Best Songs of All Time

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21Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

definitely should be in the top ten, this song is so timeless it is not funny

The damn best song ever... I do not believe in genius... But this comes damn close to it. Inspiring... Up beat... Classic... And perfect. The only compliment you can give to a perfect song is... That it is perfect

"Billie Jean" is a song by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Michael Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it. There are contradictory claims to what the song's lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson had fathered one of her twins. Jackson himself, however, stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered. The song is well known for its distinctive bassline and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized. - rex.jackson.904

It should definitely be in the top 10! This song is timeless, and Michael was true genius

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222112 - Rush

RUSH IS THE MOST TALENTED BAND EVER, but not that popular compared to other supergroups. I mean, no one knows "Passage to Bangkok", Or "Finding My Way", and those are unbielivably good. Rush will always be the best band. 2112 is just to much of a story, not music. (still is very good though)

This is THE greatest song ever composed. By the THE greatest band ever formed on this humble Earth. Hands Down. Once everyone realizes this the world will be a better place.

Definitely the greatest masterpiece I've ever heard. This song changes literally a "thing" in your brain. The song's going up and down, smooth and hard, it's like a house that was built completely in a bizarre way : but it holds and it's awesome looking.

My step dads favorite number and band lol

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23Beat It - Michael Jackson

One of the greatest songs of all time, a true Michael Jackson classic.

Just can't believe that its on 84, should be at least in top 20. Great music with an awesome guitar by Van Halen. I don't understand why They Don't Care About Us is not in the list

The best bit of the song is just beat it because its one of the most intresting sounds to me and has a beautiful continious rhythem in it and that is why I like that song and Michael Jakson isn't the only guy who can make this song work what I like about it is he is a very smart and intelligent man and has written many other cool and sad songs and most of all he is a very smart man.

Eddie Van Halen's best solo EVER is in this song! This song rocks

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24Let It Be - The Beatles

simply the sweetest and best song ever

Most beautiful song ever written, period. Everything there is to love about the Beatles is captured in this song!

This is not the greatest song of all time. It's not even the best Beatles song (A Day in the Life comes to mind). It is, however, vastly superior to every song above it, most of which are merely good, and a few of which are absolutely terrible.

Greatest song ever

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25Dream On - Aerosmith

deserves to be number 1 stinks that it isn't though best part is when steven screams DREAM ON

This song should be 2nd behind stairway to heaven. its such a great song. simply the best

This is definitely one of the greatest songs ever. Green Day is good, but the jesus of suburbia and homecoming made me think they got the idea of bohemian rhapsody. But dream on is one of my favorite songs of all time - pauler94

This is a great song. Only absolute pricks don't like it, because they are stupid and know nothing about music or indeed anything.

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26My Immortal - Evanescence

This is one of the best songs I have ever listened to... makes me cry. this is the number one song ever for me!
best feminine voice in this world... truly an immortal song!

Woo! Evanescence!
Best song ever! Followed by Lithium (Evanescence)
and Welcome to the black parade (My Chemical Romance)
Eminem comes somewhere after that for me!

Another great song from Amy. Can't beat the pain that she pours out.

"I've tried to tell myself that you're gone" That's me telling myself that I am not who I used to be. - KianaLexi

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27Crane's Crying - Vitas

Vitas songs very romantic and dreamy, his vocal very unique with high note and spelling his Russian words

Just wonderful! Vitas is driving me insane all the time... It is music for my ears, passion for my heart and the tragedy for my life... But I don't regret anything, any of the moment, which I spend on listening his music...

I love it so much. I've never heard such a beautiful song like this. - annainvietnam

The best singer I have ever known

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28Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Along with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Judas Priest's "Painkiller"; HALLOWED BE THY NAME is the best metal song ever! It is stupid that a song with a great intro, a great solo, a great guitar in background, a great voice performance, a great drumming... IS IN THE 27TH PLACE! - rock2metal

This is not in the top 100? (was 119 when I wrote this)this is slow and melodic then a few minutes into the song it has a skull crushing solo that leaves me no doubt that herman lee, no matter how fast he is could never play with as much emotion and precision as adrian smith - cyraxbot

Well lucky for you, as it's now number 23 at the time I am posting this comment. So it's risen through the ranks quite a bit. - Thrash_or_Die

This song reminds me why I love music. The progression in the song is superb with an electric riff that you can't get out of your head after your first listen. The song is about a man facing his mortality and finding a renewed faith in God, it's a beautiful message that reminds me of my late grandma whenever I hear it. With high soaring, engaging vocals; a classic and unforgettable instrumental bridge and a hair-raising outro; this song is and will be on the top of my list for the rest of my life.

Mark my words believe my soul lives on. Don't worry now that I have gone, I've gone beyond to seek the truth. When you know that your time is close at hand maybe then you'll begin to understand life down here is just a strange illusion.

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29Baba O'Riley - The Who

Talk about the greatest opening ever, then the power chords come in and it's musical bliss. How is Eminem and Taio Cruz ahead of this?

One of the greatest songs ever created an absolute masterpiece!!!!

Umm really? Lower than uptown funk and happy? I love those songs but I was expecting this to be in the top 20 even though in my opinion it should be number 1

One of the best "Who" song ever!

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30Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

I have studied most of the songs on this list. I sit and make notes hundreds of them. This song has over 140 tracks in it that's different guitars/vocals/drummers/speaking/bells/chimes whatever they have it! It is the most interesting whole song. Bohemian Rhapsody is incredible yes but it's bitty it's good that way but as a whole song this is better. It's beautiful and amazing! I question how the likes of smells like teen spirit is above it it's a good song I admit but it's so repetitive which is a shame because I like it. Aside from Grohl's drumming it's just the same. Which is a pity. Clearly this song is amazing.

Sure... You sit around all day and make notes about a dumb list on the internet. Makes a lot of sense, dude. - torinn818

It is a classic from My Chemical Romance and is one of the bests songs I have ever heard!?

I vote for This Song because It is very well rounded and it deserves a higher place on this list. Above Abba, Above Guns N' Roses for sure..
I could never choose a song to be the greatest ever. There are too many factors. Lyrics, Depth, Beauty, Bad-Assery, Musicianship, Prowess, Originality, Vocals, Difficulty, Accuracy, Uniqueness, Emotion), Revolutionality... The List Goes on and on.
To put Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit in the same competition with Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah is absolutely ludicrous. You can't make John Lennon and Queen fight each other for a better position. Comparing Tupac and Metallica is like trying to compare apples and Refrigerators. They are just graded on different things.

The Bottom Line is that the best song of all time is whichever song YOU like the most.

I swear this is the only song that could make me cry within the first note. It is the best song from the Emo Trinity, but maybe not the world as there are songs more widely recognised and loved.

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31Numb - Linkin Park

I wish this was among the top ten. I love this song so much.
'I've become to deaf, I can't vote this up'

Class!... Should have been included in the top 10 list!...
Its got the best music!
It is really addictive!

I've been hearing it every day for years! Simply the best..

Love this song too

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32In 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.

Love this song

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33Fade to Black - Metallica

Why the hell isn't this in the top ten? This belongs among the ranks of stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody. - aman28

Most complete song ever, so soft in verse, then the chorus roars out. Features the best solo ever.

This song is the essential nature of Metallica, begins with a slow beautiful melody and then it turns heavier as it progresses.

BEST SONG EVER! I want this song to play at my funeral - Nintendonix

Should be in the top 5

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34Paranoid Android - Radiohead

It is clearly, Radiohead's best song since they started their musical career. Unlike most songs produced during their OK Computer-era, there weren't many songs that explored the idea behind the human mind. The way Paranoid Android was sung, contrasts several human emotions showing the highs and lows of the human life, to which demonstrates the idea of transitioning from specific music styles to another. This transition, along with Thom Yorke's vocals, shows the highs and lows of the human mind. It is clear that in Paranoid Android, they show that at one part of the song they are having the best days of their lives, however as the song progresses, they soon explore the idea of fear and anger in the bridge, and they slowly transcend to the lowest point of the human mind, mostly known as depression. As Yorke's vocal lasts longer after each word, it adds weight to the intended emotion of depression.

Hard to pick a best Radiohead song but this has to get my vote. That said, best Radiohead song should be top ten at least. The are one of the most influential bands in modern music. There are some really good bands out today that are merely radiohead(esque).

55?! Are you effing kidding me?! This is an EPIC song! And a song from 30 seconds to mars is higher than this?! Crappy list... Paranoid Android is a landmark song and is a CLASSIC, deserves at least a top 20.

It's marvin! Don't talk to him about about life!

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35Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

THis is one of the most beautiful songs of all time easily top 3 material

Absolutely beautiful. Cohen's lyrics are perfect and Buckley has the voice of an angel. It's musical perfection.
There are a lot of great songs on this list, many of which I absolutely adore (One - Metallica, Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin) but I really can't think of one more deserved to be in the top ten than this masterpiece which will forever immortalize Jeff Buckley, may he rest in peace.
Cohen wrote it but Buckley made it something truly holy.

Best song ever no questions asked! it gives me tingles inside every time I listen to it...

Really presents a great case to the person who "never really cared about music" - RecklessGreed

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36Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine

This Song is very very nicae song.
Because this Song has meaningful lyric
" Would She hear me, If I called her name
Would she hold me, if she knew my shame"

Greatest song ever written in my opinion, deserves to be in the top 50.
"Your tears don't fall, they crash around me"

Awesome song!
Should be in top 10!
They rock!
They Metal!
Keep rocking Bullet For My Valentine!
Love you all!
You guys are awesome!

I think this should be on top 20

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37Livin' 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...
GREATEST SONG FROM THE GREATEST BAND EVER...

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

This song is awesome, but it's not this good.

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38Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

This is possibly one of the best songs on the list,
Nice to hear that it went from 99th to 50th. Simon & Garfunkel is
Really good songwriters, musicians and singers.

Bridge Over Troubled Water and I Will Always Love You are #35 and #38 on this list, respectively, yet I Will Always Love You tops the Best Love Songs list and Bridge Over Troubled Water is not even in the Top 100. Shows what demographic votes on that list. - PetSounds

Greatest song by them closely followed by Sound of Silence. Greatest duo ever and deserve to be higher on the list.

Well take a ferry then

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39Master of Puppets - Metallica

Masterpiece of Metal and music in general. Great vocals, AMAZING solo and easily one of Metallica's best. Top ten in my oppinion.

How is one 4TH and this be 49TH!? Master of Puppets is easily the best Metallica song, and it is also the best song known to man. This song has the best riff ever. The little sissies out there who are voting for Baby by Justin beav- oops, I mean Bieber, you are probably too stupid to withstand the awesomeness of this song and the brilliance of it will blow your guts to Mars.

A devilish song, its sure to please your rock lovers, not many are disappointed.

This is an awesome song, I love playing it over and over... - Flowersocks2137

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40Thriller - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's best song. This should be way up there on this list.

This is Michael Jackson's best song. It holds the world record for most sold albums and it is very catchy AND captivating

WHY IS THIS NOT AT THE TOP!?!?! Everything was perfect in this song. The singing. The rhythm, the music. The lyrics, the dance moves. Jackson got everything right. This is the godfather of music.

Michael Jackson can't sing

You're obviously deaf. His vocal range is one of the greatest ever. You have no clue how much effort it takes to create a song or an entire album, lets see you win 7 awards. Go on, I'm waiting. Go back to listening to Justin Bieber. - Tristan1975R5

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