In the item that caught Carmichael's eye, Posnanski starts by discussing how the inductions of artists into Rock and Roll HOF do not make a ton of sense, a position I agree with wholeheartedly. Posnanski notes that enshrining a form of music meant to be rebellious is rather an odd undertaking. He suggests that the Hall would work better as a repository of "iconic" songs rather than artists.
I see an iconic song as meaning: “a song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life.” So, I see these songs being the ones that best represent the times we live in, and the emotions of our time.
He and a few of his compatriots (including Bill James) put together a list of about 50 of the most iconic songs in their view. Posnanski is encouraging his readers to discuss those songs and to vote for a slate of the ten most iconic songs. The only major limitation to the rules is that there can only be 1 song per artist. He updates his original list here.
Posnanski's group went with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" as the Beatles' most iconic song, a song which was number 114 on the other list we discussed recently.
I'm not a wild fan of all of Posnanski's group's choices, but it's at least a decent list. So, bearing in mind Posnanski's definition of the term "iconic," what are your choices for the most iconic pop songs?