|thanks for the suggestions!|
I'll definitely add Simon and Garfunkel to the list, along with Mellancamp. some of the other people I'll have to look up. Springsteen was already planned.
I guess the idea is pretty vague and subjective. something like, if one of my students goes into a karaoke bar and sings one of these songs, the rest of the bar will go "fuck yeah!". vaguely classic songs in the sense that they somehow represent american culture or the time they were made, or influenced later stuff.
and, of course, they should be things that I like.