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  • L7 — "Pretend We're Dead"
  • The La's — "There She Goes"
  • La Dispute — "Said the King to the River"
  • La Roux — "Bulletproof"
  • Labelle/Patti Labelle — "Lady Marmalade"
  • Labrinth — "Beneath Your Beautiful" or "Earthquake" in the U.K.; indisputably the former everywhere else
  • Lacuna Coil — "Our Truth"
  • Lady Antebellum — "Need You Now", with "Just A Kiss" a clear second.
  • Lady Gaga — By album:
    • The Fame — "Just Dance" and "Poker Face"
    • The Fame Monster — "Bad Romance"
    • Born This Way — The title track.
    • Artpop — "Applause"
    • Joanne — "Million Reasons"
    • A Star Is Born (2018) — "Shallow" (co-shared with Bradley Cooper) and "I'll Never Love Again"
    • Overall — "Poker Face", "Bad Romance" or "Born This Way" (or "Just Dance" for older fans)
  • The Lady of Rage — "Afro Puffs"
  • Lagwagon — "May 16"
  • Kendrick Lamar — By album:
    • Section.80 — "ADHD", "HiiiPoWeR"
    • good kid, m.A.A.d city — "Swimming Pools (Drank)" or "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"
    • To Pimp a Butterfly — "i", "King Kunta", "Alright"
    • untitled unmastered. — "untitled 07 | levitate"
    • DAMN.: "HUMBLE."
    • Black Panther: The Album: “All the Stars” or “Pray for Me”
    • Overall: While "Swimming Pools" was his first mainstream success, "Alright" won him a Grammy for Best Rap Song and later on became a Black Lives Matter anthem. However, "HUMBLE." seems to have won the title overall.
  • Lamb of God — "Redneck"
  • Adam Lambert — "Whataya Want From Me", or "For Your Entertainment"
  • Miranda Lambert — "Gunfighter and Lead," "The House That Built Me," and "Over You"
  • Tory Lanez — "Say It" or "LUV"
  • Stef Lang — “Mr. Immature”
  • Larc En Ciel — "Ready, Steady, Go"
  • Amel Larrieux — "For Real"
  • Zara Larsson — "Lush Life" or "Never Forget You" (shared with MNEK) in Europe; the latter indisputably in the US.
  • The Last Goodnight — "Pictures of You"
  • Cyndi Lauper — "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", with "Time After Time" being a close second.
  • Avril Lavigne — "Complicated" or "Girlfriend". By album:
    • Let Go— "Complicated" or "I'm With You''
    • Under My Skin — "My Happy Ending"
    • The Best Damn Thing — "Girlfriend"
    • Goodbye Lullaby — "What the Hell"
    • Avril Lavigne — "Here's to Never Growing Up" or "Hello Kitty"
    • Head Above Water: The title track
  • Jennifer Lawrence — "The Hanging Tree" (shared with James Newton Howard)
  • Lawson — "Brokenhearted"
  • Lazlo Bane — "Superman"
  • LCD Soundsystem — "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" or "All my Friends"
  • Ledisi — "Pieces of Me"
  • Led Zeppelin — "Stairway to Heaven" overall. By album:
    • Led Zeppelin — "Dazed and Confused" or "Good Times, Bad Times"
    • Led Zeppelin II — "Whole Lotta Love" or "Ramble On"
    • Led Zeppelin III — "Immigrant Song"
    • Led Zeppelin IV — "Stairway To Heaven" (with "Rock and Roll" and "Going to California" not far behind.)
    • Houses of the Holy — "Over the Hills and Far Away"
    • Physical Graffiti — "Kashmir"
    • Presence — "Achilles Last Stand" or "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
    • In Through the Out Door — "Fool in the Rain"
    • Coda — "Darlene"
    • Boxed Set — "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" or "Travelling Riverside Blues"
    • Boxed Set 2 — "Baby Come On Home"
    • BBC Sessions — "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair"
  • The Left Banke — "Pretty Ballerina" and "Walk Away Renee"
  • John Legend — Previously "Ordinary People," but now "All of Me"
  • Lemar — "If There's Any Justice"
  • Lemon Demon — "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny"
  • The Lemon Pipers — "Green Tambourine"
  • The Lemonheads — "Mrs. Robinson"
  • Len — "Steal My Sunshine"
  • Lene Marlin — "Sitting Down Here"
  • Lenka — "The Show" or "Everything at Once"
  • John Lennon — "Imagine"
  • Less Than Jake — "All My Best Friends are Metalheads"
  • Letlive — "Younger"
  • Letoya - "Torn"
  • Letters to Cleo — "Here & Now"
  • Level 42 — "Lessons In Love" in the UK, "Something About You" in the U.S.
  • LeVert — "Casanova"
  • Huey Lewis and the News — "The Power of Love" or (according to Patrick Bateman) "Hip To Be Square"
  • Jerry Lee Lewis — "Great Balls of Fire"
  • Donna Lewis — "I Love You, Always Forever"
  • Leona Lewis — "Bleeding Love"
  • The Libertines — "Can't Stand Me Now"
  • Liberty X — "Just A Little"
  • Lifehouse — "Hanging By A Moment"
  • LFO — "Summer Girls"
  • Gordon Lightfoot — "If You Could Read My Mind," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," or "Sundown"
  • The Lightning Seeds — "Three Lions"
  • Like a Storm — "Love the Way You Hate Me" or "Become the Enemy"
  • Lil B — "Wonton Soup" or "I'm Paris Hilton"
  • Lil Boosie — "Wipe Me Down"
  • Lil Chris — "Checkin' It Out
  • Lil Dicky — "$ave Dat Money", "Professional Rapper" or “Freaky Friday”
  • Lil Duval — “Smile Bitch”
  • Lil' Flip — "Sunshine"
  • Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz — "Get Low"
    • Lil Jon — "Turn Down for What" (shared with DJ Snake)
  • Lil' Kim — "Queen Bitch"
  • Lil Mama — Originally "Lip Gloss" or "Shawty Get Loose", but now unquestionably the former
  • Lil Nas X — “Old Town Road”
  • Lil Peep — "Awful Things" or “I’ve Been Waiting”
  • Lil Pump — "Gucci Gang"
  • Lil Scrappy — "Money In The Bank"
  • Lil Uzi Vert — "XO TOUR Llif3"
  • Lil Wayne — "Lollipop"
    • Young Money — "Bedrock"
  • Lil Yatchy — "Peek-a-Boo", although as a featured artist, "Broccoli" and "iSpy"
  • Lillywood & the Prick — "Prayer in C" (specifically the remix by Robin Schulz)
  • Limp Bizkit — By album:
    • Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ — "Counterfeit" or "Faith"
    • Significant Other — "Nookie" or "Break Stuff" (or "N 2 Gether Now" for hip-hop listeners)
    • Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water — "Rollin'" (or to a lesser extent "My Way", because it always brings pleasant memories of WrestleMania X-Seven, or "Take a Look Around" for Mission: Impossible fans)
    • Results May Vary — "Eat You Alive" or "Behind Blue Eyes"
    • Gold Cobra — "Shotgun"
    • Overall — "Nookie", "Break Stuff", and "Rollin'" are the frontrunners.
  • Lindisfarne — "Fog on the Tyne"
  • Linkin Park — By album:
    • Hybrid Theory — "In the End" (or possibly "Crawling", for all the wrong reasons, and also "One Step Closer")
      • Reanimation — "Pts.OF.Athrty"
    • Meteora — "Numb", "Faint", "Breaking the Habit" or "Somewhere I Belong"
    • Collision Course — "Numb/Encore" (shared with Jay-Z)
    • Minutes to Midnight — "What I've Done" or "Bleed It Out"
    • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack — "New Divide"
    • A Thousand Suns — "The Catalyst", "Waiting for the End" or "Iridescent"
    • Living Things — "Burn It Down" or "Castle of Glass"
      • Recharged — "A Light that Never Comes"
    • The Hunting Party — "Guilty All the Same" or "Until It's Gone"
    • One More Light — "Heavy" initially, though "Talking to Myself" is set to displace it due to being released on the same day as Chester Bennington's tragic death. The title track also counts, especially after the deaths of both Bennington and his friend Chris Cornell.
    • Overall — "In The End", "Numb", and "What I've Done" are the main frontrunners, with "One Step Closer", "Faint", "New Divide", "Burn It Down" and either "One More Light" or "Talking to Myself" as secondary headliners.
      • Fort Minor — Initially "Where'd You Go?", but has over time become "Remember The Name"
      • Dead By Sunrise — "Crawl Back In"
      • Mike Shinoda — "Watching As I Fall"
  • Lion — "The Transformers (Theme)"
  • Dua Lipa — "New Rules" in the U.S., but it’s debatable in her native UK
  • Lipps Inc. — "Funky Town"
  • Franz Liszt — "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2"
  • Lit — "My Own Worst Enemy"
  • Little Big Town — Tough call between "Pontoon" or "Girl Crush". The former was their biggest hit on country radio and their most popular song amongst their core demographic. The latter, on the other hand, is their most widely known and beloved song to general audiences. "Better Man" is also a contender.
  • Little Birdy — "Come On, Come On"
  • Little Eva — "The Locomotion"
  • Little Feat — "Dixie Chicken"
  • Little Mix — "Wings", "Shout Out to My Ex", or "Black Magic"
  • Little Richard — "Tutti Frutti" (from Here's Little Richard)
  • Little River Band — "Reminiscing"
  • Live — "Lightning Crashes"
  • Living Colour — "Cult of Personality"
  • The Living End — "Prisoner of Society"
  • The Living Tombstone — "Discord (Remix)"
  • Lizzo — “Truth Hurts”
  • LL Cool J — "Mama Said Knock You Out" or "I Can't Live Without My Radio"
  • Lloyd — "You"
  • Cher Lloyd — "Swagger Jagger" in the UK, "Want U Back" in the US
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber — "The Phantom of the Opera," "Memory," or "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina"
  • LMFAO — "Party Rock Anthem" or "Sexy and I Know It"
  • LMNT — "Juliet"
  • Local H — "Bound for the Floor"
  • LoCash — "I Love This Life"
  • Löded Diper — "Exploded Diper"
  • Lo-Fidelity Allstars — "Battle Flag"
  • Kenny Loggins — "Footloose" or "Danger Zone"
  • Logic - "1-800-273-8255"
  • London After Midnight — "Kiss"
  • London Grammar — "Strong", "Hey Now" or "Wasting My Young Years"
  • The Lonely Island — "I'm on a Boat" or "I Just Had Sex"
  • Lonestar — "Amazed"
  • Long Beach Dub Allstars — "Sunny Hours"
  • Longo & Wainwright — "One Life Stand"
  • Loose Ends — "Hangin' on the String (Contemplating)"
  • Jennifer Lopez — "Jenny From the Block" and "Let's Get Loud"
  • Lo-Pro — "Sunday"
  • Lorde — "Royals" (from The Love Club and Pure Heroine) note 
  • Lordi — "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
  • Loreen — "Euphoria"
  • Los Fabulosos Cadillacs — "El Matador"
  • Lost Boyz — "Renee"
  • Lost Frequencies — "Are You With Me?"
  • Lostprophets — "Last Train Home" or "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
  • Los Lobos — "La Bamba"
  • Los Del Rio — "Macarena"
  • Los Lonely Boys — "Heaven"
  • Pixie Lott — "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"
  • Demi Lovato — "Skyscraper", "Give Your Heart A Break", "Heart Attack" or "Cool For the Summer"
  • Love — Initially "7 Plus 7 Is", but now "Alone Again Or"
  • Love and Rockets — "No New Tale to Tell" or "So Alive"
  • Love Battery — "Out of Focus"
  • Loverance — "Up"
  • Loverboy — "Working For the Weekend"
  • The Lovin' Spoonful — "Summer in the City" or "Do You Believe in Magic?"
  • Low — "Lullaby"
  • Lower Than Atlantis — "Here We Go"
  • LP — "Lost On You"
  • Ludacris — "Move Bitch"
  • Ludo — "Love Me Dead"
  • Lukas Graham — "7 Years" or "Mama Said" in Denmark, indisputably the former everywhere else
  • Luke Nasty — "Might Be"
  • The Lumineers — "Ho Hey"
  • Lunatic Calm — "Leave You Far Behind"
  • LunchMoney Lewis — "Bills"
  • Luniz — "I Got 5 on It"
  • Luscious Jackson — "Naked Eye"
  • Lustra — "Scotty Doesn't Know"
  • Dustin Lynch — "Cowboys and Angels" or "Hell of a Night"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd — "Sweet Home Alabama" to general audiences; "Free Bird" to the rock community (to the point that the Iconic Song Request became a Memetic Mutation!)
  • Kevin Lyttle — "Turn Me On"

    M 
  • M — "Pop Muzik"
  • M2M — "Don't Say You Love Me"
  • M83 — "Midnight City"
  • M People — "Moving On Up", "Search for the Hero", "One Night in Heaven" are all well-known hits
  • Mabel — “Don’t Call Me Up”
  • Amy Macdonald — "Mr Rock & Roll"
  • Mac Dre — "Thizzelle Dance"
  • Machine Gun Kelly — "Bad Things"
  • Machine Head — "Davidian" or "Block"
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Thrift Shop" or "Can't Hold Us"
  • Madeon — "Finale", "Pay No Mind"note , or "Shelter"note 
  • Madison Avenue — "Don't Call Me Baby"
  • Madness — "House of Fun" in the UK, "Our House" from The Rise & Fall in the U.S.
  • Madonna — By album:
    • Madonna — "Holiday" or "Borderline"
    • Like a Virgin — "Material Girl", "Into the Groove", or the title track
    • True Blue — "Papa Don't Preach" or "Open Your Heart"
    • Who's That Girl — The title track
    • Like a Prayer — The title track or "Express Yourself"
    • I'm Breathless — "Vogue"
    • The Immaculate Collection — "Justify My Love"
    • Erotica — The title track
    • Bedtime Stories — "Take a Bow"
    • Something to Remember — "You'll See"
    • Evita — "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
    • Ray of Light — The title track
    • Music (album) — The title track
    • American Life — The title track
    • Confessions on a Dance Floor — "Hung Up"
    • Hard Candy — "4 Minutes"
    • Celebration — The title track
    • MDNA — "Give Me All Your Lovin'"
    • Rebel Heart — "Bitch I'm Madonna"
    • Madame X — "Medellín" or "I Rise"
    • Overall — "Virgin", "Material Girl", "Prayer", and "Vogue" are probably the ones she's best known for throughout her career.
  • MAGIC! — "Rude"
  • Austin Mahone — "What About Love?" or "MMM Yeah"
  • Maino — "Hi Hater" ("All the Above" would be this were it not more commonly associated with T-Pain)
  • Major Lazer — "Lean On" from Peace Is The Mission
  • Miriam Makeba — "Pata Pata"
  • Malfunkshun — "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hand)" or "My Only Fan"
  • Malice Mizer — "Beast of Blood"
  • The Mamas and the Papas — "California Dreamin"' or "Monday, Monday"
  • Manfred Mann — "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" for his first band, "Blinded By The Light" for the Earth Band
  • Manic Street Preachers — "A Design For Life" or "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"
  • Manilla Road — "Necropolis"
  • Barry Manilow — "Copacabana" & "Mandy"
  • Man Overboard — "Where I Left You"
  • Manowar — "Kings of Metal," 'Metal Warriors," or "Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts."
  • Clint Mansell — "Lux Aeterna"
  • Marcy Playground — "Sex and Candy"
  • Marian Hill — "Down", and maybe "Back to Me" for Fifth Harmony fans
  • Marianas Trench — "Cross My Heart" or "All To Myself"
  • Teena Marie — "Lovergirl"
  • Marillion — "Kayleigh"
  • Mario — "Let Me Love You"
  • Bruno Mars — "Uptown Funk!" overall.note  By album:
    • Doo-wops and Hooligans — "Just The Way You Are" and "Grenade"
    • Unorthodox Jukebox — "Locked out of Heaven"
    • 24k Magic — "That's What I Like"
  • The Marshall Tucker Band — "Can't You See", "Fire On The Mountain", or "Heard It In A Love Song"
  • Marshmello — "Happier"
  • Melanie Martinez — "Dollhouse" or "Pity Party"
  • Chuck Mangione — "Feels So Good"
  • Marilyn Manson — "The Beautiful People" overall. By album:
  • Marina & the Diamonds — "Primadonna"
  • Martika — "Toy Soldiers"
  • Bob Marley — "No Woman No Cry" (from Natty Dread, but better known in the live version of Live!). A close second is "I Shot The Sherrif" (from Burnin'), followed by "Three Little Birds", "Jamming" and "One Love" (from Exodus (album) Exodus]])
  • Damian Marley — "Welcome to Jamrock"
  • Ziggy Marley — "Tomorrow People" or "Believe in Yourself"
  • Maroon 5— By album:
    • Songs About Jane — "She Will Be Loved" or "This Love"
    • It Won't Be Soon Before Long— "Makes Me Wonder"
    • Hands All Over— "Misery"
      • Re-issue — "Moves Like Jagger"
    • Overexposed— "Payphone" or "One More Night"
    • V— "Sugar"
    • Red Pill Blues — "Girls Like You”
    • Overall — The Songs About Jane signatures and "Moves Like Jagger"
  • M|A|R|R|S — "Pump Up the Volume" (which was literally the only single the group ever released)
  • The Mars Volta — "L'via L'viaquez"
  • Mia Martina — "Latin Moon" or "HeartBreaker"
  • Dean Martin — "That's Amore" and "Everybody Loves Somebody"
  • Ricky Martin — "Livin' La Vida Loca"
  • Richard Marx — "Right Here Waiting"
  • Mary Mary — "Shackles"
  • Mashina — "Rakevet Layla Le Kahir"
  • Massari — "Be Easy" or "Real Love"
  • Massive Attack — By album:
    • Blue Lines — "Unfinished Sympathy"
    • Protection — The Title Track or "Karmacoma".
    • Mezzanine — "Angel" or "Teardrop"
    • 100th Window — "Butterfly Caught"
    • Heligoland — "Paradise Circus"
    • Overall — "Unfinished Sympathy" was their first signature song, however it would be later ousted by "Teardrop" thanks to a certain medical drama.
  • Masterboy — "Feel The Heat Of The Night"
  • Mastodon — "Blood and Thunder", possibly "Oblivion"
  • Mattafix — "Big City Life"
    • Marlon Roudette — "When The Beat Drops Out"
  • Matchbook Romance — “Monsters”
  • Matchbox Twenty — "3 A.M." or "Unwell"
  • Material Issue — "Valerie Loves Me"
  • Matisyahu — "King Without a Crown"
  • Matt and Kim — "Daylight"
  • Dave Matthews Band — "Ants Marching"
  • Ava Max — "Sweet but Psycho"
  • Maximum the Hormone — "What's Up, People?!" and also Zetsubou Billy" "F" for Dragon Ball Z fans.
  • Edward Maya — "Stereo Love"
  • Maybeshewill — "He Films the Clouds Pt. 2"
  • John Mayer — "No Such Thing" or "Waiting On The World To Change"
  • Mayhem — "Deathcrush" or "Freezing Moon"
  • Conor Maynard — "Vegas Girl"
  • MC5 — "Kick Out the Jams"
  • MC 900 Ft. Jesus — "If I Only Had a Brain"
  • MC Hammer — "U Can't Touch This" (which, ironically, was only his fifth highest charting song) and maybe "2 Legit 2 Quit" for baseball fans.
  • Martina McBride — "Independence Day"
  • Jesse Mc Cartney — "Beautiful Soul" or "Leavin'"
    • Dream Street — "It Happens Everytime"
  • Paul McCartney — "Another Day" (see also Beatles above, and Wings below)
  • Mc Fly — "Five Colours in Her Hair" & "All About You"
  • Tim McGraw — "Live Like You Were Dying"
  • Bonnie McKee — "American Girl"
  • Sarah McLachlan — "I Will Remember You" or "Angel"
  • Don McLean"American Pie"
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness — "Cecilia and the Satellite"
  • Vince McMahon — "Stand Back"
  • Meat Loaf — "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", "Bat Out of Hell", or "I'd Do Anything For Love". At the album level, eight of the eighteen songs in his Greatest Hits collection (which includes three original songs) come from two albums: "Bat Out of Hell" and "Bat Out of Hell II", making those his signature albums.
  • Meat Puppets — "Plateau" or "Lake of Fire"
  • Megadeth — "Symphony of Destruction" or "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". By album:
    • Killing is My Business... And Business Is Good! — "Chosen Ones" or "Last Rites/Loved to Death"
    • Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? — The title track.
    • So Far, So Good... So What! — "In My Darkest Hour"
    • Rust In Peace — "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" or "Hangar 18"
    • Countdown to Extinction — "Symphony of Destruction"
    • Youthanasia — "A Tout Le Monde"
    • Cryptic Writings — "Trust"
    • Risk — "Crush 'Em"
    • The World Needs a Hero — "Promises"
    • The System Has Failed"Back in the Day"
    • United Abominations — "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)"
    • Endgame — "Head Crusher"
    • Thirteen"Sudden Death"
    • Super Collider — The title track.
    • Dystopia — The title track or "Fatal Illusion"
  • John Cougar Mellencamp — "Jack and Diane"
  • Melvins — "Honey Bucket"
  • Men at Work — formerly a tie between "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under"; now undisputably the latter
  • Mental As Anything — "The Nips Are Gettin' Bigger" and "Live It Up"
  • Men Without Hats — "The Safety Dance"
  • Felix Mendelssohn — "Wedding March"
  • Shawn Mendes — "Stitches" from ‘’Handwritten,’’ "Treat You Better" or “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” from ‘’Illuminate’’.
  • Bridgit Mendler — "Ready or Not"
  • Idina Menzel — "Defying Gravity" or "Let It Go"
  • Mercy Drive — "Burn In My Light"
  • Mercyful Fate — "Melissa," "Evil," or "Curse of the Pharaohs"
  • MercyMe — "I Can Only Imagine"
  • Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts — "Angel of the Morning"
  • Meshuggah — "Bleed" overall. By album:
    • Destroy Erase Improve — "Future Breed Machine"
    • Chaosphere — "New Millennium Cyanide Christ"
    • Nothing — "Rational Gaze"
    • Catch Thirtythree — "Shed"
    • obZen — "Bleed"
    • Koloss — "Demiurge"
    • The Violent Sleep of Reason — "Clockworks"
  • Jo Dee Messina — "Lesson in Leavin'", "I'm Alright", "Bye, Bye" or "My Give a Damn's Busted"
  • Metallica — "Master of Puppets", "One", or "Enter Sandman" overall. By album:
    • Kill 'Em All — "Seek & Destroy"
    • Ride the Lightning — "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
    • Master of Puppets — The title track
    • ...And Justice for All — "One"
    • Metallica (The Black Album) — "Enter Sandman"note , and "Nothing Else Matters"
    • Load — "Until it Sleeps" or "King Nothing"
    • Reload — "Fuel"
    • Garage Inc. — Formerly a tie between "Turn the Page" or "Whiskey in the Jar", but now indisputably the latter.
    • S&M — "No Leaf Clover"
    • St. Anger — The title track
    • Death Magnetic — "The Day That Never Comes"
    • Hardwired… To Self-Destruct — "Hardwired"
  • Metric — "Help I'm Alive", "Gold Guns Girls", or "Dead Disco".
  • mewithoutYou — "January 1979" or "In a Sweater Poorly Knit"
  • MGMT — "Electric Feel", "Kids" or "Time to Pretend" from Oracular Spectacular.
  • M.I.A."Paper Planes", with "Bad Girls" a close runner-up
  • Michael Learns To Rock — By album:
    • First Self-Titled Album — "The Actor"
    • Colours — "Sleeping Child". In some countries (Asia specifically), "25 Minutes" and "Out of the Blue" are just as iconic, if not more.
    • Played On Pepper — "That's Why (You Go Away)".
    • Nothing To Lose — "Paint My Love". In some countries (Asia specifically), the Title Track, "I'm Gonna Be Around", and "Breaking My Heart" are just as iconic, if not more.
    • Blue Night — "You Took My Heart Away".
    • Second Self-Titled Album — "Take Me To Your Heart"
    • Eternity — Depends on the country. In the Philippines and India, it's "It's Gonna Make Sense". In Thailand, it's "Sweetest Surprise".
    • Scandinavia — In the Indonesia, India, and their native Denmark, it's "Any Way You Want It".
  • George Michael — "Faith" or "Freedom '90"
  • Julia Michaels — "Issues"
  • Shawn Michaels — "Sexy Boy"
  • Midnight Oil — "Beds Are Burning"
  • Bette Midler — "The Rose," "Wind Beneath My Wings" or "From a Distance."
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones — "The Impression That I Get"
  • Migos — Formerly "Versace", but now "Bad and Boujee" (and to a lesser extent, "T-Shirt" and "Slippery")
  • Miguel — "Adorn"
  • MIGGS — "Ordinary"
  • Miike Snow — "Animal" at first, but now most definitely "Genghis Khan"
  • Mika — "Grace Kelly" or "Love Today"
  • Mike + The Mechanics — "Silent Running" and "The Living Years"
  • Miki Imai - "Part of Your World" cover from The Little Mermaid (by American standards, at least).
  • Robert Miles — "Children"
  • Milky Chance — "Stolen Dance"
  • Glenn Miller — "In The Mood"
  • Mac Miller — "Donald Trump"
  • Steve Miller Band — "The Joker"
  • The Miller Stain Limit — "Cellophane"
  • Meek Mill — "I'm A Boss" or "Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)"
  • Christina Milian — "Dip It Low"
  • M.I.M.S. — "This Is Why I'm Hot"
  • Nicki Minaj — "Super Bass" or "Starships"
  • Ministry — "Jesus Built My Hot Rod"
  • Kylie Minogue
    • Early Work: "I Should Be So Lucky"
    • Early 2000's: "Spinning Around"
    • Recent Work: "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"
  • Minor Threat — "Straight Edge"
  • Masayoshi Minoshima — "Bad Apple!! feat. nomico"
  • Minutemen — "Corona" or "This Ain't No Picnic"
  • The Misfits — "Last Caress", "Hybrid Moments", or "Where Eagles Dare"
  • Mission of Burma — "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"
  • Mis Teeq — "Scandalous"
  • Joni Mitchell — "Big Yellow Taxi"
  • Mitchie M — "Freely Tomorrow" and "Ai Dee"
  • MKTO — "Classic" in the U.S., "Thank You" in Oceania
  • MNEK — "Never Forget You" (shared with Zara Larsson); in his native UK, "Ready For Your Love" (shared with Gorgon City) is a possible rival
  • Mobb Deep — "Shook Ones Pt. II"
  • Moby — "Natural Blues" or "Porcelain"
  • Moby Grape — "Omaha"
  • Mo-Do — "Ein Zwei Polizei"
  • The Modern Lovers — "Roadrunner"
  • Modest Mouse — "Float On"
  • The Moffats — "I'll Be There For You"
  • Mohombi — "Bumpy Ride"
  • The Moldy Peaches — "Anyone Else But You"
  • Moloko — "Sing It Back"
  • Janelle Monáe — "Tightrope" or "Cold War"
  • Eddie Money — "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Two Tickets to Paradise"
  • Monica — "Angel of Mine", "So Gone", or "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" .
  • The Monkees — "I'm A Believer" or "Daydream Believer"
  • Monster Magnet — "Space Lord" (or "Live for the Moment" to wrestling fans). More recently, "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" has become a possible contender.
  • Montgomery Gentry — "Gone"
  • John Michael Montgomery — "I Swear"
  • Monty Python – "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
  • The Moody Blues — "Nights In White Satin" or "Go Now"
  • Chanté Moore — "Chanté's Got a Man"
  • Gary Moore — "Out in the Fields"
  • Justin Moore — "Small Town USA"
  • Mandy Moore — "Candy," "Cry" and "I See the Light".
  • Willy Moon — "Yeah Yeah"
  • Morbid Angel — "Chapel of Ghouls," "Immortal Rites," or "God of Emptiness"
  • Adam Morenoff — "Break Down the Walls"
  • Meli'sa Morgan — "Do Me, Baby"
  • Alanis Morissette — "Ironic" and "You Oughta Know" (both from Jagged Little Pill)
  • Morning Parade — "Alienation"
  • Morphine — "The Night" or "Early to Bed"
  • Ennio Morricone — "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Theme
  • Maren Morris — "My Church" for her core country base and "The Middle" for mainstream audiences
  • Morrissey — "Irish Blood, English Heart"
  • Glenn Morrison — "Goodbye"
  • Mark Morrison — "Return of the Mack"
  • Van Morrison — "Brown Eyed Girl"
  • Mother Love Bone — "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"
  • Motionless In White — "Reincarnate"
  • Mötley Crüe — "Dr. Feelgood" or "Girls, Girls, Girls"
    • "Kickstart My Heart" is also a serious contender.
  • Motörhead — "Ace of Spades". For wrestling fans, "The Game".
  • Mountain — "Mississippi Queen"
  • The Mountain Goats — "No Children"
  • The Mowgli's — "San Francisco"
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Requiem, especially "Dies Irae" or "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - 1st Movement"
  • Mr. Mister — ""Broken Wings" or "Kyrie"
  • Mr. Pink / The Program — "Love and Affection", a Cover Version of Joan Armatrading's song.
  • Mr. President — "Coco Jamboo"
  • Mr. Probz — "Waves" (specifically the remix by Robin Schulz)
  • Jason Mraz — Initially "The Remedy," but now "I'm Yours"
  • Ms Mr — "Bones" or "Hurricane"
  • Mudhoney — "Touch Me, I'm Sick"
  • Mudvayne — "Happy?" overall. By album:
    • L.D. 50 — "Dig"
    • The End of All Things to Come — "Not Falling"
    • Lost and Found — "Happy?"
    • By the People for the People — "Dull Boy"
    • The New Game — "Do What You Do"
    • Mudvayne — "Scream with Me"
  • Mumford & Sons — "Little Lion Man", "The Cave" or "I Will Wait"
  • Mumm-Ra — "She's Got You High"
  • Mungo Jerry — "In the Summertime"
  • Peter Murphy — "Cuts You Up"
  • Olly Murs — "Troublemaker" in the U.S., other contenders in the UK include "Please Don't Let Me Go", "Heart Skips a Beat", "Dance With Me Tonight", and "Wrapped Up".
  • Muse — "Uprising" overall. By album:
    • Origin of Symmetry — "Plug In Baby"
    • Absolution — "Time is Running Out" or "Hysteria"
    • Black Holes & Revalations — "Knights of Cydonia" and "Supermassive Black Hole"
    • The Resistance — "Uprising"
    • The 2nd Law — "Madness"
    • Drones — "Dead Inside" to alternative radio listeners, "Reapers" to active rock radio listeners.
  • Kacey Musgraves — "Merry-Go-Round" to her core country demographic, "Follow Your Arrow" to mainstream audiences
  • Mustard Plug — "Mr. Smiley"
  • Mya — "Case of the Ex". She was also part of the collaboration for 'Lady Marmalade'.
  • My Bloody Valentine — "You Made Me Realise" or "Only Shallow"
  • My Chemical Romance — "Welcome To The Black Parade"
  • My Darkest Days — "Porn Star Dancing"
  • My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan"
  • My Name Is Kay — "My Name Is Kay"
  • Alannah Myles — "Black Velvet"
  • David Myles — "So Blind"
  • Mystery Skulls — "Ghost"
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    N-O 
  • The Naked and Famous — "Young Blood"
  • Anna Nalick — "Breathe (2 AM)"
  • Napalm Death — "You Suffer"
  • Nargaroth — "Black Metal ist Krieg" or "The Day Burzum Killed Mayhem"
  • Nas — "N.Y. State of Mind"
  • Johnny Nash — "I Can See Clearly Now"
  • Kate Nash — "Foundations"
  • The National — "Bloodbuzz Ohio" or "Exile (Vilify)"
  • Naughty Boy — "La La La" (with Sam Smith)
  • Naughty by Nature — "O.P.P."
  • Nayer — "Suave (Kiss Me)" note 
  • Nazareth — "Hair of the Dog" or "Love Hurts"
  • Meshell Ndegeocello — "Fool of Me"
  • Youssou N'Dour — "7 Seconds"
  • The Neighbourhood — "Sweater Weather"
  • Nelly — "Hot in Herre", "Ride wit Me", or "Dilemma"
  • Rick Nelson — "Hello, Mary Lou"
  • Willie Nelson — "On the Road Again"
  • Nena — "99 Luftballons" (99 Red Balloons)
  • Neon Jungle — "Braveheart"
  • Neon Trees — "Animal" or "Everybody Talks"
  • Nephew — "Movie Klip"
  • Nerf Herder — "Van Halen" or the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme
  • Nero — "Promises" or "Me and You"
  • Netta — "Toy"
  • Neutral Milk Hotel — "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" or "Holland, 1945"
  • Nevermore — "Believe in Nothing"
  • New Boyz — "You're A Jerk"
  • New Edition — "Can You Stand the Rain"
  • New Found Glory — "My Friends Over You"
  • New Kids on the Block — "Step by Step"
  • New Medicine — "Race You to the Bottom"
  • New Order — "Blue Monday" (available on Power, Corruption & Lies)
  • Newsted — "King of the Underdogs"
  • John Newman — "Love Me Again" (although in the U.S. he is better known as the featured vocalist on Calvin Harris' "Blame")
  • Randy Newman:
  • Newsboys — "Shine" (early years) and "God's Not Dead" (more recent work)
  • Olivia Newton-John - "Physical"
  • Next - "Too Close"
  • Ne-Yo — By album:
    • In My Own Words — "So Sick"
    • Because of You — The title track
    • Year of the Gentleman — "Closer" or "Miss Independent"
    • Libra Scale — "Beautiful Monster"
    • R.E.D. — "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" or "Let's Go" (the latter shared with Calvin Harris)
    • Non-Fiction — "She Knows" or "Time of Our Lives" (the latter shared with Pitbull)
    • Overall: "So Sick" and the Year of the Gentleman signatures
  • NF — “Let You Down”. Before that, it was either “Mansion” or “How Could You Leave Us?”
  • Nickelback — "How You Remind Me" or "Photograph"
  • Nico & Vinz — "Am I Wrong?"
  • 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.
  • Jerrod Niemann — “Lover, Lover
  • Night Ranger — "Sister Christian"
  • Nightwish — "Wish I Had an Angel" or "End of All Hope", "Planet Hell" to those who play Rune Scape
  • Harry Nilsson — "Without You". For material that he both wrote and performed, "Coconut".
  • Nine Days — "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"
  • Nine Inch Nails — "Closer", from The Downward Spiral
  • Ninja Sex Party — "Dinosaur Laser Fight" or "Dragon Slayer"
    • Starbomb — "Luigi's Ballad" or "It's Dangerous To Go Alone"
  • Nirvana — "Smells Like Teen Spirit" overall. By album:
  • The Nixons — "Sister"
  • No Address — "Sadie (When I'm Gone)"
  • Nobuo Uematsu — "One Winged Angel"
  • No Doubt — "Don't Speak" or "Just A Girl"
    • Gwen Stefani — "Hollaback Girl", with "The Sweet Escape" being a close second
  • NOFX — "Don't Call Me White"
  • Noisestorm — "Crab Rave"
  • Nokturnal Mortum — "Perun's Celestial Silver"
  • NOMA — "Brain Power"
  • Klaus Nomi — "Total Eclipse"
  • NONONO - "Pumpin' Blood"
  • Nonpoint — "Bullet with a Name" By album:
    • Statement: "What a Day"
    • Development: "Your Signs"
    • Recoil: "In the Air Tonight"
    • To the Pain: "Bullet with a Name"
    • Vengeance: "March of War"
    • Miracle: The title track
    • Nonpoint: "That Day"
    • The Return: "Breaking Skin"
    • The Poison Red: "Generation Idiot"
  • Noisia — "Machine Gun"
  • Nothing But Thieves — "Trip Switch"
  • Nothing More — "This Is The Time (Ballast)", "Jenny" or "Go to War"
  • The Notorious B.I.G. — "Juicy", "Hypnotize" or "Mo Money Mo Problems"
  • *NSYNC — "Bye Bye Bye" note 
  • Ted Nugent — "Journey To The Center of My Mind" (Amboy Dukes era), "Cat Scratch Fever" (solo years), "High Enough" (with Damn Yankees)
  • Gary Numan — "Cars"
  • Nump — Originally "I Got Grapes", but now indisputably "The Nutshack"
  • Paolo Nutini — "New Shoes"
  • N.W.A. — "Straight Outta Compton" or "Fuck Tha Police" from Straight Outta Compton.
  • O-Town — "All Or Nothing"
  • O-Zone — "Dragostea Din Tei" (the "Numa Numa" song)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys — "Elvira"
  • O.A.R. — "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)" or "Love and Memories"
  • Oasis — "Wonderwall"
  • Oberhofer — "Away Frm U"
  • Billy Ocean — "Caribbean Queen"
  • Ocean Colour Scene — "The Riverboat Song"
  • Sinéad O'Connor — Her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U"
  • ODESZA — "Say My Name" or "Sun Models"
  • Colby O'Donis — "What You Got" (although he is probably better known as the featured vocalist on Lady Gaga's "Just Dance")
  • Of Mice and Men — "Second and Sebring" for their earlier material; more recently "Would You Still Be There?"
  • Of Monsters and Men — "Little Talks"
  • Jacques Offenbach — "Galop Infernal" from "Orphée aux enfers", probably better known to most people as the "Can-Can".
  • The Offspring — "Pretty Fly for a White Guy", "Come Out and Play" or "Self Esteem". "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" fits for their later work.
  • OFWGKTA — "Oldie". By member:
    • Tyler, the Creator — "Yonkers"
    • Earl Sweatshirt — "Chum"
    • Frank Ocean — "Thinkin Bout You", "Pyramids" or "Pink + White"
    • Hodgy — "Rella" or "Barbell"
      • MellowHype — "Grill"
    • Domo Genesis — "Dapper"
    • Casey Veggies — "Backflip"
    • Syd — "All About Me"
      • The Internet — "Girl" or "Special Affair"
  • The Ohio Players — "Love Rollercoaster" or "Fire"
  • Oingo Boingo — "Dead Man's Party" or "Weird Science"
  • The O'Jays — "Love Train"
  • OK Go — "Here It Goes Again"
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard — "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" or "Brooklyn Zoo"
  • Old Crow Medicine Show — "Wagon Wheel"
  • Old Dominion — "Break Up With Him"
  • Oleander — "Why I'm Here"
  • Don Omar — "Danza Kuduro"
  • Omarion — "Ice Box" for his earlier work, "Post to Be" for his later material.
    • B2K — “Bump, Bump, Bump”
  • OMC — "How Bizarre"
  • OMFG — "Hello"
  • OMI — "Cheerleader" note 
  • OPM — "Heaven is a Halfpipe"
  • Alexander O'Neal — "Fake"
  • One Direction — "What Makes You Beautiful"
    • Zayn — "Pillowtalk"
    • Niall Horan — "Slow Hands"
    • Louis Tomlinson — "Just Hold On" (despite it technically being Steve Aoki's song); "Back to You" for his own material
    • Harry Styles — "Sign of the Times"
    • Liam Payne — "Strip That Down"
  • One OK Rock — "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer"
  • OneRepublic — Previously "Apologize", but now "Counting Stars"
  • Onesidezero — "New World Order"
  • One Way — "Cutie Pie"
  • Only Living Witness — "December"
  • Operation Ivy — "Knowledge" or "Unity"
  • Operator — "Soulcrusher"
  • Opeth — "The Drapery Falls"
  • Rita Ora — "How We Do (Party)" or "I Will Never Let You Down" in the U.S., although "R.I.P." is also a candidate in the UK.
  • Orbital — "Halcyon" or "Chime"
  • Carl Orff — "O Fortuna"
  • Orianthi — "According To You"
  • The Orion Experience — "Obsessed With You" or "Queen of White Lies"
  • Orleans — "Dance With Me" or "Still the One"
  • Orson — "No Tomorrow"
  • Jeffrey Osborne — "You Should Be Mine (The Woo-Woo Song)"
  • Ozzy Osbourne — "Crazy Train"
  • The Osmonds — "One Bad Apple"
  • Otherwise — "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)"
  • Our Lady Peace — "Somewhere Out There" and "Clumsy"
  • OutKast — "B.O.B." or "Ms. Jackson" to the hip-hop/urban community, "Hey Ya!" to pop audiences
    • Big Boi — “Shutterbugg”
  • The Outlaws — "Green Grass and High Tides"
  • Outasight — "Tonight Is The Night"
  • Overkill — "Hello from the Gutter"
  • Jake Owen — "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
  • Owl City — "Fireflies"
    • Sky Sailing — "Brielle"

    P-Q 
  • Johann Pachelbel — "Canon in D Major", informally known as "Pachelbel's Canon"
  • Patti Page — "Tennessee Waltz"
  • Jennifer Paige — "Crush"
  • Pain — "Follow Me" or "Shut Your Mouth"
  • Pain of Salvation — "Ashes"
  • Brad Paisley —- "Mud on the Tires" or "Accidental Racist"
  • Amanda Palmer — "Leeds United" or "Oasis"
  • Robert Palmer — "Addicted to Love", "Simply Irresistible", or "Bad Case of Lovin' You"
  • Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies" and "High Hopes" overall. By album
    • A Fever You Can't Sweat Out: "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies", with "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" and "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" not far behind.
    • Pretty. Odd.: "Northern Downpour" or "Nine in the Afternoon"
    • Vices & Virtues: "The Ballad of Mona Lisa"
    • Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!: "Miss Jackson" or "This Is Gospel"
    • Death of a Bachelor: "Victorious", "Emperor's New Clothes", or "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time"
    • Pray For the Wicked: "High Hopes" with "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "Hey Look Ma, I Made It", not far behind
  • Pantera: by album:
    • Cowboys from Hell: The title track
    • Vulgar Display of Power: "Walk"
    • Far Beyond Driven: "I'm Broken"
    • The Great Southern Trendkill: "Floods"
    • Reinventing the Steel: "Revolution is My Name"
    • Overall: "Walk", with "Cowboys" a close second.
      • Damageplan — "Save Me"
  • Papa Roach — "Last Resort" overall. By album:
    • Infest — "Last Resort"
    • Lovehatetragedy — "She Loves Me Not"
    • Getting Away with Murder — "Scars"
    • The Paramour Sessions — "Forever" or "...To Be Loved"
    • Metamorphosis — "Lifeline" or "Hollywood Whore"
    • Time for Annihilation — "Kick in the Teeth"
    • The Connection — "Still Swingin'"
    • F.E.A.R. — "Gravity" or "Face Everything And Rise"
    • Crooked Teeth — "Help"
  • Paper Tongues — "Ride To California"
  • Paradise Lost — "As I Die"
  • Paramore
    • Older work: "Misery Business"
    • Newer material: "Still Into You" or "Ain't It Fun"
  • Ray Parker Jr. — "Ghostbusters"
  • Parkway Drive — "Vice Grip" or "The Void"
  • Parliament — "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" (from Mothership Connection)
  • Dolly Parton — "Jolene"
  • Passenger — "Let Her Go"
  • Passion Pit — "Take a Walk"
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders — "Kicks" or "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)"
  • Billy Paul — "Me and Mrs. Jones"
  • Sean Paul — "Get Busy" or "Temperature"
  • Pavement — "Cut Your Hair", "Summer Babe", or "Gold Soundz"
  • Pearl Jam — By album:
    • Ten (and overall) — "Alive", "Even Flow", or "Jeremy"
    • Vs. — "Daughter"
    • Vitalogy — "Better Man"
    • Merkin Ball — "I Got Id"
    • No Code — "Who You Are"
    • Yield — "Given to Fly"
    • No Boundaries — "Last Kiss"
    • Binaural — "Nothing as it Seems"
    • Riot Act — "I Am Mine"
    • Pearl Jam — "World Wide Suicide"
    • Backspacer — "The Fixer"
    • Lightning Bolt — "Mind Your Manners"
  • Gayla Peevey — "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"
  • Peking Duk — "High" or "Say My Name"
  • Pendulum — Formerly "Slam", but now "Propane Nightmares"
  • Pennywise — "Fuck Authority"
  • Pentagram — "Forever My Queen" or "Living on a Ram's Head"
  • Pentatonix — Excluding covers and mashups, "Can't Sleep Love"
  • Pepper — "No Control"
  • Perfume — "Polyrhythm," "Chocolate Disco"
  • Periphery — "Icarus Lives" or "Alpha"
  • Christina Perri — "Jar of Hearts" or "A Thousand Years"
  • Katy Perry — By album:
    • One of the Boys — "I Kissed a Girl" or "Hot n Cold"
    • Teenage Dream — "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream" or "Firework"
      • Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection — "Part of Me" or "Wide Awake"
    • Prism— "Roar" or "Dark Horse"
    • Witness — "Chained to the Rhythm", "Bon Appetit" or "Swish Swish"
    • Overall — "I Kissed a Girl", "Firework", and the Prism signatures tend to be the frontrunners.
  • Pet Shop Boys — "West End Girls" overall. By album:
    • Please — "West End Girls" or "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)"
    • Actually — "It's a Sin" or "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
    • Introspective"Always on My Mind" or "Domino Dancing"
    • Behaviour — "Being Boring"
    • Very — "Can You Forgive Her?" or "Go West"
    • Bilingual — "Somewhere"
    • Nightlife — "New York City Boy"
    • Release — "Home And Dry"
    • Fundamental — "I'm With Stupid"
    • Yes — "Love Etc."
    • Elysium — "Winner"
    • Electric — "Love is a Bourgeois Construct" or "Thursday"
    • Super — "The Pop Kids" or "Say It To Me"
  • Peter, Bjorn and John — "Young Folks"
  • Peter, Paul & Mary — "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
  • Petey Pablo — "Raise Up"
  • Tom Petty — "Free Fallin'", "Runnin' Down a Dream", or "I Won't Back Down"
    • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — "Don't Do Me Like That"
  • Liz Phair — "Why Can't I"
  • Phantogram — "Fall In Love" overall. By album:
    • Eyelid Movies — "When I'm Small"
    • Nightlife — "Don't Move"
    • Voices — "Fall In Love" or "Black Out Days"
    • Three — "Same Old Blues" or "You Don't Get Me High Anymore"
  • Phantom Planet — "California"
  • The Pharcyde — "Passin' Me By"
  • Pharrell"Happy"
    • N.E.R.D. — "She Wants to Move", "Rock Star" or “Lemon”
  • Phish — "You Enjoy Myself"
  • Phil Phillips - "Sea of Love"
  • Phillip Phillips — "Home" or "Gone, Gone, Gone" to adult contemporary listeners, indisputably the first to general audiences
  • Phoenix — "If I Ever Feel Better" for their early work, "1901" for their later material. By album:
    • United — "If I Ever Feel Better"
    • Alphabetical — "Everything is Everything"
    • It's Never Been Like That — "Long Distance Call"
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix — "1901" or "Lisztomania"
    • Bankrupt! — "Entertainment" or "Trying To Be Cool"
    • Ti Amo — "J-Boy"
  • Édith Piaf — "Non, je ne regrette rien"
  • The Pierces — "Secret"
  • Pierce the Veil — "King for a Day" or "Circles"
  • The Pillows — "Little Busters"
  • Pilot — "Magic"
  • P!nk — "Get the Party Started", "Just Like a Pill" and "So What"
  • Pink Floyd — "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" or "Comfortably Numb" (from The Wall), "Money" (from The Dark Side of the Moon) or possibly the title track of Wish You Were Here. Funny, considering the former is not representative of their sound.
  • Pinkfong — “Baby Shark”
  • Pitbull — By album:
    • M.I.A.M.I. — "Culo"
    • Money Is Still a Major Issue — "Everybody Get Up"
    • El Mariel — "Bojangles" or "Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)"
    • The Boatlift — "The Anthem"
    • Pitbull Starring in Rebelution — "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
    • Armando — "Bon, Bon"
    • Planet Pit — "Give Me Everything"
    • Global Warming — "Back in Time" or "Feel This Moment"
    • Meltdown — "Timber"
    • Globalization — "Time of Our Lives"
    • Dale — "Como Yo Le Doy"
    • Climate Change — "Messin' Around"
    • Overall — "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)", "Give Me Everything" and "Timber" are the frontrunners.
  • The Pixies — "Where is My Mind?" (from Surfer Rosa), "Monkey Gone to Heaven", or "Debaser" (from Doolittle)
  • Pizzicato Five — "Baby Love Child"
  • Placebo — "Every You, Every Me"
  • Plain White T's — "Hey There Delilah"
  • Plan B — "She Said"
  • Rachel Platten — "Fight Song" or "Stand By You" to adult contemporary audiences, indisputably the former to general audiences.
  • Playboi Carti — “Magnolia”
  • Plies — "Bust It Baby, Pt.2". Later on "Ran Off on the Plug Twice"
  • Polaris — "Hey Sandy"
  • P.O.D. — "Youth of the Nation", with "Alive" a close second.
  • Poe — "Angry Johnny"
  • The Pogues — "Fairytale of New York"
  • Poison — "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
  • The Police — "Every Breath You Take" & "Roxanne."
  • Amilcare Ponchielli — "Dance of the Hours"
  • Iggy Pop — "The Passenger" and "Lust For Life" (both from Lust for Life)
  • Pop Evil — "Trenches", "Footsteps", or "Deal with the Devil"
  • Pop Will Eat Itself — "Ich Bin Ein Auslander"
  • The Poppy Family — "Which Way You Goin', Billy?"
  • Porcupine Tree — "Trains"
  • Porter Robinson — "Language", "Sad Machine" or "Shelter"note 
  • Portishead — "Glory Box" or "Sour Times" (both from Dummy)
  • Portugal. The Man — "Feel It Still"
  • Mike Posner — "I Took a Pill in Ibiza", with "Cooler Than Me" not far behind.
  • Possessed — "The Exorcist" or "Death Metal"
  • Post Malone — "Rockstar”
  • The Postal Service — "Such Great Heights"
  • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — "Paris (Ooh La La)"
  • Powderfinger — "My Happiness" or "These Days"
  • Powerman 5000 — "When Worlds Collide"
  • Daniel Powter — "Bad Day"
  • The Presidents of the United States of America — "Lump", with "Peaches" in second place
  • Elvis Presley — "Heartbreak Hotel", "Jailhouse Rock", "A Little Less Conversation" note , or "Hound Dog"
  • The Pretenders — "Brass in Pocket"
  • The Pretty Reckless — Previously "Make Me Wanna Die", but now "Heaven Knows"
  • Pretty Ricky — "Grind On Me"
    • Pleasure P — "Did You Wrong"
  • PRTY H3RO — "Life of the PRTY"
  • Priestess — “Lay Down”
  • Primal Scream — "Loaded"
  • Primordial — "The Coffin Ships"
  • Primus — "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" or "My Name is Mud"
  • Prince — "When Doves Cry" overall. By album:
    • 1999 — "1999" or "Little Red Corvette"
    • Purple Rain — "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", or "Let's Go Crazy" (from Purple Rain)
    • Around the World in a Day — "Raspberry Beret"
    • Parade — "Kiss"
    • Batman — "Partyman" (from Batman)
  • Pretty Lights — "Hot Like Dimes"
  • Primer 55 — "Loose"
  • The Proclaimers — "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
  • The Prodigy — "Firestarter," "Breathe", or "Smack My Bitch Up" (all from The Fat of the Land) in the UK; originally the former but now strictly the latter in the United States
  • Prong — "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck"
  • Propellerheads — "Spybreak!"
  • Prophets of Rage — "Prophets of Rage"
  • Protest the Hero — "Bloodmeat"
  • The Protomen — "Light Up the Night"
  • PSY — "Gangnam Style" internationally, although in his native South Korea this is debatable.
  • PTAF — "Boss Ass Bitch"
  • Public Enemy — "Fight the Power" (from Fear of a Black Planet)
  • Public Service Broadcasting"Gagarin"
  • Puddle of Mudd — "Blurry"
  • Tito Puente — "Oye Como Va"
  • Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy — "I'll Be Missing You"
    • Diddy-Dirty Money — "Coming Home"
  • Alla Pugacheva — "Harlequin," "Million Scarlet Roses," or "This World"
  • Pulp — "Common People"
  • Puscifer — "Rev 22:20" or "Momma Sed"
  • Purple Ribbon All-Stars — "Kryptonite (I'm On It)"
  • Charlie Puth — "See You Again" (shared with Wiz Khalifa). For his own songs, "One Call Away", "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "Attention".
  • Quad City DJ's — "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" or "Space Jam"
  • Quarashi — "Stick 'Em Up"
  • Queen — By album:
  • Queens of the Stone Age — "No One Knows" from Songs for the Deaf, overall. By album:
    • Self-Titled Album — "If Only"
    • Rated R — "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" or "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret"
    • Songs for the Deaf — "No One Knows" or "Go With The Flow"
    • Lullabies to Paralyze — "In My Head" or "Little Sister"
    • Era Vulgaris - "3's & 7's" or "Make It Wit Chu"
    • Like Clockwork — "My God Is The Sun"
    • Villains — "The Way You Used To Do"
  • Queensrÿche — "Silent Lucidity"
  • Question Mark & the Mysterians — "96 Tears"
  • Quiet Riot — "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" or "Cum on Feel the Noize"

    R 
  • R. City — "Locked Away" (although it is probably more associated with Adam Levine/Maroon 5)
  • Ra — "Do You Call My Name?"
  • The Raconteurs — "Steady, As She Goes"
  • Radiohead — "Creep" (from Pablo Honey), "Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police" (from OK Computer)
  • Rae Sremmurd — Originally "No Flex Zone" or "No Type", but now "Black Beatles" thanks to the Mannequin Challenge.
  • Gerry Rafferty — "Baker Street"
  • Rainbow — "Stargazer"
  • Rage — "Don't Fear the Winter"
  • Rage Against the Machine — "Killing in the Name" overall. By album:
    • Rage Against the Machine — "Killing in the Name"
    • Evil Empire — "Bulls on Parade"
    • The Battle of Los Angeles — "Guerilla Radio"
    • Renegades — "Renegades of Funk"
  • Raghav — "Angel Eyes" for the first half of his career, "Fire" for the second half.
  • Bonnie Raitt — "Something To Talk About"
  • Rammstein — "Du Hast"
  • The Ramones — "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from Ramones)
  • Rancid — "Time Bomb"
  • Boots Randolph — "Yakety Sax"
  • Rascal Flatts — "What Hurts the Most" or "Life Is a Highway"
  • The Rasmus — "In The Shadows"
  • The Raspberries — "Go All the Way"
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats — "S.O.B."
  • Ratt - "Round and Round"
  • Maurice Ravel — "Bolero"
  • Michael Ray — "Kiss You in the Morning"
  • Ray J — "Sexy Can I"
  • Ready for the World — "Oh Sheila" and "Love You Down"
  • The Ready Set — "Love Like Woe"
  • Real McCoy — "Another Night"
  • Helen Reddy — "I Am Woman"
  • Otis Redding — "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" (from The Dock Of The Bay)
  • Rednex — "Cotton Eye Joe"
  • Red — "Breathe Into Me"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers — "Under the Bridge", "Give it Away", "Californication", or "Dani California" overall. By album:
    • The Uplift Mofo Party Plan — "Me and My Friends"
    • Mother's Milk — "Higher Ground"
    • Blood Sugar Sex Magik — "Under the Bridge" or "Give it Away"
    • One Hot Minute — "My Friends"
    • Californication — "Scar Tissue" and the title track. "Otherside" is close behind.
    • By the Way — The title track or "The Zephyr Song"
    • Stadium Arcadium — "Dani California"
    • I'm with You — "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
    • The Getaway — "Dark Necessities"
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus — "Face Down"
  • Red Rider — "Lunatic Fringe"
  • Red Sun Rising — "The Otherside" and "Emotionless"
  • Redlight King — "Bullet in My Hand"
  • Jimmy Reed — "Big Boss Man" or "Baby What You Want Me to Do"
  • Lou Reed — "Perfect Day" and "Walk on the Wild Side" (from Transformer)
  • Reel 2 Real — "I Like to Move It"
  • Reel Big Fish — "Sell Out"
  • Django Reinhardt — "Minor Swing"
  • Refused — Pre-reunion, "New Noise" or "Refused are Fucking Dead". Post-reunion, "Elektra".
  • Relient K — "Be My Escape"
  • R.E.M. — "Losing My Religion" (from Automatic for the People) or "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" (from Document)
  • The Rembrandts — "I'll Be There For You"
  • Remy Zero — "Save Me"
  • Chris Rene — "Young Homie"
  • RENT Cast — "Seasons of Love"
  • REO Speedwagon — "Time For Me To Fly", "Keep On Loving You", "Take It On The Run", or "Can't Fight This Feeling
  • The Replacements — "I Will Dare" or "Unsatisfied"
  • Republica — Originally a tie between "Ready to Go" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous", but now indisputably the former; outside the UK it was never contested.
  • Rev Theory — "Voices"
  • Revis — "Caught in the Rain"
  • Revocation"Communion"
  • Bebe Rexha — "Meant to Be"; its only competition for the title, "Me, Myself, & I" is officially G-Eazy’s song and is more associated with him than her.
  • Malvina Reynolds — "Little Boxes"
  • Rhapsody of Fire — "Emerald Sword"
  • Thomas Rhett — "Die a Happy Man"
  • Damien Rice — "Cannonball"
  • Rich Boy — "Throw Some D's"
  • Rich Gang — "Lifestyle"
  • Rich Homie Quan — "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)"
  • Lionel Richie — "Hello"
  • The Righteous Brothers — "Unchained Melody"
  • Rihanna — By album:
    • Music of the Sun — "Pon de Replay"
    • A Girl Like Me — "SOS" or "Unfaithful"
    • Good Girl Gone Bad — "Umbrella"
      • Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded — "Disturbia"
    • Rated R — "Rude Boy"
    • Loud — "Only Girl (In the World)"
    • Talk That Talk — "We Found Love"
    • Unapologetic — "Diamonds" or "Stay"
    • Anti — "Work"
    • Overall — "Umbrella", with "We Found Love" easily in second.
  • LeAnn Rimes — "Blue"
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov — "Flight of the Bumblebee"
  • Rixton — "Me and My Broken Heart"
  • Rise Against — "Prayer of the Refugee", "Give It All", or "Savior" overall. By album:
    • The Unraveling — "Everchanging"
    • Revolutions Per Minute — "Like The Angel"
    • Siren Song of the Counter-Culture — "Give It All"
    • The Sufferer & The Witness — "Prayer of the Refugee"
    • Appeal To Reason — "Savior"
    • Endgame — "Help Is On The Way" or "Satellite"
    • The Black Market — "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore"
    • Wolves — "The Violence"
  • Rob Zombie — "Dragula"
  • Marty Robbins — "El Paso" and "Big Iron" (both of these are from Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs)
  • Vicki Sue Robinson — "Turn The Beat Around"
  • Robyn — "Show Me Love" for her earlier work, "Dancing On My Own" more recently.
  • Rockapella — "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?"
  • Rocket From the Crypt — "On a Rope"
  • A Rocket to the Moon — “Like We Used To”
  • Kenny Rogers — "The Gambler" or "Lady"
  • Stan Rogers — "Barrett's Privateers"
  • Roll Deep — "When I'm Ere"
  • The Rolling Stones — "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (from Out of Our Heads)
  • The Romantics — Initially "Talking In Your Sleep", but through Revival by Commercialization has become "What I Like About You"
  • Romeo Void — "Never Say Never"
  • The Ronettes — "Be My Baby" or "Sleigh Ride"
  • Linda Ronstadt — "You're No Good"
  • Mark Ronson — "Uptown Funk!"note 
  • Rose Royce — "Car Wash"
  • Natalie La Rose — "Somebody"
  • Rick Ross — "Hustlin'"
  • Roxette — "The Look"
  • Royal Blood — "Out of the Black"
  • Royksopp — "Remind Me", "Eple", "Poor Leno", or "The Girl and the Robot"
  • Gioachino Rossini — "William Tell Overture"
  • Asher Roth — "I Love College"
  • Route 94 — "My Love" (though it's probably more associated with Jess Glynne)
  • Kelly Rowland — "Stole" or “Motivation” for her solo work. She's best known for her appearances on Nelly's "Dilemma" and David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over".
  • The Rubens — "My Gun" or "Hoops"
  • Rudimental — "Feel The Love" in the U.K., "Lay It All On Me" in the U.S (albeit it is more associated with Ed Sheeran)
  • Kevin Rudolf — "Let It Rock"
  • The Rumjacks — "An Irish Pub Song"
  • Run–D.M.C. — "It's Like That", "King of Rock", "It's Tricky", or "Walk This Way"
  • Run the Jewels — "Run the Jewels", "Blockbuster Night Part 1", "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)", or "Legend Has It"
  • The Runaways — "Cherry Bomb"
  • Todd Rundgren — "Hello It's Me" or "Bang the Drum All Day" (the latter especially so for Green Bay Packers fans)
  • Runner Runner — “So Obvious”
  • Running Wild — "Under Jolly Roger"
  • Jennifer Rush — "The Power of Love"; "Flames of Paradise" was this is the U.S. but even there she is now mostly known for the former.
  • Rush — "Tom Sawyer"
  • Patrice Rushen — "Forget Me Nots"
  • Ruth B — "Lost Boy"
  • Rusted Root — "Send Me On My Way"
  • Rusty Eye — "11.02 Day of the Dead"
  • Serena Ryder — "Stompa"
  • Roza Rymbaeva — "Alia" or "Love Has Come"

    S 
  • Sabaton
  • Sacramentum — "Fog's Kiss"
  • Sade — "Smooth Operator"
  • SafetySuit — "Stay"
  • Sage the Gemini — "Gas Pedal"
  • Saint Asonia — "Better Place"
  • Sak Noel — "Loca People (WTF)"
  • Saliva — "Click Click Boom" overall. By album:
  • Salt-N-Pepa — "Push It"
  • Sam and The Womp — "Bom Bom"
  • Sanctuary — "Battle Angels"
  • Emeli Sande — "Heaven" in the UK, "Next to Me" in the US
  • Santana(pre-comeback) — "Black Magic Woman" (from Abraxas)
    • Santana (post-comeback) — "Smooth" (shared with Rob Thomas).
  • Juelz Santana — "There It Go! (The Whistle Song)"
  • Aggro Santos — "Candy"
  • Saosin — "You're Not Alone" or "Seven Years"
  • Marvin Sapp — "Never Would Have Made It"
  • Jacob Sartorius — "Sweatshirt"
  • Joe Satriani — "Surfing with the Alien" or "Satch Boogie"
  • Savage Garden — "Truly, Madly, Deeply", "To The Moon And Back", and "I Want You" are the contenders.
  • Savatage — "Hall of the Mountain King"
  • Saves the Day — "Freakish"
  • Saving Abel — "Addicted"
  • Saving Jane — "Girl Next Door"
  • Say Anything... — "Wow, I Can Be Sexual Too", "Alive With The Glory of Love", or "Every Man Has A Molly"
  • Saxon — "Princess of the Night" or "Denim and Leather"
  • Scandal — "The Warrior" or "Goodbye to You"
  • Scar Symmetry - "Morphogenesis"
  • Scary Kids Scaring Kids — "My Darkest Hour"
  • Scatman John — "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)"
  • Nicole Scherzinger — "Don't Hold Your Breath"
  • Peter Schilling — "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
  • ScHoolboy Q — "Collard Greens"
  • Franz Schubert — His Eighth "Unfinished" Symphony or the "Trout Quintet"
  • Robin Schulz — For songs he was credited as a lead on, "Sugar". For his overall work, it's "Waves" in North America and "Prayer in C" in Europe.
  • S Club 7 — "Reach" in the UK, "Never Had a Dream Come True" in America
  • Scissor Sisters — "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" or "I Can't Decide"
  • Scorpions — "No One Like You","Rock You Like A Hurricane", and "Wind of Change"
  • Jill Scott — "A Long Walk"
  • Raymond Scott — "Powerhouse"
  • Travis Scott — "Sicko Mode"
  • Gil Scott-Heron — "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
  • Scratch Acid — "Cannibal"
  • Screaming Trees — "Nearly Lost You"
  • The Script — "Breakeven"
  • Seal — "Kiss From A Rose"
  • Seals & Crofts — "Summer Breeze"
  • Jay Sean — "Down"
  • Seaweed — "Losing Skin" or "Go your own way"
  • Sebadoh — "Rebound"
  • Neil Sedaka — "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" or "Oh! Carol"
  • The Seeds — "Pushin' Too Hard"
  • Seether — By album:
    • Fragile and Disclaimer — "Fine Again"
    • Disclaimer II — "Broken"
    • Karma and Effect — "Remedy"
    • Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces — "Fake It"
    • Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray — "Country Song"
    • Seether: 2002-2013 — "Weak"
    • Isolate and Medicate — "Words as Weapons"
    • Poison the Parish — "Let You Down"
    • Overall — "Fake It" is their signature for rock fans (with "Remedy" and "Country Song" tying for second), whole "Broken" (which features Amy Lee) is it in general.
  • Bob Seger"Old Time Rock and Roll"
  • Semisonic — "Closing Time"
  • Senses Fail — "Can't Be Saved"
  • Sepultura — "Roots Bloody Roots" or "Refuse/Resist"
  • Set It Off — "Why Worry" or "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
  • Sevendust — By album:
    • Sevendust — "Black"
    • Home — "Denial"
    • Animosity — "Praise"
    • Seasons — "Enemy"
    • Next — "Ugly"
    • Alpha — "Driven"
    • Chapter VII — "Prodigal Son''
    • Cold Day Memory — "Unraveling"
    • Black out the Sun — "Decay"
    • Kill the Flaw — "Thank You"
  • Seven Mary Three — "Cumbersome"
  • Conrad Sewell — "Hold Me Up" in the U.S. and "Start Again" in Australia as a solo artist, but he's best known overall for his appearance on Kygo's "Firestone".
  • Sex Pistols — "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save The Queen" (from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols)
  • Shaggy — "Angel" or "It Wasn't Me"
  • Shai — "If I Ever Fall In Love Again"
  • Shakira — "Hips Don't Lie"
  • Tupac Shakur — "California Love"
  • Shalamar — "The Second Time Around"
    • Howard Hewett — "I'm For Real" or "Say Amen"
  • Shaman's Harvest — "Dragonfly" to rock audiences; "Broken Dreams" to wrestling fans
  • The Shamen — "Ebenezer Goode" in the UK, "Move Any Mountain" in the U.S.
  • Tyler Shaw — "Kiss Goodnight"
  • William Shatner — His covers of "Common People" or "Rocket Man"
  • Shawnna — "Gettin' Some" or her verse on Disturbin' Tha Peace's gang cut "Get The Fuck Back"
  • She & Him — "In the Sun".
  • She Wants Revenge — "Tear You Apart"
  • Ed Sheeran — By album:
    • + —"The A Team"
    • x — "Thinking Out Loud"
    • ÷ — "Shape of You" or “Perfect”
  • Frank Shelley — "Rockhouse"
  • Blake Shelton — "God Gave Me You" or "Boys Round Here"
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd — "Blue on Black"
  • Sheppard — "Geronimo"
  • Sherlock Brothers — "My Way"
  • Allan Sherman — "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh"
  • SHINee — "Lucifer"
  • Shinedown — "Second Chance" overall. By album:
    • Leave a Whisper: "Fly From the Inside", "45", or "Simple Man"
    • Us and Them: "Save Me"
    • The Sound of Madness: "Second Chance"
    • Amaryllis: "Bully" and "Enemies"
    • Threat to Survival: "Cut the Cord"
    • Attention Attention "Devil"
  • The Shins — "New Slang"
  • Shiny Toy Guns — "Le Disko"
  • The Shondells — "Crimson & Clover"
  • Shop Boyz — "Party Like A Rock Star"
  • Howard Shore — "The Lord of the Rings" theme
  • Short Stack — "Sweet December"
  • Bobby Shmurda — "Hot Nigga (Hot Boy)"
  • Shout Out Louds — "My Friend and the Ink on his Fingers"
  • Shriekback — "My Spine is the Baseline"
  • Shy FX — "Original Nuttah"
  • Sia — "Chandelier" is her song that made her a household name and established her musical identity to the listening public. It also saw a great deal of Memetic Mutation. Her 2016 song "Cheap Thrills" became her first #1 hit and and is set to challenge for the title.
  • Sick Puppies — "You're Going Down"
  • Sigrid — “Strangers”
  • Silencer — "Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels" or "Death - Pierce Me"
  • Silentó — "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"
  • The Silent Comedy — "Bartholomew"
  • Silk — "Freak Me" or "Girl U For Me"
  • Silverchair — "Tomorrow"
  • Silversun Pickups — "Lazy Eye" or "Panic Switch"
  • Silvertide — "Ain't Comin' Home"
  • Carly Simon — "You're So Vain"
  • Paul Simon — "You Can Call Me Al" (from Graceland)
  • Simon & Garfunkel — "The Sound of Silence"
  • Simple Minds — In the U.S., it was initially either "Don't You (Forget About Me)" or "Alive and Kicking", but now it's easily the former. Back in the UK however, both are in the running with "Waterfront" also a rival.
  • Simple Plan — "Perfect" or "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)"
  • Simply Red — "Holding Back the Years" and "Stars"
  • Cody Simpson — "iYiYi"
  • Sigur Rós — "Hoppípolla" or "The Rains of Castamere"
  • Frank Sinatra — "My Way" (from My Way) or "New York, New York"
  • Nancy Sinatra — "These Boots Are Made For Walkin"'
  • Since October — "Guilty"
  • Bob Sinclar — "Love Generation"
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees — "Hong Kong Garden" or "Cities In Dust"
  • Sir Mix--A-Lot — "Baby Got Back"
  • Sirusho — "PreGomesh or "Qéle Qéle"
  • Sister Sledge — "We Are Family"
  • The Sisters of Mercy — "This Corrosion"
  • Troye Sivan — "Youth"
  • Six Feet Under — "Amerika the Brutal" or "One Bullet Left"
  • Sixpence None the Richer"Kiss Me"
  • Sixx: A.M. — "Life is Beautiful" or "Lies of the Beautiful People"
  • Skee-Lo — "I Wish"
  • Skepta — "Konnichiwa" in the US. It's much harder to say in his native UK, though, albeit "That's Not Me" and "Shutdown" are the lead candidates there.
  • Skid Row — "18 and Life" or "I Remember You"
  • Skillet — "Hero", "Monster" or "Awake and Alive"
  • Skindred — "Nobody"
  • Skinny Puppy — "Assimilate"
  • Skin Yard — "Hallowed Ground", "The Birds"
  • Skrillex — "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" or "Bangarang"
  • Skunk Anansie — "Twisted (Everyday Hurts)" or "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)"
  • Skycyle — "It's Terror Time Again"
  • Sky Eats Airplane— "Giants in the Ocean"
  • Slade — "Cum on Feel the Noize"
  • Slapshock — "Agent Orange"
  • Slash — "You're a Lie"
  • Harry Slash & the Slashtones — "This Is Extreme!"
  • Slaughterhouse — "Throw That"
  • Slayer — "Raining Blood", "Angel of Death" (both from Reign in Blood)
  • Sleep — "Dragonaut" or "Dopesmoker"
  • Sleeping with Sirens — "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" or "If You Can't Hang"
  • Sleepwave — "Through The Looking Glass"
  • Sleigh Bells — "Infinity Guitars" or "Bitter Rivals"
  • Slightly Stoopid — "Closer to the Sun"
  • Slipknot — "Psychosocial" overall. By album:
    • Slipknot — "Wait and Bleed"
    • Iowa — "Left Behind"
    • Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) — "Duality" and "Before I Forget"
    • All Hope Is Gone — "Psychosocial"
    • .5: The Grey Chapter — "The Devil in I"
  • Sloan - "Money City Maniacs"
  • Sly and the Family Stone — "Everyday People" (from Stand!)
  • The Small Faces — "Itchycoo Park"
  • Smallpools — "Dreaming"
  • Smash Into Pieces — "Disaster Highway"
  • Smash Mouth — "All Star", though "Walkin' on the Sun" and their cover of "I'm A Believer" aren't far off.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins — "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" or "Today" (from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
  • smile.dk — "Butterfly"
  • Smile Empty Soul — "Bottom of a Bottle"
  • Canaan Smith — "Love You Like That"
  • Elliott Smith — "Miss Misery"
  • Granger Smith — "Backroad Song"
  • Patti Smith — "Gloria" (from Horses)
  • Sam Smith — "Money on My Mind" and "Stay with Me" in the UK, "Stay with Me" and "I'm Not the Only One" in the U.S. For his featured credits, Disclosure's "Latch" in North America and Naughty Boy's "La La La" everywhere else. Though James Bond fans might argue for "Writing's on the Wall".
  • Will Smith — "Men in Black" or "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
  • The Smiths — "How Soon is Now?" or "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from The Queen is Dead)
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles — "The Tears of a Clown"
  • Snap! — "The Power" and "Rhythm is a Dancer"
  • Snoop Dogg — "Gin and Juice" or "Drop It Like It's Hot"
  • Snow — "Informer"
  • Mark Snow — "The X-Files" theme
  • Snow Patrol — "Chasing Cars"
  • Socialburn — "Down"
  • Social Distortion — "Ball and Chain," "I Was Wrong," or "Story of My Life"
  • Soda Stereo — "De Musica Ligera"
  • Sodom — "Agent Orange"
  • Soft Cell — "Tainted Love". It has also become Marc Almond's signature song as a solo artist, although his version is not as known as the original.
  • SoKo — "We Could Be Dead By Tomorrow"
  • Soil — "Redefine"
  • The Solids — "Hey Beautiful"
  • Martin Solveig — "Hello". Ditto for Dragonette.
  • Something Corporate — "Konstantine"
  • Sonata Arctica — "Full Moon"
  • Stephen Sondheim — "Send in the Clowns"
  • Sonic Youth — "Teenage Riot" (from Daydream Nation) or "Kool Thing" (from Goo)
  • The Sonics — "Strychnine"
  • Sonny and Cher — "I Got You, Babe"
  • Sophie & Magaly — "Le Papa Pingouin"
  • The S.O.S. Band - "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
  • Soul Asylum — "Runaway Train"
  • Soul Coughing — "Circles"
  • Soul Embraced — "My Tourniquet"
  • Musiq Soulchild — "Halfcrazy"
  • Soulfly — "Bleed"
  • Soulja Boy — "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
  • Soundgarden — "Black Hole Sun", or "Spoonman"
  • Soup Dragons — "I'm Free" or "Divine Thing"; the latter did chart higher than the former in the US, but is mostly recognized in the UK.
  • John Philip Sousa — "Stars and Stripes Forever"
  • Space — "Female of the Species"
  • Spacehog — "In The Meantime"
  • Spandau Ballet — "True"
  • Sparks — "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
  • Bubba Sparxxx — "Ms. New Booty", "Deliverance" or "Ugly" to rap fans; indisputably the first to general audiences
  • Tommy Sparks — "She's Got Me Dancing"
  • Spawn of Possession — "Apparition"
  • Britney Spears:
    • Early Material: "...Baby One More Time", "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Toxic" or "I'm a Slave 4 U"
    • Newer Material: "Womanizer", "Gimme More" and "Work Bitch"
  • The Specials — "A Message to You, Rudy"
  • Regina Spektor — "Fidelity" to her older fans; "You've Got Time" to younger audiences.
  • Spice Girls — "Wannabe"
  • Spinal Tap — "Stonehenge"
  • Spin Doctors — "Two Princes"
  • Spinners — "Working My Way Back To You"
  • Split Enz — "I Got You"
  • Sponge — "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)"
  • Rick Springfield — "Jessie's Girl"
  • Bruce Springsteen — "Born in the USA", "Dancing in the Dark", (from Born In The USA) or "Born to Run" (from Born to Run)
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers — "Hell"
  • Squeeze — "Tempted", "Cool for Cats"
  • SR-71 — "Right Now"
  • St. Vincent — "Birth In Reverse"
  • Stabbing Westward — "Save Yourself"
  • Staind — "It's Been Awhile"
  • Alexandra Stan — "Mr. Saxobeat"
  • The Standells — "Dirty Water"
  • The Staple Singers — "I'll Take You There"
  • Vince Staples — "Norf Norf" or "Big Fish"
  • Chris Stapleton — "Tennessee Whiskey" or "Nobody to Blame"
  • Starcastle — "Lady of the Lake"
  • Starflyer 59 — "No New Kinda Story"
  • Starland Vocal Band — "Afternoon Delight"
  • Edwin Starr — "War"
  • Starset — "My Demons" or "Monster"
  • Jefferson Starship — "We Built This City", "Sara" or "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • State of Shock — "Money Honey"
  • Static-X — "Push It" or "I'm with Stupid"
    • Wayne Static — "Assassins of Youth"
  • Stealers Wheel — "Stuck in the Middle With You"
  • Steam — "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
  • Steam Powered Giraffe — "Honeybee"
  • Steely Dan — "Reelin' in the Years" from Can't Buy A Thrill.
  • Hailee Steinfeld — "Starving"
  • Steppenwolf — Either "Born to Be Wild" or "Magic Carpet Ride"
  • Steps — "5, 6, 7, 8", though their Cover Version of "Tragedy" is more revered in their home country.
  • Stereo MC's — "Connected"
  • Stereomud — "Pain"
  • Stereophonics — "Dakota"
  • Stereos — "Butterflies" or "Turn it Up"
  • Cat Stevens — "Peace Train", his only original song to hit #1 on the chartsnote  although these days he's better known for "Father and Son".
  • Sufjan Stevens — "Chicago"
  • Al Stewart — "Year of the Cat"
  • Rod Stewart — "Maggie May" or "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
  • Stiff Little Fingers — "Alternative Ulster"
  • Curtis Stigers — "I Wonder Why" to older audiences, "This Life" to younger ones.
  • Stephen Stills — "Love the One You're With"
  • Sting — "Fields of Gold"
  • Lindsey Stirling — "Crystallize" or "Shatter Me"
  • Joss Stone — "Fell In Love With a Boy", "You Had Me"
  • Stonefree Experience — "Ain't No Make Believe"
  • Stone Sour — "Through Glass" overall. By album:
    • Stone Sour: "Bother"
    • Come What(ever) May: "Through Glass"
    • Audio Secrecy: "Say You'll Haunt Me"
    • House of Gold & Bones - Part 1: "Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero"
    • House of Gold & Bones - Part 2: "Do Me a Favor"
    • Hydrograd: "Song #3"
  • The Stone Roses — "One Love", "Fool's Gold" or "I Wanna Be Adored"
  • Stone Temple Pilots — "Interstate Love Song" or "Plush"
  • The Stooges — "Search and Destroy" (from Raw Power) and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (from The Stooges)
  • Stormzy — "Shut Up"
  • Story of the Year — "Until The Day I Die"
  • The Story so Far — "Quicksand"
  • The Stranglers — "Golden Brown" or "Peaches"
  • Strapping Young Lad — "Detox" or "Love?"
  • Stratovarius — "Black Diamond"
  • Igor StravinskyThe Rite of Spring, The Firebird
  • Johann Strauss — "Blue Danube"
  • Richard Strauss — "Also sprach Zarathustra"
  • The Strawbs — "Part of the Union"
  • Sevyn Streeter — "It Won't Stop" or "How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)"
  • Streetlight Manifesto — "A Better Place, a Better Time"
  • The Streets — "Dry Your Eyes"
  • The Strokes — "Last Nite" or "Reptilia"
  • Stromae — "Alors on danse" or "Formidable"
  • The Strumbellas — "Spirits"
  • The Struts — "Could Have Been Me"
  • Harry Styles — "Sign of the Times"
  • Styx — "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", or "Mr. Roboto"
  • Sublime — "Santeria" or "What I Got"
  • Submersed — "Hollow"
  • Suede — "Animal Nitrate" or "So Young"
  • Suffocation" — "Jesus Wept," "Liege of Inveracity", "Infecting the Crypts", "Pierced from Within", or "Thrones of Blood"
  • Sufjan Stevens — "Chicago"
  • Sugababes — "Round Round"
  • The Sugarcubes— "Birthday"
  • Sugarland — "Stuck Like Glue"
  • Sugarloaf — "Green-Eyed Lady"
  • Sugar Ray — "Fly", or "Every Morning".
  • The Sugarhill Gang — "Rapper's Delight"
  • Suicidal Tendencies — "Institutionalized"
  • Suicide — "Ghost Rider"
  • Suicide Silence — "Wake Up"
  • Jazmine Sullivan — "Need U Bad"
  • Sum 41 — "Fat Lip", "In Too Deep", or "Still Waiting"
  • Donna Summer — "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", or "Hot Stuff"
  • Sunny Day Real Estate — "Seven"
  • Sunn O))) — "Hunting and Gathering (Cydonia)" (Aside from their Scott Walker colab, probably the closest thing they have to an actual "song")
  • Super Furry Animals — "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" (stand-alone single) or "Juxtapozed with U" (From Rings Around the World)
  • Super Junior — "Sorry, Sorry", "Superman" and "Mr. Simple"
  • Supertramp — "The Logical Song" or "Breakfast in America" (from Breakfast In America)
  • The Supremes — "Stop! In the Name of Love" with "Baby Love," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Keep Me Hanging On," "Come See About Me," and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" as runners up.
    • Diana Ross — "I'm Coming Out", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Upside Down"
  • Surface — "The First Time"
  • Survivor — "Eye of the Tiger" with "I Can't Hold Back" and "High on You" as runners-up.
  • Swans — "I Crawled"
    • Newer fans will think it's "A Little God in my Hands" or "The Seer".
  • Keith Sweat — "I Want Her" or "Twisted"
  • Swedish House Mafia — "Don't You Worry Child"
  • Sweet — "Ballroom Blitz"
  • Skye Sweetnam — "Tangled Up In Me"
  • Taylor Swift: By album:
    • Taylor Swift — "Teardrops on my Guitar"
    • Fearless — "Love Story" or "You Belong With Me"
    • Speak Now — "Mine", "Back to December" or "Mean"
    • Red — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" or "I Knew You Were Trouble"
    • 1989 — "Shake It Off", "Blank Space" or "Bad Blood"
    • Reputation — "Look What You Made Me Do" or “Delicate”
    • Lover — “ME!” or “You Need to Calm Down”
    • Overall — The Fearless signatures for her country era and the 1989 signatures for her pop era
  • Switchfoot — "Meant to Live" or "Dare You To Move"
  • Sybreed — "Bioactive"
  • System of a Down — "Chop Suey!" or "BYOB"
    • Serj Tankian — "Empty Walls"
  • SZA — "Love Galore" or "The Weekend"

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  • T-Square — "Truth"
  • T. Rex — "Get it On (Bang a Gong)"
  • Taco — "Puttin' on the Ritz"
  • Take That — "Back For Good"
  • Taking Back Sunday — "MakeDamnSure" or "Cute Without the 'E'"
  • Billy Talent — "Red Flag"
  • Talk Talk — "It's My Life"
  • Talking Heads — "Once in a Lifetime" and "Burning Down the House" overall. By album—
  • Tame Impala: By album —
    • Innerspeaker — "Solitude is Bliss"
    • Lonerism — "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" or "Elephant"
    • Currents — "Let It Happen", "The Less I Know The Better", or "New Person, Same Old Mistakes"
    • Overall — Most fans point at the Lonerism and the first two Currents signatures, although the mainstream crowd point at "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" due to Rihanna's cover.
  • Tantric — "Breakdown"
  • Taproot — "Poem"
  • Tarot — "Wings of Darkness"
  • t.A.T.u. — "All the Things She Said"
    • Lena Katina — "Never Forget"
    • Yulia Volkova — "Didn't Wanna Do It"
  • Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky — "The Nutcracker Suite" or "1812 Overture"
  • Teapacks — "Rikudi Amba" or "Eize Olam"
  • The Tea Party — "Heaven Coming Down"
  • Tears for Fears — "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" or "Shout"
    • By their first three albums:
      • The Hurting - "Pale Shelter" or "Mad World"
      • Songs from the Big Chair - "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", or "Head Over Heels".
      • The Seeds of Love - "Woman In Chains" or "Sowing the Seeds of Love".
  • Tech N9ne — "Hood Go Crazy" to mainstream audiences, within the core community it's much harder to say.
  • Tegan & Sara — "Closer" or "Everything Is Awesome"
  • Michel Teló — "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
  • Téléphone — "Un autre monde"
  • Tinie Tempah — "Written In The Stars"
  • Technotronic — "Pump Up The Jam"
  • The Temperance Movement - "Take it Back"
  • Temple of the Dog — "Hunger Strike"
  • the GazettE — "Reila", "Cassis"
  • The Temptations — "My Girl"
  • Temposhark — "Don't Mess With Me"
  • Tenacious D — "Tribute"
  • Testament — "Practice What You Preach" or "Over the Wall"
  • Texas — "Say What You Want"
  • Texas is the Reason — "Back and to the Left"
  • Theory of a Deadman — "Bad Girlfriend" to rock audiences, "Not Meant to Be" to pop audiences
  • There for Tomorrow — "A Little Faster" or "Deathbed"
  • BJ Thomas — "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked on a Feeling" is more known via its cover by Blue Swede.
  • Those Poor Bastards — "Pills I Took"
  • They Might Be Giants — "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" or "Particle Man" (both from Flood)
  • Robin Thicke — "Lost Without U" or "Blurred Lines" to R&B audiences, easily the latter to the mainstream
  • Thin Lizzy — "The Boys Are Back In Town" in the United States, in their native Ireland it's debatable.
  • Third Eye Blind — "Semi-Charmed Life" or "Jumper"
  • 30 Seconds to Mars — "The Kill" or "This is War"
  • Jasmine Thompson — "Ain't Nobody" note  or "Adore"
  • Richard Thompson — "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
  • Thompson Square — "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?"
  • Thompson Twins — "Hold Me Now"
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers — "Bad to the Bone"
  • Thousand Foot Krutch — "War of Change"
  • A Thousand Horses — "Smoke"
  • Three Days Grace — "I Hate Everything About You" overall. By album:
    • Three Days Grace — "I Hate Everything About You"
    • One-X — "Animal I Have Become", with "Never Too Late" a runner up.
    • Life Starts Now — "Break"
    • Transit of Venus — "Chalk Outline"
    • Human — "Painkiller" or "I Am Machine"
    • Outsider — "The Mountain"
  • Three Dog Night — "Joy to the World"
  • Three Six Mafia — "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp"
    • Juicy J — "Bandz a Make Her Dance"
  • Thrice — "The Artist in the Ambulance" or "Image of the Invisible" (formerly "Deadbolt", an Iconic Song Request to this day). "Black Honey" has also become a contender.
  • The Thrills — "Big Sur"
  • Thursday — "Understanding in a Car Crash"
  • T.I. — By album:
    • I'm Serious — The title track
    • Trap Muzik — "24's" or "Rubber Band Man"
    • Urban Legend — "Bring 'Em Out"
    • King — "What You Know"
    • T.I. vs T.I.P. — "Big Shit Poppin' (Do It)"
    • Paper Trail (and overall) — "Whatever You Like" ("Live Your Life" would've been it, had it not been more commonly associated with Rihanna)
    • No Mercy — “I’m Back” or "Got Your Back"
    • Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head — "Go Get It" or "Ball"
    • Paperwork — "About the Money"
    • Dime Trap — "The Weekend"
  • Tiësto — "Adagio for Strings" for his trance works, "Red Lights" post Genre Shift
  • Tiffany — Formerly a tie between "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been", but now indisputably the former.
  • Bryson Tiller — "Don't"
  • Til Tuesday — "Voices Carry"
  • Timbaland — "The Way I Are"
  • Justin Timberlake — "SexyBack", "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Cry Me A River"
  • Timbuk 3 — "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
  • Timmy Trumpet — "Freaks"
  • Tinashe — "2 On"
  • Tiny Tim — "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight"
  • TLC — "Waterfalls" or "No Scrubs"
  • T.M.Revolution — "Ignited"
  • TNT — "10,000 Lovers In One"
  • Toadies — "Possum Kingdom"
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — "All I Want"
  • Toby "Radiation" Fox — "Megalovania"
  • Tokio Hotel — "Humanoid" or "Monsoon"
  • Tom Tom Club — "Genius of Love"
  • Tommy Tutone — "867-5309 (Jenny)"
  • Tone Loc — "Wild Thing"
  • Tones On Tail — "Go!"
  • Tonetta — "Pressure Zone" or "Drugs Drugs Drugs"
  • Tonic — "If You Could Only See"
  • Tony! Toni! Tone! — "If I Had No Loot"
  • Tool — "Schism"
  • Toto — "Africa", "Rosanna", or "Hold the Line"
  • Toto Coelo — "I Eat Cannibals"
  • Tove Lo — "Habits (Stay High)"
  • Toxik — "Heart Attack"
  • T-Pain — "I'm 'n Luv (wit A Stripper)"
  • T'Pau — "China in Your Hand" in Europe, "Heart & Soul" in the U.S.
  • Traffic — "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
  • The Tragically Hip — "Little Bones"
  • Train — "Drops of Jupiter" for their early work, "Hey, Soul Sister" for their reunion
  • Meghan Trainor — "All About That Bass"
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra — "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" or "Wizards in Winter"
  • Trapt — "Headstrong"
  • The Trashmen — "Surfin' Bird"
  • The Traveling Wilburys — "Handle with Care"
  • Travis — "Sing"
  • Charles Trenet — "La Mer"
  • Trentemøller — "Moan" or "Take Me Into Your Skin"
  • Trey Songz — "Say Aah" or "Bottoms Up"
  • A Tribe Called Quest — "Scenario", "Electric Relaxation" or "Bonita Applebaum"
  • Trick-Trick — "Welcome 2 Detroit"
  • Tricky — "Hell Is Round the Corner"
  • The Triffids — "Wide Open Road"
  • Trillville — "Some Cut"
  • Trippie Redd — “Dark Knight Dummo”
  • Triumph — "Lay It on the Line" or "Fight the Good Fight"
  • Trivium — By album:
    • Ascendancy — "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr"
    • The Crusade — "Anthem (We Are the Fire)"
    • Shogun — "Down from the Sky"
    • In Waves — "Built to Fall"
    • Vengeance Falls — "Strife"
    • Silence in the Snow — "Until the World Goes Cold"
  • The Troggs — "Wild Thing" (very different from Tone Lõc's song of the same title)
  • Trust — "Antisocial"
  • Viktor Tsoi — "Gruppa krovi"
  • TRUSTCompany — "Downfall"
  • The Tubes — "She's a Beauty"
  • Tubeway Army — "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  • TUnE-YaRdS — "Water Fountain"
  • Turisas — "Stand Up and Fight"
  • KT Tunstall — "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" or "Suddenly I See"
  • Tina Turner — "What's Love Got To Do With It"
  • The Turtles — "Happy Together"
  • TV on the Radio — "Wolf Like Me"
  • Shania Twain — "Man! I Feel Like a Woman"
  • T-Wayne — "Nasty Freestyle"
  • Twenty One Pilots — "Stressed Out" for mainstream audiences. “Car Radio” for long-time fans.
  • Twista — "Overnight Celebrity"
  • Twisted Sister — "We're Not Gonna Take It" or "I Wanna Rock"
  • Two Door Cinema Club — "Something Good Can Work"
  • Two Mix — "Just Communication"
  • Tycho — "Cascade"
  • Ty Dolla $ign — "Paranoid"
  • Tyga — "Rack City"
  • Tyketto — "Forever Young"
  • Bonnie Tyler — "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero" note 
  • Type O Negative — "Black No. 1"
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  • U2 — By album:
    • Boy: "I Will Follow"
    • War: "New Year's Day" or "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
    • The Unforgettable Fire: "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
    • The Joshua Tree: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Where the Streets Have No Name", or "With or Without You"
    • Rattle and Hum: "Desire"
    • Achtung Baby: "One" or "Mysterious Ways"
    • All That You Can't Leave Behind: "Beautiful Day", "Elevation", or "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
    • How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: "Vertigo"
  • UB40 — "Red Red Wine"
  • Ubiquitious Synergy Seeker — "This Is the Best"
  • UGK — "Pocket Full Of Stones" Or "Diamonds & Wood"
  • Ultravox — "Vienna"
  • Uncle Kracker — "Follow Me" and his cover of "Drift Away"
  • Underoath — "Reinventing Your Exit"
  • The Undertones — "Teenage Kicks"
  • Carrie Underwood — "Before He Cheats"
  • Underworld — "Born Slippy Nuxx"
  • Under The Influence Of Giants — "Mama's Room"
  • Union J — "Carry You"
  • The Union Underground — "Across the Nation"
  • Unk - "Walk It Out"
  • Upon This Dawning - their cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"
  • Keith Urban — "Somebody Like You"
  • The Urge — "Jump Right In" or "Too Much Stereo"
  • Uriah Heep — "Easy Livin'"
  • The Used — "All That I've Got" or "The Bird and the Worm"
  • Usher — "Yeah!" overall. By album:
    • Usher: "Think of You"
    • My Way: "You Make Me Wanna…''
    • 8701: "U Remind Me" or "U Got It Bad"
    • Confessions: "Yeah!"
    • Here I Stand: "Love in this Club"
    • Raymond v Raymond: "OMG" or "More"
    • Versus: "DJ Got Us Fallin in Love Again"
    • Looking 4 Myself: "Scream"
    • Hard II Love: "No Limit"
  • Utada Hikaru — "First Love" or "Automatic". To her international audiences, "Simple and Clean" and "Sanctuary"
  • UVER World — "D-Technolife"
  • Steve Vai — "For the Love of God"
  • Holly Valance — "Kiss Kiss"
  • Ritchie Valens — "La Bamba"
  • The Vamps — "Can We Dance" in the UK, "Somebody to You" in the U.S.
  • Vampire Weekend — "A-Punk"
  • Luther Vandross — "Superstar", "Here And Now" or "Dance With My Father" overall. Or, for college basketball fans, "One Shining Moment". By album.
    • Never Too Much: The title track.
    • Forever, for Always, for Love: "Bad Boy/Having a Party"
    • Busy Body: "Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"
    • The Night I Fell in Love: The title track.
    • Give Me the Reason: The title track, "Stop to Love", or "There's Nothing Better Than Love"
    • Any Love: The title track.
    • The Best of Luther Vandross... The Best of Love: "Here and Now"
    • The Power of Love: "Power of Love/Love Power"
    • Never Let Me Go: "Heaven Knows"
    • Songs: "Endless Love" (shared with Mariah Carey) or "Always and Forever"
    • This is Christmas: "Every Year, Every Christmas"
    • Your Secret Love: The title track or "I Can Make it Better"
    • I Know: "Nights in Harlem" or the title track.
    • Luther Vandross: "Take You Out" or "I Rather"
    • Dance with My Father: The title track, "Think About You", or "The Closer I Get To You " (shared with Beyonce)
  • Vangelis — "Titles."
  • Van Halen: By lead singer:
    • David Lee Roth: "Jump", "Hot for Teacher", and "Panama"
    • Sammy Hagar: "Why Can't this Be Love"
    • Gary Cherone: "Without You"
  • Van Morrison — "Brown-Eyed Girl" (from Astral Weeks)
  • Vanilla Ice — "Ice Ice Baby"
  • The Vaselines — "Son of a Gun" or "Molly's Lips" (because of them being Covered Up by Nirvana)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan — "Crossfire" or "Pride & Joy"
  • The Veer Union — "Seasons"
  • Suzanne Vega — "Tom's Diner" (thanks to its DNA remix). "Luka" is also a contender.
  • Vektroid — "Lisa Frank 420 / Modern Computing"
  • Velvet Revolver — "Slither"
  • Velvet Underground — "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Heroin", "I'm Waiting for the Man", or "Venus in Furs" (all from The Velvet Underground & Nico)
  • Venom — "Angel Dust" or "Witching Hour"
  • VENUS — "Wow Wow VENUS"
  • Versailles — "The Revenant Choir"
  • Veruca Salt — "Seether"
  • Vertical Horizon — "Everything You Want"
  • The Verve — "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
  • The Verve Pipe — "The Freshmen"
  • V.I.C. — Initially "Get Silly", but over time became "Wobble"
  • Village People — "YMCA", though "Macho Man" is a very close second.
  • The Vines — "Get Free"
  • Violent Femmes — "Blister in the Sun"
  • Viper the Rapper — "You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack"
  • Virgin Steele — "We Rule the Night" or "The Burning of Rome (Cry for Pompeii)"
  • Vitamin C — "Graduation (Friends Forever)"
  • Vitamin Z — "Burning Flame"
  • Antonio Vivaldi — "The Four Seasons" (specifically, the first movement, "Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) Allegro")
  • Voivod - "Astronomy Domine"
  • Volbeat — "A Warrior's Call," "Still Counting" or "Seal the Deal"
  • Vonray — "Inside Out"
  • Vladimir Vysotsky — "Song About a Friend"
  • Vaughn Monroe — "Racing with the Moon", the song was even used on the advertisements he recorded for RCA Victor.

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  • Richard Wagner — "The Ride of the Valkyries"
  • Tom Waits — "Downtown Train" from Rain Dogs and "Martha" from Closing Time.
  • Waka Flocka Flame — "No Hands" or "Hard In The Paint"
  • Waking the Cadaver — "Chased Through The Woods By A Rapist", in that it perfectly exemplifies every criticism against them, as well as giving the world the "I LIKE SHREDDED WHEAT" meme.
  • Wale — "Bag Of Money" or "Bad"
  • Alan Walker — "Faded" or "Sing Me to Sleep" in his native Norway; the former indisputably everywhere else.
  • Walk Off the Earth — "Red Hands" or their cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know"
  • Walk the Moon — "Shut Up and Dance"
  • Fats Waller — "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose"
  • The Wallflowers — "One Headlight"
  • Wallpaper — "Best Song Everr"
  • Wang Chung — "Dance Hall Days" in the UK, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" in the U.S.
  • The Wanted — "All Time Low" in the UK, "Glad You Came" in the U.S.
  • War — "Low Rider" or "Why Can't We Be Friends"
  • Jessie Ware — "Say You Love Me"
  • Warlock — "All We Are"
  • Warrant — Originally "Heaven" but over time became "Cherry Pie" — despite the major Creator Backlash
  • Warren G — "Regulate"
  • The Chris Warren Band — "Break it Down"
  • Was (Not Was) — "Walk the Dinosaur"
  • The Waterboys — "The Whole of the Moon"
  • Waterproof Blonde — "Just Close Your Eyes"
  • Roger Waters — "The Tide Is Turning"
  • Wavves — "Nine is God"
  • Wax — "California"
  • We Are Harlot — "Dancing on Nails"
  • We As Human — "Take the Bullets Away"
  • We Came As Romans - "The World I Used to Know"
  • We The Kings - "Check Yes Juliet"
  • The Weather Girls — "It's Raining Men"
  • Weather Report — "Birdland"
  • Ryn Weaver — "OctaHate"
  • Webbie — "Independent"
  • The Weeknd — "Can't Feel My Face" overall. By mixtape/album:
    • House of Balloons — "High for This" or "Wicked Games"
    • Thursday — "The Zone"
    • Echoes of Silence — "Montreal" or "Initiation"
    • Kiss Land — "Wanderlust"
    • Beauty Behind the Madness"Earned It", "The Hills" or "Can't Feel My Face"
    • Starboy — The title track or "I Feel It Coming"
    • My Dear Melancholy, — "Call Out My Name"
  • Ween — "Ocean Man"
    • Early in their career, it was "Push Th' Little Daisies".
  • Weezer — "Buddy Holly" or "Say It Ain't So" overall. By album:
    • The Blue Album — "Buddy Holly" or "Say It Ain't So"
    • Pinkerton — "El Scorcho"
    • The Green Album — "Hash Pipe"
    • Maladroit — "Dope Nose"
    • Make Believe — "Beverly Hills"
    • The Red Album — "Pork and Beans"
    • Raditude — "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
    • Hurley — "Memories"
    • Everything Will Be Alright in the End — "Back to the Shack"
    • The White Album — "Thank God for Girls"
    • Pacific Daydream — “Feels Like Summer”
    • The Teal Album — “Africa
    • The Black Album — “Can’t Knock the Hustle”
  • Wesley Willis — "Rock & Roll McDonald's"
  • Kanye West — By album:
    • The College Dropout: "Jesus Walks"
    • Late Registration: "Gold Digger" or "Heard 'Em Say"
    • Graduation: "Stronger"
    • 808's & Heartbreak: "Heartless"
    • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "POWER", "Monster" or "All of the Lights"
    • Yeezus: "Black Skinhead" or "Bound 2"
    • The Life of Pablo: "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1", "Famous" or "Fade"
    • ye: "All Mine"
    • GOOD Music Cruel Summer — "Mercy"
    • Overall: "Gold Digger" and "Stronger" are the frontrunners.
  • Westlife — "Swear It Again" or "Flying Without Wings"
  • Westside Connection — "Bow Down"
  • Wham — "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or "Careless Whisper"
  • Wheatus — "Teenage Dirtbag"
  • The Whispers — "Rock Steady"
  • Barry White — "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"
  • Watt White — "Radio"
  • White Rabbits — "Percussion Gun"
  • Whitesnake — "Here I Go Again" (the 1987 re-recording from their self-titled album)
  • The White Stripes — Originally "Seven Nation Army" from Elephant, later "Icky Thump" but has since gone back to being "Seven Nation Army".
    • Jack White — "Lazaretto"
  • White Town — "Your Woman"
  • White Zombie — "More Human Than Human"
  • The Who — "My Generation" from My Generation or "Baba O'Riley", from Who's Next
    • Pete Townshend — "Let My Love Open the Door"
  • Whodini — "Friends" or "The Freaks Come Out at Night"
  • Why Don’t We — "8 Letters"
  • Wilco — "Jesus, Etc."
  • David Wilcox — "Eye of the Hurricane"
  • Wild Cherry — "Play That Funky Music"
  • Eugene Wilde — "Gotta Get You Home Tonight"
  • Kim Wilde — "Kids in America"
  • Andy Williams — "Moon River" (to the point he named his theater in Branson after it)
  • Hank Williams, Jr. — "Monday Night Football" theme, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
  • John Williams — The "Star Wars" theme
  • Nikki Williams — "Glowing"
  • Robbie Williams — "Angels"
  • Brian Wilson — "Love and Mercy"
  • Gretchen Wilson — "Redneck Woman"
  • Jackie Wilson — "Lonely Teardrops" or "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)"
  • Amy Winehouse — "Rehab", "Back to Black" (from Back to Black) or "Valerie" depending on the countries.
  • Wings — "Band On The Run" or "Live And Let Die"
  • Steve Winwood — "Higher Love"
  • Bill Withers — "Lean On Me"
  • Within Temptation — "Ice Queen", "What Have You Done?" or "Stand My Ground"
  • David Wise - "Stickerbush Symphony"
  • Andrew W.K. — "Party Hard"
  • Wolfmother — "Woman" or "Joker & the Thief"
  • Wu-Tang Clan — "Triumph", "C.R.E.A.M." or "Protect Ya Neck"
    • Ghostface Killah — "Back Like That"
  • Lee Ann Womack — "I Hope You Dance"
  • The Wonder Years — "Passing through a Screen Door"
  • Stevie Wonder — "Superstition" from Talking Book
  • Faye Wong — "Eyes On Me"
  • Victoria Wood - "The Ballad of Barry and Freda"
  • The Word Alive — "Lighthouse"
  • Henry Clay Work — "Marching Through Georgia" or "My Grandfather's Clock"
  • The Wreckage — "Breaking Through"
  • Jaguar Wright — "The What If's"
  • Bill Wyman — "A New Fashion", "Come Back Suzanne" or "(Si, Si) Je Suis un Rockstar"
  • Tammy Wynette — "Stand By Your Man"
  • X — "Los Angeles" or "We're Desperate"
  • X Ambassadors — Originally "Jungle" but now "Renegades."
  • X Japan — "Art of Life" or "Kurenai"
  • The X-Ecutioners — "It's Goin' Down", It's also attributed to Mike Shinoda.
  • X Ray Spex — "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!"
  • XTC — "Dear God" in the U.S., "Making Plans for Nigel" or "Senses Working Overtime" everywhere else.
  • xi — "FREEDOM DiVE↓"
  • The xx — "Islands" or "Crystallized"
  • XXXTENTACION — "SAD!"
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic — "White and Nerdy", "Eat It", "Fat", or "Word Crimes"
  • Wye Oak — "Civilian"
  • The Yardbirds — "For Your Love"
  • YBN Nahmir — "Rubbin Off the Paint"
  • YC — "Racks"
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Maps"
  • Years & Years — "King"
  • Yelawolf — "'Till It's Gone"
  • Yellowcard — "Ocean Avenue", but also "Way Away" for your 2000s video game players.
  • Yes — "Roundabout" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
  • YFN Lucci — "Everyday We Lit"
  • YG — “My Nigga” or “Big Bank”
  • Ying Yang Twins — "Wait (The Whisper Song)"
  • Ylvis — "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)"
  • Yo Gotti — "Down in the DM" or "Rake It Up"
  • Yoko Kanno — "Tank"
  • Yothu Yindi — "Treaty"
  • You Me At Six — "Bite My Tongue" or "Lived a Lie" in the UK, "Room to Breathe" in the U.S.
  • Neil Young — "Old Man" or "Heart of Gold"
  • Young Empires — "White Doves"
  • Young Guns — "Bones"
  • Young MC — "Bust a Move"
  • Young The Giant — "Cough Syrup"
  • Young Dro — "Shoulder Lean"
  • Young Greatness - "Moolah"
  • Young Jeezy — "Put On"
  • Young M.A. — "OOOUUU"
  • Young Thug — “The London”
  • The Youngbloods — "Get Together"
  • Youngblood Hawke — "We Come Running"
  • Yung Berg — "Sexy Lady"
  • Yunggoth✰ —- “idk how to kill myself”
  • Yung Joc — "It's Goin' Down"
  • Zayn — "Pillowtalk"
  • Zapp — "More Bounce To The Ounce"
  • Frank Zappa — "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" (from Over-Nite Sensation), "Peaches En Regalia" (from Hot Rats) and in Europe: "Bobby Brown Goes Down" (from Sheik Yerbouti).
  • Zedd — "Clarity"
  • Mans Zelmerlow — "Heroes"
  • Warren Zevon — "Werewolves of London"
  • Hans Zimmer — "He's A Pirate", "Time" or "Vespertilio"
  • Chaim Zinovich (a.k.a Hasaruf) — "Hevel Hachen Sheker Hayofi"
  • The Zombies — "Time of the Season" (from Odessey and Oracle) and "She's Not There" (from Begin Here)
  • Tay Zonday — "Chocolate Rain"
  • The Zutons — "Valerie"
  • Zwei — "Dragon"
  • ZZ Top — "La Grange" and "Sharp-Dressed Man"
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