This is the second in a series. My Top 10 most recognizable guitar riffs appeared here last Friday. Bass lines, and drum beats… will follow.
Before you start yelling at me for this list, I invite you to take a deep breath and re-read the headline.
It says “Most Recognizable.” It does not say “Best” or “Most Epic” or “Most Influential.” It says “Most Recognizable,” as in “The majority of the people in your car, bar or party instantly know what song it is by the first note of the song.”
That first note part is key.
Important to understand that I took women into account, here. For instance, my Billy Joel vote would’ve gone to “Piano Man,” but I realize infinitely more ladies know “Only The Good Die Young” instantly.
And one more arbitrary rule: Only one song per band.
First, the runners up:
Night Swimming – REM
Runaway – Bon Jovi
Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
Getting in Tune – The Who
Now, for the Top 10 Most Recognizable Opening Piano/Keyboard Chords of All-Time.
I will go in descending order:
10. Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee
9. King of Pain – The Police
8. Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
7. Jump – Van Halen
6. Dream On – Aerosmith
5. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
4. Bennie and The Jets – Elton John
3. Imagine – John Lennon
2. Old Time Rock-n-Roll – Bob Seger (It killed me to even put this song on the list, let alone this high. But every woman in America knows it. And, whether you admit it or not, so do you.)
1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey