Yeah, I suspect everyones list will be a little different. Here are some of my "honorable" mentions:
Rush - Digital Man and tom Sawyer (heck, Neil Pert could have his own top 20!) Beatles - Come Together INXS - Need You Tonight Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching (just snare on 2&4, what?!) Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times Brubeck - Take 5 (not a huge jazz guy, but talk about iconic!) John Mayer - Belief REM - It's The End Of The World Rolling Stones - Honky Talk Woman Safaris - Wipeout (loved this when I was a kid!)
Deep Purple - Fireball Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me The Doors - Break on Through Spooky Tooth - Waiting for the Wind Guess Who - When You Touch Me Guess Who - No Time Rolling Sones - Get Off of My Cloud
I've got no business being here, but I saw the thread title and got curious. First song that popped into my head was: Ain't to Proud to Beg/Temptations 2 beats of iconic, instantly recognizable brilliance that has been copied and imitated for decades!
"What's the point of living longer if you have to give up everything that makes life worth living to do so?" Einstein (supposedly)
"We're an American Band" is one of my favorites as well which I should have mentioned above. An interesting bit of trivia is that Mark Farner claims he came up with that drum intro. Farner is an accomplished drummer and did a high energy percussion segment in Grand Funk shows where he and Don Brewer played together with Farner on Timbales. Here is a quote from Farner regarding the Drum intro:
"I did write the drum lick on the intro of '...American Band', Brewer didn't even own a cowbell, dude. I'm serious. I said, 'We've got to have a cowbell on that song.' I gave him the (songwriting) credit; He said, 'I've never had a single songwriting credit, can I take it on this?' I said, 'Yeah, go ahead, even though that's my drum lick and my cowbell on there.' I gave that (credit) to him as a friend. Then he wanted half my royalties for 'Creepin',' which was on the B-side, because '...American Band' was such a big hit."