Songs are a universal language, everyone knows at least a couple of them. Every now and again, a song comes along that you just can’t get out of your head. You expect the rush to dissipate quickly, yet you’re still listening to it years later. The tunes spread and eventually reach practically every ear on the earth.

People all over the world are great fans of pop, hip-hop & rap songs. Mostly because these genres are very popular among teenagers and they are the ones who listen to music a lot. That’s why this list of songs everyone knows is enriched with pop artists.

Also, there are some rock hit songs everyone knows present in this list.  Anyway, we skipped the instrumental songs and classical music pieces. Let’s enjoy our list of best songs everyone knows. 

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Best Songs Everyone Knows

Everyone has a favorite song, but what do you think of the songs that everyone knows? Today we will share some of the most popular songs everyone knows.

1. Rolling In The Deep – Adele

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Adele describes this song as a “dark blues-y gospel tune”. In 2011 it was apparently the biggest crossover hit in the United States since 1985. With over two billion youtube views, “Rolling in the deep” demands to be one of the popular songs everyone knows.

2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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British rock band Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The song got released in 1975. But still today, it takes place on the list of songs everyone knows.

3. Blinding Lights – The Weekend

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Canadian musician The Weeknd is the composer of the song “Blinding Lights.” On November 29, 2019. With over 3.1 billion Spotify streaming “Blinding lights” is one of today’s hot favorite songs everyone knows.

4. Lose Yourself – Eminem

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“Lose yourself” is from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture movie 8 Mile. The movie features autobiographical elements from Eminem’s life and Eminem himself acted on the film. This song summarize the background of Eminem’s character in 8 Mile.

5. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

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This song serves as the film Titanic’s primary soundtrack, which James Cameron directed. Famous composer James Horner composed the music and Will Jennings wrote the lyrics. People will remember this melody in the upcoming decades after the release of the song in 1997.

6. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

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If you are in love with music, “The Beatles” is probably the first name you have known of a band. And you probably will start humming to the tune of “Here comes the sun” every time clouds go away, be it from the sky or your life. Another timeless classic.

7. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran

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Everyone likes ‘Shape Of You,’ as seen by the numerous views from throughout the world. The song features the most beautiful lyrics and a very basic tune.

The dancehall-infused pop song quickly rose to the top of the charts in over thirty nations after its release in 2017. With 0ver 5.7 billion YouTube views this track has become an anthem song that everyone knows today.

8. Wonderwall – Oasis

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British rock band Oasis produced a lot of hits. Wonderwall is surely one of those hits that everyone has heard or sang at least once in their life, however long it may be. It always stays with you, no matter what.  

9. Chandelier – Sia

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One of the most well-known songs is “Chandelier.” The lyrics contain several popular phrases that have been utilized frequently in movies and other videos.

The song expresses Sia’s struggles with substance misuse. Despite the fact that she rarely displays her face, her voice may be heard all over the world.

10. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

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“Sweet Child O’ Mine” first appeared on Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, in 1988. It’s one of our most-covered songs, with Sheryl Crow’s 1998 version being one of the most well-known.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” is quickly recognized by listeners globally due to its clear, catchy beginning riff.

11. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

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With over a billion views, ‘bad romance’ remains one of the most popular and viewed songs.

The song won multiple honors and was the number one song in over twenty countries.

This song has sold over twelve million copies globally.

Billboard named the song the finest of the twenty-first century.

12. I Wanna Dance With You – Whitney Houston

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The song “I Wanna Dance With Someone” is the apex of 1980s pop music.

The song reached number one in several countries, including Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

The candy-colored music video contributed to its global success.

The song has also won numerous honors, including a Grammy.

13. Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

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In 2017, two Puerto Rican singers sang the song. Later on, there was a remix version starring Justin Bieber, which expanded the song’s popularity.

After ‘Macarena,’ it became the second fully Spanish song to top the Billboard Hot 100.

The song reached the top of the charts in nearly fifty nations. It is one of the most popular songs everyone knows.

14. Imagine – John Lennon

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“Imagine” by John Lennon is a song that everyone recognizes because it gives eternal principles. In a world beset by conflict, poverty, and institutional decay, Lennon’s message of creating a future based on peace and kindness sounds truer than ever before.

Even though Lennon wrote this before joining the Beatles, it is nonetheless connected with the group’s enormous impact on the world.

15. Girls Like You – Maroon 5

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In retrospect, Maroon 5’s decision to collaborate with Cardi B was one of the simplest and best decisions in rock music.

Adam Levine’s sweet baritone lends a light touch to the song, delivering a love homage to the connections that enrich our lives. It’s a post-Timberlake pop tune taken to new heights by Cardi’s obvious personality.

16. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

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The fact that Bon Jovi has made this list twice demonstrates their unrivaled ability to write a stadium-ready anthem.

While this song is a great meditation on grabbing the bull by the horns, it also inspired one of the ugliest tattoos in world history, for which we will be eternally thankful to Bon Jovi.

17. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

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The opening chords of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” are among the most well-known in music. Cobain’s guitar begins tinny and feeble, adding to the enormous explosion driven by Dave Grohl’s legendary drum fill.

Aspiring percussionists all around the world trained the groove nonstop, but it’s only one part of the formula for this song, which uses a maximum climactic chorus to become one of the best songs of the last 30 years.

18. Roar – Katy Perry

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Who hasn’t roared to Katy Perry’s inspiring song?

With unprecedented success and over three billion views on YouTube, the song reached every corner of the globe.

She promoted the song by performing it under the Brooklyn Bridge and other well-known locations.

19. Space Oddity – David Bowie

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The song “Ground Control to Major Tom” appeared on David Bowie’s album Space Oddity.

According to, the song was written in 1969 in response to the first moon landing.

It was a big success and continues to attract listeners with its haunting lyrics and surreal atmosphere.

20. Hotel California – The Eagles

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“Hotel California,” The Eagles’ best-known song, is bizarre and complicated, with dreamy progressions and haunting lyrics.

According to Billboard, the album topped the Hot 100 chart and received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. Still today everyone knows this song very well.

21. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

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Almost everyone from the ’80s and early ’90s knows this one by heart. Such is the popularity of Journey’s hit song “Don’t stop believing”. This one is one of the most sung tracks in karaoke parlors across the globe. 

22. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

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“Hallelujah,” one of the most covered songs on this list, is a somber lament about lost love.

The original, which was included in Dreamworks Animation’s Shrek, was published in 1984.

Among those who have covered it are Jeff Buckley, John Cale, and Rufus Wainwright.

23. Poker Face – Lady Gaga

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A rhythmic pop song with dance club vibes, “Poker Face” was released in 2008 as part of Lady Gaga’s debut studio album, instantly rocketing her to fame. People around the world are quite familiar with this Lady Gaga tune.  

24. Zombie – The Cranberries

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“Zombie,” a protest song, was published in 1994 as part of the Irish band’s second studio album.

It was composed in memory of two young men who died in the Warrington bombs in 1993, and it topped the charts in a number of nations.

25. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

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 You can’t miss “Billie Jean” from the king of pop Michael Jackson while making a list of songs heard by everyone. This former number one hit is a very common song in karaoke nights with friends and family.

26. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

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The only method to tell if a song is well-known throughout the world is to look at the charts.

The song topped charts in the United States, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

It received a Grammy nomination for song of the year. It was the best-selling song in the world in 2012.

27. Gangnam Style –  PSY

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Psy, a South Korean rapper, wrote and performed “Gangnam Style,” which became an online craze in the summer of 2012.

According to Billboard, the music video would have received over one billion views by March 2021.

28. We Will Rock You – Queen

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“We will rock you” needs no introduction at all. This is a universal song in my opinion that every has listened to and sung on different occasions. To celebrate, to encourage and to sing together. This is one of the go to songs for everyone.

29. Hey Jude – The Beatles

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Another one of The Beatles all time favorites and one of the most appreciated songs is “Hey Jude”. Every day can relate to Jude in the song during some part of his or her lifetime. Also, this is a very common tune used for chants by sports fans.

30. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men

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Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” was a one-hit wonder, topping the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

It peaked at number two on the UK’s Top Singles Chart and remained in the Top 40 in the United States.

31. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

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“I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys achieved number one on the charts in over 25 countries.

It is ranked 240 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

32. Havana – Camilla Cabello Ft. Young Thug

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Havan is one of the most viewed songs in Youtube and other music streaming platforms all over the globe. The really catchy tune of this song keeps everyone humming without sometimes knowing about it.

33. American Pie – Don McLean

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According to, “American Pie” is a sad elegy to nostalgia and innocence.

“American Pie,” written amid a difficult moment in American history, acknowledges the departure of the optimistic 1950s and looks forward to an uncertain future. In 2002, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

34. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

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When it was released in 1998, “…Baby One More Time” spent two weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 1000.

This was Spears’ debut hit, catapulting the 16-year-old to prominence.

35. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

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Taylor had many fans and hit records, but this song was a worldwide classic. To the sick beats, everyone was shaking it off. The song lasted at the top of Billboard’s chart for four weeks.

The dance-pop song was published in 2014 and has received over a billion views.

36. Sugar – Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 is a well-known American music group with numerous successful singles. Sugar, on the other hand, is certainly one of their most popular songs everyone knows. It debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The song features a variety of instruments, which adds to its appeal. In addition, Adam Levin’s voice has always captivated millions.

37. Baby – Justin Beiber Ft. Lucadris

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Back in 2010, when Justin Bieber was justly called a teenage sensation; the song of his that was played in almost everyone’s ears was “Baby”. This track also features Ludacris. It stayed at the billboard charts for quite some time in the USA and Canada.

38. We Found Love – Rihanna Ft. Calvin Harris

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Rihanna’s song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks in a row.

It was also a great hit in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, in addition to the United States.

It has been performed on major music shows such as the British annual music awards and the Grammys.

39. Umbrella – Rihanna Ft. JayZ

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This song is still relevant today. The song combines hip hop, pop, R&B, and rock influences.

It’s no surprise that it’s won multiple accolades from musical houses.

It would be unfair not to note how the song topped charts all over the world. Some of the artists who have covered the song include Taylor Swift, Vanilla Sky, and OneRepublic.

40. Every Breath You Take – The Police

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“Every Breath You Take,” which has a darker tone than most of the songs on this list, was an instant smash when it was released in 1983, topping the charts in both the US and the UK.

It is also possibly Sting’s most well-known tune.

41. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

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All the metal fans on planet earth know “Metallica”. And if you know the name of Metallica, you already know about Nothing else matters. It is as simple as that.

42. Thriller – Michael Jackson

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Both the track and the music video for “Thriller” are unforgettable, and the song is widely regarded as a Halloween song by many.

It reached the position of four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US.

43. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

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Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” written during the height of the disco frenzy, reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1976.

However, when the song was published, the band slipped into obscurity, with their hit track considerably more memorable than those who created and produced it.

44. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

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One of the all time popular rock songs has lived in every music lover’s heart since its arrival. The lyrics and composition of the song make it a must one to listen.  This one is also one of the greatest hits of the band. 

45. Creep – Radiohead

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People of all ages know this one quite well. Radiohead’s one of the greatest hits of all time is a pure gem. The song is really easy to relate to, which makes it even easier to love.

46. Hello – Adele

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‘Hello, it’s me,’ begins one of the most popular songs ever written. It’s unusual for a sad and somber song like this to become popular over the world.

However, the amazing chorus and Adele’s ability propelled the song to almost two billion views.

The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks.

47. Yellow – Coldplay

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British band Coldplay’s Yellow is one of their most heard songs all over the music streaming platforms. Yellow stayed on the billboard charts of different countries around the globe for quite some time.It made a great impact in raising the band’s fanbase.

48. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

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The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped twenty different country charts.

The song “I Gotta Feeling” is the most downloaded on iTunes. It also received a Grammy nomination and was nominated for song of the year. Other songs by the group were as successful, but this one reached everyone.

49. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

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“Mr. Brightside,” the debut single by American rock band The Killers, depicts the story of singer Brandon Flowers’ real-life experience discovering his then-girlfriend was cheating on him.

It topped the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was considered a sleeper hit in 2005, ranking 40th on Billboard’s Top 100.

50. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars

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Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s modern funk resurrection is a masterpiece in pleasant nostalgia. It does not rely on the past, but rather uses it to inform a modern template.

This track brought funk music to a new generation of admirers who were not born during the reigns of James Brown and Parliament.

51. Sweet Dreams- Eurythmics

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“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” written by British new-wave group Eurythmics, features a lively, electronic dance sound with melancholic overtones.

They employ a synthesizer as the main instrument, which creates a distinct sound that listeners all over the world can quickly know.

52. Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men

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The duet “Little Talks,” written and performed by Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men, portrays the story of a widow conversing with the spirit of her late husband.

The lyrics and the music’s profound anguish elicit a powerful response from listeners.

53. All Star – Smash Mouths


Audiences fell in love with this infectious hymn upon its release in 1999, as “All Star” charted in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Several cinematic performances, most notably in Dreamworks Animation’s Shrek and a concert cameo in 2001’s Rat Race, have solidified the term “All Star”.

54. Basket Case- Green Day

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“Basket Case,” a song that truly depicts the inner agony and self-loathing of paranoid delusions, connects with listeners by emphasizing the angst and vulnerability we can all relate to at some point in our life.

55. Barbie Girl – Aqua

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Audiences fell in love with this infectious hymn upon its release in 1999, as “All Star” charted in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Several cinematic performances, most notably in Dreamworks Animation’s Shrek and a concert cameo in 2001’s Rat Race, have solidified the term “All Star.”

56. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

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Vanessa Carlton is an American singer-songwriter who wrote the song “A Thousand Miles.”

It was published in 2001 and quickly became a worldwide smash, appearing in films such as Legally Blonde and White Chicks.

It also received a Grammy nomination and several other nominations, and we can see why.

57. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem

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“The Real Slim Shady” peaked at number one on Billboard’s Top 100 in the United Kingdom and number four in the United States.

In addition, it received the Billboard Music Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Clip of the Year in 2000.

In the same year, it won Video of the Year and Best Male Video at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

58. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran had another worldwide smash before ‘Shape of You.’ The song was in the UK top forty for nineteen weeks. Following its release, it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

People from all over the world have walked down the aisle and countless films have been posted online.

59. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

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Even if they tried, no one could forget Miley Cyrus swinging on the giant wrecking ball in the 

video. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 after its release in 2013.

The video was quite provoking. Perhaps the contentious video is what drove the song to more than a billion views.

60. I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

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The song “I’ll Make Love to You” is by the American R&B group Boyz II Men.

It debuted in 1994 and swiftly climbed to the top of the charts, where it remained for a record-breaking 14 weeks.

The song is still popular today and has been covered by numerous singers.

61. The Final Countdown – Europe

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“The Final Countdown,” written about the Cold War by the Swedish rock band Europe, expresses the terror and uncertainty felt by those living throughout the Cold War era.

62. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

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“Kryptonite,” with its familiar opening riff, was inspired by Superman, as seen by the lines: “If I go mad, will you still call me Superman?”

The song has appeared on television shows such as Roswell, Cold Case Unsolved, and Dancing With the Stars. 

63. Hey Ya! – Outkast

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When “Hey Ya!” was released in 2003, it topped both the American and international charts.

It’s a thrilling tune that makes fans all over the world want to get up and dance, with rap pair Andre 3000 and Big Boi delivering an outstanding performance in the music video’s green theme.

64. Hurt – Johny Cash

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“Hurt,” composed by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, is widely regarded as one of the saddest songs ever written.

“Hurt’s” lyrics are harsh, delivering a powerful message of regret and heartache, with a lone guitar in the background of the melancholy vocals. Cash’s cover of the song in 2002 helped him achieve recognition among younger fans.

65. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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“Sweet Home Alabama,” a song by the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, is an unofficial southern anthem with an instantly recognizable guitar riff.

When it was released, it became the band’s highest-charting song, peaking at number eight, and became one of the most popular songs everyone knows.

66. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival

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This song, composed to condemn the Vietnam War, has come to represent the anti-war sentiment of the time.

The lyrics depict the narrative of a man who, unlike a senator’s son, is not wealthy enough to buy his ticket out of service in the military, so he goes into combat.

67. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

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The mournful, haunting song emphasizes the loss of communication as humans walk away from one another when we need each other the most.

The song has been covered numerous times, most notably in recent years by the bands Disturbed and Pentatonix, and it appears three times in the 1967 film The Graduate.

68. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

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According to Variety Magazine, the original music video for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” achieved 1 billion views on YouTube in 2022, demonstrating the famous 1980s pop singer’s enduring relevance.

Lauper’s famous song was ahead of its time when it was published in 1983, and it is now a feminist anthem for today’s age.

69. In The Air Tonight –  Phil Collins

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According to, Phil Collins composed “In the Air Tonight” about his anguish over his divorce from his then-wife, Andrea Bertorelli, and it is one of the most misinterpreted songs on this list.

Its legendary drum solo and mournful lyrics make it memorable, and it topped the charts in the United States as well as Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland upon its release.

70. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

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“Never Gonna Give You Up,” released in 1987 as a dance-pop single, became so successful that “Rickrolling” is now utilized in popular culture as an internet joke.

The meme depicts someone clicking on a link, believing it will take them to a credible site, only to be sent to the famous music video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

71. Low – Florida Ft. T-Pain

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The first song of American rappers Flo Rida and T-Pain is “Low.”

The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for ten weeks. It was even ranked third on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and is one of the songs everyone knows.

72. Happy – Pharrell Williams

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In this Oscar-nominated song, Pharrell attempted to portray the pure spirit of pleasure.

The song reached number one in more than thirty countries.

People all over the world were able to sing along thanks to the chorus hook. It’s also the most downloaded single in the United Kingdom.

73. Macarena – Los Del Rio

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This hit song was written by the Spanish duet Los del Rio. It was published in 1993 and quickly became a worldwide sensation, hitting number one in more than 30 countries.

The song is about Macarena, a woman who cheats on her partner. Despite its grim content, the song has received praise for its enticing beats and dance moves.

74. One Dance – Drake

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Drake’s song “One Dance” is a dance song. It debuted in 2016 and swiftly climbed to the top of the charts, where it remained for ten weeks.

75. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa Ft. Charlie Puth

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The song was included on the official Fast and Furious Seven soundtrack in 2015. It also served as a homage to the late actor Paul Walker. Perhaps this is why it is one of the most popular songs in the world. The song has failed to break the two musicians’ previous records.

However, the movie franchise has millions of admirers and the song has spread far and wide.

76. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

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This 1961 Elvis Presley classic is still very popular today. Still, music enthusiast people cover this track at concerts, and also used on numerous movie soundtracks.

The song is the most widely used option for couples’ first dance songs at weddings.

77. A Thousand Times – Christina Perri

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Talking about wedding songs, Christina Perri’s A thousand song is also one of the songs everyone knows. This lovely romantic ballad was featured as a soundtrack of the movie Twilight Saga’s first part Breaking Dawn.

78. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Solomon Linda


You are probably familiar with the melody of this song because it was featured in a number of movies, tv commercials, and tv series. However, Solomon Linda wrote the original song in the Zulu language ( language of eastern South Africa ).

79. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

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What a beautiful melody this classic song has!  Anyone who listens to the track instantly feels a bit of a mix of calmness and sadness at the same time. You can’t find any country song lover who has missed this track.

80. Bad Guy – Billie Eilish

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I find Billie Eilish quite different and touching from modern pop artists and you might agree too. “Bad guy” is the song everyone knows when it comes to Billie Eilish.

81. Lovely – Billie Eilish Ft. Khalid

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People recommend another hot favorite of Billi Eilish which is “Lovely”. It was made available as the lead single from the second season soundtrack of the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why by Darkroom and Interscope Records.

82. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas

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Burt Bacharach and Hal David composed the song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Later B.J. Thomas’s single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in January 1970.

The motivational lyrics speak about a person overcoming his problems and anxieties by recognizing that “happy won’t be long till it steps up to greet me.”

83. 7 Rings – Ariana Grande

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With over 50 million monthly Spotify listeners under the name, Ariana Grande proves her popularity in the modern music world. Three-minute long “7 Rings” is a trap, R&B, and rap song. 

Grande talks about “how global success has allowed her to enjoy the finer things” in the song, which has a powerful bass.

84. Side To Side – Ariana Grande Ft. Nicki Minhaj

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 Along with its producers Max Martin and Ilya, Minaj, Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and Grande co-wrote the song. It is a reggae-pop tune with Minaj lending her cameo vocals.

85. Dusk Till Dawn – ZAYN Ft. Sia

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English singer-songwriter Zayn collaborated with Australian singer-songwriter Sia on the song “Dusk Till Dawn.”  As of today, the song has over 1.8 billion YouTube views since its release in September 2017.

86. New Rules – Dua Lipa

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Another hot favorite singer of today’s modern music is Dua Lipa. The song has 2.7 billion YouTube views which demand to be in this list of songs everyone knows.

87. Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

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Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes released this track in 2016. Southwest Airlines is using the song “Treat You Better” in a number of their commercials.

A cover of the song was released by the Swedish melodic metal group Sonic Syndicate in July 2017.

88. Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) – Post Malone

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The song was made available as a single from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack in 2018 and appears on Post Malone’s third studio album Hollywood’s Bleeding. At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, “Sunflower” was up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.

89. Careless Whisper – George Michael

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Just listen to the first few seconds of this track I am quite certain that you will remember this track. There is a significant saxophone riff in the song.

90. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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This old-time classic is still very popular and people are quite familiar with this track.

91. Waka Waka – Shakira

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Do you remember the 2010 football world cup song Waka waka from Shakira? The song was at the top height at that moment and I think no other football world cup song is more popular than this one. 

92. On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbull

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The best-selling single by a female artist in 2011 was “On the Floor,” which sold over eight million copies globally in that year. Pitbull, an American rapper, introduces the song in rap style, with the melody incorporating parts of the Los Kjarkas composition.

93. Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

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When artists like Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello collaborate on the same track it is bound to be a top chart song. Three years ago the song got released and now it has 1.4 billion YouTube views.

94. Dark Horse – Katy Perry Ft. Juicy J

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With over 3.3 billion YouTube views this track is another gem of Katy Perry. Trap, hip hop, pop-rap, and electropop are all combined in “Dark Horse” to create what has been called a “Southern rap-techno hybrid.”

Juicy J is featured on the song’s entrance and rapped bridge, while the single has a simple production with a “seductive” and “mature” tone to Perry’s vocals.

95. Closer – The Chainsmoker Ft. Halsey

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The Chainsmokers’ and Halsey’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US was “Closer.” The song spent 12 weeks straight at the top of the charts.

96. Believer – Imagine Dragons

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No list of songs everyone knows can complete without a track from Imagine Dragone. Believer has 2.2 billion YouTube views and it is still counting.

97. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

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This song was the best-selling single in the UK in 2019 and became Capaldi’s first number one single. It topped the charts for seven weeks in a row. With over 2.4 billion streaming as of today, it is ranked at no. 5 in the Spotify most played all time list.

98. Dance Monkey – Tones And I

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Over 30 nations’ official singles charts were topped by “Dance Monkey,” and it peaked in the top ten of several others, including the United States.

On the Australian singles chart, the song broke the record for the most weeks at number one. It also broke the record for the most weeks a female artist had been at the top of the UK Singles Chart.

99. Rockstar – Post Malone Ft. 21 Savage

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Malone’s most popular hit single to date, the song became popular despite getting mixed reviews from music critics, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, the song received nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

100. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

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James Arthur, an English singer, and composer is the author of the song “Say You Won’t Let Go.” In May 2018, it was revealed that The Script had filed a lawsuit against Arthur for allegedly violating the song’s copyright.

Nevertheless, after filing a claim in May 2018, they were granted a songwriting credit.

101. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles

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With over 70 million monthly Spotify listeners under the name of Harry Styles, we have decided to add this track to our list of songs everyone knows.

102. All Of Me – John Legend

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This track was dedicated to John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigan. This romantic ballad has a beautiful Boyce Avenue acoustic cover. Don’t forget to check it out.

103. Let Her Go – Passenger

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The song’s beautiful and melancholy lyrics discuss the regrets that come with terminating a love. The chorus makes a connection between love and instances where one doesn’t realize how lucky they are until it’s gone. The verses depict in-depth scenes of a broken-hearted man coping with his separation.

104. Faded – Alan Walker

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Where are you now?

Was it all in my fantasy?

Where are you now?

Were you only imaginary?

The appealing voice of Norwegian singer Iselin Solheim is really charming to listen to.

105. Stay With Me – Sam Smith


This song has reached the top ten chart in over twelve countries. Darkchild’s version of “Stay with Me” took home two Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards presentation for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

106. La Isla Bonita – Madonna

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Just listen to the first few seconds and let us know if you haven’t heard it before. As the singer’s first song to incorporate Latin influences, “La Isla Bonita” is notable for having Cuban percussion, Spanish guitar riffs, maracas, and harmonicas in its instrumentation.

According to Madonna, the song is a celebration of Latino beauty. It has lyrics that refer to the island of San Pedro.

107. Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

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English rock band Arctic Monkeys’ song “Do I Wanna Know?” was written by Alex Turner. With over 1.4 billion Spotify streaming this song is listed as one of the most popular rock songs everyone knows.

108. In The End – Linkin Park

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One of my favorite Linkin Park tracks is “In the end” and with over 1.4 billion YouTube views this track is one of the best rock songs everyone knows. By the way, when it comes to Linkin Park “Numb” should be the first choice. But whoever has listened to Numb is also familiar with “In the end”.

Final Thoughts

These are only a few of the most well-known songs everyone knows all over the world. Several of these songs have been popular for decades, whereas others have only recently become popular.

All of these tracks have one thing in common: they are infectious, effortless to sing along to, songs everyone knows and they have grown into global hits.

Let us know in the comment which songs have we missed to include in this list of songs everyone knows.

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