Best Songs of All Time

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1Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

It's one of the greatest song ever made, totally captivating lyrically and extremely innovative musically all due credit to the Queen himself, Freddie Mercury. Simple put this is the song with every element required.

Not one of the greatest but simply the greatest even if one includes classical music.

When the writer of this song, the late Freddie Mercury had come into this studio with "Bohemian Rhapsody", the rest of the band had thought of it foolish, bizarre and odd---but went along with the "Fred thing"---now it is a masterpiece that has withstood time, even more than thirty years old----nothing, and no one has come close to re-creating something so tongue-and-cheek, innovative, and still makes teenagers want to bang their heads and air-guitar while driving. Simply the best.

It's daring, fun and doesn't fall short of bravado. Simply genius.

This is the only good song on the top ten. I'm glad it's number one. The rest of the list almost seems like it was created by a bunch of suburban kids. Where's Michael Jackson? Stevie Wonder? Tupac? Marvin Gaye? Johnny Cash? Whitney Houston? Billy Joel? Outkast? Commodores? Janet Jackson? Run D.M.C.? Aerosmith? Elton John? Aretha Franklin? Ray Charles? James Brown? Al Green? Mariah Carey? Otis Redding? Smokey Robinson? This list is just horrible!

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2Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

The poetic storytelling nature of Robert Plant's lyrics combined with Jimmy Page's brilliant musical composition places "Stairway To Heaven" as the number one rock song of all time. Mr. Page's arrangement of a dramatic crescendo type development with the song passing through stages along the way lend to his (and John Paul Jones) influence by classical music. His guitar solo in this song is one of his greatest played with undeniable passion and ease. "Stairway To Heaven" is a legendary song composed and performed by the greatest rock musicians of all time, Led Zeppelin.

This is an incredible song! It's so great that it's becoming the theme song for my school's prom. Led Zeppelin is like no other classic.

I wanted to select something from Beatles or something from Radiohead, but this is the best song in Rock history. Fantastic guitar. Great vocals. Amazing lyrics.

I love Led Zeppelin and I like this song

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3Imagine - John Lennon

Hey you! It is totally incomprehensible that Bohemian Rhapsody is the first. Imagine is the song of all centuries, Queen and John Lennon aren't competitors because John Lennon is god and Queen is just the queen. So Imagine is the first-it's objective reality

Do you literally mean that John Lennon is god? Because, no offense, but that's a bit weird - JaneMoffat

Truly inspirational lyrics, to release your per-conceived or ingrained notions of time and space, division of people those going to heaven vs. The hell-bound. The very best song of love not for one, but for all the people who live as one. A masterpiece.

It's best song, and one with the best lyrics ever. It's message is simple, but at the same very profound.

Sends an anti-religious message, but with great logic. I love this classic that was created by the greatest song writer of all time, and that cannot be disagreed with.

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4Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I love this song. Nirvana is one of my favourite bands ever! I really miss Kurt Cobain

Best song ever, we can smell his spirit, laugh out loud (i didn't understand. The best songs smell like going for the best. I love nirvana. NiRVANA NIRVANA NIRVANA! BEST SONG EVER ANYONE CAN LISTEN TO. Nirvana is part of rock's history, and deserves to be remembered from generation to generation. T smells like a perfect made delicious song that deserves to be in this list. Kurt was such a genius. This song has so much between the lines, it's awesome. I will always love NIRVANA. First time I voted another song.. The song is nice... But after listening this song I have changed by decision...

This song makes me want to run naked down the street... And I don't run Naked for just any song. It's like waking up in Russia lying on a moose rug.

Kurt Cobain, beautiful person!

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5Hotel California - Eagles

awesome lyrics with great music makes this song a perfect song
I used to hear it more than 20 times a day... such a beautiful song and this was the song that made me die hard fan of eagles

The music is so beautiful. The Guitars, the vocals and everything in the song is so beautiful. I first heard this song when I was around 6 years old and I can sing it. I live in Thailand but I can sing "Welcome to the Hotel California" when I was so young. That's why this song in the best song.

Hotel California from the Eagles is one of the best song ever! It's like a hymn where you can sing along and dance! It's just an incredible song which nearly everybody likes! One of the best!

Not a good song

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6Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Genius intro and solo by SLASH
Amazing work on rhythm by IZZY Stradlin
Badass awesome drummer Steven Adler
Cool bass by DUFF,...

Are You Kiddin me! That's Probably The Best Song in The History of Hard Rock! :O
<3 Slash!

It has everything a good rock song should have. An amazing riff, amazing lyrics, chorus and guitar solo.

Pretty good riff, but vastly overrated.

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7One - Metallica

Amazing and moving, appealing to fans of thrash, metal in general, even pop fans... you can't help but be swept up in the epicness of it

An excellent, powerful, and meaningful song. I don't even know what else to say, it's too amazing!

Metallica is the best. This song really shows what their all about.
Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror I cannot live I cannot die trapped in myself body my holding cell!

Greatest song ever no question about it

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8Lose Yourself - Eminem

I'm not much of a rap lover but no one can disagree that eminems lyrics are superior, not only within rap but in an overall perspective and it's shown through one of the greatest songs, if not the greatest of all time.
True inspiration.

Not many hip-hop songs so I decided to vote for this because it's the first rap song I listened it and I liked it and that's why I am an Eminem fan.

Good lyrics which helped Eminem become success worldwide with this big hit.

Most people remember this song that started his success - savinhiphop4life

So what I he doesn't like rap this is best songs not best rap songs but still I think this is the best song ever - simpsondude

The sheer lyrical genius of this song deserves a spot in the top ten. The well renowned course in conjunction with the emotion that Eminem pours into every syllable, truly show the songs true genius.

It's a good song, and that's coming from someone who absolutely despises rap. But best song ever is quite a stretch. It's would be in Top 50, but not Top 10 let alone 1st

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9Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

great guitar solo, great lyrics, great song

One of the best Pink Floyd songs, I ve first heard of this song when I watched movie The Wall so as with the other songs on The Wall, "Comfortably Numb" tells a segment of the story about Pink, the album's protagonist. This song has to do with Pink's battle to handle the world. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating Pink (verses, sung by Waters) and Pink's thoughts (chorus, sung by Gilmour).
Guilmour and Waters share credits for this song as the music was made by Guilmour and lyrics by Waters.

Best song to listen when you are high. The final three minutes of the song is just out of this world

Awful dad rock garbage for 15 year old stoner kids and old men

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10Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

#1 on the rolling stones magazine's top 500 songs of all time... and here its just 29? Don't be foolish!

Lol, and you take Rolling Stone Magazines word for it? They thin Prince is one of the top ten best guitarists ever. And they were the people that said Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were the worst bands ever and should stop making music. - DownFall

This song takes you on a hallucinatory 3rd eye journey, like all these songs do. Part of it could be about a great beauty. Go on girl, take your chances. Picture her there, on her throne, haughty, naughty, and drunk on herself, as others are. How could she not? Surrounded by legions of so called friends and admirers. Now picture them there,10 or so odd, years later. Their throne, now a gutter, bloated, lying face down in it. Like so many before. No body will know, that you were a beauty, a sweet sweet beauty, but stone stone cold! And all your so called legions who cared, your blood is in their mouths. They had a front row seat, to the circus that was your life. But the crowds have dispersed, and the tent must come down. Till the next beautiful circus ( YOU) comes to town. Because you still have the devil to pay.. And dear God, NO you can never go home again. It wasn't really that great there, at home in the first place. Or you would have stayed there, in the first place. So now, How ...more

a masterpiece. how is it possible for one man to write so many classic songs. genius is a well over used word these days, but dylan really is the real deal.

Don't know this one - RockStarr

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The Newcomers

?Lanterns - Birds of Tokyo
?I Can't Decide - Scissor Sisters

Come on, why not? Absolutely awesome song!

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The Contenders

11Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Can't say too much good stuff about this song, there is great guitar, totally playing this at my funeral, and this song is just great just genius great song Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It's the only song that can make the audience sway from east to west for 4 minutes and then fist pump north and south for the next 8!

Amazing song, especially the end!
I really love this list, it's got so many of my favourite songs on

Best guitar solo ever

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12November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Great song. I love this, I love the awesome guitar solo, the piano, the lyrics, everything about it. - jwileson

BEST SONG EVER! "nothing lasts forever, even cold NOVEMBER RAIN! "
What the hell? This song should easily be in the first 20 at least... Its a LEGENDARY song!
Even riders on the storm not on the list! Damn surprising

Its a combination of bohemian rhapsody and stairway to heaven and the best ballad of Guns N' Roses - ronluna

It is so hilarious!

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13Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

This song should be included among the top five! Every time I hear this song, it's as if... I was taken back to the 80's where this song first aired and become a word of mouth to this date! Yah, other songs on the top list could have been great songs too, but nothing can compare for livin' on a prayer for me... This has been the banner song for the Bon Jovi band ever since... I can't believe other people have forgotten the fact that this song surely deserves a recognition...

Bon Jovi is the best singer ever! I love his music! Rock its point of Bon Jovi! Love

Cool song... Livin' on a prayer is really very good... Love it fantastic.. Good... Amazing, not boring

Love this song. It's so powerful and I love the meaning behind it. I just totally totally totally love it so MUCH!

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14Hey Jude - The Beatles

Great song and very influential

15Earth Song - Michael Jackson

This is song is amazing! Michael's voice is unreal! This song is more popular! This is my lovely song!

Every one will cry while hearing this song if they are thinking about MJ. We really miss him. We love you Michael.. Forever you will live in our heart

I like this song, is so beautiful, It says all the true about this world... You must that listen this song. We must that chance our personality and chance this world, we are finishing the planet and it is necessary to have conscience of it.

Come on! Why didn't it make the cut? Awesome song...

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16In the End - Linkin Park

My favorite music of the my favorite band! I love this music since I have 5 years! This songs is amazing, Chester and Mike voice is Amazing and its lyrics is amazing, is complete amazing!
All amazing! - TheGodOfNewWorld

I like Linkin Park this is the greatest rock band of the world I think in the end would be number 1 but burn it down is better than in the end I am shocked burn it down is not in this list what the hell is crawling

My favorite song ever. Best Linkin Park song ever. Should be in the top 20. This is Linkin Park's signature song and send them into mainstream success. Due to this Hybrid Theory sold 30 mill. Best song of the new millenia and top 20 song ever. If you heard it, you know you love it, if you haven't you need to hear it. - yougnr1116

It's an awesome song one of my favourite song of linkin park.

This song is awesome!

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17Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Rivals Stairway to Heaven. It's too meaningful to not be in the top ten.

Even though founding member Syd Barrett left the band years earlier, his presence would remain, as "Wish You Were Here" and the later masterpiece, "The Wall, " were about Barrett in some capacity.

The whole song is dedicated to Syd Barrat when he left the band in 1976. It always brings good memories of the band. Bike, See Saw, Inter steller Overdrive, The Gnome Wow.

Should be in the top 5. Such a great moving song, great vocals and meaning.

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18A Day in The Life - The Beatles

well, if your tellin' that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the best at the same time u've listened to this song (at least)once, I'm sorry but that's just an opinion - on the other hand, if you say it without listening to this song, your missin' the very best point - so on both ends this is the greatest song of all time! - heaven

There are a lot of songs that are better than this one. I love The Beatles but a day in the life is not even the best song they have made.

This song is highly complex, using a simple acoustic guitar to a nightmarish orchestra. Also do not forget about the final E chord at the end, that thing lasted 40 seconds or so. The vocals are also much better than other Beatles song.

Beatles is the greatest band and this is their(and "the") greatest song, period - I mean come on?! Bohemian Rhapsody? Stairway to Heaven? Well, good choices but if you want a song so badly that has tempo changes and creates a musical orgasm - well listen to it without no waste of time! You won't regret it! :-) - dd369

This is number 1. It has a great sound and great vocals and the orchestral parts in it are brilliant. Bohemian rhapsody and maybe space oddity are a close second. This song is to underrated and in my opinion it is better then hey jude. This song can never be re-created and this song is the reason why sgt peppers lonely hearts club band is the number 1 album. Not putting this song on the top 2 is one thing, but not even in the top 10! That is shameful. I vote this song number 1. Also this song isn't even the number 1 Beatles song. It's a bit disappointing really. Sorry that's just my opinion. Also the Beatles are the greatest band of all time and my favourite.

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19(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

This is certainly the greatest song ever.
Not only because of its musical fascination, but also because of its meaning for the society we live in!

This Song was one of the greatest songs ever it reached number 1 and stayed their for so long

One of the all-time greats. It beats any other song hands down even rap.

This song means a lot easily one of the greatest songs of all time

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20American Pie - Don McLean

A song that touches the soul and makes you think about today's music in a different way.

I agree this in my opinion was one of the best songs ever made it deserves to be at least in the top 10.

It's a classic song that deserves more attention.

Defines the moment in history when not only music but also American spirit began to fade.

I used to teach this song in my global history class, heralding the beginning of the end of the American Dream. It perfectly captures the kind of passionate mourning I felt at the same age when John Lennon died.

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