33 Great Songs Everyone Knows 

The world of music is vast. 

It’s so huge that we’ll probably need a couple of lifetimes to listen to every song in existence. 

Naturally, one will always encounter songs that’ll produce different emotions. Some of them we’ll love, and some others we’ll totally loathe. 

Of course, we’ll also find hundreds of hidden gems that we’ll like to share with our best friends. But more often than not, we’ll find quite a bunch of hits that are so classic that everyone knows. 

Here’s a list with 33 of them. 

1. Happy – Pharrell Williams 

Everyone knows the Minions. Everyone has watched Despicable Me

And of course, everyone knows this song, even those who didn’t watch Despicable Me 2

2. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley 

Some love this song because it’s an 80s classic. Others because it’s a meme

The truth is, we love this one because of these two reasons simultaneously. 

3. Eye of The Tiger – Survivor 

In 1982, this song became a hit thanks to the movie Rocky III

Ever since it has become the #1 “all-for-the-glory” song for boxers and trainers. 

4. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga 

Lady Gaga is a hit-maker musician. 

However, it’s safe to say that this one is at the top of her greatest songs. 

5. Barbie Girl – Aqua 

It took almost four decades for an artist to write a song about the most famous fashion doll since its release in 1959. 

But let’s be honest, it was worth the waiting. 

6. Wonderwall – Oasis 

English group Oasis released this masterpiece in 1995. 

Nowadays, it’s still the top song for those guys who take out an acoustic guitar in the middle of the party and ruin it. 

C’mon, don’t lie. We know you love singing this one! 

7. All Star – Smash Mouth 

He who knows this song from another source other than the movie Shrek, cast the first stone. 

8. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey 

American band Journey released this song in 1981. 

It gained popularity not only because it’s a great song, but also because it appeared at the end of the TV series The Sopranos in 2007, and later on, on Glee’s 13th episode of Season five. 

9. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift 

An upbeat song from her 2014 album 1989

It remained in the #1 position in the weekly charts of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hungary, New Zealand, the USA, and Poland, just to name some countries. 

10. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran 

According to Sheeran, he wrote this song expecting Rihanna to sing it. 

In the end, Sheeran decided it was better to keep this song to himself. 

One way or another, we’re glad this came out.  

11. Mr. Brightside – The Killers 

In 2004, The Killers released this classic. 

It’s been so popular that it has even been covered by plenty of artists, including The Vamps, Fall Out Boy, Mc Fly, and Paul Anka. 

12. Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus 

Miley Cyrus wrote a dozen of hits, both as Miley Cyrus and as Hannah Montana. 

This one, however, is arguably one of the most memorable ones (if it wasn’t for the weird Wreckin’ Ball video)

13. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé 

Single ladies know this song. Married ladies know this song. 

Single boys know this song. Married boys know this song. 

Everyone knows this song. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be on this list. 

14. Hotel California – The Eagles 

12-string guitars adorned this beautiful song which has been in the heads of music lovers since 1977. 

15. Zombie – The Cranberries 

The 90s presented dozens of memorable artists that go from grunge, to metal, to punk, to alternative rock. 

Although The Cranberries are not as popular as other colossal groups from this era (Nirvana, The Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, etc.), they found a way to immortalize their name with this all-time classic song. 

16.  Dancing Queen – Abba 

Let’s be honest. Every single person in this world knows at least 5 songs from this group. 

You may not know the name of the songs, but you definitely know the choruses. 

17. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 

Before the biographical movie of the same title came out, most people knew this song. 

After the release of the biographical movie of the same title came out, the entire world knew this song. 

No surprises here. Every single part of it is memorable.

18. Bring Me To Life – Evanescence 

Evanescence’s debut single has become, to this day, the most recognizable band’s song ever. 

We highly doubt it will ever be dethroned, though. 

19. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper 

Yes, the girls just want to have fun. But let’s be honest, as soon as this song blasts on the radio, the boys want it too. 

20. Take On Me – A-Ha 

Take On Me has stood the test of time

It’s considered one of the top 80s one-hit wonders, and we’re glad it’s still as memorable as it was back then even in the 2020s. 

21. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson 

The “King of Pop” didn’t earn his nickname just because. 

It received it due to unforgettable classics like this one.  

22.  It’s My Life – Bon Jovi 

And to think Bon Jovi has been releasing classics since the middle 80s. Memorable classics, that is. 

Nonetheless, the very first song everyone thinks about when you name this band is the 2000s single It’s My Life

Strange, isn’t it? 

23. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex 

The most American song is not made by Americans. Would you believe that? 

24. Numb – Linkin Park 

The first two Linkin Park albums have left a mark on rappers, metalheads, and teenagers from the 2000s era. 

This song, in particular, has left a mark on everyone.

25. Roar – Katy Perry 

There’s a reason this song has 3 and a half billion views on Youtube to this day. 

26. Gangnam Style – PSY 

The first Youtube video to hit a billion views is a must on this list. 

I mean, c’mon, even Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl claimed it’s one of his favorite songs of the last decade! And who are we to argue with him? 

27. Rolling In The Deep – Adele 

28. Wannabe – Spice Girls 

29. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO 

30. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd 

31. Hey Ya! – Outkast 

32. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston 

33. What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes