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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted April 05 2004 - 11:53 AM

These are songs you can recognize from the get go from the first four to five seconds of.

"Layla" - Derek and the Dominos
"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
"One" - Metallica
"Crazy Train" - Ozzy Osbourne
"Thunderstruck" - AC/DC
"Back In Black" - AC/DC
"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC
"Hells Bells" - AC/DC
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones
"Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin

#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Eric_Bender

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Posted April 05 2004 - 12:07 PM

A couple of more:

"Rock and Roll" Led Zepplin
"Carn Evil 9 pt 2" Emerson Lake and Palmer
"Time" Pink Floyd
"Money" Pink Floyd
"Black Dog" Led Zepplin
"Roundabout" Yes
"Dream Police" Cheap Trick

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted April 05 2004 - 01:47 PM

A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
Come Together - Beatles

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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted April 05 2004 - 04:06 PM

Immigrant Song - Zeppelin
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Break on Through - The Doors

Good call on Come Together, Whole Lotta Love and Roundabout.
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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted April 05 2004 - 05:09 PM

Ironman - Black Sabbath

I was also going to say Thunderstruck but it is already rightfully mentioned.

#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Angelo.M

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Posted April 06 2004 - 01:16 AM

"born to run" & "thunder road" (springsteen)
"come together" & "revolution" & "back in the ussr" & "get back" (the beatles)
"black dog" & "rock and roll" & "communication breakdown" & "immigrant song" & "misty mountain hop" (led zeppelin)
"break on through" & "light my fire" (the doors)
"baba o'riley" & "won't get fooled again" (the who)
"the weight" & "up on cripple creek" (the band)
"sunday bloody sunday" & "where the streets have no name" & "i will follow" (U2)
"wish you were here" & "money" (pink floyd)
"heroin" & "sweet jane" (VU)
"truckin'" & "casey jones" (grateful dead)
"what's going on" & "mercy mercy me (the ecology)" (marvin gaye)
"moondance" & "jackie wilson said (i'm in heaven when you smile)" (van morrison)
"seven nation army" (the white stripes)
"airbag" & "paranoid android" (radiohead)
"the sound of silence" & "cecilia" (simon & garfunkel)
"september" & "shining star" (earth, wind & fire)
"running on empty" (jackson browne)
"ants marching" (dave matthews band)
"subdivisions" & "tom sawyer" & "limelight" (rush)
"what's the matter here" & "hey jack kerouac" (10,000 maniacs)
"black magic woman" & "evil ways" (santana)

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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Philip_T

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Posted April 22 2004 - 05:45 AM

"september" & "shining star" (earth, wind & fire)
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Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
For Those about to Rock (AC/DC)
Red Rain (Peter Gabriel)
Eruption/You Really Got Me (VH)
Pundcake (VH)
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
Battery (Metallica)

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted April 22 2004 - 06:18 AM

"Teenage Wasteland" by The Who

#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted April 22 2004 - 07:14 AM

"Money For Nothing" - Dire Straits
"Jump" - Van Halen
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#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Joey Skinner

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Posted April 22 2004 - 07:25 AM

"La Grange" ZZ Top
"Hot For Teacher" Van Halen
"Start Me Up" Stones

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Posted April 22 2004 - 01:28 PM

Hotel California - Eagles

#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted April 22 2004 - 06:29 PM

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"Teenage Wasteland" by The Who
i hate to be THAT guy, but it is called "baba o'riley". and yeah, great opening.

the beatles - helter skelter
the doors - strange days
pearl jam - leaving here
pearl jam - lukin
pearl jam - mfc

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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted April 22 2004 - 07:13 PM

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i hate to be THAT guy, but it is called "baba o'riley".

I was just watching the Freaks and Geeks episode where that is mentioned as well. It has to be one of the most common mistakes for a rock song.
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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted April 22 2004 - 07:15 PM

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"Start Me Up" Stones

Love this one! I also love "Baba O'Riley" both great choices.

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   ZacharyTait

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Posted May 01 2004 - 07:02 PM

For me, I can always recognize Nirvana's "It Smells like Teen Spirit" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Bobbi*L

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Posted September 12 2005 - 05:54 AM

Darkest Dreaming David Sylvain
Unbound Robbie Robertson
Who Are You The Who
Evergreen Barbara Striesand
Gangsters Paradise Coolio
Lady In Read Chris DeBurgh
Little Chid Running Wild Curtis Mayfield
Superfly Curtis Mayfield
Reflections Diana Ross and the Supremes
Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley
Suspicious Minds Dwight Yoakam
Slow Ride Foghat
You Belong to the City Glenn Frey
You Can Leave Your Hat On Joe Cocker
Smooth Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas
Sweet Child Of Mine Guns and Roses
Fireball Deep Purple
Sister Christian Night Ranger
Stevie Pat Travers
Lunatic Fringe Red Rider
Nowhere Fast Fire Inc.
Fire Woman The Cult
If I Was Your Girl Janet Jackson

That's just a few, given the time I could come up with so much more.

#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Mike Wilk

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Posted September 13 2005 - 06:10 AM

"Sweet Jane" Lou Reed

#18 of 18 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted September 18 2005 - 07:36 PM

"Joy To The World" - Three Dog Night
"Losing My Religion" - R.E.M.
"Knights In White Satin" - Moody Blues
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" - Procol Harum
"Ohio" - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Cat's In The Cradle" - Harry Chapin
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" - Bob Dylan ("Everybody must get stoned")
"When Doves Cry" - Prince

As George said, tons of Beatles songs. Here's a few:

"I Saw Her Standing There"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Ticket To Ride"
"I Feel Fine" (feedback, baby!)
"Daytripper"
"Back In The USSR"

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