Most Iconic Songs by Male Artists/Bands

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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

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

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

Not so much "iconic" as "overrated".

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2 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

4 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

5 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

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

6 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" update: The suit will go nowhere. The chord progression has been in the public domain for over 200 years.

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7 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.

8 Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
9 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))

Judyyy...
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! 😊

10 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

The Contenders

11 Hotel California - Eagles
12 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

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

13 Enter Sandman - Metallica

BETTER THEN THRILLER the HELL IT DOWN HERE FOR SON. ARE Y'ALL damn DEAF I SUSPECT YOU ARE YOU COUNTRY REDNECKS don't KNOW MUSIC WHEN YOU HEAR IT

14 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
15 Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
16 Master of Puppets - Metallica
17 Highway to Hell - AC/DC
18 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
19 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
20 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
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

22 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
23 Life on Mars? - David Bowie

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

24 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
25 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

26 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

27 American Idiot - Green Day

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

28 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

29 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

30 Baby - Justin Bieber

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

This song is iconic, albeit in a different (and undeserved) way. - WonkeyDude98

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

32 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
33 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - U2
34 I Am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses
35 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
36 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

37 Paranoid Android

Best song by one of the best bands.

38 Midlife Crisis - Faith No More

Mike Patton had to be on this! - Lotuscandy

39 Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
40 The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
41 Black Dahlia
42 Stand - R.E.M.
43 Layla - Derek & the Dominos
44 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
45 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

46 Raining Blood - Slayer
47 Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
48 Freedom 90 - George Michael
49 I Knew You Were Trouble - Lostprophets
50 Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed

He (with the Velvet Underground) was a major influence for David Bowie, later, Bowie produced the "Transformer" album for Reed, which will remain his most successful album, and in which Bowie's influence can be clearly heard, the circle was complete. - Lotuscandy

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Life on Mars? - David Bowie
2. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
3. Again - Archive
Lotuscandy
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Hotel California - Eagles
zxm
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
3. Lose Yourself - Eminem
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