1. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey – Possibly the best song regarding taking midnight trains to anywhere.

  • Immediately recognizable opening? Yes
  • Easy to remember lyrics?: Yes
  • Killer solo for air-guitarring?: Yes, One
  • Talking points: Not only does this song deliver an uplifting message that gives you false confidence, but it allows those who know it to act like a Japanese businessman at Karaoke night.


    2. "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi – One of three Bon Jovi songs that is acceptable to know.

  • Good drum line for fist pumping/table pounding?: Yes
  • Easy to remember lyrics?: No, but great chorus you can give your all to
  • Killer solo for air-guitarring?: Yes, One
  • Talking points: Lines like "take my hand, we'll make it I swear" give you the chance to enthusiastically grab a girl's chest after you "miss" her hand.


    3. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Enjoyable even to people who don't know where Alabama is.

  • Immediately recognizable beginning?: Yes
  • Killer solo for air-guitarring?: Yes, Two
  • Easy to remember lyrics?: Yes, and an awesome chorus to boot
  • Talking points: This song has appeal even above the Mason Dixon line and allows you to sing in a Southern accent.


    4. "Baba O'Riley" by The Who – Now you get to be the music dick and correct people when they think this song is called "Teenage Wasteland."

  • Immediately Recognizable beginning?: Yes
  • Good drum line for fist pumping/table pounding?: Yes
  • Easy to remember lyrics?: No, but everyone loves belting out "Teenage Wasteland!"
  • Talking points: This songs lyrics apply so directly with your life, being a wasted teenager, that the beauty of it all could motivate you to reach out and just grab a boob. The unsuspecting girl, being a fan of The Who, will understand.


    5. "Paradise City" by Guns N Roses – Paradise City isn't real, crazy Axl Rose!

  • Killer solo for air-guitarring?: Pretty much the whole thing is perfect, as long as you can keep up with Slash
  • Immediately recognizable opening?: Yes
  • Easy to remember lyrics?: Perfect chorus for drunken belting
  • Talking points: Locking eyes with the right girl during this song could result in a sweet beej. Nice.