21 Songs You’ve Totally Heard, But Never Knew The Names Of

1. Gary Glitter, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 2”

Where you’ve heard it: Every sporting event ever.

2. Aram Khachaturian, “Sabre Dance”

Where you’ve heard it: Tons of TV shows, movies, and figure skating performances. NPR described it as “one of the catchiest, most familiar — perhaps most maddening — tunes to come out of the 20th century.”

3. Edvard Grieg, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”

Where you’ve heard it: Every thing ever.

4. “Entry of the Gladiators”

Where you’ve heard it: Mary Poppins, Gwen Stefani’s “Don’t Get It Twisted,” and circuses.

5. The “Habanera” aria from the opera Carmen

Where you’ve heard it: Anytime someone parodies an opera singer.

6. Average White Band, “Pick Up the Pieces”

Where you’ve heard it: A 2013 Bank of America commercial; the bar fight scene in Superman II.

7. Booker T. and The MGs, “Green Onions”

Where you’ve heard it: American Graffiti, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Flamingo Kid, Get Shorty, Happy Gilmore, Houseguest, The Sandlot, A Single Man, and countless other movies and TV shows.

8. Richard Sprauss, “Also sprach Zarathustra”

Where you’ve heard it: 2001: A Space Odyssey; dramatic scenes in anything.

9. Clint Mansell, “Lux Aeterna”

Where you’ve heard it: The theme from Requiem for a Dream; the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

10. Benny Goodman, “Sing, Sing, Sing”

Where you’ve heard it: Gangs of New York; Casino; Manhattan Murder Mystery; on Broadway; The O.C. casino party episode.

11. Dick Dale, “Misirlou”

Where you’ve heard it: Pulp Fiction, being sampled in the Black Eyed Peas’ “Pump It.”

12. Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street”

Where you’ve heard it: Grand Theft Auto V; the Simpsons episode “Lisa’s Sax.”

13. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Eine kleine nachtmusik”

Where you’ve heard it: The Looney Tunes Nickelodeon ad.

14. Richard Wagner, “Ride of the Valkyries”

Where you’ve heard it: Apocalypse Now, among other films.

15. Johannas Brahms, “Hungarian Dance. No. 5”

Where you’ve heard it: Lots of places, including The Simpsons.

16. The Pretenders, “My City Was Gone”

Where you’ve heard it: The intro to the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

17. Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Where you’ve heard it: You know, weddings.

18. Raymond Scott Quintette, “Powerhouse”

Where you’ve heard it: The iconic “assembly line” music in animated cartoons released by Warner Bros.

19. “O Fortuna” from the Carmina Burana

Where you’ve heard it: The 1981 film Excalibur; sporting events; the British X Factor; everywhere.

20. Johann Strauss, “The Blue Danube Waltz”

Where you’ve heard it: 2001: A Space Odyssey; the unofficial Austrian national anthem.

21. The Alan Parsons Project, “Sirius”

Where you’ve heard it: sporting events (especially Chicago Bulls games); your school’s pep rally; the trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

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