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  • +44 — "When Your Heart Stops Beating"
  • 10 Years — "Wasteland"
  • 10cc - "I'm Not In Love" and "Dreadlock Holiday"
  • 12 Stones — "We Are One" or "Broken"; however, the most famous song that the band was ever involved in by far is lead singer Paul McCoy in "Bring Me to Life"
  • The 13th Floor Elevators — "You're Gonna Miss Me"
  • 16 Horsepower — "Black Soul Choir"
  • 21 Savage — "X" or "Bank Account"
  • 2Cellos — "Smooth Criminal"
  • 2 Chainz — "Birthday Song" or "I'm Different"
  • 2 Live Crew — "Me So Horny"
  • 2 Unlimited — "No Limit" in Europe, "Get Ready For This" in North America
  • 20 Fingers — “Short Dick Man”
  • 2NE1 — "I Am The Best"
  • 311 — "Down" or "Amber"
  • Three Days Grace — "I Hate Everything About You" or "Just Like You"
  • 3 Doors Down — "Kryptonite", with "Here Without You" as a close second.
  • 3 Inches Of Blood — "Deadly Sinners" or "Destroy the Orcs"
  • 3OH!3 — "Don't Trust Me"
  • 38 Special — "Hold On Loosely" or "Caught Up In You"
  • The 411 — "On My Knees"
  • 4 Non Blondes — "What's Up?"
  • 5ive — "Keep On Movin'".
  • John 5 — "Black Widow of La Porte"
  • 5 Seconds of Summer — "She Looks So Perfect" for their pop-punk days, "Youngblood" for their most recent material (and probably overall).
  • 50 Cent — "In Da Club" or "Candy Shop"
  • The 5th Dimension — "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
  • 65daysofstatic — "Radio Protector"
  • 69 Boyz — "Tootsie Roll"
  • 6ix9ine — "Fefe"
  • 808 State — "Pacific 202"
  • The 88 — "At Least It Was Here"
  • 8ball & MJG — "Space Age Pimpin"
  • The 1975 — "Chocolate", "Love Me" and "The Sound" are becoming contenders.
  • 911 — "Love Sensation"
  • 98 Degrees — "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)"
    • Nick Lachey — "What's Left of Me"

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  • A1 — "Same Old Brand New You"
  • Aaliyah"Are You That Somebody", "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 — By album:
    • TNT — "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" 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. The title track is another contender.
    • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap — The title track.
    • Highway to Hell — "Highway to Hell" is regarded as Bon Scott's signature song in America.
    • Back in Black — "Back in Black", which is Brian Johnson's signature song in America, or "You Shook Me All Night Long"
    • The Razors Edge — "Thunderstruck", considered Brian Johnson's signature song in Australia
  • Accept — "Balls to the Wall"
  • Ace Hood — "Bugatti"
  • Ace of Base — "The Sign"
  • Action Bronson — “Baby Blue”
  • Adam and the Ants — "Prince Charming"
  • Bryan Adams — "Summer of '69", "Heaven" or "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
  • Adele — "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You", "Set Fire to the Rain" or "Hello"
  • Adelitas Way — "Sick"
  • Adema — "Giving In"
  • A Day to Remember — "All I Want"
  • Aero Chord — "Surface"
  • Aerosmith — "Dream On", "Walk This Way" (shared with Run–D.M.C.), and "Sweet Emotion" for their earlier work, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for their later years
  • Aesop Rock — "Daylight" or "None Shall Pass"
  • Afghan Whigs — "Debonair"
  • AFI — "Prelude 12-21/Miss Murder" (or "God Called In Sick Today" for older fans)
  • 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" or "Colt 45"
  • After 7 — "Ready or Not" and "Can't Stop"
  • The Afters — "Light Up the Sky" or “Broken Hallelujah overall; “Beautiful Love” for MTV fans.
  • Age Against the Machine — "Get on Your Knees"
  • Agent Orange — "Bloodstains"
  • Christina Aguilera — "Beautiful" or "Genie In A Bottle"
  • aha — "Take On Me"
  • 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", "Weak", "Sober Up", or "Burn The House Down"
  • Akon — "I Wanna Love You"
  • Alabama 3 — "Woke Up this Morning"
  • The Alan Parsons Project — "Eye in the Sky". Or, to fans of various sports teams and figures, especially the Chicago Bulls and Ricky Steamboat, its instrumental lead-in "Sirius".
  • Hans Albers — "La Paloma" and "Auf der Reeperbahn Nachts um halb Eins"
  • Jason Aldean — "Dirt Road Anthem"
  • Alesso — "Heroes (We Could Be)" (although associated more with Tove Lo)
  • AlestormYou Are a Pirate
  • Alexisonfire — "This Could Be Anywhere in the World"
  • Alice in Chains — "Man in the Box", "Would", or "Rooster"
    • Post-Layne Staley: "Check my Brain" or "Hollow"
    • Jerry Cantrell: "Cut You In" or "Anger Rising"
  • Alien Ant Farm — Their cover of "Smooth Criminal"
  • Alkaline Trio — "Calling All Skeletons" (or "Time to Waste" for older fans)
  • Lily Allen — "Smile", "Fuck You".
  • All Levels at Once — "Flutershy's Lament" or "Pony Should Pony Pony"
  • All Saints — "Never Ever" and "Pure Shores".
  • All That Remains — By album:
    • This Darkened Heart — The title track.
    • The Fall of Ideals — "This Calling"
    • Overcome — "Two Weeks"
    • For We Are Many — "The Last Time"
    • A War You Cannot Win — "What If I Was Nothing"
    • The Order of Things — "This Probably Won't End Well"
    • Madness — "The Thunder Rolls"
    • Overall: "Two Weeks"
  • All Time Low — "Dear Maria, Count Me In"
  • The All-American Rejects — "Gives You Hell", "Swing Swing" and "Dirty Little Secret".
    • Tyson Ritter — "Air"
  • The Allman Brothers Band — "Whipping Post", "Midnight Rider, "Ramblin' Man", or "Jessica"
  • 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"
  • Alt-J — "Breezeblocks" and "Left Hand Free"
  • Alter Bridge — "Open Your Eyes" or "Rise Today" to rock fans; "Metalingus" to wrestling fans.
  • AlunaGeorge — "Attracting Flies" in the UK, "You Know You Like It"note  internationally
  • Amaranthe — "Drop Dead Cynical"
  • 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", "Left Outside Alone"
  • Anberlin — "Feel Good Drag"
  • And One — "Military Fashion Show"
  • Peter Andre — "Mysterious Girl"
  • 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"
  • Anggun — "Snow on the Sahara"
  • Animal Collective — "My Girls"
  • The Animals — "The House of the Rising Sun"
  • Anjulie — "Brand New Bitch" or "Stand Behind the Music"
  • Anne-Marie — "Friends" (shared with Marshmello) or "Rockabye" (shared with Clean Bandit). For songs exclusively associated with her, "2002" is probably the strongest contender.
  • Annihilator — "Alison Hell"
  • Another Animal — "Broken Again"
  • Another Level — "Freak Me"
  • Marc Anthony — "Viver Mi Vada" (Spanish), "You Sang to Me" or "I Need to Know" (English)
  • Anthrax — "Bring the Noise" or "Caught in a Mosh" for the Joey Belladonna years, "Only" 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 misattributed to Three Days Grace since 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 — "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" (from Whatever People Say I Am Thats What I Am Not) or "Do I Wanna Know?" in the UK; unquestionably the latter in the U.S.
  • 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"
  • AronChupa — "I'm An Albatraoz"
  • Arrested Development — "Tennessee"
  • Eduard Artemyev — "Siberiade" theme
  • James Arthur — "Say You Won't Let Go"
  • Shlomo Artzi — "At Va'ani"
  • A$AP Ferg — "Work", "Shabba", or "New Level"
  • A$AP Rocky — "Fuckin' Problems"
  • Ashanti — "Foolish"
  • Ashes Divide — "The Stone"
  • 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 — Initially either "Never Gonna Give You Up" or "Together Forever", but now indisputably the former.
  • At the Drive-In — "One-Armed Scissor"
  • At the Gates — "Blinded by Fear"
  • The Ataris — Their cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"
  • Athlete — "Wires"
  • Atlantic Starr — "Always"
  • Atmosphere — "Trying to Find a Balance"
  • Atomic Kitten — "Eternal Flame", "The Tide is High" or "Whole Again"
  • Atom Smash — "Do Her Wrong"
  • Atreyu — "Bleeding Mascara" or "Becoming The Bull"
  • Attack — "Ooa Hela Natten"
  • Attack Attack! — "Stick Stickly"
  • Attila — "About that Life"
  • Audioslave — "Like a Stone"
  • Augustana — "Boston"
  • The Automatic — "Monster" (from Torchwood among others)
  • Autopilot Off — "Clockwork" or "Make a Sound"
  • The Avalanches — "Frontier Psychiatrist"
  • Mickey Avalon — "My Dick"
  • Avantasia — "Dying for an Angel"
  • Avenged Sevenfold — By album:
    • Waking the Fallen: "Chapter Four"
    • City of Evil (and overall) — "Bat Country" or "Beast and the Harlot"
    • Avenged Sevenfold — "Almost Easy"
    • Nightmare — "Nightmare" or "So Far Away"
    • Hail to the King — "Hail to the King" or "Shepherd of Fire"
    • The Stage — The title track.
  • Avicii — "Levels" or "Wake Me Up!" to EDM audiences, unquestionably the latter to mainstream ones.
  • AWOLNATION — "Sail"
  • Axwell /\ Ingrosso — "Sun Is Shining"
  • Iggy Azalea — "Fancy"
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  • B.B. King — "The Thrill Is Gone"
  • B.o.B — "Airplanes" or "Nothin' On You" (although the former is just as much associated with Hayley Williams and and the latter almost universally with Bruno Mars, who sing their choruses).
  • 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"
  • BABYMETAL — "Gimme Chocolate!!"
  • 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", "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", and "As Long As You Love Me" are the contenders overall. By album:
    • Backstreet Boys — "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)"
    • Backstreet's Back — "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "As Long As You Love Me"
    • Millennium — "I Want It That Way", followed closely by "Larger Than Life"
    • Black & Blue — "Shape of My Heart"
    • Never Gone — "Incomplete"
    • Unbreakable — "Inconsolable"
    • This Is Us — "Straight Through My Heart"
    • In a World Like This — The title track
    • DNA — "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart"
  • 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" or “Seagulls! (Stop It Now)
  • Bad Religion — "American Jesus", "21st Century Digital Boy", or "Infected"
  • Badfinger — "No Matter What" and "Day After Day" in their heyday; "Baby Blue" more recently
  • Bad Wolves — "Zombie", with "Learn to Live" being a close second.
  • Erykah Badu — "Tyrone"
  • Joan Baez — "Diamonds & Rust"
  • Bag Raiders — Shooting Stars
  • Baha Men — "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
  • Anita Baker — "Sweet Love"
  • Josephine Baker — "J'ai deux amours"
  • Balance and Composure — "Quake"
  • Balkan Beat Box — "Hermetico"
  • Kelsea Ballerini — "Love Me Like You Mean It", "Dibs", or "Peter Pan"
  • 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, which was their original song, the advantage.
  • The Band — "The Weight" (from Music from Big Pink)
  • Band of Skulls — "Death by Diamonds and Pearls", "Light of the Morning" or "Himalayan"
  • 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"
  • Azealia Banks — "212"
  • 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"; with "King of Anything" or "Brave" as runners-up.
  • Barenaked Ladies — "One Week"
  • Jimmy Barnes — "Working Class Man"
  • Courtney Barnett — "Pedestrian At Best"
  • Syd Barrett — "See Emily Play" or "Astronomy Domine"(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 Carly Simon's version
  • Toni Basil — "Mickey"
  • Basement Jaxx — "Where's Your Head At?"
  • Bass Drum of Death — "Crawling After You"
  • Shirley Bassey — "Goldfinger"
  • Basshunter — "DotA"
  • Bastille — "Pompeii" in the U.S., although "Of the Night" is also a candidate in the UK. "Happier" can also count, although that’s primarily seen as Marshmello’s song.
  • Bat for Lashes — "Daniel"
  • Bathory — "A Fine Day to Die" or "One Rode to Asa Bay"
  • Battles — "Atlas"
  • Bauhaus — "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
  • James Bay - "Hold Back the River" or "Let It Go"
  • Bayside — "Devotion and Desire" or "Killing Time"
  • Bazzi — "Mine" or "Beautiful"
  • 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 — From their psychedelic era: "Good Vibrations" (from Smiley Smile) and "God Only Knows" (from Pet Sounds). From their "surf rock" era: "I Get Around" (from All Summer Long) and "California Girls" (from Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)).
  • Beartooth — Initially it was "In Between", but "Hated" later overtook it. However, this seems to have reversed over time and "In Between" is once again considered their signature.
  • Beat Happening — "Indian Summer"
  • The Beatles — Contenders include "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", A Hard Day's 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)
  • The Beautiful South — "Rotterdam"
  • Beck — "Loser" (from Mellow Gold)
  • Becky G — "Shower"
  • Daniel Bedingfield — "Gotta Get Through This" or "If You're Not The One"
  • Natasha Bedingfield — "Unwritten" or "Pocketful of Sunshine"
  • The Bee Gees — "Stayin' Alive" overall. By album:
    • Main Course — "Jive Talkin'"
    • Children of the World — "You Should Be Dancing"
    • Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack — "Stayin' Alive", with "Night Fever" and "How Deep is Your Love?" being other contenders.
    • Spirits Having Flown — "Tragedy"
    • Still Waters — "Alone"
  • 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"
  • The Bellamy Brothers — "Let Your Love Flow"
  • Belle and Sebastian — "The Boy with the Arab Strap"
  • Jon Bellion — "All Time Low"
  • Belly (rock band) — "Feed the Tree"
  • Belly (rapper) — "Might Not", although it's more associated with The Weeknd
  • Ben Folds Five — "Brick"
  • Benny Benassi — "Satisfaction" in Europe; "Cinema" in America
  • Pat Benatar — "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or "Love is a Battlefield"
  • Alec Benjamin — “Let Me Down Slowly”
  • Mitch Benn — was "Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now", is now "Proud of the BBC".
  • 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"note 
  • Best Coast — "Boyfriend"
  • Better Than Ezra — "Good"
  • Between the Buried and Me — "White Walls"
  • Beware of Darkness — "Howl"
  • Beyoncé — "Crazy in Love", "Irreplaceable", "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", "Halo" or "If I Were a Boy"
  • Justin Bieber — "Baby" for his Teen Idol era; "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" for his Career Resurrection
  • Biffy Clyro — "Many of Horror", and maybe "Victory Over the Sun"
  • 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 L — "Ebonics"
  • Big Pun — "Still Not a Player"
  • Big Sean — "Dance (A$$)", "I Don't Fuck With You" or "Bounce Back"
  • 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"
  • Birdman — "Stuntin' Like My Daddy" (shared with Lil Wayne) or "Money to Blow"
  • 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"
  • blackbear — “do re mi”
  • 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"; "She Talks to Angels" for their original work.
  • Black Eyed Peas — used to be "Where is the Love?", then "Let's Get 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, for newer fans, "Gold On The Ceiling". Prior to Brothers, it was "Strange Times".
    • The Arcs — "Outta My Mind"
  • Blackfoot — "Highway Song" or "Train, Train" (both from Strikes)
  • Black Lab — "Wash it Away"
  • Black Label Society — "Stillborn"
  • Black Stone Cherry — "White Trash Millionaire"
  • BLΛNK BΛNSHΣΣ - "Teen Pregnancy"
  • Algebra Blessett — "Nobody But You"
  • Blessid Union of Souls — Initially "I Believe", but has been gradually displaced by "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)"; Brother My Brother" for Pokémon fans.
  • Black Sabbath — "War Pigs", "Paranoid", or "Iron Man", depending on where you live
  • Black Veil Brides — "In the End"
  • Benny Blanco — "Eastside" (shared with Halsey and Khalid)
  • 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" overall. By album:
    • Dude Ranch — "Dammit"
    • Enema of the State — "All the Small Things" (though "What's My Age Again?" and "Adam's Song" could count to alt radio listeners)
    • Take Off Your Pants and Jacket — "The Rock Show" and “First Date”
    • Blink-182 — "I Miss You"
    • Neighborhoods — "Up All Night"
    • California — "Bored to Death" or "She's Out Of My Mind"
  • Bloc Party — "Helicopter" or "Banquet"
  • Blondie — "One Way or Another" note 
  • Bloodhound Gang — "The Bad Touch"
  • Blue — "All Rise"
  • Jonas Blue — "Fast Car", "Perfect Strangers", "Mama" and "Rise"
  • Blue Cheer — "Summertime Blues"
  • Blue Öyster Cult — "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (from Agents of Fortune) "Godzilla", "or Burnin For You"
  • 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"
  • Bon Iver — "Skinny Love" or "Blood Bank"
  • Bon Jovi — "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", or "Wanted Dead or Alive"
  • Bone Crusher — "(I Ain't) Never Scared"
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony — "Tha Crossroads"
  • Boney M. — "Rasputin"
  • The Boo Radleys — "Wake Up Boo!"
  • A Boogie wit da Hoodie — “Drowning”
  • The Boomtown Rats — "I Don't Like Mondays"
  • Booty Luv — "Boogie 2Nite"
  • Boston — "More Than a Feeling"
  • David Bowie — "Space Oddity", "Ziggy Stardust", and ""Heroes"" overall. By album:
  • Bowling for Soup — "1985"
  • Bow Wow — "Fresh Azimiz"
  • Boys Like Girls — "The Great Escape"
  • Boyz II Men — "End of the Road" or "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
  • 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"
  • Brand New Sin — "Crank it Up"
  • Brandy — "I Wanna Be Down", "Have You Ever?" or even "Sittin' Up in My Room"
  • Toni Braxton — "Un-Break My Heart"
  • Breaking Benjamin — "The Diary of Jane" overall. By album:
    • Saturate — "Polyamorous"
    • We Are Not Alone — "So Cold"
    • Phobia — "The Diary of Jane"
    • Dear Agony — "I Will Not Bow"
    • Dark Before Dawn — "Failure"
    • Ember — "Torn in Two"
  • Breathe Carolina — "Blackout"
  • Jacques Brel — "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and "Le Plat Pays"
  • Edie Brickell & New Bohemians — "What I Am"
  • Brick + Mortar — "Locked in a Cage", or their cover of "Voodoo Child"
  • Bright Eyes — "Lua" or "First Day of My Life"
  • Bring Me the Horizon — By album:
    • Count Your Blessings — "Pray For Plagues"
    • Suicide Season — "Chelsea Smile''
    • There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret — "Crucify Me" or "It Never Ends"
    • Sempiternal — "Can You Feel My Heart", "Sleepwalking" or "Shadow Moses"
    • That's the Spirit — "Throne"
    • Overall — "Throne" and "Sleepwalking" are the most common candidates. "Pray For Plagues" and "Chelsea Smile" are this instead for their deathcore/metalcore era.
  • Garth Brooks — "The Dance" or "Friends in Low Places"
  • Meredith Brooks — "Bitch"
  • Brooks & Dunn — "Boot Scootin' Boogie"
  • The Brothers Johnson — "Strawberry Letter 23"
  • Blanco Brown — “The Git Up”
  • Chris Brown — By album:
    • Chris Brown: "Run It!"
    • Exclusive: "Forever"
    • Graffiti: “I Can Transform Ya”
    • F.A.M.E.: “Look At Me Now”
    • Fortune: “Don’t Wake Me Up”
    • X: “Loyal”
    • Fan of a Fan: The Album: “Ayo” (shared with Tyga)
    • Royalty: “Back to Sleep”
    • Heartbreak on a Full Moon: “Party”
    • Indigo: “No Guidance”
  • 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") plus "Heavy is the Head" for rock audiences
  • Jackson Browne — "Doctor My Eyes"
  • Brownsville Station — "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
  • Brothers Osborne — "Stay a Little Longer"
  • 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" or "Can You Stop the Rain"
  • BT — "Flaming June"
  • BTS — "Fake Love", at least in America.
  • Michael Bublé — "Haven't Met You Yet"
  • Joe Budden — "Pump It Up"
  • Buckethead — "Jordan"
  • Buckcherry — "Crazy Bitch" to rock audiences; "Sorry" to mainstream audiences
  • Jeff Buckley — His cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
  • Tim Buckley — "Song to the Siren"
  • 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"
  • Building 147 — "Where I Belong"
  • Built To Spill — "Car"
  • Bullet for My Valentine — "Tears Don't Fall", with "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)" becoming a strong contender.
  • Emma Bunton — "What Took You So Long?"
  • Burial — "Archangel"
  • Solomon Burke — "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" or "Got to Get You Off My Mind"
  • Burn Halo — "Dirty Little Girl"
  • Peter Bursuker — "No Chance in Hell"
  • Burzum — "Dunkelheit" or "My Journey to the Stars"
  • Bush — "Everything Zen", "Comedown", "Swallowed", and "Glycerine" are the frontrunners
  • Kate Bush — "Wuthering Heights" or "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)"
  • Stan Bush — "The Touch"
  • Busta Rhymes — "Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check"
  • Busted — "Year 3000"
    • "What I Go to School For."
  • 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 Mr. 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"
  • Cage9 — "I am Perfection"
  • Bobby Caldwell — "What You Won't Do For Love"
  • 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"
  • Cam — "Burning House"
  • Camel — "Echoes" or "Lady Fantasy"
  • Cameo — "Word Up!"
  • Blu Cantrell — "Hit 'Em Up Style!"
  • Craig Campbell — "Keep Them Kisses Comin'"
  • Camper Van Beethoven — "Take the Skinheads Bowling"
  • Cancer Killing Gemini — "Christcontrol"
  • 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"
  • Captain & Tennille — Probably "Love Will Keep Us Together", though "The Way I Want to Touch You", "Muskrat Love", and "Do That to Me One More Time" are contenders.
  • Alessia Cara — "Here"
  • Caramell — "Caramelldansen"
  • Caravan Palace — "Lone Digger"
  • Carcass — "Heartwork" or "Corporal Jigsore Quandary"
  • The Cardigans — "Lovefool"
  • Ian Carey — "Amnesia"
  • Mariah Carey — "Vision of Love", "Hero", or "Fantasy" for her earlier era, and "We Belong Together" more recently
  • Caribou — "Odessa"
  • Cardi B — "Bodak Yellow" or “I Like It”
  • Belinda Carlisle — "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
  • Carpenters — By album:
    • Close to You: "(They Long to Be) Close to You", "We've Only Just Begun"
    • Carpenters: "For All We Know", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar"
    • A Song for You: "Top of the World", "Hurting Each Other"
    • Now & Then: "Sing", "Yesterday Once More"
  • Kim Carnes — "Bette Davis Eyes"
  • Vanessa Carlton — "A Thousand Miles"
  • Eric Carmen — "All By Myself" or "Hungry Eyes"
  • The Cars — "Just What I Needed"
  • Sofia Carson — "Back to Beautiful" note 
  • Cascada — "Everytime We Touch"
  • The Cascades — "Rhythmn of the Falling Rain"
  • Johnny Cash — "A Boy Named Sue", "Ring of Fire" and "I Walk the Line"; for his later-day material, his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt"
  • Cash Cash — "Take Me Home"
  • Ca$h Out — "Cashing Out"
  • Eva Cassidy — "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" or "Fields of Gold"
  • Cassie — "Me & U"
  • Catatonia — "Road Rage" or "Mulder & Scully"
  • Cathedral — "Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)"
  • Nick Cave — "Red Right Hand" (from Let Love In) (or "O Children" for Harry Potter fans)
  • Cavo — "Champagne"
  • Cazwell — "Ice Cream Truck"
  • Cee Lo Green — "Fuck/Forget You!"
  • Celldweller — "Switchback" or, for their orchestral works, "Wings of Icarus"
    • Circle of Dust — "Nothing Sacred", "Contagion" post-return
    • Scandroid — "Salvation Code"
  • John Cena — "My Time Is Now"
  • Celtic Frost — "Circle of The Tyrants" or "Into Crypt of Rays"
  • Peter Cetera — "Glory of Love"
  • Chad & Jeremy — "A Summer Song"
  • The Chainsmokers — "Closer", with "Don't Let Me Down" a clear second; "#SELFIE" prior to 2016.
  • The Chemical Brothers:
    • Exit Planet Dust: "Chemical Beats" or "Leave Home"
    • Dig Your Own Hole: "Block Rockin' Beats" or "Elektrobank"
    • Surrender: "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" or "Under The Influence"
    • Come with Us: "Star Guitar"
    • Push the Button: "Galvanize"
    • We Are the Night: "Do It Again" or "The Salmon Dance"
    • Further: "Swoon"
    • Born in the Echoes: "Go", "Under Neon Lights" or "Wide Open"
    • No Geography: "We've Got To Try"
    • Overall: "Hey Boy, Hey Girl", "Galvanize", "Do It Again" and "Go" are their most well-known songs in the mainstream crowd; their fanbase would more than likely instead point at "Block Rockin' Beats" or "Elektrobank" as their signature songs.
  • Chairmen of the Board — "Give Me Just a Little More Time"
  • The Chambers Brothers — "Time Has Come Today"
  • Chamillionare — "Ridin'"
  • The Champs — "Tequila"
  • Chance the Rapper — "No Problem"
  • 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"
  • Tina Charles — "I Love to Love (But My Baby Just Loves to Dance)"
  • Charli XCX — "Boom Clap"
  • Cheap Trick — "I Want You to Want Me" or "Surrender" (or "The Flame" for their later material)
  • Chubby Checker — "The Twist"
  • Cher — "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" for her older work, "If I Could Turn Back Time" or "Believe" for her newer material.
  • Cherish — "Do It To It"
  • Chevelle — "The Red", "Send The Pain Below" or, for newer fans, "Face to the Floor"
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry — "Save Tonight"
  • Neneh Cherry — "Buffalo Stance"
  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies — "Zoot Suit Riot"
  • Cheryl Cole — "Fight For This Love"
  • 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", with "Good Times" in second place
  • Chicago — "25 or 6 to 4"; "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" for their adult-contemporary period
  • Chicane — "Don't Give Up (with Bryan Adams)
  • 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" or "Drink in my Hand"
  • The Church — "Under the Milky Way"
  • CHVRCHES — "The Mother We Share"
  • Ciara — "Goodies" or "1, 2 Step"
  • Neil Cicierega — "Bustin"
  • Cimorelli — "Made in America" or "Hearts on Fire"
  • Circa Survive — "The Difference Between Medicine and Drugs is in the Dose"
  • Cirque du Soleil — "Alegría" (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 Girls — "Act Up"
  • City High — "What Would You Do?"
  • Civil Twilight — "Letters From the Sky"
  • The Civil Wars — "Barton Hollow"
  • Eric Clapton — "Tears in Heaven" and "Wonderful Tonight"
  • Dave Clark Five — "Glad All Over"
  • Petula Clark — "Downtown"
  • Jeremiah Clarke — "Prince of Denmark's March", often incorrectly known as "Trumpet Voluntary"
  • Gary Clark Jr. — "Come Together"
  • Kelly Clarkson — By album:
    • Thankful: “Miss Independent”
    • Breakaway: “Since U Been Gone”
    • My December: “Never Again”
    • All I Ever Wanted: “My Life Would Suck Without You”
    • Stronger: The title track
    • Piece by Piece: “Heartbeat Song”
    • Meaning of Life: “Love So Soft”
  • Alex Clare — "Too Close"
  • The Clash — "London Calling" (from London Calling) or "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", with "Rock the Casbah" very close behind
  • Classified — "Inner Ninja"
  • Classixx — "All You're Waiting For"
  • Clean Bandit — "Rather Be" and "Rockabye"
  • Clipse — "Grinding"
  • Clutch — "Electric Worry"
  • CN Blue — "I'm A Loner"
  • Coal Chamber — "Loco"
  • The Coasters — "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown", or "Down in Mexico"
  • Cobra Starship — "Good Girls Go Bad" or "You Make Me Feel…"
  • Tom Cochrane — "Life Is a Highway"
  • Code Orange — "Forever" or "Bleeding in the Blur"
  • Coheed and Cambria — "Welcome Home" or "A Favor House Atlantic"
  • Leonard Cohen — "Hallelujah"
  • Marc Cohn — "Walking In Memphis"
  • Cold — "Stupid Girl"
  • Cold Chisel — "Khe Sahn"
  • Coldplay — "Clocks", "The Scientist", and "Viva La Vida" overall. By album:
    • Parachutes — "Yellow"
    • A Rush of Blood to the Head — "Clocks" or/and "The Scientist"
    • X&Y — Originally "Speed of Sound", but overtime became "Fix You"
    • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends — "Viva la Vida"
    • Mylo Xyloto — "Paradise"
    • Ghost Stories — "A Sky Full of Stars"
    • A Head Full of Dreams — "Adventure of a Lifetime" or "Hymn for the Weekend"
  • Cold War Kids — "First"
  • J Cole — "Work Out"
  • Keyshia Cole — "I Should've Cheated" or "Let It Go"
  • Nat King Cole — "Unforgettable" or "Mona Lisa"; "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" becomes this during the holidays
  • Natalie Cole — "Inseparable" or "This Will Be"
  • Paula Cole — Initially either "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" or "I Don't Want To Wait", but now indisputably the latter
  • Zendaya — "Replay"
  • Coleman Hell — "2 Heads"
  • 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"
  • Colonel Loud — "California"
  • Color Me Badd — "I Wanna Sex You Up"
  • Shawn Colvin — "Sunny Came Home"
  • Combichrist — "Get Your Body Beat"
  • The Commodores — "Brick House"
  • Common — "Glory" or “I Used to Love H.E.R.”
  • Conquer Divide — "Nightmares"
  • Coolio — "Gangsta's Paradise"
  • Alice Cooper — "School's Out"; second place is between "Poison" or "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
  • Copeland — "No One Really Wins"
  • The Coral — "Dreaming of You"
  • Core — "Angle"
  • Cormorant — "Junta"
  • Cornershop — "Brimful of Asha"
  • Corinne Bailey Rae — "Put Your Records On"
  • The Corrs — "Runaway" or/and "Breathless" (in the U.S it's the latter, internationally it's undisputedly the former)
  • Corrosion of Conformity — "Albatross" or "Clean My Wounds" (both from Deliverance)
  • 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"
  • Nadine Coyle — "Insatiable"
  • Counting Crows — "Mr. Jones"
  • Covenant — "Dead Stars"
  • Deborah Cox — "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"
  • Cracker — Previously either "Low" or "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"; now unarguably the former.
  • Cradle of Filth — "Her Ghost in the Fog"
  • The Cramps — "Human Fly"
  • The Cranberries — "Zombie" or "Linger"
  • 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) or "Bad Moon Rising"
    • John Fogerty — "Centerfield"
  • Crobot — "Nowhere to Hide"
  • Jim Croce — "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" or "Time in a Bottle"
  • 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, 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" or "Sailing"
  • Crossfade — "Cold"
  • Sheryl Crow — "All I Wanna Do" or “Soak Up the Sun”
  • 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" or "Break Your Heart"
  • 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", "Just Like Heaven", or "Friday I'm In Love"
  • Cut Copy — "Lights and Music" or "Hearts on Fire"
  • Cutting Crew — "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
  • Cynic — "Veil of Maya"
  • Cypress Hill — "Insane in the Brain" overall. By album:
    • Cypress Hill — "How I Could Just Kill a Man"
    • Black Sunday — "Insane in the Brain"
    • III: Temples of Booms — "Throw You Set in the Air"
    • IV — "Dr. Greenthumb"
    • ''Skull & Bones" — "(Rock) Superstar"
    • ''Stoned Raiders" — "Lowrider"
    • Till Death Do Us Apart — "What's Your Number"
    • Rise Up — The title track.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus — "Achy Breaky Heart"
  • Miley Cyrus — "Party in the USA" for her Disney-era material; "Wrecking Ball" for her mature era

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  • D — "Night-ship "D""
  • Da Yoopers — "Second Week of Deer Camp", "Rusty Chevrolet", or "Grandpa Got Run Over by a Beer Truck"
  • Daddy Yankee — "Rompe", "Gasolina" or "Despacito"
  • Dae Dae — "Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)"
  • Daft Punk
    • Earlier work — "One More Time" or "Around the World"
    • 2013 comeback — "Get Lucky"
  • Lauren Daigle — "You Say" to secular audiences, rivaled by "Trust in You" to her core Christian fanbase.
  • The Damned — "New Rose"
  • Dick Dale — "Misirlou"
  • Dan + Shay — “Tequila”, while one of several candidates for country audiences, is indisputably this outside that demographic.
  • The Dandy Warhols — "Bohemian Like You" or "We Used to Be Friends"
  • 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 — "Transilvanian Hunger"
  • Dark Tranquillity — "Lethe" or "Punish My Heaven"
  • Darude — "Sandstorm"
  • Roscoe Dash — "Show Out"
  • Dash Rip Rock — "(Let's Go) Smoke Some Pot"
  • Daughtry — "It's Not Over" and "There and Back Again"
  • Craig David — "Fill Me In" or "7 Days"
  • 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"
  • Andra Day — "Rise Up"
  • Howie Day — "Collide"
  • Daya — "Hide Away" or maybe "Sit Still, Look Pretty" as a solo artist, but overall she is best known as the vocalist on The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down".
  • 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.
  • Deacon Blue — "Dignity". They've had many bigger hits, but their Breakthrough Hit remains their signature song.
  • Dead By April — "Promise Me" or "Losing You"
  • Dead Kennedys — "California Über Alles" or "Holiday in Cambodia" (from Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables). You can also say "Police Truck" for your 2000's kids.
  • 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"
  • Deaf Havana — "Cassiopeia"
  • Deafheaven — "Dream House", "Brought to the Water", or "Honeycomb"
  • Jimmy Dean — "Big Bad John"
  • Death
    • Scream Bloody Gore: "Zombie Ritual" or "Evil Dead"
    • Leprosy: "Leprosy" or "Pull the Plug"
    • Spiritual Healing: "Living Monstrosity" or "Spiritual Healing"
    • Human: "Lack of Comprehension", "Suicide Machine", or "Cosmic Sea"
    • Individual Thought Patterns: "The Philosopher", "Trapped in a Corner", or "Overactive Imagination"
    • Symbolic: "Crystal Mountain", "Empty Words", or "Symbolic"
    • The Sound of Perseverance: "Spirit Crusher", "Voice of the Soul", or "Painkiller"
    • Overall: "Evil Dead", "The Philosopher", and "Crystal Mountain" are the frontrunners
  • Death Cab for Cutie — "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" or "I Will Possess Your Heart"
  • Death From Above 1979 — "Romantic Rights" or "Trainwreck 1979"
  • Death Grips — By album:
    • Death Grips EP: "Full Moon (Death Classic)"
    • Exmilitary: "Guillotine"
    • The Money Store: "Get Got", "I've Seen Footage", or "Hacker"
    • No Love Deep Web: "No Love"
    • Government Plates: "You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For It's Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat"
    • The Powers That B: "Inanimate Sensation"
    • Bottomless Pit: "Giving Bad People Good Ideas" or "Eh"
    • Overall: "Full Moon", "Guillotine", the Money Store signatures, "No Love" and "Eh" are the most popular candidates.
  • Death In June — "Little Black Angel" or "All Pigs Must Die"
  • Death In Vegas — "Dirge"
  • DeBarge — "Rhythm of the Night"
  • Chris de Burgh — "The Lady in Red", or "Don't Pay the Ferryman" in some countries.
  • Claude Debussy — "Clair de Lune"
  • 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"
  • Deerhunter — "Nothing Ever Happened"
  • Deep Purple — "Smoke on the Water" (from 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)" overall. By album:
    • Adrenaline — "Bored"
    • Around the Fur — "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)"
    • White Pony — "Change (In the House of Flies)"
    • Deftones — "Minerva"
    • Saturday Night Wrist — "Hole in the Earth"
    • Diamond Eyes — The title track
    • Koi No Yokan — "Tempest"
    • Gore — "Prayers/Triangles"
  • Gavin DeGraw — "I Don't Want To Be", and to a lesser extent, "In Love With a Girl" and "Not Over You"
  • Deicide — "Trifixion"
  • Alice DeeJay — "Better Off Alone"
  • Dej Loaf — "Try Me"
  • Adore Delano — "I Adore You"
  • Del Amitri — "Roll To Me"
  • Lana Del Rey — "Born to Die" or the remix of "Summertime Sadness". Young & Beautiful is also remembered fondly.
  • De La Soul — "Me Myself & I"
  • Deltron 3030 — "Positive Contact"
  • Kat DeLuna — "Run the Show"
  • Dem Franchize Boys — "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It"
  • Cathy Dennis — "Touch Me (All Night Long)"
  • John Denver — Depends on location...
    • "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in most places, especially in West Virginia.
    • In the Rockies, especially Colorado, it's "Rocky Mountain High".
    • In Baltimore, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy".note 
    • In the UK, it's "Annie's Song".
  • Denzel Curry — "Ultimate"
  • Deon Custom — "Roses"
  • Depeche Mode — By album:
    • Speak & Spell — "Just Can't Get Enough"
    • A Broken Frame — "See You"
    • Construction Time Again — "Everything Counts"
    • Some Great Reward — "Master and Servant"
    • Black Celebration — "Stripped"
    • Music for the Masses — "Strangelove" or "Never Let Me Down Again"
    • Violator — "Personal Jesus" or "Enjoy the Silence"
    • Songs of Faith and Devotion — "Walking In My Shoes"
    • Ultra — "It's No Good"
    • Exciter — "Dream On"
    • Playing the Angel — "Precious" or "A Pain That I'm Used To"
    • Sounds of the Universe — "Wrong"
    • Delta Machine — "Soothe My Soul" or "Heaven"
    • Spirit — "Where's the Revolution"
    • Overall — "Just Can't Get Enough", "Never Let Me Down Again", or the Violator signatures.
  • 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" in the U.S., "Life" in Europe
  • Desiigner — "Panda"
  • Shawn Desman — "Let's Go" or "Night Like This"
  • Destiny's Child — "Survivor", "Say My Name" and "Bootylicious"
  • Dethklok — "Thunderhorse"
  • dEUS: "Suds & Soda" (from Worst Case Scenario)
  • Dev — "Bass Down Low" or "In The Dark"
  • Device ('80s synth-pop group) — "Hanging on a Heart Attack"
  • Device (metal band fronted by David Draiman) — "Vilify"
  • Devin Townsend — "Kingdom"
  • Devo — "Whip It" (from Freedom of Choice)
  • Devour the Day — "Good Man"
  • Lee DeWyze — "Sweet Serendipity"
  • 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" or "America"
  • Bo Diddley — "Bo Diddley"
  • Dido — "Thank You" or "White Flag"
  • 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'" or "Feel the Pain"
  • 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"
  • The Dirty Youth — "Fight"
  • Discharge — "Free Speech for the Dumb"
  • Disclosure — "White Noise" in the UK, "Latch" in the U.S.note , and maybe "Magnets" for alt-rock audiences note 
  • Dishwalla — "Counting Blue Cars"
  • Dissection — "Where Dead Angels Lie"
  • Disturbed — "Down with the Sickness" overall. By album:
    • The Sickness — "Down with the Sickness"
    • Believe — "Prayer"
    • Ten Thousand Fists — "Stricken"
    • Indestructible — The title track or "Inside the Fire"
    • Asylum — "Another Way to Die"
    • Immortalized — "The Sound of Silence"
  • 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"
  • Alesha Dixon — "The Boy Does Nothing"
  • Colton Dixon— "Never Gone"
  • Dizzee Rascal — "Bonkers"
  • DJ Drama - "Wishing"
  • DJ Earworm - "United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)"
  • DJ Felli Fel — "Get Buck In Here"
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince — "Parents Just Don't Understand" or "Summertime"
  • DJ Khaled — By album:
    • Listennn… the Album — "Holla at Me"
    • We the Best — "We Takin' Over" or "I'm So Hood"
    • We Global — "Out Here Grindin'"
    • Victory — "All I Do Is Win"
    • We the Best Forever — "I'm on One"
    • Kiss the Ring — "Take It to the Head"
    • Suffering from Success — "No New Friends"
    • I Changed a Lot — "Hold You Down"
    • Major Key — "For Free"
    • Grateful — "I'm the One" or "Wild Thoughts"
    • Father of Asahd — “No Brainer”
  • DJ Mass MAD Izm* — "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny"
  • DJ Sammy — "Heaven"
  • DJ Sasha — "Xpander"
  • DJ Shadow — "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt" or "Six Days"
  • DJ Snake — "Turn Down For What" (shared with Lil Jon), with "You Know You Like It" (shared with AlunaGeorge), “Let Me Love You” (shared with Justin Bieber) and "Taki Taki" (shared with Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna) in second place. The most well-known song he is credited on, however, is Major Lazer's "Lean On", where he is the co-lead, but the song is much more associated with Major Lazer
  • DJ Unk — "Walk It Out"
  • DJ YOSHITAKA"FLOWER"
  • Ramin Djawadi — The Game of Thrones Theme
  • DMX — "Party Up (Up In Here)" and "Ruff Ryder's Anthem" were the original contender. "X Gon' Give It To Ya" has gained traction for its usage in both Rick and Morty and later Deadpool.
  • DNCE — "Cake By The Ocean"
  • 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" or "Mellow Yellow"
  • The Doobie Brothers — "Black Water" (pre-Michael McDonald) or "What a Fool Believes" (post-McDonald)
  • Dobie Gray — "Drift Away"
  • Don Broco — "You Wanna Know" or "Nerve"
  • The Donnas — "Take It Off"
  • The Doors — "Light My Fire" overall. By album:
    • The Doors: "Light My Fire" and "The End"
    • Strange Days: "People Are Strange" and "When the Music's Over"
    • Waiting for the Sun: "Hello, I Love You" and "Five to One"
    • The Soft Parade: "Touch Me"
    • Morrison Hotel: "Roadhouse Blues"
    • L.A. Woman: "L.A. Woman" or "Riders on the Storm"
  • Dorrough — "Ice Cream Paint Job"
  • Jimmy Dorsey — "Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)"
  • Tommy Dorsey — "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
  • Rob Dougan — "Clubbed to Death"
  • 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, unless they started with "Warriors of Rock".
  • Drake — By album:
    • So Far Gone — "Best I Ever Had"
    • Thank Me Later — "Find Your Love" or "Over"
    • Take Care — The title track (shared with Rihanna) or "The Motto"
    • Nothing Was the Same — "Started from the Bottom" or "Hold On, We're Going Home"
    • If You're Reading This, It's Too Late — "Energy"
    • What a Time to Be Alive — "Jumpman" (shared with Future)
    • Views — "Hotline Bling" or "One Dance"
    • More Life — "Fake Love" or "Passionfruit"
    • Scorpion — “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What” or “In My Feelings”
    • Overall — "Best I Ever Had", "Hold On, We're Going Home", the Views signatures and the Scorpion signatures.
  • Nick Drake — "Pink Moon"
  • D.R.A.M. — "Broccoli"
  • Dramarama — "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)"
  • Drax Project — “Woke Up Late”
  • Dream — "He Loves U Not"
  • The-Dream — "Shawty Is A Ten"
  • The Dream Academy — "Life in a Northern Town"
  • Dream Theater — "Pull Me Under"note  or "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper"
  • Dropkick Murphys — "I'm Shipping Up To Boston"
  • Drowning Pool — "Bodies"
  • Dru — "Getting It In" or "She Can Ride"
  • Dru Hill — "In My Bed" or "How Deep is Your Love"
    • Sisqo — "Thong Song" note 
  • The Drums — "Let's Go Surfing"
  • Dry Cell — "Slip Away"note 
  • Dschinghis Khan — "Moskau"
  • Duck Sauce — "Barbra Streisand"
    • Armand van Helden — "Bonkers"note 
    • A-Trak — "Tuna Melt"note , "Ray-Ban Vision", or "Push". His remix of "Heads Will Roll" is much better known though, due to its appearance in Project X.
  • Hilary Duff — "Come Clean"
  • Duffy — "Mercy"
  • Paul Dukas — "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • Duke Dumont — "I Got U"
  • Holly Dunn — "Daddy's Hands"
  • Duran Duran — "Hungry Like The Wolf" overall. By album:
    • Duran Duran (1981) — "Girls on Film"
    • Rio — "Hungry Like The Wolf" or "Save a Prayer"
    • Seven and the Ragged Tiger — "The Reflex"
    • Notorious — The title track.
    • Big Thing — "I Don't Want Your Love"
    • Liberty — "Serious"
    • Duran Duran (1993) (aka The Wedding Album) — "Ordinary World" or "Come Undone"
    • Medazzaland — "Electric Barbarella"
    • Pop Trash — "Someone Else Not Me"
    • Astronaut — "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise"
    • Red Carpet Massacre — "Falling Down"
    • All You Need is Now — The title track.
    • Paper Gods — "Pressure Off"
  • Ian Dury and The Blockheads — "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" or "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick"
  • Antonín Dvořák — "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)
  • Dynamite Hack — "Boyz N the Hood"

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  • E-40 — "Tell Me When to Go"
  • Eagles — "Hotel California" (from Hotel California)
    • Glenn Frey — "The Heat is On"
    • Don Henley — "The Boys of Summer"
    • Joe Walsh — "Life's Been Good"
  • Eagles of Death Metal — "Don't Speak" or "Wannabe in L.A."; their cover of "Save a Prayer" to people who first heard of them after the Paris attacks.
  • Eamon — "Fuck It! (I Don't Want You Back)"
  • Steve Earle — "Guitar Town" to the country fan base and "Copperhead Road"to more general audiences.
  • Earshot — "Get Away"
  • Earth, Wind & Fire — "September"
  • East 17 — "Stay Another Day"
  • Sheena Easton — "Morning Train (9 to 5)" or "For Your Eyes Only"
  • 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)"
  • Billie Eilish — "Bad Guy"
  • David Glen Eisley — "Sweet Victory"
    • Giuffria — "Call to Your Heart"
  • El Chombo — "Chacarron Macarron" or "Dame Tu Cosita"
  • El Ten Eleven — "My Only Swerving"
  • Elbow — "One Day Like This"
  • Brett Eldredge — "Don't Ya"
  • Electric Light Orchestra — "Don't Bring Me Down" or "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • Electric Six — "Gay Bar" (To the chagrin of many fans)
  • Electric Wizard — "Funeralpolis"
  • Danny Elfman — Theme for The Simpsons, Tim Burton's Batman (1989) 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", "Work It"
  • Eluveitie — "Inis Mona", "Thousandfold"
  • Emarosa — "The Game Played Right"
  • emblem3 — "Chloe (You're The One I Want)"
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer — "Karn Evil 9 First Impression Part 2"
  • Gareth Emery — "Concrete Angel"
  • EMF — "Unbelievable"
  • Eminem — "Lose Yourself" overall. By album:
    • Infinite — The title track
    • The Slim Shady LP — "My Name Is"
    • The Marshall Mathers LP — "Stan" or "The Real Slim Shady"
    • The Eminem Show — "Without Me"
    • 8 Mile — "Lose Yourself"
    • Encore — "Just Lose It" or "Mockingbird"
    • Curtain Call: The Hits — "When I'm Gone" or "Shake That"
    • Relapse — "Crack a Bottle"
    • Recovery — "Not Afraid" or "Love The Way You Lie" (the latter shared with Rihanna)
    • The Marshall Mathers LP 2 — "Rap God" or "The Monster" (the latter shared with Rihanna)
    • Revival — “River”
    • Kamikaze — “Lucky You” or “Venom
      • D12 — "My Band" or "Purple Pills"
      • Bad Meets Evil — "Lighters"
  • Emperor — "I am the Black Wizards"
  • Emphatic — "Bounce"
  • Empire Of The Sun Band — "Walking on a Dream"
  • En Vogue — "Hold On", "My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)" or "Don't Let Go (Love)"
  • Paul Engemann — "Push It to the Limit"
  • 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", "Juggernauts", or "Destabilise"
  • Enya — "Only Time" or "Orinoco Flow". Also known for "May It Be."
  • The Eraserheads — "Pare Ko" and Ang Huling El Bimbo
  • Erasure — "Always" or "A Little Respect"
  • Eric Prydz — "Call On Me" for his early material; "Liberate", "Generate", and "Breathe" for his more recent works
  • The Escape Club — "Wild, Wild West"
  • Escape the Fate
    • With Ronnie Radke: "Situations"
    • With Craig Mabbit: "Issues" or "One for the Money"
  • Joe "Bean" Esposito: "You're The Best"
  • Gloria Estefan — "Conga"
  • Estelle — "American Boy" or "Stronger Than You"
  • Melissa Etheridge — "Come To My Window"
  • Ethnix — "Jessica", "Tutim", and "BMW Shachora"
  • Europe — Initially "Carrie", but now unquestionably "The Final Countdown" (which was always their signature outside of the USA)
  • Eurythmics — "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  • Evan & Jaron — "Crazy for This Girl".
  • Evanescence"Bring Me To Life", with "My Immortal" being a clear second.
  • Evans Blue — "Cold (But I'm Still Here)"
  • Eve — "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
  • Eve 6 — "Inside Out"
  • Eve to Adam — "Immortal"
  • Everclear — "Santa Monica" or "Father of Mine" to rock audiences; "Wonderful" to pop audiences
  • The Everlove — "Cities In Dust"
  • Jace Everett — "Bad Things"
  • Every Avenue — "Tell Me I'm a Wreck"
  • Everything but the Girl — "Missing" (specifically the Todd Terry remix)
  • Everything Everything — "Kemosabe", "Cough Cough", or "Distant Past"
  • The Everly Brothers — "'Wake Up Little Susie"
  • Evil Nine — "Crooked", "All The Cash", "The Black Brad Pitt" or "No Manners"
  • Example — "Changed the Way You Kissed Me".
  • The Exies — "Ugly"
  • Exposé — "Point of No Return"
  • Extreme — "More Than Words"
  • George Ezra — "Budapest" or "Shotgun" in Europe and Australia, indisputedly the former in North America
  • Ella Eyre — "Good Times"
  • Fabolous — "Breathe"
  • Face to Face — "Disconnected"
  • Fairport Convention — "Meet on the Ledge"
  • Paloma Faith — "Only Love Can Hurt Like This"
  • Faithless — "Insomnia"
  • 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"
  • The Fall of Troy — Initially "Sledgehammer" or "FCPREMIX", now unquestionably the latter
  • Fall Out Boy — By album:
    • From Under the Cork Tree (and overall) — "Dance Dance" or "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"
    • Infinity on High — Originally "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", but now "Thnks Fr th Mmrs"
    • Save Rock and Roll — "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark"
    • American Beauty/American Psycho — "Centuries" or "Uma Thurman"
    • M A N I A — “Young and Menace” or “Hold Me Tight or Don’t”
    • 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 — "What's Luv?" or "Get It Poppin". Later on, "All The Way Up" (shared with Remy Ma, Jay-Z, French Montana and Infrared)
    • Terror Squad — "Lean Back"
  • TheFatRat — "Unity" or "Monody"
  • Newton Faulkner — "Dream Catch Me"
  • Fear Factory — "Replica"
  • José Feliciano — "Feliz Navidad"
  • Feeder — "Buck Rogers" in the UK; "High" in the United States
  • The Feeling — "Sewn"
  • Feist — "1234"
  • Felt — "Primitive Painters"
  • Jay Ferguson — "Thunder Island"
  • Danny Fernandes — "Private Dancer" or "Take Me Away"
  • Rachelle Ferrell — "I Can Explain"
  • Fetty Wap — "Trap Queen"
  • Fever Ray — "If I Had a Heart"
  • Lupe Fiasco — "The Show Goes On"
  • FIDLAR — "No Waves" or "Cheap Beer"
  • Field Mob — “So What”
  • Fifth Harmony — "Worth It" or "Work From Home"
    • Camila Cabello — "Havana"
    • Normani Hamilton — "Dancing With a Stranger" (shared with Sam Smith) or “Love Lies” (shared with Khalid)
    • Ally Brooke — "Low Key"
  • 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.
  • Lisa Fischer — "How Can I Ease The Pain"
  • Fishbone — "Party at Ground Zero"
  • Fit For Rivals — "Crash"
  • Fitz & the Tantrums — "The Walker" or "HandClap"
  • Five Finger Death Punch — By album:
    • The Way of the Fist — "The Bleeding"
    • War is the Answer — "Hard to See" or their cover of "Bad Company"
    • American Capitalist — "Coming Down"
    • The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 — "Wrong Side of Heaven"
    • The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 — "House of the Rising Sun"
    • Got Your Six — "Jekyll and Hyde"
    • A Decade of Destruction — "Trouble"
  • Five for Fighting — "Superman (It's Not Easy)" or "100 Years"
  • 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)
  • Flaw — "Payback"
  • Fleet Foxes — "Mykonos"
  • Fleetwood Mac — "Dreams" or "Go Your Own Way" (from Rumours)
    • "Albatross" for the original incarnation with Peter Green
  • Fletcher — “Undrunk”
  • Flight Facilities — "Crave You"
  • Flight of the Conchords — "Business Time"
  • Flipp Dinero — “Leave Me Alone”
  • Flipper — "Sex Bomb"
  • The Flirts — "Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)"
  • Flo Rida — "Low" overall. By album:
    • Mail on Sunday: "Low"
    • R.O.O.T.S.: "Right Round"
    • Only One Flo (Part 1): "Club Can't Handle Me"
    • Wild Ones: "Good Feeling", "Wild Ones" or "Whistle"
    • My House: "GDFR" or the title track
  • 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"
  • Flume — "Never Be Like You", though he's far better known in the UK for his remix of Disclosure's "You & Me"
  • Flux Pavilion — "I Can't Stop" or "Cracks"
  • Flying Lotus — "Never Catch Me"
  • Flyleaf — "I'm So Sick" or "All Around Me"
  • The Flys — "Got You (Where I Want You)"
  • Foals — In the U.K, "My Number"; in the U.S., previously "Inhaler" but now "Mountain at My Gates"
  • Focus — "Hocus Pocus"
  • Foghat — "Slow Ride"
  • Fonogenio — "Reason"
  • Ben Folds — "Rockin' the Suburbs"
  • Luis Fonsi — To English-speaking audiences, unquestionably "Despacito" (particularly the remix with Justin Bieber); to Spanish-speakers the non-Bieber version of "Despacito" is the best known, and it's just one of many candidates for his signature.
  • Foo Fighters — By album:
    • Foo Fighters — "Big Me"
    • The Colour and the Shape — "Everlong" or "My Hero"
    • There Is Nothing Left to Lose — "Learn to Fly"
    • One by One — "All My Life" or "Times Like These"
    • In Your Honor — "Best of You"
    • Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace — "The Pretender"
    • Greatest Hits — "Wheels"
    • Wasting Light — "Walk"
    • Sonic Highways — "Something from Nothing"
    • Concrete and Gold — "Run"
    • Overall — The Colour and the Shape signatures, "Learn to Fly", "Best of You", and "The Pretender" are the frontrunners
  • Lita Ford — "Kiss Me Deadly"
  • Foreigner — "Cold as Ice", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", and "I Want To Know What Love Is"
  • Emmelie de Forest — "Only Teardrops"
  • 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)"
  • Eleni Foureira — "Fuego"
  • Foxes — "Body Talk" or "Youth"
  • Jamie Foxx — "Blame It"
  • Foxy — "Get Off"
  • Foxy Shazam — "I Like It"
  • Fozzy — "Enemy" or "Judas"
  • Framing Hanley — "Lollipop"
  • Peter Frampton — "Show Me the Way". "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" are also in the mix.
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze — "Back In Stride"
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood — "Relax"
  • Frankie J — "Obsession (No Es Amor)"
  • Aretha Franklin — "Respect", "Say A Little Prayer"
  • Kirk Franklin — "Stomp"
  • Franz Ferdinand — "Take Me Out"
  • The Fratellis — "Chelsea Dagger"
  • The Fray — "How to Save a Life"
  • Fred V & Grafix — "Forest Fires"note  or "Major Happy"
  • Free — "All Right Now"
  • French Montana — "Unforgettable"
  • Aaron Fresh — "Spending All My Time"
  • From Ashes to New — "Through It All"
  • From First to Last — "Note to Self" or "Emily"
  • Front 242 — "Headhunter"
  • The Front Bottoms — "Twin Size Mattress"
  • 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" or "Ready or Not" (from The Score)
    • Pras — "Ghetto Supastar"
  • fun. — "We Are Young" or "Some Nights"
    • Nate Ruess — "Nothing Without Love"
  • Fun Factory — "I Wanna B With U"
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals — "Scooby Snacks"
  • Funeral for a Friend — "Roses For the Dead" or "Red is the New Black"
  • Funkadelic"One Nation Under a Groove"
  • Nelly Furtado — "I'm Like a Bird" or "Maneater"
  • Future — "Turn On The Lights", "Fuck Up Some Commas", "Jumpman"note , or "Mask Off"
  • Future Leaders of the World — "Let Me Out"
  • The Future Sound of London — "Papua New Guinea" or "We Have Explosive"

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  • Peter Gabriel — "Sledgehammer", "Solsbury Hill", or "In Your Eyes"
  • Gabrielle — "Dreams" or "Out of Reach"
  • Gackt — "Vanilla"
  • The GAG Quartet — "Le Internet Medley"
  • Polina Gagarina — "A Million Voices" or "Kolibelnaya"
  • Galantis — "Runaway (U & I)" or "No Money"
  • The Game — "How We Do" or "Hate It or Love It" (although the latter is more commonly thought of as 50 Cent's song)
  • 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", "3005", "Redbone", or "This Is America"
  • Gang Starr — "Mass Appeal"
  • The Gap Band — "You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
  • Garbage — "Only Happy When It Rains" or "Stupid Girl"
  • Art Garfunkel — "Bright Eyes"
  • Judy Garland — "(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow"
  • Martin Garrix — "Animals" or "In the Name of Love"
  • The Gaslight Anthem — "The '59 Sound" or "45"
    • Brian Fallon solo — "Smoke"
  • Kevin Gates — "2 Phones" or "Really Really"
  • Alex Gaudino — "Destination Calabria"
  • Marvin Gaye — "What's Going On" (the title track of his most famous album), "Let's Get It On", or "Trouble Man". You could also make a case for "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Sexual Healing".
    • For NBA fans of a certain age, his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1983 All-Star Game could also qualify.
  • Gloria Gaynor — "I Will Survive"
  • G-Eazy — "Me, Myself, & I" to mainstream audiences, “No Limit” to rap audience.
  • General Public — "Tenderness"
  • O.T. Genasis — "CoCo" or "Cut It"
  • Genesis (pop era) — "Land of Confusion", "Invisible Touch", or "That's All"
  • Genki Rockets — "Heavenly Star"
  • George Baker Selection — "Little Green Bag" or "Paloma Blanca"
  • The Georgia Satellites — "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"
  • Gerardo — "Rico Suave"
  • The Germs — "Lexicon Devil"
  • George Gershwin — "Rhapsody in Blue", "Summertime"
  • Gesaffelstein — “Lost in the Fire”
  • Get Scared— "Sarcasm"
  • Geto Boys — "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"
  • Stan Getz — "The Girl From Ipanema" (shared with João and Astrud Gilberto)
  • Ghost — "Cirice"
  • Debbie Gibson — "Foolish Beat"
  • Brantley Gilbert — "Bottoms Up"
  • Gin Blossoms — "Hey Jealousy"
  • Ginuwine — "Pony"
  • Girlicious — "2 In The Morning"
  • Girlschool — "Emergency" or "Race With The Devil"
  • Girls Aloud — "Sound of the Underground", "Love Machine" and "The Promise"
    • Nicola Roberts — A weird example. "Beat of My Drum" is technically her most commercially successful song, but her unofficially released single "Sticks + Stones" is widely considered as her best song (to date) and is an Ensemble Dark Horse track on her debut album.
  • Girls' Generation — "Gee" or "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)"
  • Giulietta — "Vertigo"
  • Glassjaw — "Ape Dos Mil"
  • Jess Glynne — "Hold My Hand" for her solo material, but she's best-known overall for her appearance on Clean Bandit's "Rather Be".
  • Glaze — "Nightmare Night" or "Beyond Her Garden"
  • gnash — "i hate u I love u" (shared with olivia o'brien)
  • Goapele — "Closer"
  • God Lives Underwater — "From Your Mouth"
  • Godsmack — "I Stand Alone" overall. By album:
    • Godsmack — "Voodoo"
    • Awake — The title track.
    • Faceless — "I Stand Alone"
    • ''The Other Side — "Running Blind"
    • IV — "Speak"
    • The Oracle — "Cryin' Like a Bitch"
    • 1000hp — The title track.
  • Gogol Bordello — "Start Wearing Purple"
  • The Go-Go's — "Our Lips Are Sealed" or "We Got the Beat"
  • Gojira — "Silvera", "Flying Whales" was this for their earlier material
  • Andrew Gold — "Spooky Scary Skeletons", "Lonely Boy", or "Thank You for Being a Friend". Though he didn't perform the best-known version of the last of these.
  • Golden Earring — "Radar Love" or "Twilight Zone"
  • Goldfinger — "Superman"
  • Goldfrapp — "Ooh la La" or "Strict Machine"
  • Selena Gomez & The Scene — "Love You Like A Love Song"
    • Selena Gomez (solo) — "Good For You"
  • Jose Gonzalez — "Heartbeats"
  • Good Charlotte — "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous"
    • The Madden Brothers — "We Are Done"
  • Benny Goodman — "Sing, Sing, Sing"
  • Goo Goo Dolls — "Iris"
  • Lesley Gore — "It's My Party" or "You Don't Own Me"
  • Gorillaz — "Feel Good, Inc." overall. By album:
    • Self-Titled Album — "Clint Eastwood"
    • Demon Days — "Feel Good, Inc." or "DARE"
    • Plastic Beach — "Stylo" or "On Melancholy Hill"
    • The Fall — "Revolving Doors"
    • Humanz — "Saturnz Barz", "Ascension" or "Andromeda"
  • Gorgoroth — "Profeten Apenbaring," "Incipit Satan," or "Carving a Giant"
  • Mark Gormley — "Without You"
  • Gotye — "Somebody That I Used To Know"
  • Gossip — "Standing in the Way of Control"
  • Ellie Goulding — "Love Me Like You Do" is indisputably this in most countries. "Starry Eyed" and "Lights" are contenders from her earlier work.
  • Go West — "King of Wishful Thinking"
  • Grace — "You Don't Own Me"
  • Andy Grammer — Formerly "Keep Your Head Up", but now "Honey I'm Good"
  • Grand Funk Railroad — "We're an American Band"
  • Ariana Grande: By album:
    • Yours Truly — "The Way"
    • My Everything — "Problem" or "Bang Bang"
    • Dangerous Woman — "Side to Side"
    • Sweetener — "No Tears Left to Cry"
    • Thank U Next — The title track or "7 Rings"
    • Overall — "Problem", "No Tears Left to Cry" and "Thank U Next" are probably the strongest contenders
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five"The Message"
  • Amy Grant — "El Shaddai" with "Thy Word", "My Father's Eyes" and "Sing Your Praise To The Lord" as contenders for the Christian era, "Baby Baby" for general audiences.
  • Eddy Grant — "Electric Avenue"
  • The Grateful Dead — "Casey Jones", though younger fans would cite "Touch of Gray"
  • 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"
  • Vivian Green — "Emotional Rollercoaster"
  • Green Carnation"Light of Day, Day of Darkness"
  • Green Day:
    • To rock audiences: "Basket Case", "Welcome to Paradise", "Longview", "When I Come Around" (from Dookie), and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (from nimrod.) for their '90s material; "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Wake Me Up When September Ends", "Holiday", "American Idiot" (from American Idiot), "Know Your Enemy", and "21 Guns" for their '00s work.
    • To general audiences: Almost certainly "Good Riddance" for the '90s and "Idiot" and "Boulevard" for the '00s.
  • Norman Greenbaum — "Spirit in the Sky"
  • Lee Greenwood — "God Bless the USA"
  • The Greg Kihn Band — Initially "Jeopardy", but now "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)", as the former is better known via a parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Edvard Grieg — "Hall of the Mountain King" (which isn't a song, by the way)
  • Grimes — "Oblivion"
  • Tee Grizzley –- "First Day Out"
  • Grizzly Bear — "Two Weeks"
  • Grouplove — "Tongue Tied"
  • Groove Armada — "I See You Baby"
  • Groove Theory — "Tell Me"
  • GS Boyz — "Stanky Legg"
  • Guano Apes — "Open Your Eyes"
  • Vince Guaraldi — Originally "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" (from Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus) but has now become more identified by "Linus and Lucy"
  • Gucci Mane — Initially “Spotlight”, but now "Both" or "I Get The Bag"
  • The Guess Who — "American Woman"
  • David Guetta — "Love Is Gone", "Titanium", or for his later work, "Hey Mama"
  • 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 Massacree"
  • Woody Guthrie — "This Land Is Your Land"
  • Guttermouth — "She's Got the Look" or "I'm Destroying the World"
  • Gym Class Heroes — "Cupid's Chokehold" or "Stereo Hearts"
    • Travie McCoy — "Billionaire"
  • GZA — "Liquid Swords"
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  • Haddaway — "What is Love?"
  • Hadouken! — "M.A.D."
  • Sammy Hagar — "I Can't Drive 55" as a solo artist, "Why Can't This Be Love?" with Van Halen
  • Hail The Villain — "Runaway"
  • Haim — "The Wire"
  • Halestorm — "I Get Off", "Love Bites (So Do I)", or "I Miss the Misery"
  • Daryl Hall and John Oates — "Maneater", "Out of Touch", or "Rich Girl"
  • Geri Halliwell — "It's Raining Men".
  • Halsey — "Closer" (shared with the Chainsmokers); for her own songs, "Without Me".
  • Hammerfall — "Hearts On Fire"
  • Hampton the Hampster — "Hampster Dance"
  • Lionel Hampton — "Flying Home"
  • 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"
  • Hardline — "Hot Cherie"
  • Calvin Harris — "Acceptable in the 80s" for his earlier work, "Summer" for his later material. By album:
    • I Created Disco — "Acceptable in the 80s"
    • Ready for the Weekend — "I'm Not Alone" or the title track
    • 18 Months — "Feel So Close", "We Found Love"note  or "I Need Your Love"note 
    • Motion — "Summer"
    • Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1 — "Slide"note , "Rollin"note  or "Feels". Overall, the best known song from around that time is "This Is What You Came For", but it never appeared on any album.
  • 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"
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins — "I Put a Spell on You"
  • Sophie B. Hawkins — "As I Lay Me Down" 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"
  • He Is We — "All About Us" note 
  • Murray Head — "One Night in Bangkok"
  • Head East — "Never Been Any Reason"
  • Headstones — "When Something Stands for Nothing" or "Smile and Wave"
  • The Head and the Heart — "Down in the Valley"
  • Heather Headley — "In My Mind"
  • HEALTH
    • Self-Titled Album — "Crimewave"
    • Get Color — "Die Slow"
    • Death Magic — "Stonefist" or "New Coke"
    • Overall — "Crimewave" is their most well-known song in part due to the Crystal Castles remix. However, their cover of the Units' "High Pressure Days", known as "High Pressure Dave", has easily become a contender thanks to its appearance in Grand Theft Auto V.
  • Heart — "Barracuda" and "Alone".
  • Heatwave — "Boogie Nights" or "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)".
  • Hella — "Biblical Violance"
  • Hellhammer — "The Triumph of Death"
  • Helloween — "I Want Out"
  • Hellyeah — "You Wouldn't Know"
  • Bobby Helms — "Jingle Bell Rock"
  • Zack Hemsey — "Vengeance"
  • Ella Henderson — "Ghost"
  • 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"
  • Hey Violet — "Guys My Age"
  • Hi-Five — "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)"
  • Highly Suspect — "My Name Is Human", formerly "Lydia"
  • Dan Hill – "Sometimes When We Touch" or "Can't We Try"note 
  • Faith Hill — "Breathe" and "There You'll Be"
  • Hilltop Hoods — "The Nosebleed Section", "Chase That Feeling", "1955" or "Higher"
  • Keri Hilson — "Knock You Down"
  • Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall — "Juju on Dat Beat"
  • 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", or "The Air That I Breathe"
  • 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"
  • The Honeyrods — "Love Bee"
  • Honeyz — "Finally Found" or "Won't Take It Lying Down"
  • Hoobastank — "The Reason"
  • The Hoosiers — "Goodbye Mr A"
  • The Hooters — "And We Danced"
  • Hootie & the Blowfish — "Hold My Hand", "Let Her Cry" or "Only Wanna Be With You"
  • Bob Hope — "Thanks for the Memory"
  • Bruce Hornsby and the Range — "The Way It Is"
  • Hot Chelle Rae — "Tonight Tonight"
  • Hot Chip — "Over and Over"
  • 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" with "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" as another contender.
  • House of Pain — "Jump Around"
    • Everlast — "What It's Like"
  • Randy Houser — "Runnin' Outta Moonlight"
  • Ben Howard — "Only Love"
  • James Newton Howard — "The Hanging Tree" (shared with Jennifer Lawrence) was his first charting hit, but that song is generally considered Lawrence's song rather than his; he's best known for the score to The Dark Knight Trilogy with Hans Zimmer.
  • Howlin' Wolf — "Smokestack Lightnin'"
  • Hozier — "Take Me To Church"
  • Jennifer Hudson — "Spotlight"
  • Huey — "Pop, Lock, & Drop It"
  • The Human League — "Don't You Want Me"
  • Sam Hunt — "Body Like a Back Road"
  • Hunters & Collectors — "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
  • Hurricane Chris — "A Bay Bay"
  • Lord Huron — "The Night We Met"
  • Hurt — "Rapture" (although "Ten Ton Brick" was their highest-charting hit)
  • Hurts — "Wonderful Life"
  • Hüsker Dü — "Makes No Sense At All"
  • Hybrid (Welsh electronic music trio) — "Finished Symphony", "Disappear Here", "Be Here Now"
  • Brian Hyland — "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini"
  • Hyuna — "Ice Cream"

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  • 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"
  • Icon for Hire — "Make A Move"
  • Billy Idol — "Dancing With Myself," "Rebel Yell" or "White Wedding"
  • Enrique Iglesias — "Bailamos" and "Hero" for his earlier material, “I Like It” and “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” for his later material.
  • IHeartMemphis/ILoveMemphis — "Hit The Quan"
  • ILoveMakonnen — "Tuesday" (though it's more associated with Drake)
  • Ill Nino — "What Comes Around"
  • Imagine Dragons — Previously "It's Time," but now far and away "Radioactive" overall. By album:
    • Night Visions: “Radioactive”
    • Smoke + Mirrors: “I Bet My Life”
    • Evolve: “Believer” or “Thunder”
    • Origins: “Natural”
  • Natalie Imbruglia — "Torn"
  • Immolation — "Father, You're Not a Father"
  • Immortal — "Call of the Wintermoon"
  • Imogen Heap — "Hide and Seek"
  • Inner Circle — "Bad Boys"
  • In This Moment — "Blood"
  • Incubus — "Drive"
  • India.Arie — "Video"
  • The Indigy — "Apache (Warrior Bow)"
  • In Flames — "Behind Space", "Moonshield", or "Only For The Weak" for their earlier work; "Take This Life", "Cloud Connected" or "Deliver Us" for their later work
  • Chuck Inglish — "Came Thru/Easily"
  • James Ingram — "Just Once", "Yah Mo B There"note  or "I Don't Have The Heart"
  • Injected — "Faithless"
  • Injury Reserve — "ttktv" or "Oh Shit!!!"
  • Inna — "Cola Song" or "Hot"
  • Interpol — "Obstacle 1"
    • Julian Plenti - "Girl on the Sporting News"
  • The Interrupters — "She's Kerosene"
  • 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'"
  • Islander — "Coconut Dracula"
  • The Isley Brothers — "Shout" (for the original lineup), "Who's That Lady" (for the "3x3" lineup)
  • Issues — "King of Amarillo", "Boyfriend", "Hooligans", or "Stingray Affliction"
  • IU — "Good Day"
  • IYAZ — "Replay"
  • J Balvin — "Ay Vamos" or "Mi Gente"
  • Jack & Jack — "Rise" (shared with Jonas Blue)
  • Terry Jacks — "Seasons in the Sun"
  • Freddie Jackson — "You Are My Lady" or "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)"
  • Janet Jackson — "That's The Way Love Goes" or "Rhythm Nation"
  • Joe Jackson — "Steppin' Out" or "Is She Really Going Out with Him?"
  • Michael Jackson — "Billie Jean" or “Thriller” overall.
    • By album:
    • Got to Be There — "Got to Be There" or "Rockin' Robin"
    • Ben — "Ben"
    • Music and Me — "Music and Me"
    • Off the Wall — "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Rock With You", or "Off the Wall"
    • Thriller — "Thriller", "Beat It" or "Billie Jean"
    • Bad — "Bad", "Man in the Mirror", or "Smooth Criminal"
    • Dangerous — "Black or White" or "Remember the Time"
    • HIStory — "You are Not Alone", "Earth Song" or "They Don't Really Care About Us"
    • Blood on the Dance Floor — "Blood on the Dance Floor"
    • Invincible — "You Rock My World"
    • Xscape — "Love Never Felt So Good"
  • Rebbie Jackson — "Centipede"
  • The Jackson Five — By album:
    • Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 — "I Want You Back"
    • ABC — "ABC" or "The Love You Save"
    • Third Album — "I'll Be There".
    • Maybe Tomorrow — "Never Can Say Goodbye"
    • Dancing Machine —"Dancing Machine"
    • Following their name change to the Jacksons:
    • The Jacksons — "Enjoy Yourself"
    • Destiny — "Blame It on the Boogie" or "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
    • Triumph — "Can You Feel It"
    • Victory — "State of Shock"
    • 2300 Jackson Street —"2300 Jackson Street"
    • Overall: "I Want You Back", "ABC", and "I'll Be There" as the Jackson 5; "Blame It On The Boogie" or "Can You Feel It" as the Jacksons.
  • Jack Ü — "Where Are Ü Now" note 
  • Felix Jaehn — "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (shared with Jasmine Thompson) as a lead artist, overall he's best known for his remix of OMI's "Cheerleader".
  • Jagged Edge— "Where the Party At"
  • JAM Project — "SKILL, or GONG"
  • The Jam — "Going Underground"
  • Jamelia — "Superstar"
  • James — "Sit Down" in the UK, "Laid" in the U.S.
  • Etta James — "At Last" and "I Just Wanna Make Love To You".
  • Harry James — "You Made Me Love You"
  • Rick James — "Super Freak"
  • Tommy James — "Hanky Panky"
  • Trinidad James — "All Gold Everything"
  • Jamie T — "Sheila", "Emily's Heart" or "Sticks & Stones"
  • Jamiroquai — "Virtual Insanity", "Canned Heat"
  • Jane's Addiction — "Jane Says" or "Been Caught Stealing." "Hypersonic" to those who are fans of the SSX series.
  • Chris Janson — "Buy Me a Boat"
  • Janus — "Eyesore"
  • Ja Rule — "Always on Time"
  • Jay Rock — "Hood Gone Love It" or "King's Dead"
  • Jay-Z — "99 Problems" overall. By album:
    • Reasonable Doubt — "Dead Presidents"
    • In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 — "The City Is Mine"
    • Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life — "Can I Get A…" or the title track
    • Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter — "Big Pimpin'"
    • The Dynasty: Roc La Familia — "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
    • The Blueprint — "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
    • The Best of Both Worlds — "Take You Home with Me (A.K.A. Body)" (shared with R. Kelly)
    • The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse — "03 Bonnie & Clyde" (shared with Beyoncé)
    • The Black Album — "99 Problems"
    • Unfinished Business — "Big Chips" (shared with R. Kelly)
    • Collision Course — "Numb/Encore" (shared with Linkin Park)
    • Kingdom Come — "Show Me What You Got"
    • American Gangster — "Blue Magic"
    • The Blueprint 3 — "Empire State of Mind" (shared with Alicia Keys)
    • Watch the Throne — "Niggas In Paris" (shared with Kanye West)
    • Magna Carta Holy Grail — "Holy Grail" (shared with Justin Timberlake)
    • 4:44 — The title track
  • J Dash — "Wop"
  • Jedward — "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)" or "Lipstick"
  • Jefferson Airplane — "Somebody To Love" or "White Rabbit" (from Surrealistic Pillow)
  • Jem — "They"
  • 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" (though it's probably more associated with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in the US)
  • 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"
  • Jidenna — "Classic Man" or "Long Live the Chief"
  • Jimmie's Chicken Shack — "Do Right"
  • Jimmy Eat World — "The Middle"
  • J-Kwon — "Tipsy"
  • JLS — "Beat Again"
  • Jo Boxers — "Just Got Lucky"
  • Joe — "Stutter" and "I Wanna Know"
  • Billy Joel — by album:
    • Piano Man — "Piano Man"
    • The Stranger — "Only the Good Die Young"
    • 52nd Street — "My Life" or "Big Shot"
    • Glass Houses — "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" or "You May Be Right"
    • An Innocent Man — "Uptown Girl" or "Tell Her About It"
    • Storm Front — "We Didn't Start The Fire", with "I Go to Extremes" as another contender.
    • River of Dreams — The title track
  • Elton John — "Your Song", "Rocket Man", "Tiny Dancer," or "Candle in the Wind 1997"
  • Robert John — "Sad Eyes"
  • Johnny Hates Jazz — "Shattered Dreams"
  • JoJo — "Leave (Get Out)"
  • Don Johnson — "Heartbeat"
  • Jack Johnson — "Banana Pancakes"
  • Freedy Johnston — "Bad Reputation"
  • Jim Johnston — "I Won't Do What You Tell Me", Graveyard Symphony", or (briefly) "ChaChaLaLa"
  • Nick Jonas — "Jealous"
    • Nick Jonas & The Administration — "Who I Am"
  • Jonas Brothers — "Burnin' Up" for their original output, "Sucker" for their 2019 reunion.
  • George Jones — "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
  • Glenn Jones — "Here I Go Again"
  • Grace Jones — "Pull Up to the Bumper"
  • Isham Jones — "I'll See You in My Dreams" or "It Had to Be You" (probably the Ur-Example)
  • Jim Jones — "We Fly High"
  • Kent Jones — "Don't Mind"
  • 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 — A 3-way tie between "Maple Leaf Rag", "Solace", and "The Entertainer"
  • Eric Johnson — "Cliffs of Dover"
  • Alexis Jordan — "Happiness"
  • Montell Jordan — "This Is How We Do It"
  • Journey — "Don't Stop Believin'" overall. By album:
    • Infinity — "Wheel in the Sky"
    • Evolution — Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"
    • Departure — "Any Way You Want It"
    • Escape — "Don't Stop Believin'", with "Open Arms" and "Who's Crying Now" as other contenders
    • Frontiers — "Faithfully", or "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
  • Vance Joy — "Riptide"
  • Joy Division — "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  • Joye Manor — "Constant Headache"
  • Joywave — "Destruction" or "Tongues"
  • JRDN — "U Can Have It All"
  • Juanes — "A Dios le Pido"
  • Judas Priest —"Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law" (Both from British Steel), or "You Got Another Thing Comin'"
  • Juice WRLD — "Lucid Dreams"
  • Julien K"This Machine", "Kick the Bass" or "Technical Difficulties"
  • Jungle — "Busy Earnin'"
  • Juniel — "Illa Illa"
  • Junior — "Mama Used to Say"
  • Junior Senior — "Move Your Feet"
  • Justice — "D.A.N.C.E."
  • Juvenile — Previously either "Back That Azz Up" or "Slow Motion", but now indisputably the former.

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  • K'naan — "Wavin' Flag"
  • Kaiser Cartel — "Favorite Song"
  • Kajagoogoo — "Too Shy"
  • Kaiser Chiefs — "I Predict A Riot" or "Ruby"
  • Kaizers Orchestra — "Kontroll på kontinentet"
  • Kaleo — "Way Down We Go" for alternative radio listeners and to the mainstream, "No Good" for active rock radio listeners.
  • Kamelot — "The Haunting"
  • Kamikazee — "Narda"
  • 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 — By album:
    • Self-Titled Album — "Club Foot"
    • Empire — "Shoot the Runner"
    • West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum — "Underdog" or "Fire"
    • Velociraptor! — "Days Are Forgotten" or "Goodbye Kiss"
    • 48:13 — "eez-eh", "stevie" or "bumblebeee"
    • For Crying Out Loud — "You're In Love With A Psycho" or "Comeback Kid"
    • Overall — "Club Foot", "Underdog" and the Velociraptor! signatures are the frontrunners in the mainstream crowd, "Fire" for most Association Football fans.
  • Katy B — "Katy on a mission" or "Crying for No Reason"
  • Kaya — "Chocolat"
  • K Camp — "Cut Her Off"
  • KC and the Sunshine Band — "That's the Way (I Like It)"
  • KC-i and Jojo — "All My Life"
  • KDA — "Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)" (though it's probably more associated with Tinie Tempah and/or Katy B)
  • Keane — "Somewhere Only We Know"
  • Keemstar — "Dollar In The Woods!"
  • Kehlani — "Gangsta"
  • Toby Keith — Originally "Should've Been a Cowboy", but now the signature songs are either "Red Solo Cup" or "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue"
  • 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 2000s, "Ignition (Remix)"
  • Tori Kelly — "Nobody Love" or "Should've Been Us"
  • Anna Kendrick — "Cups (''Pitch Perfect's'' When I'm Gone)"
  • Kenny G — "Songbird"
  • Alicia Keys — By album:
    • Songs in A Minor: "Fallin'"
    • The Diary of Alicia Keys: “If I Ain’t Got You”
    • As I Am: “No One”
    • The Element of Freedom: “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
    • Girl on Fire: The title track
    • HERE: “In Common”
  • Ke$ha — By Album
    • Animal: "Tik Tok", with "Your Love is My Drug" as a runner up
    • Cannibal: "We Are Who We Are"
    • Warrior: "Die Young"
    • Rainbow: "Praying"
  • K.Flay — "Blood in the Cut"
  • Aram Khachaturian — "Sabre Dance"
  • Khaled — "Didi" and/or "Aïcha"
  • Khalid — "Love Lies"
  • Wiz Khalifa — "Black & Yellow" to the hip-hop/urban community; "See You Again" (from the Furious 7 Soundtrack) 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" (the "Trololo" song)
  • Kid Cudi — "Day 'n' Nite" or "Pursuit of Happiness"
  • Kid Rock:
    • "Cowboy" or "Bawitdaba" (Nu Metal era)
    • "All Summer Long" (country era)
  • Kiesza — "Hideaway"
  • Kiiara — "Gold"
  • Killer Be Killed — "Wings of Feather and Wax"
  • The Killers — "Mr. Brightside", "Somebody Told Me", or "Human"
  • Killing Joke — "Love Like Blood"
  • Kill It Kid — "Blood Stop and Run"
  • Natalia Kills — "Mirrors"
  • Killswitch Engage — By album:
    • Alive or Just Breathing — "My Last Serenade"
    • The End of HeartacheThe title track
    • As Daylight Dies — "My Curse"
    • Killswitch Engage (2009) — "Starting Over"
    • Disarm the Descent — "In Due Time"
    • Incarnate — "Hate by Design"
    • Overall: "My Curse" (Howard Jones era), "In Due Time" (Jesse Leach era).
  • Andy Kim — "Rock Me Gently"
  • Cheyenne Kimball — "Hanging On"
  • Kari Kimmel — "Let's Light it Up"
  • Ben E. King — "Stand by Me"
  • Carole King — "It's Too Late" (from Tapestry)
  • Elle King — "Ex's and Oh's" to mainstream audiences; "Different For Girls" (with Dierks Bentley) to country audiences
  • King Crimson — "21st Century Schizoid Man" (from In the Court of the Crimson King)
  • King Diamond — "The Family Ghost" or "Welcome Home"
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: By Album:
    • 12 Bar Bruise — "Elbow"
    • Eyes Like the Sky — "Fort Whipple" or the title track
    • Float Along — Fill Your Lungs — "30 Past 7"
    • Oddments — "Vegemite"
    • I'm in Your Mind Fuzz — "Cellophane" or "Am I in Heaven?"
    • ''Quarters!" — "The River"
    • Paper Mache Dream Balloon — "Trapdoor" or the title track
    • Nonagon Infinity — "Gamma Knife" or "Evil Death Roll"
    • Flying Microtonal Banana — "Rattlesnake"
    • Murder of the Universe — "Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe" (actually six songs in one)
    • Sketches of Brunswick East — "Sketches of Brunswick East, pts. I & II"
    • Polygondwanaland — "The Fourth Colour"
    • Gumboot Soup — "All Is Known"
    • Fishing for Fishies — "Cyboogie"
    • Infest the Rats' Nest — "Planet B"
    • Overall: Either "Gamma Knife" or "Rattlesnake"
  • King Missile — "Detachable Penis"
  • Gershon Kingsley — "Popcorn"
  • Kings of Leon — "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody"
  • The Kingsmen — "Louie, Louie"
  • Sean Kingston — "Beautiful Girls"
  • The Kinks — "You Really Got Me"
  • Emily Kinney — "Be Good"
  • KISS — "Rock and Roll All Nite"
  • Kittie — "Brackish"
  • Kitty Pryde — "okcupid"
  • Michael Kiwanuka — "Home Again"
  • The KLF — "3 AM Eternal"
  • KMFDM — "Juke Joint Jezebel", "Megalomaniac", or "Ultra"
  • The Knack — "My Sharona"
  • Knife Party — "Internet Friends" or "Bonfire"
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips — "Midnight Train To Georgia"
  • Knocked Loose — "Deadringer"
  • Koan Sound — "Funk Blaster"
  • Kodak Black — “Tunnel Vision” or "Zeze"
  • 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 — "Freak on a Leash" overall. By album:
    • Korn — "Blind"
    • Life is Peachy — "A.D.I.D.A.S."
    • Follow the Leader — "Freak on a Leash"
    • Issues — "Falling Away from Me"
    • Untouchables — "Here to Stay"
    • Take a Look in the Mirror — "Did My Time"
    • Greatest Hits — "Word Up!"
    • See You on the Other Side — "Twisted Transistor" or "Coming Undone"
    • Untitled album — "Evolution"
    • Korn III — "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)"
    • The Path of Totality — "Narcissistic Cannibal"
    • The Paradigm Shift — "Never Never"
    • The Serenity of Suffering — "Rotting in Vain"
      • Jonathan Davis — "What It Is"
  • 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?"
  • Kreator — "Ripping Corpse"
  • 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"
  • Kygo — "It Ain't Me", although that is more known as Selena Gomez' song. For songs that are actually associated with him, "Firestone" and "Stole the Show".
  • Kyle — "iSpy"
  • Kyuss — "One Inch Man"

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