Most Iconic Songs by Male Artists/Bands

There are songs that are considered to be the best, based on people's opinions. They reach a point deep inside the person that allows them to connect on a level deeper than normal. Those are songs that will stick with them for a long time.

There are songs that are considered to be the absolute worst, based on people's opinions. They reach a point deep inside the person that makes them repulsed, that makes them shocked on why a song such as this could have ever been made. Those are songs that will, unfortunately, not be forgotten by them for a long, long time.

But then there are the songs that are both good and bad. They have permanently left their mark on music, either for better or for worse. And hey, how can we blame them? They're popular, either in a good or bad way. In this list, many iconic songs will be featured. Most will be good, as people tend to think of the good ones as leaving an impact on them, and therefore, being more iconic, But there will be bad songs added to this list, and before you whine and moan, let me get this straight. These songs are iconic. But iconic doesn't always mean good. The top 10 worst songs on the worst songs of all time are iconic because they have stuck around with people more. Either for better or for worse.

Oh yeah, and this is for male artists/bands.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

I mean, if this is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time, how can it not be iconic? Besides that, the lyrics are incredible, and the instrumentation is just perfect. - SwagFlicks

This song isn't just iconic and timeless, it brings people together everywhere all over the world.

Bohemian Phapsody was a breakthrough song like no other. The range in the music was stunning, the words sublime and they stuck to their guns and wouldn't shorten it. It's iconic beyond measure. Karan Wilson

Good song, even though it's quite long. Amazing singing as well.

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2 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Such a revolutionary song that's used universally.

I'm sure that many people would consider this the anthem for Halloween. And it makes sense, why, with its horror-themed lyrics and iconic narration by Vincent Price. - SwagFlicks


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3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Perhaps one of the most popular songs of the 90's in general, this song basically launched grunge into the mainstream. Although it's not Nirvana's best song, it's definitely their most popular. - SwagFlicks

It's best because it's Kurt

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4 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

This song is something words cannot describe, simple the top of the sounds mankind has ever created.

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5 Lose Yourself - Eminem

I feel that choosing just one of these songs is an insult to all the other amazing songs on this list, but the only way to comment is to choose, so I chose the one that stays in my head for two days after hearing it, no matter how many other songs I listen to in the interim. I also remember singing this song with my (now) girlfriend in the hallway at the top of our lungs between lunch and English. Then we criticized our friend for not knowing the words. Long story short, I love this song and most of the others.

One of the three anthems for hip-hop, and Eminem's most popular song. The lyrical dexterity and flow is among one of the most well-used I have seen in any song, and hey, who can forget that chorus? - SwagFlicks

Best rap song ever!

No comments. -_- - NEPHILIM298

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6 Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
7 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This is widely considered to be the rock song with the biggest legacy. While the plagiarism surrounding this song is up for debate, there's no denying that the lyrics and sound (minus the plagiarism, if it is even there) remain among one of the most well-known in rock history. - SwagFlicks

Best ever

Yes I agree with @SwagFlicks.The opening riff is plagiarized.But why does it matter so much.The riff isn't even one of the best acoustic riff. The solo,drum beats,bridge (when Robert Plant sings in high-pitched vocal) aren't plagiarized.And the song is known for the guitar solo.Which is original and great. - zxm

Update: July 27, 2016 - the plagiarism dispute goes back to court because the trial had many weak spots - for example, the judge didn’t allow jurors to hear the recording of Spirit's Taurus in court. When you hear it, there’s no doubt this is the same thing. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Good song

In what is considered MJ's signature song (a Halloween anthem and a signature song are completely different) this is by far the most direct confrontation towards groupies I have seen yet, and MJ does it in a brilliant way. - SwagFlicks

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9 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi UListen to Sample
10 Enter Sandman - Metallica


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The Contenders

11 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
12 Imagine - John Lennon

If people can call this the most beautiful song ever made, then it definitely deserves a spot on this list, and for good reason. The lyrics are a message, asking us to bond together, when this song was released in one of the toughest times in recent history. The instrumentation is good as well, but the lyrics are among the most beautiful. - SwagFlicks

You can't deny that John Lennon had one of the most succesful und definitely most interesting musical careers. No matter as a solo singer or with The Beatles: He remains one of the best

Let's try this again: "Imagine" is an ode to global socialism; an anthem for those with little knowledge of history or appreciative understanding of liberty. Lennon disavowed his Marxian leanings later in life.

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13 Hey Jude - The Beatles

This is arguably The Beatles' most well-known song (even though I'm not really that much of a fan and don't consider them to be the best band), and my favorite from them. The uplifting lyrics aimed towards Julian Lennon and McCartney's voice make this song all the more better. May your legacy live on. - SwagFlicks

The Beatles' chemistry is just unbelievable and that's what makes them one of the most or even the most succesful bands ever to have played. John (not Julian :) ) Lennon and Paul McCartney's singing, George Harrison's backing vocals and guitar and Ringo Starr's not too technically outstanding but well suitable drumming just makes this a real well thought out song. RIP John and George (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever and I am the Walrus are the best songs (my opinion))

I can listen to Jude everyday and not get tired of it

How can't it be #1? It is one of their most famous songs. And I love The Beatles! 😊

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14 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Not the best Metallica song, but definitely the most iconic one. - Userguy44

15 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
16 Highway to Hell - AC/DC UListen to Sample
17 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica UListen to Sample
18 Hotel California - Eagles UListen to Sample
19 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd UListen to Sample
20 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
21 Juicy - Notorious B.I.G.

One of the three anthems for hip-hop, and arguably the best-sounding. It's lyrics are the archetypal started from the bottom lyrics, but it reflects Biggie's rise to fame perfectly. - SwagFlicks

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22 Life on Mars? - David Bowie

When it comes to iconic, Bowie should always be on top! - Lotuscandy

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23 Again - Archive

They are often compared to Pink Floyd, in an Electronic version. This tune lasts 16:20 of pure amazingness (don't know if that's even a word), anyway, they are beyond words! - Lotuscandy

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24 Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus

It is considered to be the first Gothic rock single, released in 1979, and has been extremely influential on goth culture. This 9:36 track was recorded "live in the studio" in a single take.
The Bela Lugosi which the song refers to was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count
Dracula in the original 1931 film and for his roles in numerous other old horror movies.
In the 1983 horror film The Hunger, Bauhaus performed the song during the opening credits and introduction. - Lotuscandy

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25 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley UListen to Sample
26 American Idiot - Green Day

No question one of the most iconic songs ever

Green Day was popular before American Idiot came out (2004). - peaceswagtv

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27 Losing My Religion - R.E.M. UListen to Sample
28 We Will Rock You - Queen UListen to Sample
29 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

In what is probably the most well-known song from the soul genre, Marvin Gaye brings it all with the anti-violence theme, the amazing singing, and the jazzy instrumentation. - SwagFlicks

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30 Baby - Justin Bieber

Hi daddy - lilrocketman

Lol, what is this stupid song of meaningless crap doing here?

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31 Perfect Day - Lou Reed

The song you shouldn't listen to when your heart is broken, but you do anyway, ending in tears... and hit repeat, because it wasn't enough, strange how it's sometimes good to wallow in self-pity! - Lotuscandy

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32 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - U2 UListen to Sample
33 I Am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses UListen to Sample
34 Changes - 2pac

One of the three anthems for hip-hop, this is arguably the most important, yet the least popular out of the three. And can you really argue, why with it's lyrics aiming for equality between the races? - SwagFlicks

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35 Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees UListen to Sample
36 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
37 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

This song has to be one of the most touching songs ever written, when Eric Clapton's four-year-old son died accidentally, he wrote out the pain and this incredible song came out - Lotuscandy

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38 Paranoid Android

Best song by one of the best bands.

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39 Midlife Crisis - Faith No More

Mike Patton had to be on this! - Lotuscandy

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40 True Faith - New Order UListen to Sample
41 Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division UListen to Sample
42 The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
43 Black Dahlia UListen to Sample
44 Stand - R.E.M. UListen to Sample
45 Layla - Derek & the Dominos UListen to Sample
46 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood UListen to Sample
47 Crank that (Soulja Boy) - Soulja Boy Tell 'em

This song is among one of the most well-known for being bad in hip-hop history. Why, with it's lazy vocals, idiotic lyrics, and... actually okay beat. - SwagFlicks

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48 Raining Blood - Slayer UListen to Sample
49 Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-lot UListen to Sample
50 Freedom 90 - George Michael UListen to Sample
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1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Hotel California - Eagles
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Hey Jude - The Beatles
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
3. Lose Yourself - Eminem

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