Robyn = yeah i see people praise her a lot, especially this song, to the heavens but its just not my thing really. It's good for dance pop but not top 20 at all for me. But Sam has an excellent point that its more unabashed and not showoffy like most of this stuff, and does have a nice message.
Imagine = yeah I am surprised people still love this, but then again it is one of those "deep" songs that people still love nowadays
Purple Rain, Bohemian Rhapsody, the Beatles stuff, Waterloo Sunset (that is great! didn't expect that), Gimmie Shelter, Superstition, God Only Knows, "Dreams", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Whats Going On".. I can get behind any of this stuff for this type of list. Classic stuff. "Teen Spirit" is understandable too I guess.
I do love Sam Cooke and "Change Is Gonna Come" is as classic as ever. "Respect" is classic and all but its not one of my favorites from this era honestly. Never was that crazy about it. yeah its a great feminist anthem but "Change Is Gonna Come" probably should have been number 1. Its a shame Sam Cooke lead a short life and career. He was one of the more amazing and innovative singers for the era.
Never cared for Beyonce at all and give me the original song it sampled (Some Chi-Lites song I believe, I forget which).
"Hey ya" I love though, and I was happy it was a retro soul pop kind of tune where it was rare for that kind of thing to hit number 1 in 2003 or 2004 whatever year that was.
Like Tabs i need to be more familiar with Public Enemy. I've heard them before but never got into anything from them really. Never cared for Missy Elliot. I guess her songs are party bangers but whatever.