Top 40 pop culture songs and influential artists

Top 40 Must-Listen Pop Culture Influential Artists (in no particular order):

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1.  The Beatles

2.  Michael Jackson (King of Pop)

3.  Red Hot Chili Peppers

4.  Spice Girls

5.  U2

6.  Earth, Wind and Fire

7.  The Fugees

8.  Nirvana

9.  Beastie Boys

10.  Boyz II Men (and all the soulful, romantic boybands that followed)

11.  Rolling Stones

12.  Lady Gaga

13.  Beach Boys

14.  The Mickey Mouse Club- for all the famous singers that came from it!

15.  Elvis Presley (King of Rock)

16.  Barbara Streisland

17.  George Strait (I haven’t heard his music!  But I’m told to check out “Check Yes or No”)

18.  Garth Brooks

19.  Dolly Parton (and Kenny Rogers)

20.  The Highwaymen (that includes Johnny Cash)

21.  Celine Dion

22.  Paul Oakenfold (people once referred to him as the god of electronic music)

23.  Madonna

24.  Beyonce and Jay-Z (they get listed now that they have a baby together!)

25.  2pac

26.  Notorious B.I.G.

27.  Stevie Wonder

 

Shania Twain Drive

 

28.  Eminem

29.  Shania Twain

30.  Bryan Adams

31. Ricky Martin, Selena, Jennifer Lopez (headers at the explosion of Latin music popularity)

32.  Mariah Carey

33.  AC/DC

34.  Greenday

35.  Tom Petty

36.  Moby

37.  Gwen Stefani

38.  New Kids on The Block

39.  Missy Elliot

40.  Jimi Hendrix

Top 40 Must-Listen Pop Culture Songs or Songs To Hear Before You Die (in no particular order):

 1.  Baby- Justin Bieber.  Now Bieber has exploded from an unknown Canadian kid on youtube to one of the biggest pop artists right now.  Even I caught a little of the Bieber Fever after his last few hits!

2.  Baby One More Time- Britney Spears

3.  Waving Flag- K’Naan

4.  Standing Outside The Fire- Garth Brooks

5.  Theme Song for Requiem For a Dream (I’m not sure of the artist).  Listen to it.  It’s in almost every epic movie trailer!

6.  Thriller- Michael Jackson.  I listed this as a top 40 mini-movie as well.

7.  All Along the Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix

8.  Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

9.  Barbie Girl- Aqua

10.  Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash

11.  Grease Lightning

12.  Come Around- Green Day

13.  Song #2- Blur

14.  Hypnotize- Notorious B.I.G.

15.  Every Breath You Take- The Police (and Puff Daddy’s cover with Faith Evans, I’ll Be Missing You)

16.  Thunderstruck- AC/DC

17.  My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion

18.  I Will Always Love You- Whitney Houston

19.  One- U2 (or Where The Streets Have No Name)

20.  Wonderwall- Oasis (one of my personal all-time faves)

21.  Sandstorm- Darude (theme song for the rave era in the late 90s, early 2000′s)

22.  Don’t Stop Believing- Journey

23.  Changes- Tupac

24.  I Want To Hold Your Hand- The Beatles

25.  I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith

26.  Living La Vida Loca- Ricky Martin

27.  Get Ur Freak On- Missy Elliot

28.  Billie Jean- Michael Jackson

29.  Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes

30.  Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana.  As an aside, did anyone hear that Courtney Love recently stated that Gwen Stefani owes her fame to her hubby Gavin Rossdale?  Um…. No comment.

31.  I Heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye

32.  Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O’Connor

33.  Kiss- Prince (at the time, now he’s The Artist Formerly Known As Prince)

34.  Little Shop of Horrors- I don’t know the artist

35.  The Twist- Chubby Checker

36.  Macarena- Los del Rio

37.  Gangam Style- Psy

38.  Fight The Power- Public Enemy

39.  California Love- 2pac, Dr. Dre

40.  Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

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