I have a three way tie with Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "Another One Bites The Dust" and "We Are The Champions." All three songs are anthems and have been played at sporting events and have been in several movies.
Of course it depends on the era but I pick three songs for television: the theme song from "Cheers," the theme song from "The Brady Bunch," and the theme song for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." It helps that a lot of these retro shows are currently running on these great old school cable stations.
One that comes to mind is California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas. The scene from the movie Congo pops into my head. The young man begins singing to Amy, the anxious gorilla. He starts with the first line of that song and suddenly all of the other people on the trip, packers, haulers, pilots, etc. chime in on the second line. It's funny.
Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd This song has become a Monument in American Blue Grass rock/country music, I feel as though the band is a very great band. The Song Free Bird is what every American can relate to, the idea of not being held down by any thing, free to do what ever one wants, with no strings holding them back. The Idea of not being constrained by the ideas of another persons concept of how another person is supposed to be, has been a major form of conflict between parents and their growing adult children for as long as one can remember, it is refreshing to see that someone thought enough to make a song about it.
Hotel CA is a song I've heard around the world, usually around midnight,,, I don't know why, I remember sitting in my window in Sanya, China every night and hearing it drifting on the breeze even though playing any loud music after 11 was forbidden.
This one time at a party "The lion sleeps tonight" started kicking in. Naturally some started singing the main lyrics and then, one by one, an impromptu perfect acapella followed. Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Eeeeee eeeeeeee om om oh weh Unforgettable.
One that people may remember is 'The Cha Cha Slide'. Many people may know the lyrics of this song when it is played as they remember the dance. For example; "Slide to the left, slide to the right, take it baclk now ya'll". It is very memorable and quite catchy come to think of it.
"Stairway to Heaven". Practically everyone from my generation to my children's know those beautiful lyrics. The other one that comes to mind, is a wee bit embarrassing: "Beth" by KISS. I won't own up to how many times I've walked into a room and some jokester friend has started singing that song. I love KISS, but sigh..
I have personally witnessed this with "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. On multiple occasions, whether in a dining hall at college or in another public setting, if this song comes on most everyone will start to sing along. In the same genre, "Carry On, My Wayward Son" by Kansas can have the same effect.
Some more interesting examples (at least for my generation) are many Disney movie songs, such as "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
There is also The Star Spangled Banner, if you want to go with the idea of "Happy Birthday" being on the list.
The song, which is almost a prayer sort of thing - We shall overcome, is the one known by everyone. Usually a person in distress sings or murmurs it to get self-inspiration and hope. And the best point is that its lyrics comprise only a paragraph of 7-8 lines.
"Auld Lang Syne" would be widely recognized for the tune but most don't know the lyrics, so my vote goes to "Mary Had A Little Lamb" or "Rock-a Bye Baby." Also contenders would be the Beatles, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and "Let It Be."
"Bad to the bone" ; "Suki Suki" ; "People are Wicked , People are Strange"...and ..."Riders in the Sky" by the Doors. "I Know A Place, I'LL Take You, There.." I don't know who sings it , but its popular at a few places. A lot of seventies songs still float around. All genere, I quess. I love Inspirational, Country western and Hawaiian Lyrics too.
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