Top Ten Songs That Are Instantly Recognizable

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The songs that you can identify as soon as you hear the first note.

The Top Ten

1 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

Maybe the most Famous Riff of all time - Curti2594

Who hasn't heard it? - PetSounds

2 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3 A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

Surely the most instantly recognizable song in history. Two seconds, perhaps? - PetSounds

4 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

As soon as that famous French horn hook begins, you know you're in for a wonderful three minutes. - PetSounds

My heart skips a beat the in the first nanosecond. Beautiful. - Britgirl

5 Angels - Robbie Williams
6 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
7 Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
8 Skyfall - Adele

Skyfall hits an interesting piano chord right in the beginning, making it easy to recognize. - PetSounds

9 Hotel California - The Eagles
10 Let It Be - The Beatles

All it takes is that simple C major chord. - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
12 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant - Billy Joel

The whole song is a masterpiece. Billy at his finest! - PetSounds

13 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
14 Hey There Delilah - Plain White T'S
15 Back In Black - AC/DC
16 Friday - Rebecca Black

It is because it's SO HORRIBLE! - funnyuser

17 Piano Man - Billy Joel

As soon as Billy hits that dm7 chord. - PetSounds

18 Light My Fire - The Doors
19 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
20 Autobahn - Kraftwerk
21 Hey Jude - The Beatles
22 Karma Killer - Robbie Williams
23 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
24 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
25 Darude - Sandstorm
26 Baggy Trousers - Madness
27 Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
28 Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
29 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
30 White Noise - Disclosure
31 Ghost Town - The Specials
32 Photograph - Nickelback
33 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
34 Viva la Vida - Coldplay
35 Against All Odds - Phil Collins
36 Rocket Man - Elton John
37 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
38 Monday, Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
39 Fade to Grey - Visage
40 Extreme Ways - Moby
41 We Are All Made of Stars - Moby
42 Invincible - Pat Benatar
43 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
44 Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
45 Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
46 I'd Love to Change the World - Ten Years After
47 For What Its Worth - Buffalo Springfield
48 Ain't No Rest for the Wicked - Cage the Elephant
49 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
50 Careless Whisper - George Michael
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Top Remixes

1. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
2. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
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1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
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