "Hi Hater"
  • Major Lazer — Previously "Bubble Butt," but now unquestionably "Lean On".
  • Miriam Makeba — "Pata Pata"
  • Malfunkshun — "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hand)" or "My Only Fan"
  • Malice Mizer — "Beast of Blood"
  • The Mamas and the Papas — "California Dreamin"' or "Monday, Monday"
  • Gucci Mane — "Spotlight"
  • Manfred Mann — "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" for his first band, "Blinded By The Light" for the Earth Band
  • Manic Street Preachers — "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"
  • Barry Manilow — "Copacabana"
  • Man Overboard — "Where I Left You"
  • Manowar — "Kings of Metal," 'Metal Warriors," or "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts."
  • Clint Mansell — "Lux Aeterna"
  • Marcy Playground — "Sex and Candy"
  • Marianas Trench — "Cross My Heart" or "All To Myself"
  • Marillion — "Kayleigh"
  • Mario — "Let Me Love You"
  • Chuck Mangione — "Feels So Good"
  • Marilyn Manson — "The Beautiful People"
  • Marina & the Diamonds — "Primadonna"
  • Martika — "Toy Soldiers"
  • Bob Marley — "No Woman No Cry" (from Natty Dread, but better known in the live version of Live!. A close second is "I Shot The Sherrif" (from Burnin', followed by "Jamming" and "One Love" (from Exodus (album) Exodus]])
  • Damian Marley — "Welcome to Jamrock"
  • Maroon 5
    • Older work:"She Will Be Loved", "This Love" or "Makes Me Wonder"
    • Newer material: "Moves Like Jagger", "One More Night", or "Sugar"
  • M|A|R|R|S — "Pump Up the Volume" (which was literally the only single the group ever released)
  • Bruno Mars — Although songs like "Grenade," "Just the Way You Are", and "Locked Out of Heaven" have all been massive hits, most people consider his signature song to be one he was merely a featured vocalist on: Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!"
  • The Mars Volta — "The Widow"
  • Mia Martina — "Latin Moon" or "HeartBreaker"
  • Dean Martin — "That's Amore" and "Everybody Loves Somebody"
  • Ricky Martin — "Livin' La Vida Loca"
  • Richard Marx — "Right Here Waiting"
  • Massari — "Brand New Day" or "Shisha"
  • Massive Attack — "Teardrop" from Mezzanine
  • Masterboy — "Feel The Heat Of The Night"
  • Mastodon — "Blood and Thunder", possibly "Oblivion"
  • Mattafix — "Big City Life" or "Living Darfur"
    • Marlon Roudette — "When The Beat Drops Out"
  • Matchbox 20 — "3 A.M." or "Unwell"
  • Matisyahu — "King Without a Crown"
  • Matt and Kim — "Daylight"
  • Dave Matthews Band — "Ants Marching"
  • Maximum The Hormone — "What's Up, People?!"
  • Edward Maya — "Stereo Love"
  • John Mayer — "Waiting On The World To Change"
  • Mayhem — "Deathcrush" or "Freezing Moon"
  • Conor Maynard — "Vegas Girl"
  • MC5"Kick Out the Jams"
  • MC 900 Ft. Jesus — "If I Only Had a Brain"
  • MC Hammer — "U Can't Touch This" (which, ironically, was only his fifth highest charting song)
  • Jesse Mc Cartney — "Beautiful Soul" or "Leavin'"
  • Paul McCartney — "Another Day" (see also Beatles above, and Wings below)
  • Tim McGraw — "Live Like You Were Dying"
  • Bonnie McKee — "American Girl"
  • Sarah McLachlan — "I Will Remember You"
  • Don McLean"American Pie"
  • Meat Loaf — "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" or "Bat Out of Hell". At the album level, eight of the eighteen songs in his Greatest Hits collection (which includes three original songs) come from two albums: "Bat Out of Hell" and "Bat Out of Hell II", making those his signature albums.
  • Meat Puppets — "Plateau" or "Lake of Fire"
  • Megadeth — "Symphony of Destruction"
  • John Cougar Mellencamp — "Jack and Diane"
  • Melvins — "Honey Bucket"
  • Men at Work — formerly a tie between "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under"; now undisputably the latter
  • Men Without Hats — "The Safety Dance"
  • Felix Mendelssohn — "Wedding March"
  • Shawn Mendes — "Stitches"
  • Bridgit Mendler — "Ready or Not"
  • Idina Menzel — "Defying Gravity" or "Let It Go"
  • Mercy Drive — "Burn In My Light"
  • Mercyful Fate — "Melissa," "Evil," or "Curse of the Pharaohs"
  • Mercy Me — "I Can Only Imagine"
  • Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts — "Angel of the Morning"
  • Meshuggah — "Bleed"
  • Metallica — "Master of Puppets" (from Master Of Puppets), "One", or "Enter Sandman"
  • Metric — "Help I'm Alive"
  • MGMT — "Electric Feel", "Kids" or "Time to Pretend" from Oracular Spectacular.
  • MIA"Paper Planes", with "Bad Girls" a close runner-up
  • George Michael — "Faith" or "Freedom '90"
  • Midnight Oil — "Beds Are Burning"
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones — "The Impression That I Get"
  • Miguel — "Adorn"
  • Miike Snow — "Animal" or "Paddling Out"
  • Mika — "Grace Kelly"
  • Mike and the Mechanics — "The Living Years"
  • Miki Imai - "Part of Your World" cover from The Little Mermaid (by American standards, at least.)
  • Milky Chance — "Stolen Dance"
  • Glenn Miller — "In The Mood"
  • Mac Miller — "Donald Trump"
  • Steve Miller Band — "The Joker"
  • Meek Mill — "I'm A Boss"
  • Bridgit Mendler — "Determinate" or "Ready or Not"
  • M.I.M.S. — "This Is Why I'm Hot"
  • Nicki Minaj — "Super Bass", "Starships", or "Anaconda"
  • Ministry — "Jesus Built My Hot Rod"
  • Kylie Minogue — "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
  • Minor Threat — "Straight Edge"
  • The Minutemen — "Corona" or "This Ain't No Picnic"
  • The Misfits — "Last Caress", "Hybrid Moments", or "Where Eagles Dare"
  • Joni Mitchell — "Big Yellow Taxi"
  • MKTO — "Classic" in the U.S., "Thank You" in Oceania
  • Mobb Deep — "Shook Ones Pt. II"
  • Moby Grape — "Omaha"
  • Mo-Do — "Ein Zwei Polizei"
  • The Modern Lovers — "Roadrunner"
  • Modest Mouse — "Float On"
  • Mohombi — "Bumpy Ride"
  • The Moldy Peaches — "Anyone Else But You"
  • Janelle Monáe — "Tightrope" or "Cold War"
  • Monica — "The Boy Is Mine" (although just as assignable to Brandy)
  • The Monkees — "I'm A Believer" or "Daydream Believer"
  • Monster Magnet — "Space Lord"
  • French Montana — "Pop That"
  • Montgomery Gentry — "Gone"
  • John Michael Montgomery — "I Swear"
  • Creator/Monty Python – "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
  • The Moody Blues — "Nights In White Satin" or "Go Now"
  • Justin Moore — "Small Town USA"
  • Mandy Moore — "Candy," "Cry" and "I See the Light".
  • Willy Moon — "Yeah Yeah"
  • Morbid Angel — "Chapel of Ghouls" or "God of Emptiness"
  • Meli'sa Morgan — "Do Me, Baby"
  • Alanis Morissette — "Ironic" and "You Oughta Know" (from Jagged Little Pill)
  • Morphine — "The Night" or "Early to Bed"
  • Ennio Morricone — "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Theme
  • Morrissey — "Irish Blood, English Heart"
  • Glenn Morrison — "Goodbye"
  • Van Morrison — "Brown Eyed Girl" from Astral Weeks
  • Mother Love Bone — "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"
  • Mötley Crüe — "Dr. Feelgood" or "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • Motorhead — "Ace of Spades". For wrestling fans, "The Game".
  • Mountain — "Mississippi Queen"
  • The Mountain Goats — "No Children"
  • The Mowgli's — "San Francisco"
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Requiem, especially "Dies Irae" or "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - 1st Movement"
  • Mr. Mister — ""Broken Wings" or "Kyrie"
  • Mr. Pink / The Program — "Love and Affection", a Cover Version of Joan Armatrading's song.
  • Mr. President — "Coco Jamboo"
  • Mr. Probz — "Waves" (specifically the remix by Robin Schulz)
  • Jason Mraz — Initially "The Remedy," but now "I'm Yours"
  • Ms Mr — "Bones" or "Hurricane"
  • Mudhoney — "Touch Me, I'm Sick"
  • Mudvayne — "Happy?"
  • Mumford & Sons — "Little Lion Man", "The Cave" or "I Will Wait"
  • Mumm-Ra — "She's Got You High"
  • Mungo Jerry — "In the Summertime"
  • Peter Murphy — "Cuts You Up"
  • Olly Murs — "Troublemaker"
  • Muse — "Uprising"; "Knights of Cydonia" or "Plugin Baby" to older fans.
  • Kacey Musgraves — "Merry-Go-Round" to her core country demographic, "Follow Your Arrow" to mainstream audiences
  • Mustard Plug — "Mr. Smiley"
  • My Bloody Valentine — "You Made Me Realise" or "Only Shallow"
  • My Chemical Romance — "Welcome To The Black Parade" or "Teenagers"
  • My Darkest Days — "Porn Star Dancing"
  • My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan"
  • My Name Is Kay — "My Name Is Kay"
  • David Myles — "So Blind"

    N-O 
  • The Naked and Famous — "Young Blood"
  • Napalm Death — "You Suffer"
  • Nargaroth — "Black Metal ist Krieg" or "The Day Burzum Killed Mayhem"
  • Nas — "N.Y. State of Mind"
  • Johnny Nash — "I Can See Clearly Now"
  • Kate Nash — "Foundations"
  • The National — "Bloodbuzz Ohio" or "Exile (Vilify)"
  • Naughty Boy — "La La La"
  • Naughty By Nature — "O.P.P."
  • Nayer — "Suave (Kiss Me)" as a lead artist, although she's best known for her appearance on "Give Me Everything".
  • Nazareth — "Hair of the Dog" or "Love Hurts"
  • The Neighbourhood — "Sweater Weather"
  • Nelly — "Hot in Herre" or "Ride wit Me"
  • Willie Nelson — "On the Road Again"
  • Nena — "99 Luftballons" (99 Red Balloons)
  • Neon Trees — "Animal" or "Everybody Talks"
  • Nephew — "Movie Klip"
  • Nerf Herder — "Van Halen" or the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme
  • Nero — "Promises" or "Me and You"
  • Neutral Milk Hotel — "In The Aero Plane Over The Sea" or "Holland, 1945"
  • Nevermore — "Believe in Nothing"
  • New Boyz — "You're A Jerk"
  • New Order — "Blue Monday" (available on Power, Corruption And Lies)
  • Newsted — "King of the Underdogs"
  • John Newman — "Love Me Again"
  • Randy Newman
  • New Medicine — "Race You to the Bottom"
  • Ne-Yo — "So Sick", "Miss Independent" or "Closer"
  • Nickelback — "How You Remind Me" or "Someday"
  • Nico & Vinz — "Am I Wrong?"
  • Night Ranger — "Sister Christian"
  • Nightwish — "Wish I Had an Angel" or "End of All Hope"
  • Nine Days — "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"
  • Nine Inch Nails — "Closer", from The Downward Spiral
  • Ninja Sex Party — "Dinosaur Laser Fight" or "Dragon Slayer"
    • Starbomb — "Luigi's Ballad" or "It's Dangerous To Go Alone"
  • Nirvana — "Smells Like Teen Spirit", from Nevermind
  • The Nixons — "Sister"
  • No Address — "Sadie (When I'm Gone)"
  • Nobuo Uematsu — "One Winged Angel"
  • No Doubt — "Don't Speak" or "Just A Girl"
    • Gwen Stefani — "Hollaback Girl", with "The Sweet Escape" being a close second
  • NOFX — "Don't Call Me White"
  • Nokturnal Mortum — "Perun's Celestial Silver"
  • Klaus Nomi — "Total Eclipse"
  • NONONO - "Pumpin' Blood"
  • Nonpoint — "Bullet with a Name"
  • Noisia — "Machine Gun"
  • The Notorious BIG — "Juicy", "Hypnotize", or "Mo Money Mo Problems"
  • *NSYNC — "Bye Bye Bye", though "It's Gonna Be Me" was their only #1 hit.
  • Ted Nugent — "Cat Scratch Fever"
  • Gary Numan — "Cars"
  • Paolo Nutini — "New Shoes"
  • NWA — "Straight Outta Compton" or "Fuck Tha Police" from Straight Outta Compton.
  • O-Town — "All Or Nothing"
  • O-Zone — "Dragostea Din Tei" (the "Numa Numa" song)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys — "Elvira"
  • OAR — "Love and Memories" or "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)"
  • Oasis — "Wonderwall"
  • Oberhofer — "Away Frm U"
  • Frank Ocean — "Thinkin' Bout You" or "Pyramids"
  • Ocean Colour Scene — "The Riverboat Song"
  • Colby O'Donis — "What You Got" (although he is probably better known as the featured vocalist on Lady Gaga's "Just Dance")
  • Of Mice & Men — "Second and Sebring"
  • Of Monsters And Men — "Little Talks"
  • Jacques Offenbach — "Galop Infernal" from "Orphée aux enfers", probably better known to most people as the "Can-Can".
  • The Offspring — "Pretty Fly For A White Guy", "Come Out and Play" or "Self Esteem". "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" fits for their later work.
  • The Ohio Players — "Love Rollercoaster" or "Fire"
  • Oingo Boingo — "Dead Man's Party" or "Weird Science"
  • The O'Jays — "Love Train"
  • OK Go — "Here It Goes Again"
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard — "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" or "Brooklyn Zoo"
  • Old Crow Medicine Show — "Wagon Wheel"
  • Oleander — "Why I'm Here"
  • Omarion — "Ice Box" or "Post To Be"
  • OMI — "Cheerleader" (specifically the Felix Jaehn remix)
  • Alexander O'Neal — "Fake"
  • One Direction — "What Makes You Beautiful" or "Best Song Ever"
  • One OK Rock — "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer"
  • OneRepublic — Previously "Apologize", but now "Counting Stars"
  • Onesidezero — "New World Order"
  • One Way — "Cutie Pie"
  • Operation Ivy — "Knowledge" or "Unity"
  • Operator — "Soulcrusher"
  • Opeth — "The Drapery Falls"
  • Rita Ora — "How We Do (Party)" or "I Will Never Let You Down" in the U.S., although "R.I.P." is also a candidate in the UK.
  • Orbital — "Halcyon" or "Chime"
  • Carl Orff — "O Fortuna"
  • Orianthi — "According To You"
  • The Orion Experience — "Obsessed With You" or "Queen of White Lies"
  • The Osmonds — "One Bad Apple"
  • Our Lady Peace — "Somewhere Out There" and "Clumsy"
  • OutKast — "B.O.B." or "Ms. Jackson" to the urban/hip-hop community, "Hey Ya!" to pop audiences
  • The Outlaws — "Green Grass and High Tides"
  • Outasight — "Tonight Is The Night"
  • Jeffery Osbourne — "You Should Be Mine (The Woo-Woo song)"
  • Ozzy Osbourne — "Crazy Train"
  • Overkill — "Hello from the Gutter"
  • Jake Owen — "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
  • Owl City — "Fireflies"

    P-Q 
  • Johann Pachelbel — "Canon in D Major", informally known as "Pachelbel's Canon"
  • Pain — "Follow Me" or "Shut Your Mouth"
  • Pain Of Salvation — "Ashes"
  • Brad Paisley — "Mud on the Tires" or "Accidental Racist"
  • Amanda Palmer — "Leeds United" or "Oasis"
  • Robert Palmer — "Addicted to Love" or "Simply Irresistible"
  • Panic! at the Disco — "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies"
  • Pantera — "Cowboys from Hell"
  • Papa Roach — Initially "Last Resort", later "Scars" but has since gone back to being "Last Resort."
  • Paper Tongues — "Ride To California"
  • Paradise Lost — "As I Die"
  • Paramore
    • Older work: "Misery Business"
    • Newer material: "Still Into You" or "Ain't It Fun"
  • Ray Parker Jr. — "Ghostbusters"
  • Parliament — "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" (from Mothership Connection)
  • Dolly Parton — "Jolene"
  • Passenger — "Let Her Go"
  • Passion Pit — "Sleepyhead" or "Take a Walk"
  • Sean Paul — "Temperature"
  • Pavement — "Cut Your Hair", "Summer Babe", or "Gold Soundz"
  • Pearl Jam — "Alive", "Jeremy" (from 10). (though "The Fixer" was their only Billboard #1)
  • Pendulum — Formerly "Slam", but now "Propane Nightmares"
  • Pennywise — "Fuck Authority"
  • Pentagram — "Forever My Queen" or "Living on a Ram's Head"
  • Periphery — "Icarus Lives"
  • Pepper — "No Control"
  • Perfume — "Polyrhythm," "Chocolate Disco"
  • Christina Perri — "Jar of Hearts" or "A Thousand Years"
  • Katy Perry — Hard to say, due to the sheer volume of well-known hits she's produced. Contenders include "Hot n' Cold", "I Kissed a Girl", "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream" "Firework", "E.T", "Roar" & "Dark Horse".
  • Pet Shop Boys — "West End Girls"
  • Peter, Bjorn and John — "Young Folks"
  • Peter, Paul & Mary — "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
  • Petey Pablo — "Raise Up"
  • Tom Petty — "Free Fallin'", "Runnin' Down a Dream", or "I Won't Back Down"
    • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — "Don't Do Me Like That"
  • Liz Phair — "Why Can't I"
  • Phantogram — "Fall in Love"
  • Phantom Planet — "California"
  • Pharrell — Previously "Frontin'", but now "Happy".
    • N.E.R.D. — "She Wants to Move" or "Rock Star".
  • Phish — "You Enjoy Myself"
  • Phil Phillips - "Sea of Love"
  • Phillip Phillips — "Home"
  • Phoenix — "1901"
  • Édith Piaf — "Non, je ne regrette rien"
  • The Pierces — "Secret"
  • The Pillows — "Little Busters"
  • P!nk — "Get the Party Started", "So What", or "Just Give Me A Reason"
  • Pink Floyd — "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" or "Comfortably Numb" (from The Wall), "Money" (from The Dark Side of the Moon) or possibly the title track of Wish You Were Here. Funny, considering the former is not representative of their sound.
  • Pitbull — "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," "Give Me Everything", "Feel This Moment", or "Timber"
  • The Pixies — "Where is My Mind?" (from Surfer Rosa), "Monkey Gone to Heaven", or "Debaser" (from Doolittle)
  • Pizzicato Five — "Baby Love Child"
  • Placebo — "Every You, Every Me"
  • Plain White T's — "Hey There Delilah"
  • Rachel Platten — "Fight Song"
  • Plies — "Bust It Baby, Pt.2"
  • Polaris — "Hey Sandy"
  • POD — "Youth of the Nation"
  • Poe — "Angry Johnny"
  • The Pogues — "Fairytale of New York"
  • Poison — "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
  • The Police — "Every Breath You Take" (from Synchronicity) "Don't Stand So Close to Me", or "King of Pain"
  • Amilcare Ponchielli — "Dance of the Hours"
  • Iggy Pop — "The Passenger" and "Lust For Life" (both from Lust For Life)
  • Pop Evil — "100 in a 55"
  • Pop Will Eat Itself — "Ich Bin Ein Auslander"
  • Porter Robinson — "Language" or "Sad Machine"
  • The Poppy Family — "Which Way You Goin', Billy?"
  • Mike Posner — "Cooler Than Me"
  • Possessed — "The Exorcist" or "Death Metal"
  • The Postal Service — "Such Great Heights"
  • Portishead— "Glory Box" or "Sour Times" (both from Dummy)
  • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — "Paris (Ooh La La)"
  • Powderfinger — "My Happiness" or "These Days"
  • Powerman 5000 — "When Worlds Collide"
  • Daniel Powter — "Bad Day"
  • The Presidents of the United States of America — "Lump"
  • Elvis Presley — "Heartbreak Hotel", "Jailhouse Rock", "A Little Less Conversation", or "Hound Dog"
  • The Pretenders — "Brass in Pocket"
  • The Pretty Reckless — Previously "Make Me Wanna Die", but now "Heaven Knows"
  • Pretty Ricky — "Grind On Me"
    • Pleasure P — "Did You Wrong"
  • PRTY H 3 RO — "Life of the PRTY"
  • Primal Scream — "Loaded"
  • Primordial — "The Coffin Ships"
  • Primus — "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" or "My Name is Mud"
  • Prince — "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry" (from Purple Rain)
  • Pretty Lights — "Hot Like Dimes"
  • The Proclaimers — "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
  • The Prodigy — "Firestarter," "Breathe" (both from The Fat Of The Land) or "Omen"
  • Prong — "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck"
  • Propellerheads — "Spybreak!"
  • The Protomen — "Light Up the Night"
  • PSY — "Gangnam Style" internationally, although in his native South Korea this is debatable.
  • Public Enemy — "Fight the Power" (from Fear Of A Black Planet)
  • Puddle of Mudd — "Blurry"
  • Tito Puente — "Oye Como Va"
  • Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy — "I'll Be Missing You"
    • Diddy-Dirty Money — "Coming Home"
  • Alla Pugacheva — "Harlequin," "Million Scarlet Roses," or "This World"
  • Pulp — "Common People"
  • Big Pun — "Still Not A Player"
  • Puscifer — "Rev 22:20" or "Momma Sed"
  • Purple Ribbon All-Stars — "Kryptonite (I'm On It)"
  • Charlie Puth — "Marvin Gaye" (although his appearance on Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" is probably better-known overall)
  • Quad City DJ's — "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" or "Space Jam"
  • Quarashi — "Stick 'Em Up"
  • Queen — "Bohemian Rhapsody" from A Night at the Opera, "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions" (both from News Of The World) or "Another One Bites the Dust" from The Game
  • Queens of the Stone Age — "No One Knows" from Songs for the Deaf
  • Queensrÿche — "Silent Lucidity"
  • Question Mark & the Mysterians — "96 Tears"
  • Quiet Riot — "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" or "Cum on Feel the Noize"

    R 

    S 
  • Sabaton — "Primo Victoria"
  • Sacramentum — "Fog's Kiss"
  • SafetySuit — "Stay"
  • Sage the Gemini — "Gas Pedal"
  • Sak Noel — "Loca People (WTF)"
  • Saliva — "Click Click Boom" or "Ladies and Gentlemen"
  • Salt-n-Pepa — "Push It"
  • Sam and The Womp — "Bom Bom"
  • Sanctuary — "Battle Angels"
  • Emeli Sande — "Heaven" in the UK, "Next to Me" in the US
  • Santana (pre-comeback) — "Black Magic Woman" (from Abraxas)
    • Santana (post-comeback) — "Smooth" (shared with Rob Thomas).
  • Juelz Santana — "There It Go! (The Whistle Song)"
  • Saosin — "You're Not Alone" or "Seven Years"
  • Marvin Sapp — "Never Would Have Made It"
  • Joe Satriani — "Surfing with the Alien" or "Satch Boogie"
  • Savage Garden — "Truly, Madly, Deeply".
  • Savatage — "Hall of the Mountain King"
  • Saves the Day — "Freakish"
  • Saving Abel — "Addicted"
  • Saving Jane — "Girl Next Door"
  • Say Anything — "Wow, I Can Be Sexual Too"
  • Saxon — "Princess of the Night" or "Denim and Leather"
  • Scar Symmetry - "Morphogenesis"
  • Scary Kids Scaring Kids — "My Darkest Hour"
  • Scatman John — "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)"
  • Peter Schilling — "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
  • Schoolboy Q — "Collard Greens"
  • Franz Schubert — His Eighth "Unfinished" Symphony or the "Trout Quintet"
  • S Club 7 — "Reach"
  • Scissor Sisters — "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" or "I Can't Decide"
  • Scorpions — "Rock You Like A Hurricane"
  • Jill Scott — "A Long Walk"
  • Scratch Acid — "Cannibal"
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins — "I Put a Spell on You"
  • Screaming Trees — "Nearly Lost You"
  • The Script — "Breakeven" or "The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
  • Seal — "Kiss From A Rose"
  • Jay Sean — "Down"
  • Seaweed — "Losing Skin" or "Go your own way"
  • Sebadoh — "Rebound"
  • Neil Sedaka — "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" or "Oh! Carol"
  • The Seeds — "Pushin' Too Hard"
  • Seether — "Broken" to casual listeners, "Fake It" to rock fans
  • Bob Seger"Old Time Rock and Roll"
  • Semisonic — "Closing Time"
  • Sepultura — "Roots Bloody Roots" or "Refuse/Resist"
  • Sevendust — "Denial"
  • Seven Mary Three — "Cumbersome"
  • Sex Pistols — "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save The Queen" (from Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols)
  • Shaggy — "Angel" or "It Wasn't Me"
  • Shai — "If I Ever Fall In Love Again"
  • Shakira — "Hips Don't Lie"
  • Tupac Shakur — "California Love"
  • Shalamar — "The Second Time Around"
    • Howard Hewett — "I'm For Real" or "Say Amen"
  • Shaman's Harvest — "Dragonfly" or "Dirty Diana" to rock audiences; "Broken Dreams" to wrestling fans
  • Tyler Shaw — "Kiss Goodnight"
  • William Shatner — His covers of "Common People" or "Rocket Man"
  • Shawnna — "Gettin' Some" or her verse on Disturbin' Tha Peace's gang cut "Get The Fuck Back"
  • Ed Sheeran — Previously "The A Team", then "Sing" and "Don't", but now "Thinking Out Loud"
  • Blake Shelton — "God Gave Me You" or "Boys Round Here"
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd — "Blue on Black"
  • Sheppard — "Geronimo"
  • Allan Sherman — "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"
  • SHINee — "Lucifer"
  • Shinedown — "Save Me" or "Second Chance" to rock fans, the latter indisputably to pop listeners.
  • The Shins — "New Slang"
  • The Shondells — "Crimson & Clover"
  • Shop Boyz — "Party Like A Rock Star"
  • Howard Shore — The "Lord of the Rings" theme
  • Short Stack — "Sweet December"
  • Bobby Shmurda — "Hot Nigga (Hot Girl)"
  • Shout Out Louds — "My Friend and the Ink on his Fingers"
  • Shriekback — "My Spine is the Baseline"
  • Shy FX — "Original Nuttah"
  • Sia — Previously "Breathe Me", but now "Chandelier". "Titanium" is also considered this in the public's mind, even though it is officially a David Guetta song.
  • Sick Puppies — "You're Going Down"
  • Silencer — "Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels" or "Death - Pierce Me"
  • Silento — "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"
  • The Silent Comedy — "Bartholomew"
  • Silk — "Freak Me" or "Girl U For Me"
  • Silverchair — "Tomorrow"
  • Silversun Pickups — "Lazy Eye" or "Panic Switch"
  • Silvertide — "Ain't Comin' Home"
  • Paul Simon — "You Can Call Me Al" (from Graceland)
  • Carly Simon — "You're So Vain"
  • Simple Minds — "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
  • Simple Plan — "Perfect" or "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)"
  • Simply Red — "Holding Back the Years" and "Stars"
  • Cody Simpson — "iYiYi"
  • Sigur Ros — "Hoppípolla" or "The Rains of Castamere"
  • Frank Sinatra — "My Way" (from My Way) or "New York, New York"
  • Nancy Sinatra — "These Boots Are Made For Walkin"'
  • Since October — "Guilty"
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees — "Hong Kong Garden" or "Cities In Dust"
  • Sir Mix--A-Lot — "Baby Got Back"
  • Sister Sledge — "We Are Family"
  • Sisters of Mercy — "This Corrosion"
  • Troye Sivan — "Happy Little Pill"
  • Six Feet Under — "Amerika the Brutal" or "One Bullet Left"
  • Sixpence None The Richer — "Kiss Me"
  • Sixx: A.M. — "Life is Beautiful"
  • Skee-Lo — "I Wish"
  • Skid Row — "18 and Life"
  • Skillet — "Hero", "Monster" or "Awake and Alive"
  • Skindred — "Nobody"
  • Skinny Puppy — "Assimilate"
  • Skin Yard — "Hallowed Ground", "The Birds"
  • Skrillex — "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" or "Bangarang"
  • Skunk Anansie — "Twisted (Everyday Hurts)" or "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)"
  • Skycyle — "It's Terror Time Again"
  • Slade — "Cum on Feel the Noize"
  • Slayer — "Raining Blood", "Angel of Death" (both from Reign In Blood)
  • Sleep — "Dragonaut" or "Dopesmoker"
  • Sleeping with Sirens — "If i'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" or "If You Can't Hang"
  • Sleigh Bells — "Infinity Guitars" or "Bitter Rivals"
  • Slightly Stoopid — "Closer to the Sun"
  • Slipknot — "Psychosocial"
    • Stone Sour — "Through Glass"
  • Sloan - "Money City Maniacs"
  • Stone Temple Pilots — "Interstate Love Song", possibly tied with "Plush"
  • Sly And The Family Stone — "Everyday People" (from Stand!)
  • The Small Faces — "Itchycoo Park"
  • Smash Mouth — "All Star", though "Walkin' on the Sun" and their cover of "I'm A Believer" aren't far off.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins — "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" or "Today" (from Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)
  • smile.dk — "Butterfly"
  • Smile Empty Soul — "Bottom of a Bottle"
  • Canaan Smith — "Love You Like That"
  • Elliott Smith — "Miss Misery"
  • Patti Smith — "Gloria" (from Horses)
  • Sam Smith — "Money on My Mind" or "Stay With Me" in the UK, "Stay With Me" or "I'm Not the Only One" in the U.S.
  • Will Smith — "Men In Black" or "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
  • The Smiths — "How Soon Is Now?" or "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (from The Queen Is Dead)
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles — "The Tears of a Clown"
  • Snap! — "The Power" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
  • Snoop Dogg — "Gin and Juice" or "Drop it Like It's Hot"
  • Snow — "Informer"
  • Snow Patrol — "Chasing Cars"
  • Socialburn — "Down"
  • Social Distortion — "Ball and Chain", "I Was Wrong," or "Story of My Life"
  • Sodom — "Agent Orange"
  • Soft Cell — "Tainted Love"
  • SoKo — "We Could Be Dead By Tomorrow"
  • Soil — "Redefine"
  • The Solids — "Hey Beautiful"
  • Martin Solveig — "Hello". Ditto for Dragonette.
  • Something Corporate — "Konstantine"
  • Sonata Arctica — "Full Moon"
  • Sonic Youth — "Teenage Riot" (from Daydream Nation) or "Kool Thing" (from Goo)
  • The Sonics — "Strychnine"
  • Sonny and Cher — "I Got You, Babe"
  • Sophie & Magaly — "Le Papa Pingouin"
  • Soul Asylum — "Runaway Train"
  • Soul Coughing — "Circles"
  • Soul Embraced — "My Tourniquet"
  • Soulja Boy Tell 'Em — "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
  • Soundgarden — "Black Hole Sun"
  • Soup Dragons — "I'm Free" or "Divine Thing"; the latter did chart higher than the former in the US, but is mostly recognized in the UK.
  • John Philip Sousa — "Stars and Stripes Forever"
  • Space — "Female of the Species"
  • Spandau Ballet — "True"
  • Sparks — "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
  • Bubba Sparxxx — "Ms. New Booty"
  • Tommy Sparks — "She's Got Me Dancing"
  • Britney Spears:
    • Older work: "...Baby One More Time", "Oops!... I Did It Again" or "Toxic"
    • Newer material: "Womanizer", "Hold It Against Me", or "Work Bitch"
  • The Specials — "A Message to You, Rudy"
  • Regina Spektor — "Fidelity" to her older fans; "You've Got Time" to younger audiences.
  • Spice Girls — "Wannabe"
  • Spin Doctors — "Two Princes"
  • Spinners — "Working My Way Back To You"
  • Split Enz — "I Got You"
  • Sponge — "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)"
  • Rick Springfield — "Jessie's Girl"
  • Bruce Springsteen — "Born in the USA" (from Born In The USA) or "Born to Run" (from Born To Run)
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers — "Hell"
  • Squeeze — "Tempted", "Cool for Cats"
  • SR-71 — "Right Now"
  • Rae Sremmurd — "No Flex Zone"
  • Staind — "It's Been Awhile"
  • Alexandra Stan — "Mr. Saxobeat"
  • The Standells — "Dirty Water"
  • The Staple Singers — "I'll Take You There"
  • Starcastle — "Lady of the Lake"
  • Starflyer 59 — "No New Kinda Story"
  • Starland Vocal Band — "Afternoon Delight"
  • Edwin Starr — "War"
  • Jefferson Starship — "We Built This City", "Sara" or "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • State of Shock — "Money Honey"
  • Static-X — "Push It" or "The Only"
  • Stealers Wheel — "Stuck in the Middle With You"
  • Steam Powered Giraffe — "Honeybee"
  • Steely Dan — "Reelin' in the Years" from "Can't Buy A Thrill".
  • Stephen Sondheim — "Send in the Clowns"
  • Stephen Stills — "Love the One You're With"
  • Steppenwolf — "Born to Be Wild"
  • Steps — "5, 6, 7, 8".
  • Stereo M Cs — "Connected"
  • Stereomud — "Pain"
  • Stereophonics — "Dakota"
  • Stereos — "Butterflies" or "Turn it Up"
  • Cat Stevens — "Peace Train"
  • Rod Stewart — "Maggie May"
  • Stiff Little Fingers — "Alternative Ulster"
  • Curtis Stigers — "I Wonder Why" to older audiences, "This Life" to younger ones.
  • Stephen Stills — "Love the One You're With"
  • Lindsey Stirling — "Crystallize" or "Shatter Me"
  • The Stone Roses — "One Love", "Fool's Gold" or "I Wanna Be Adored"
  • Stone Temple Pilots — "Interstate Love Song"
  • The Stooges — "Search and Destroy" (from Raw Power) and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (from The Stooges)
  • Story of the Year — "Until The Day I Die"
  • The Story so Far — "Quicksand"
  • The Stranglers — "Golden Brown" or "Peaches"
  • Stratovarius — "Black Diamond"
  • Igor StravinskyThe Rite of Spring, The Firebird
  • Johann Strauss — "Blue Danube"
  • Richard Strauss — "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
  • The Strawbs — "Part of the Union"
  • Streetlight Manifesto — "A Better Place, a Better Time"
  • The Strokes — "Last Nite"
  • Stromae — "Alors on danse"
  • Styx — "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", or "Mr. Roboto"
  • Sublime — "Santeria" or "What I Got"
  • Submersed — "Hollow"
  • Suede — "Animal Nitrate" or "So Young"
  • Music/{{Suffacation" — "Jesus Wept," "Liege of Inveracity", "Infecting the Crypts", "Pierced from Within", or "Thrones of Blood"
  • Sufjan Stevens — "Chicago"
  • Sugababes — "Round Round"
  • Sugarland — "Stuck Like Glue"
  • Sugarloaf — "Green-Eyed Lady"
  • Sugar Ray — "Fly," or "Every Morning."
  • The Sugarhill Gang — "Rapper's Delight"
  • Suicidal Tendencies — "Institutionalized"
  • Music/Suicide — "Ghost Rider"
  • Suicide Silence — "Wake Up"
  • Jazmine Sullivan — "Need U Bad"
  • Sum 41 — "Fat Lip" or "Still Waiting"
  • Sunny Day Real Estate — "Seven"
  • Super Junior — "Sorry, Sorry", "Superman" and "Mr. Simple"
  • Supertramp — "The Logical Song" (from Breakfast In America)
  • The Supremes — "Stop! In the Name of Love"
  • Surface — "The First Time"
  • Survivor — "Eye of the Tiger"
  • Swans — "I Crawled"
    • Newer fans will think it's "A Little God in my Hands" or "The Seer"
  • Keith Sweat — "I Want Her" or "Twisted"
  • Swedish House Mafia — "Don't You Worry Child"
  • Sweet — "Ballroom Blitz"
  • Skye Sweetnam — "Tangled Up In Me"
  • Taylor Swift:
    • "Love Story" or "You Belong With Me" for her earlier work
    • "We Are Never Getting Back Together" or "I Knew You Were Trouble" for her more recent material
    • "Shake It Off" or "Blank Space" after abandoning country completely.
  • Switchfoot — "Meant to Live" or "Dare You To Move"
  • Sybreed — "Bioactive"
  • System of a Down — "Chop Suey!" or "BYOB"
    • Serj Tankian — "Empty Walls"

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  • T. Rex — "Get it On (Bang a Gong)"
  • Taco — "Puttin' on the Ritz"
  • Take That — "Back For Good"
  • Taking Back Sunday — "MakeDamnSure" or "Cute Without the 'E'"
  • Billy Talent — "Surrender"
  • Talk Talk — "It's My Life"
  • Talking Heads — "Burning Down the House", "Psycho Killer" (from Talking Heads: 77), "Once in a Lifetime" (from Remain in Light)
  • Tame Impala — "Elephant" (from Innerspeaker), "Feels Like we Only go Backwards" (from Lonerism), and "Let it Happen" (from Currents)
  • Tantric — "Breakdown"
  • Taproot — "Poem"
  • Tarot — "Wings of Darkness"
  • Tatu — "All the Things She Said"
    • Lena Katina — "Never Forget"
    • Yulia Volkova— "Didn't Wanna Do It"
  • Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky — "The Nutcracker Suite" or "1812 Overture"
  • Tears For Fears — "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" or "Shout"
  • Tech N9ne — "Hood Go Crazy" to mainstream audiences, within the core community it's much harder to say.
  • Tegan & Sara — "Closer" or "Everything Is Awesome"
  • Michel Telo — "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
  • Tinie Tempah — "Written In The Stars"
  • Technotronic — "Pump Up The Jam"
  • Temple of the Dog — "Hunger Strike"
  • the Gazett E — "Reila", "Cassis"
  • The Temptations — "My Girl"
  • Temposhark — "Don't Mess With Me"
  • Tenacious D — "Tribute"
  • Testament — "The Legacy"
  • Texas — "Say What You Want"
  • Texas is the Reason — "Back and to the Left"
  • Theory of a Deadman — "Bad Girlfriend"
  • They Might Be Giants — "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" or "Particle Man" (both from Flood)
  • Robin Thicke — Previously "Lost Without U," but now easily "Blurred Lines"
  • Thin Lizzy — "The Boys Are Back In Town" in the United States, in their native Ireland it's debatable.
  • Third Eye Blind — "Semi-Charmed Life"
  • 30 Seconds to Mars — "The Kill" or "This is War"
  • Richard Thompson — "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
  • Thompson Square — "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?"
  • Thompson Twins — "Hold Me Now"
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers — "Bad to the Bone"
  • Thousand Foot Krutch — "War of Change"
  • Three Days Grace — "I Hate Everything About You"
  • Three Dog Night — "Joy to the World"
  • Three Six Mafia — "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp"
    • Juicy J — "Bandz Make Her Dance"
  • Thrice — "The Artist in the Ambulance" or "Image of the Invisible"
  • The Thrills — "Big Sur"
  • Thursday — "Understanding in a Car Crash"
  • T.I. — "Whatever You Like" ("Live Your Life" is more commonly associated with Rihanna)
  • Tïesto — "Red Lights"
  • Til Tuesday — "Voices Carry"
  • Timbaland — "The Way I Are"
  • Justin Timberlake — "SexyBack"
  • Timbuk3 — "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
  • Timmy Trumpet — "Freaks"
  • Tinashe — "2 On"
  • Tiny Tim — "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight"
  • TLC — "Waterfalls" or "No Scrubs"
  • T.M.Revolution — "Ignited"
  • TNT — "10,000 Lovers In One"
  • Toadies — "Possum Kingdom"
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — "All I Want"
  • Tokio Hotel — "Humanoid" or "Monsoon"
  • Tom Tom Club — "Genius of Love"
  • Tommy Tutone — "867-5309 (Jenny)"
  • Tone-Loc — "Wild Thing"
  • Tones On Tail — "Go!"
  • Tonetta — "Pressure Zone" or "Drugs Drugs Drugs"
  • Tonic — "If You Could Only See"
  • Tool — "Lateralus"
  • Toto — "Africa"
  • Toto Coelo — "I Eat Cannibals"
  • Tove Lo — "Habits (Stay High)"
  • Toxik — "Heart Attack"
  • T-Pain — "I'm 'n Luv (wit A Stripper)"
  • T'Pau — "China in Your Hand" in Europe, "Heart & Soul" in the U.S.
  • Traffic — "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
  • The Tragically Hip — "Little Bones"
  • Train (pre-hiatus) — "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)"
    • Train (post-hiatus) — "Hey, Soul Sister"
  • Meghan Trainor — "All About That Bass"
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra — "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24"
  • Trapt — "Headstrong"
  • The Trashmen — "Surfin' Bird"
  • The Traveling Wilburys — "Handle with Care"
  • Travis — "Sing''
  • Charles Trenet — "La Mer"
  • Trey Songz — "Say Aah"
  • A Tribe Called Quest — "Scenario", "Electric Relaxation" or "Bonita Applebaum"
  • Trick Trick — "Welcome To Detroit City"
  • The Triffids — "Wide Open Road"
  • Trillville — "Some Cut"
  • Triumph — "Lay It On The Line" or "Fight The Good Fight"
  • The Troggs — "Wild Thing"
  • Viktor Tsoi — "Gruppa krovi"
  • TRUSTCompany — "Downfall"
  • The Tubes — "She's a Beauty"
  • Tubeway Army — "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  • T Un E-Ya Rd S — "Water Fountain"
  • Turisas — "Stand Up and Fight"
  • KT Tunstall — "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" or "Suddenly I See"
  • Tina Turner — "What's Love Got To Do With It"
  • The Turtles — "Happy Together"
  • TV On The Radio — "Wolf Like Me"
  • Shania Twain — "Man! I Feel Like a Woman"
  • T-Wayne — "Nasty Freestyle"
  • Twenty One Pilots — "Tear In My Heart"
  • Twista — "Overnight Celebrity"
  • Twisted Sister — "We're Not Gonna Take It" or "I Wanna Rock"
  • Two Door Cinema Club — "Something Good Can Work"
  • Two Mix — "Just Communication"
  • Tycho — "Cascade"
  • Ty Dolla $ign — "Paranoid"
  • Tyga — "Rack City"
  • Tyketto — "Forever Young"
  • Tyler, The Creator — "Yonkers"
  • Bonnie Tyler — Tough call between "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Holding Out for a Hero". "Eclipse" was a massive hit upon release, being one of the best-selling singles of The '80s. However, "Hero" has been featured and referenced numerous times in media, so people born from The '90s onward are likely to be more familiar with it.
  • Type O Negative — "Black No. 1"

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  • U2 — "New Year's Day" or "With or Without You"
    • For their post-2000 output, "Beautiful Day"
  • UB40 — "Red Red Wine"
  • UGK — "Pocket Full Of Stones" Or "Diamonds & Wood"
  • Ultravox — "Vienna"
  • Uncle Kracker — "Follow Me" or "Drift Away"
  • Underoath — "Reinventing Your Exit"
  • The Undertones — "Teenage Kicks"
  • Carrie Underwood — "Before He Cheats"
  • Underworld — "Born Slippy Nuxx"
  • Under The Influence Of Giants — "Mama's Room"
  • Union J — "Carry You"
  • Keith Urban — "Somebody Like You"
  • The Urge — "Jump Right In" or "Too Much Stereo"
  • Uriah Heep — "Easy Livin'"
  • The Used — "All That I've Got" or "The Bird and the Worm"
  • Usher — "Yeah!"
  • Utada Hikaru — "First Love" or "Automatic". To her international audiences, "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary"
  • UVER World — "D-Technolife"
  • Steve Vai — "For the Love of God"
  • Ritchie Valens — "La Bamba".
  • The Vamps — "Can We Dance" in the UK, "Somebody to You" in the U.S.
  • Vampire Weekend — "A-Punk"
  • Luther Vandross — "Superstar", "Here And Now" or "Dance With My Father"
  • Vangelis — "Titles"
  • Van Halen — "Jump", "Hot for Teacher"
    • "Why Can't this be Love" for the Hagar years.
  • Van Morrison — "Brown-Eyed Girl" (from Astral Weeks)
  • Vanilla Ice — "Ice Ice Baby"
  • The Vaselines — "Son of a Gun" or "Molly's Lips"
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan — "Crossfire" or "Pride & Joy"
  • The Veer Union — "Seasons"
  • Suzanne Vega — "Tom's Diner" (thanks to its DNA remix). "Luka" is also a contender.
  • Velvet Revolver — "Slither"
  • Velvet Underground — "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Heroin", "I'm Waiting for the Man", or "Venus in Furs" (all from The Velvet Underground And Nico)
  • Venom — "Angel Dust" or "Witching Hour"
  • VENUS — "Wow Wow VENUS"
  • Versailles — "The Revenant Choir"
  • Veruca Salt — "Seether"
  • Vertical Horizon — "Everything You Want"
  • The Verve — "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
  • The Verve Pipe — "The Freshmen"
  • V.I.C. — "Get Silly"
  • Village People — "YMCA"
  • The Vines — "Get Free"
  • Violent Femmes — "Blister in the Sun"
  • Viper the Rapper — "You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack"
  • Vitamin C — "Graduation (Friends Forever)"
  • Vitamin Z — "Burning Flame"
  • Antonio Vivaldi — "The Four Seasons" (specifically, the first movement, "Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) Allegro")
  • Volbeat — "A Warrior's Call" or "Still Counting"
  • Vonray — "Inside Out"
  • Vladimir Vysotsky — "Song About a Friend"

    W-Z 
  • Richard Wagner — "The Ride of the Valkyries"
  • Tom Waits — "Downtown Train" from Rain Dogs and "Martha" from Closing Time.
  • Waka Flocka Flame — "No Hands" or "Hard In The Paint"
  • Waking The Cadaver - "Chased Through The Woods By A Rapist", in that it perfectly exemplifies every criticism against them, as well as giving the world the "I LIKE SHREDDED WHEAT" meme.
  • Wale — "Bag Of Money" or "Bad"
  • Walk Off The Earth — "Red Hands" or their cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know"
  • Walk the Moon — Previously "Anna Sun", but now far and away "Shut Up and Dance"
  • The Wallflowers — "One Headlight"
  • Wallpaper — "Best Song Everr"
  • Wang Chung — "Dance Hall Days" in the UK, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" in the U.S.
  • The Wanted — "All Time Low" in the UK, "Glad You Came" in the U.S.
  • War — "Low Rider"
  • Warlock — "All We Are"
  • Warrant — "Cherry Pie"—despite the major Creator Backlash
  • Warren G — "Regulate"
  • Was (Not Was) — "Walk the Dinosaur"
  • The Waterboys — "The Whole of the Moon"
  • Roger Waters — "The Tide Is Turning"
  • Wavves — "Nine is God"
  • Wax — "California"
  • The Weather Girls — "It's Raining Men"
  • Weather Report — "Birdland"
  • Ryn Weaver — "OctaHate"
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber — "The Phantom of the Opera," "Memory," or "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina"
  • Webbie — "Independent"
  • The Weeknd"Earned It" or "Can't Feel My Face"
  • Ween — "Ocean Man", "You Fucked Up", "Transdermal Celebration" or "Buckingham Green"
  • Weezer — Originally "Buddy Holly" or "Say It Ain't So", then "Beverly Hills". Later, it became "Buddy Holly" or "Say It Ain't So" again.
  • Wesley Willis — "Rock & Roll McDonald's"
  • Kanye West — "Gold Digger" or "Stronger"
    • GOOD Music — "Clique"
  • Westlife — "Swear It Again"
  • Westside Connection — "Bow Down"
  • Wham! — "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or "Careless Whisperer"
  • Wheatus — "Teenage Dirtbag"
  • The Whispers — "Rock Steady"
  • Barry White — "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"
  • Watt White — "Radio"
  • White Rabbits — "Percussion Gun"
  • Whitesnake — "Here I Go Again"
  • The White Stripes — "Seven Nation Army" from Elephant.
  • White Zombie — "More Human Than Human"
  • The Who — "My Generation" from My Generation or "Baba O'Riley", from Who's Next
    • Pete Townshend — "Let My Love Open The Door"
  • Whodini — "Friends" or "The Freaks Come Out At Night"
  • Wilco — "Jesus, Etc."
  • David Wilcox — "Eye of the Hurricane"
  • Wild Cherry — "Play That Funky Music"
  • Eugene Wilde — "Gotta Get You Home Tonight"
  • Kim Wilde — "Kids In America"
  • Andy Williams — "Moon River" (to the point he named his theater in Branson after it)
  • Hank Williams, Jr. — "Monday Night Football" theme, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
  • John Williams — The "Star Wars" theme
  • Nikki Williams — "Glowing"
  • Robbie Williams — "Angels"
  • Brian Wilson — "Love And Mercy"
  • Gretchen Wilson — "Redneck Woman"
  • Amy Winehouse — "Rehab", "Back to Black" (from Back to Black) or "Valerie" depending on the countries.
  • Wings — "Band On The Run" or "Live And Let Die"
  • Steve Winwood — "Higher Love"
  • Bill Withers — "Lean On Me"
  • Within Temptation — "Ice Queen", "What Have You Done?" or "Stand My Ground"
  • Andrew W.K. — "Party Hard"
  • Wolfmother — "Woman" or "Joker & the Thief"
  • Wu-Tang Clan — "Triumph", "C.R.E.A.M." or "Protect Ya Neck"
  • Lee Ann Womack — "I Hope You Dance"
  • The Wonder Years — "Passing through a Screen Door"
  • Stevie Wonder — "Superstition" from Talking Book
  • Faye Wong — "Eyes On Me"
  • Henry Clay Work — "Marching Through Georgia" or "My Grandfather's Clock"
  • Bill Wyman — "A New Fashion", "Come Back Suzanne" or "(Si, Si) Je Suis un Rockstar"
  • Tammy Wynette — "Stand By Your Man"
  • X — "Los Angeles" or "We're Desperate"
  • X Ambassadors — Originally "Jungle" but now "Renegades."
  • X Japan — "Art of Life" or "Kurenai"
  • The X-Ecutioners — "It's Goin' Down"
  • XTC — "Dear God" in the U.S., "Making Plans for Nigel" or "Senses Working Overtime" everywhere else.
  • xi — "FREEDOM DiVE↓"
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic — "White and Nerdy", "Eat It", "Word Crimes"
  • Wye Oak — "Civilian"
  • The Yardbirds — "For Your Love"
  • YC — "Racks"
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Maps"
  • Yelawolf — "Pop The Trunk"
  • Yellowcard — "Ocean Avenue"
  • Yes — "Owner of a Lonely Heart", "Roundabout"
  • Ylvis — "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)"
  • Yo Gotti — "Women Lie, Men Lie"
  • Yoko Kanno — "Tank"
  • Yothu Yindi — "Treaty"
  • Neil Young — "Old Man" or "Heart Of Gold"
  • Young Empires — "White Doves"
  • Young MC — "Bust a Move"
  • Young The Giant — "Cough Syrup", or "My Body"
  • The Youngbloods — "Get Together"
  • Youngblood Hawke — "We Come Running"
  • Young Dro — "Shoulder Lean"
  • Young Jeezy — "I Put On"
  • Yung Berg — "Sexy Lady"
  • Yung Joc — "It's Goin' Down"
  • Zapp — "More Bounce To The Ounce"
  • Frank Zappa — "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" (from Over-Nite Sensation), "Peaches En Regalia" (from Hot Rats) and in Europe: "Bobby Brown Goes Down" (from Sheik Yerbouti).
  • Zedd — "Clarity"
  • Warren Zevon — "Werewolves of London"
  • Hans Zimmer — "He's A Pirate"
  • The Zombies — "Time Of The Season" (from Odessey And Oracle) or "She's Not There" (from Begin Here)
  • Tay Zonday — "Chocolate Rain"
  • The Zutons — "Valerie"
  • Zwei — "Dragon"
  • ZZ Top — "La Grange" or "Sharp Dressed Man"

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  • Portuguese television service NOS uses Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" for all of their advertisements.

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