9 Songs Everyone Immediately Knows in the First Second
You turn on the radio and instantaneously start singing along with dramatic fervor. Only a few songs are so quickly recognizable within just the first second, bu those that are are the beloved classics that everyone young and old will belt out in unison.
After hearing the recognizable initial guitar progression, followed by the titular chanting of "Stacy's mom has got it goin' on," everyone is quickly well aware that they are about to be belting along to the classic Fountains of Wayne chorus. Over 10 years old now, the power pop anthem is still well-known among people of all ages.
Of course everyone knows this Beatles classic in the first second, because it leads off with the Paul McCartney crooning the song's iconic name. Throughout the entirety of Beatles hits, "Hey Jude" is probably the one that the most people know the words to. It's also very popular to quote in Facebook statuses.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
That opening guitar riff will turn even the preppiest kid into a grungy rebel in seconds flat. Nirvana's biggest smash has been widely hailed as one of the best songs of the 1990s, and propelled the band into the limelight.
Right when you hear R. Kelly admitting to you that he "usually don't do this," you know exactly what's coming. "Ignition (Remix)" might be the only instance of a song's remix becoming more popular than the original. R. Kelly's anthem to post-partying hookups is a karaoke favorite for good reason.
Baby Got Back
"I like big butts and I cannot lie." After hearing Sir Mix A-Lot's frank admission, listeners of all ages immediately launch into the fast-paced recital of the rest of the ode to portly posteriors. People have never tired of the song's playful lyrics, and knowing more than just a few choice lines is a challenge that many have taken on and conquered.
Don't Stop Believin
The opening pianos, the "just a small town girl": It all comes together to make large crowds (usually at a formal dance or wedding reception) burst out into the seamless yelling of the univerally known lyrics. Journey's ubiquitous classic is undeniably one of the best-known songs of all time.
Hearing those high-pitched strings means only one thing: It's time for Britney. The pop star's magnum opus is instantly recognizable, and impossible not to sing along to. The background track is so unique and well-known that, even without Spears' lyrics, the song would be recognized immediately.
"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" Queen's operatic anthem has caused people young and old to dramatically perform the 6-minute song for almost 4 decades. Re-popularized by Mike Myers' early 1990s comedy "Wayne's World," singing along to Queen's intricate masterpiece became an international pasttime for driving with friends.
Upon hearing that specific "some," everyone will automatically complete the "body once told me" that starts off one of the most well-known songs of all time. Smash Mouth's piece of lyrical mastery has been dutifully recited since the late 1990s, and remains a favorite among all age groups.