I never really liked Sonic Youth :/ I'm just not a big fan of female vocalists in rock full stop. There are exceptions like Liv Kristine but it takes quite a bit to sway me.
It's the End of the World as we Know it - R.E.M.
I've always been a fan of their catchy jingles. This, Bad Day, Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People (lots of people including the band hate this song.. but I love it)
Now... Californication - RHCP
Since when have you two been into Rise Against? Awesome =D