Top 10 Songs From Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All-time

The Top Ten
1 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

It doesn't matter how many decades it has been since this song came out. It always makes me stop, listen, sing along, and yearn for those days. It's a place and time as well as a song.

Without a doubt. Skewers the '60s. Prefigures the decline to come. The most astringent antidote to the other garbage on this list.

A brilliant lyric. No one has better described the downfall of arrogance and self-entitlement.

2 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3 Imagine - John Lennon

Within this song, he captured everything that music is supposed to do: make you think, make you smile, make you cry, and of course, relate it to yourself in some way. Imagine - music evokes imagination. Truly amazing. RIP, John.

Incredible song...always shows us that nothing has changed and most likely never will. RIP, John Lennon.

Best song. If you do like that, you will get results.

4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Much better and more complex than the first one (Like a Rolling Stone by Dylan). It is a masterpiece.

Best song ever. Much more creative and complex than Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

Rolling Stone Magazine should have put this song in the top 5.

5 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

This single cost $50,000 to make. The most expensive at the time.

Beach Boys music was flawless. Great times!

The harmonies on this song are flawless.

6 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Great song from an amazing album. From start to finish, an all-time classic that has never aged.

7 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

The song that DEFINES rock and roll. The sounds are all derived from this point in time. The now-late Chuck Berry isn't some 'innovator' or 'contributor.' He CREATED the genre in the way it exists now. He, not Elvis, is the TRUE KING of rock and roll.

Some of the best guitar I've ever heard, by one of the best guitarists ever, in fact. An innovator of rock and roll.

Can't imagine my whole life without this song. Love it.

8 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
9 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Maybe Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" could be #1 along with a few others, but this is supposed to be rock and roll! "Stairway" fits that spot. Some of these listed should not even be close to the top.

It's like these guys could read each other's minds! This song will always be timeless.

This song gives inspiration to all generations.

10 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

A Metallica song before this one? What! Are you kidding me?! Every Metallica song combined does not even come close to Free Bird! Anybody with half a brain should know Free Bird should be #1. Period!

Surprisingly, it was only number 193 on their list.

The Contenders
11 Respect - Aretha Franklin
12 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

I've been asking myself the same question.

13 Enter Sandman - Metallica

Flying the flag of heavy metal!

14 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I cry every day when I see the Nevermind poster that always reminds me of Kurt Cobain.

Always evokes memories from my past. Rock on, Seattle!

Perfect band. Perfect song. Perfect vote.

15 The Letter - The Box Tops

Great to see this on the list. Largely ignored these days, but it feels like a couple of minutes of perfection to me. Love it.

16 Hey Jude - The Beatles

This is possibly the best song on the list. Hey Jude! That's just awesome singing harmonies.

Great Beatles song, second only to Something. Too bad they did not stay together longer.

Easily number two all-time behind Stairway, which is listed at 10?

17 A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
18 Heroes - David Bowie
19 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
20 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss of all rock and roll! Best ever!

21 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
22 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
23 The Wanderer - Dion
24 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
25 Light My Fire - The Doors
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