Top 10 Best Songs of All Time

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, connect individuals across time and space, and tell stories in a way that transcends language. Throughout history, countless artists have crafted songs that have not only stood the test of time but also shaped the cultural landscape of their respective eras. With a plethora of styles, genres, and melodies, it's no easy task to compile a list of the best songs of all time. Nevertheless, with your help we've been able to bring together a stunning collection of iconic tracks that continue to resonate with audiences across generations.

From classic rock anthems to soul-stirring ballads, these songs have captivated millions of hearts worldwide. Showcasing the brilliance of bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd, this list celebrates the phenomenal talent and unparalleled influence these artists have had on the music industry. Additionally, it pays tribute to the timeless nature of their craft, as these songs continue to endure in the collective memory of music enthusiasts.
The Top Ten
1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

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

I think that this song is original. To everyone who hates this song, you're entitled to have opinions, but maybe don't express them as if you hate the song. I would recommend this song to multiple people, as it is the most unique song I've ever heard in 11 years. Second comes A Day In The Life, by The Beatles.

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

2 Stairway 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.

Why do people think Bohemian Rhapsody is the best? I mean it starts off good and then gets stupid towards the middle, whereas stairway stays perfect the whole way through, with immaculate guitar work from Page, sensational drums from Bonham, great bass by JPJ and awesome vocals from Plant

This is the best song ever! None of the other song can compare to it, it's incredible! I think one of the MANY reasons why is so terrific is because it's constant climbing song, it's starts out soft, and then at the end Jimmy just takes over with the best guitar solo in the history... I also think that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is also excellent, but Led Zeppelin is so much better than Queen, sadly Queen has more fans, but still Led Zeppelin are better musicians, you can't deny that! And also this is also a big reason why I think this is the greatest song of all time, is because I never listened to this song without getting major chills or goosebumps, I think that's the indicator of greatness of Led Zeppelin!

Why in god's name is Bohemian Rhapsody in 1st place?! It's a good song, but it cannot compete with Stairway To Heaven. Anyone who does not at the very least appreciate or respect this song, then they have NO taste in music whatsoever. The song's true meaning is beyond that of the comprehension of the mortal mind, which is why it is never clearly stated by any of the band members. Jimmy Page is the greatest guitar player of all time, and his beautiful guitar playing only adds to the song; all the way from the soft acoustic beginning, to the intense solo, to the outro which causes all the instruments to soften again. This is the greatest song of all time, no questions asked. The fact that it is in second place is completely irrational.

3 Imagine - 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

I have a very open mind but I can't IMAGINE there ever being another song that comes close to this one now that John Lennon is no longer around.

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.

This song is great, the lyrics are powerful yet subdued, the melody is timeless and despite some critics the message is absolutely positive. If you take the words in this song at their text book definitions and refuse to read between the lines than you may get offended and never truly understand the big picture. Take a moment to think about living in a world as imagined by John Lennon in this song, take away Material Possessions (wealth, status, greed, envy... Etc. ) Religion (holy wars, terrorism, religious persecution... Etc. ) Countries (war, tyranny, oppression... Etc. ) If the world truly lived as one your only responsibility would be to wake up and breathe, enjoy your life.

"Imagine" is a very special song, it's probably ultimately his most powerful. This is a unifying song that people all over the world love and sing. Even when I hear those opening chords my mind stops and I get very misty-eyed. It really is a deep song. Absolutely one of the greatest classics ever ...more

4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is rightfully in the top 5 songs in all time for its originality and ability to bring in fans from all around the world who probably otherwise wouldn't listen to the grunge genre. Kurt Cobain was one of the most iconic artists to have ever lived, so this song should be commemorated as one of the great ones.

Best song ever! Smells Like Teen Spirit is iconic and stands out from other songs. I love Nirvana. NIRVANA NIRVANA NIRVANA! It's the best song that anyone can listen to. Nirvana is a part of rock history and deserves to be remembered from generation to generation. Smells Like Teen Spirit is a perfect, delicious song that deserves to be on this list. Kurt was such a genius. This song has so much meaning between the lines, it's awesome. I will always love Nirvana. This is the first time I voted for another song, but after listening to this song, I have changed my decision.

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

Before hearing this song, I was a idiot, dumb, not cool etc. After hearing this song I felt like my past boring myself is dead forever... A new born of myself... Cool, intelligent, smart etc.. In one worn this song changed my life... My everything... Since then it's my favorite song... And all ways will be... No song can beat this one... In past, present or future. The lyrics, music, drum beat, bass and of course the guitar solo it's just amazing! It was released in 1991, now it's 21 century... And it's still sounds like new. Every time I hear this song, I learn something new... I remember I heard this song 20 times a day... Can't stop listening again and again. Kurt cobain was really a genius... Thank you kurt for this all time best song and all time best album NEVERMIND!

5 One - Metallica

Based off the top 10 alone, my vote would be here. Everything from the dark yet meaningful themes and topics to the dual guitars, shredding, arpeggios, solos, instrumentation, lyrics, vocals... it's all there (well, without a bass, but oh well). This is one of the most important songs in all of metal and music in general. It's for fans of thrash metal, metal in general, rock in general, and of course all of music. Some of the lyricism is breathtaking as it intertwines with the music itself. Some of the more progressive thrash out there, and honestly I love it. I love everything, from the energetic drumming to the aggressive riffs to the beautiful solos to the structuring and arrangements to the musicianship itself. It's a trademark song not just in Metallica, but all music as a whole.

Beautifully constructed. It's gradual descent into the heavier, chugging end is mirrored by the misery of the armless, legless man of the story. The double bass of the second half feels like it shakes the very ground you stand on, you can feel it in your head. The guitar solo absolutely kills, with some of Kirk Hammett's best performance ever put on tape. James Hetfield does some of his best work, with some absolutely awesome cleaner vocals in the verses, and his signature 80's growl in the choruses and the latter half of the song. To me, this may very well be the best song ever made, bar none. Everything about this song is damn near, if not perfect.

One of the best songs of all time (See what I did there? "One" of the best?), it builds and has very precise guitar and many drum riffs; I think it is the best Metallica song

Man this song is incredible and deserves 3rd after Stairway to Heaven, and The Unforgiven. This song is long, 7:27, including beautiful guitaring, about 5 guitar solos including one of the greatest of all time. It has moving lyrics, about the the terrors of war and someone who was injured in battle. The song, has two parts, the first being graceful and beautiful, while the second part is powerful and inspiring. It is also very creative with machine-gun drumming, crazy solos, and and powerful ending.

6 Hotel California - Eagles

Hotel California has a guitar melody that is addictive and memorable. The song will always rightfully be known as one of the most iconic and cinematic pieces of music. Haunting lyrics, like a scary story told through song.

Don Felder's masterpiece melody - what a guitar combo Felder and Joe Walshe either on Hell Freezes Over or all electric at other times. Henley and Frey with the lyrics, arrangement etc. The Eagles at their very best, wonderful singers, great drums and guitar sounds. What an intro! Best of all time! And the dream like lyrics! And the ending.. "you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave".. then the dualling guitars of the virtuoso musicians... how I hated when ignorant DJs started talking nonsense over the final guitar solo... it must be played to the very last note... perfection!

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.

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

7 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Okay this isn't my favorite song of all time or even my favorite Beatles song (that award goes to Let it Be and Yesterday) but this song is probably and when I say probably, I mean absolutely the Beatles' Magma Opis. What I mean by that is there most important work or their greatest achievement.

As my name is Jude, I get this song sung at me nearly every day by friends or family. Whenever I introduce myself, people always say to me "You're Jude-like in that Beatles song". I think this says something about how great this song is, if, years on from when the Beatles were big, it is still part of the collective consciousness and people are very aware of it. Also, it was chosen to be sung in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Watch the music video. It was written and recorded during the summer of hate. Look at the people getting together, uniting and singing. That's what makes this song great; that feel good spirit, which makes sense considering that the song was written to comfort a young child. Even while performing the song, the band forgot for 7 minutes that they hated each other. Beautiful song.

This is just a masterpiece, simple as that. Nothing unites people like the na-na-na part also great lyrics and lines such as "The movement you need is on your shoulder". I can't comprehend that this is all the way down at 8th while Bohemian Rhapsody tops the list. Imagine/Hey Jude /Yesterday are songs that should compete about 1st in my opinion.

8 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

This song deserves to be higher than "you raise me up". While other 70s songs Bohemian Rhapsody, Hotel California, and Stairway to Heaven are great songs, (although "Stairway is extremely overplayed, ) Comfortably Numb is absolutely perfect. The opening notes are beautiful but melancholy and set the stage for Pink's story (the main character in the album, not the musician. The music shapes the journey of a troubled rockstar struggling to get through his every day life. That combined with brilliant lyrics, a heartfelt chorus- "I have become Comfortably Numb"- and guitar solo that sends a shiver down your spine, this is truly as song worthy of first place. I'll say it again, Comfortably Numb is absolutely perfect. Vote it into the top ten when you see it on this list. by the way, forgive me if I made any spelling/ grammatical errors. I'm making this comment on my phone and haven't checked it over

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.

"The Wall" was the first Album I ever purchased. To be honest, I do not regularly listen to it anymore, but I listen rather often to "Comfortably Numb". And it is included in my personal "Best Songs ever" list (which is by the way less than 25 songs). It is not so important to know the whole "Wall" story to experience the magic of this song. It builds up a unique atmosphere where intensive voice and rather acoustic music seem to carry each other forward into the story of a depression. The listener gets drawn into it, and while the first solo of Gilmour in the middle of the song is still rather harmless, the second one where the song (and the respective story) culminates in is so brilliant and magnificent that I still get fully blown away from it even after 35 years and probably more than 100 times hearing it.

There is no way you can destroy this song, its epicity in the space guitar solo and the lucid dreams that it makes you have, it is something simply magnificent that never leaves your mind, it is really like a hallucinogenic drug and there is no reason not to call it the best song ever because it CLEARLY is! and there is no need to put Bohemian Rhapsody at number # 1 either as this is not very good in my opinion, even Comfortably Numb's guitar solo seems better and more authentic to me if I'm honest!

9 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

I was amazed at the brilliant lyrics and the melodic yet slightly hypnotic beat. "A Day in the Life", in my opinion, is not just one of The Beatles' best song but probably one of the best songs in general.

I find it very distasteful that people talk about the "innovation" of songs like Bohemian Rhapsody when trying to justify it being at #1. Just be honest in saying that you've never listened to practically any songs/genre other than modern pop/rap. I'm not saying that modern music is bad, but your ignorance doesn't make Rhapsody the best song ever. It's popularity is 95% due to it being fun to sing along to (see Hey Jude above). While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I think that truly great songs have no relevance to such things. A Day in the Life and many other songs truly broke the mold using completely different sounds and techniques that what was being done at the time. Most importantly, however, few people get "inspired" or are moved emotionally when Rhapsody comes on the radio, they just sing along. When this comes on, if you are truly listening to it, you will get goosebumps and fall into deep thought and awe of its magnificence. That's what makes a song great.

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.

To me it is no question which song is the greatest. This is by a mile. There is literally not a single imperfection behind this song. Lyrically, orchestrally, vocally - it's just a peak of all peaks. I purposely starved myself from this album by refusing to listen to it for most of my life. On June 19th I listened to the complete Sgt. Pepper's album from start to finish and was left in an expected trance. A Day In The Life honestly made me tear up. If you break down the song it can literally translate to a life of it's own. The composition sees it start with a narrator reading a newspaper, reminiscing his past, and then eventually dying. The final chord that lasts over 40 seconds allows the narrator and the listener to reflect upon not only their consumption of the song, but their actual life story too.

10 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

Nothing comes close to this song. Every member in the band is one of the best at their respective instrument. Slash's solos are fabulous and nobody can come close to the shear power of Axl's vocals. Also I've never heard of a bassist as creative as Duff, or a drummer with the same groove as Steven. Also we can't forget Izzy's amazing playing. Basically what I'm trying to say is the Sweet child o mine is the best song of all time with the best vocals and greatest guitar solo, definitely deserves to be infront of bohemian rhapsody and stairway

This song is an absolute bop. I first heard this song from my dad and I couldn't stop listening to it ever since. The guitar solo is amazing. Axl's singing is amazing as always. This song deserves to be higher.

Whenever I listen to this song when I'm sad or upset, it makes me one of the happiest people in the world, it gives so much energy and it's all because of the way Axl sings and Slash's crazy awesome guitaring. The song has got the best bass line you'll ever come across, and when I was watching the music video, I thought how awesome does Izzy look playing the rhythm guitar. He was like swinging his arm over the strings like he was a crazy maniac. Greatest song of all time!

Who doesn't like Guns N' Roses?! Oh that's right, people who don't like good music. Axl has this voice that no one else can even get close to matching, Duff is the most badass cutest bassest EVER! Slash is a legend that is just totally unrealisticlly amazing at guitatr, Steven can rock out on the drums like no one else and Izzy is just absolutley awesome. I remember my dad always played Guns N' Roses and this song I remember particularlly well, because I loved it. I love all their songs. Seriously. I love them all because they really don't have weak spots when it comes to music. They will always be the best band in the world to me. No other band can top this band. I hope that maybe some of them will see this and know how talented each individual is. Every one of them is special, and I know the original band is broken up, but they're still talented. I hope that this music is never forgotten. EVER! LONG LIVE GUNS N' ROSES!

The Newcomers

? Dirty Boy - Cardiacs
? Too Hot to Stop - The Bar-Kays
The Contenders
11 Lose 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.

Actually I don't listen to rap music. Metal music is my life and so whenever I got time to visit this page I always voted for "One". But this is one song (also Stan) by one my favourite artists (Despite being in a genre I don't like). So beautiful lyrics. Eminem is modern day Dylan. Someone compared him to Robert Browning. And that's completely true. Motivating inspiring and breathless. "Success is my only M***** option, failure is not". Such words are not a child's play. I urge even metal fans to listen this song because this is one song that's musical and lyrically brilliant. Hail to the Oh! King Eminem.

There are a lot of songs which are good and entertaining, you can listen to them while partying and while hanging out with friends but there is just a few or one in a billion songs that are there for you throughout your life. Lose yourself is that one, its message in this track is applicable at every moment of your life. Lyrically it's the best plus the music in this tracks charge you up every time you give it a listen. Best lyrics, best beats, best production. If we talk about Eminem he is G.O.A.T.
Due to all these features this song deserve to be called the best song of all time!

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

12 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Definitely became a bigger hit because of stranger things. The interpretation of the song was spot on. I have to say this is one of my most favorite songs in the history of rock. I would still say bohemian rhapsody is better but overall an amazing song.

Most think it's an "evil" song about selling your soul, but it's actually about the horrors of cocaine addiction. "Chop your breakfast on a mirror," "Taste me you will see; more is all you need; dedicated to how I'm killing you." Etc, etc. Their best song ever, instrumentally-speaking, I think.

How in the world can this song be no. 50?
This is the best song by Metallica
Metallica is the best metal band
Metal music is the best Genre
How is this song not AT LEAST in the top 3?
Have you seen some of the stuff higher up on this list?

Unfortunately had basically no radio play when it came out and was not on MTV. By far the greatest metal song ever written and one of the greatest songs ever written. Chop your breakfast on a mirror!

13 Fade to Black - Metallica

one of the few songs I can listen to on repeat and not get sick of it. the first song I learned on acoustic guitar. has the best guitar solo ever and is tied with November Rain as the greatest song of all time, and you cannot convince me otherwise

Deserves at least top 5! Much better than Sandman and slightly better than one. This song is an example of slow and beautiful guitar and epic riffs and solo! In my opinion, it's the very best song ever composed!

Personally I think this song should be on top 10, its one of my favourite Metallica songs, in fact probably one of my favourite songs in general, its epic and I suggest listening to it.

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

14 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

This song just shows the talent of GNR at their peak. Every member in the band was very close to mastering their respective instrument at the time of recording.

My favorite GnR's song. Slash's guitar solos are amazing as always and make me shed a tear. This is a song I want to be played at my funeral for sure.

I have nothing to say. listen to it if you want to be rendered as speechless as I am as you bask in the glory of the greatest song of all time

One of the best songs I heard in my life. Beautiful piano intro played by Axl. Later other band's members comming with fantastic lyrics. Every damn time when I hear part :
I know it's hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn't time be out to charm you
I have tear on my chick. It's just such an awesome part whick immediately reminds me all bad things I had during last few years and that this song was with me. Luckly few second later there are 3 amazing Slash's solos in the row. In Videoclip ( whick is insane good too ) we can see that in 3rd solo slash stands on Axl piano and play like as good as devil. It's really amazing how fast can 8min be gone.

15 Believer - Imagine Dragons

HELL YEAH! This baby is a jam, and it goes perfectly with peanut butter so take a bite of this delicious song that I absolutely love!
Like this comment if you love this song, too!

Best band ever, Radioactive should be number 1, Believer no. 2, Monster 3, Demon 4, Root 5, bad liar 6, On top of the world 7 before others. Agreed there are some many great songs at top that I really like, but when it come to my dragons, they are incomparable, but I think 2 pac change should be in top 10, carry on and some night by Fun deserve some credit, anyway this is a great list, full of great song except mater of puppet and one by Metallica, I hate those song, in short all their song I don't care of what they are saying, their songs give me headache, excluding Nothing else matter, which is my favourite song of all time.

Okay. First, it's beautiful and the beat is good. Good sound and Den Reynolds, good job singing this song. But I agree that it's too over rated and the fact that the line "Pain! You break me down, you build me up believer, believer" is what makes it beautiful for me. Nice job. But for the same time, it should be next to Demons and not in the top ten so the results are this:
Score: 8-10

Best song of all time, it like the song is made for me, it my personal anthem, what wrong with you guy, most of the song you are voting for are too overrated, but I thank God the best song is finally on the list, I also like radioactive, all their song are good, to me all their song are suppose to be in top 50.

16 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

I was a kid when Billie Jean came out and a teenager when Teen Spirit came out. Both songs were mind blowing in there respective eras but Billie Jean was hugely bigger and covered the masses. Teen Spirit really hit me hard but I really was an American thing. Metallica was huge but doesn't deserve a top 10 rating at all. The masses are not metal fans although they pushed the limits and spread rock globally, they are not Michael Jackson. The Smiths deserve a vote for How Soon is Now because that is the most memorable song ever to come out of the U.K. U2 is lame and if you ever bought an album from them then you are definitely going to a hell without bacon.

"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.

As a wedding DJ for 28 years this song is still a floor filler from the 1st notes. For the joy of dancing NO ONE ever asks for Bob Dylan, Metallica, or Nirvana, but Stairway to Heaven off Led Zep IV is still requested as a slow song. Remember, even though KISS was wild on stage, their largest single seller was Beth, a ballad. Dance songs last the longest in people's memory. My Girl by the Temptations (1964) STILL gets the most requests at every type of event, even by the really young.

This song is perfection and gold at its pure state. I've never heard a song so simple but so elaborate at the same time. The rhythm is purely composed for dancing on it, and this is one of the best songs to perform. From 35 years, it's the pop perfection. This drum perfectly timed, the bass line is absolutely unique in its own way. Like Michael said, this song is magical. It's definitely timeless and gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

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

I love The Rolling Stones more than anything probably, but this is not my favorite from them. I would have to say Beast of Burden, Miss You, Sympathy For The Devil, and Wild Horses would easily rank above it, but I'm surprised none of their stuff made top ten. It's a shame really, but then again neither did The Beatles. I would have to rank The Stones over The Beatles anyhow.

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!

Amazing song that's pure rock and roll. Stones possibly greatest rock band ever and here they are, highest placed song at 48? Whilst Green Day are ahead? Get.. Real.

This should be way higher. For one of the most iconic songs ever, and one of the songs that shaped rock music into what it is today, how is it only 30 on the list?

18 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

This song is like a punch in the gut every time I ever hear it. Who doesn't know what this song is talking about? It's that life is every bit about loosing, also, not just grasping and utilizing. In the end, if you remember your own name, and have even one person who truly cares for you, or at least tries, then your already ahead of the game. My ex friend walked out on Bob in a club, he said he couldn't understand him, what a idiot. I would take him any way I could get him. My opinion, which equates to O' This song is the greatest song ever written, so there. I dared say it and I don't give a Bleep.

An exquisite piece of poetry. The surreal nature of this work results in it requiring many revisits to truly understand its meaning. even on the thousandth visit you find yourself suddenly realising what the artist is trying to tell you. It questions the very nature of society and the way it looks towards certain trends. Ironically the song questions the way we feel the need to create lists such as the one it appears on, though it appears far too low on the list. All though it is not my favourite Dylan track (Bob Dylan's 115th dream) when compiling the list 'Greatest songs of all time' of all the songs on this list this is certainly #1

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

It was almost 55 years ago that Bob Dylan walked into Studio A at Columbia Records in New York and recorded "Like a Rolling Stone," the single greatest song of all time. The track was on store shelves just a month later, where it shot to Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 (held back only by the Beatles' "Help! ") and influenced an entire new generation of rock stars. "That snare shot sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind," Bruce Springsteen said when he inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. "When I was 15 and I heard 'Like a Rolling Stone,' I heard a guy who had the guts to take on the whole world and who made me feel like I had to too."

19 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

This song has some of the greatest guitar work we will ever get to hear, just imagine how great the songs this amazing band would've written if it wasn't for that plane crash.

In all honesty "Free bird" is a Master Piece that greatly desrves #1. It a song that's stood time since 73. Not to mention its entire history as a song itself. This song wasen't randomly thought up. Nor was it a single persons dedication. But it was made, overtime. By a band that was also a Family. It was made with love, sorrow, longing, hope, and the simple thrill of life. There is no better song in the world then this.

There is no question this song deserves to be number one on this list. It brings the best sensation of music to yours ears more than any other. With five minutes of the best singing of the best lyrics ever written, and five more minutes of the greatest guitar solo in history. It should be number one, no question. My absolute favorite song ever.

This song has a little sob story past with me, it was my beloved grandfathers favorite song, he was a pilot and a chef, he loved flying and this was his favorite song. he was the vice president chef of Florida for a time. (fuzzy at the chef part, but he was a ceo or something in Florida's chef industry or something) the song played at his funeral. the slow beginning sounded like a normal funeral song, then... BOOM! the 4 minute mark passes and... EARGASM TIME! my god... I will miss that man, rest in peace Donald.

20 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Wow, I had to scroll all the way to number 25 to get to one that I agree with. I'm pretty sure that's a new record. "Bohemian Rhapsody" being the best song in the world is like The Avengers being the greatest movie in the world. It's an average song, some genius moments, some not so genius moments. Pretty soon, it's novelty wears off and then you listen to other Queen songs and realize how great they really were, not because of their most famous song, but because of everything else. "Imagine" isn't much better, an overrated song by the most overrated Beatle... Yeah. Now, onto Hallowed Be Thy Name. The song itself is metallic genius. It just proves how Iron Maiden is simply the best metal band ever. Every riff so so recognizable and catchy. Bruce sings his balls off, but the guitar again is where the song shines.

I understand that this isn't as well known as many of the songs above it (which are great in their own right) but let me explain why this is one of, if not arguably THE greatest song of all time. First, let's look at the instruments, specifically the guitar. It starts off much like the ticking of a clock, which is symbolic of the limited time on earth that the narrator has left. Then, it transitions into a medieval, divine-sounding riff that, to use a rather overused word, is truly epic, and keeps getting more so as the song progresses. I could listen to it all day long. It climaxes in what can only be described as one of the greatest, most epic guitar solos of all time. It WILL send shivers down your spine and give you goosebumps. Now for the lyrics. The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who has been sentenced to death, although it is never said what crim he has committed, if any. As he sits in his cell, waiting for the time of his execution, he is reflecting on his past ...more

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.

A song which might define metal itself is 19?!

Other genre-defining tracks like Holy Wars...the Punishment due and Crystal Mountain or Painkiller or even Master of Puppets (which is surprisingly high, at 26) and other great tracks like Blackwater Park (which is coincidentally under Empire of the Clouds but still doesn't even breach top 100) and Victim of Changes (at 1000 what).

In my opinion, Bohemian Rhapsody is also overrated. I'm not saying its not a good song, but that it is overrated.

Also, no. 9 is the overrated One which receives much more attention than it deserves (more or less like Fear of the Dark which is a decent song but is treated like the next "Trooper")

How I feel the list
1. Holy Wars
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
3. Paranoid
4. Painkiller
5. Master of Puppets
6. Fade to Black
7. Sweet Child of Mine (only song on top 10 which deserves a spot)
8. Space Oddity
9. Crystal Mountain
10. I want out

21 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Its such an intimate song in its context, yet is near universally comprehensible with its emotionally aching lyrics and instrumentals that anyone can understand and relate to its message. The loss of one you once loved and respected can be devastating, and there are times when you just want to cry out and, for lack of a better term, "wish they were there".

This song understands the importance/impact of the visceral and all too human feelings of grief, loss and sadness, something any conscience being can relate to.

For that (at least from my viewpoint), I feel it is the greatest song ever written.

Wish You Were Here is the single best Pink Floyd song, and the best homage to a former bandmate, and the best song honoring another person. The only other tribute that got even remotely close to the power of this song is when David Bowie covered Imagine in '83. Every recording of Wish You Were Here is pure magic, and it's truly a masterpiece. I've never repeated a song lyric in my head more than "we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl". In my opinion, that's the single best verse of any song from any genre. This song at LEAST deserves to switch places with Comfortably numb on this list. It deserves #3, behind only Bohemian Rhapsody as #1, and Imagine as #2.

This song really does deserve a placing in the top ten. Just listen to the lyrics, the slow smooth melody, with your eyes shutting out the rest of the world for a while. It makes you think, and sometimes even brings you back to those moments in your life where you'd wonder when you had to change things and why you had to view life differently. Even if you aren't a Pink Floyd fan, this song really brings out something. I for one think the lyrics can reach in deep to almost anyone who remembers what transitions are like and how difficult they can be.

Plus it's a nice song to slow dance too.

So Much Win!

It should be at least third! The greatest of the greatests! But all this list is just made by the people who don't know this good music. They only heared "that amazing song" from the radio, and they just remembered it. Pink Floyd is one of most underrated bands, and this song on the 19 is just another... Brick in the wall, god damn it. Who the hell is Josh Groban and why in the name of God is he so high?! Third place is just for chosen one! For the third greatest track ever! I never heared about this guy. And I am sure he's not the legend, not a legend which you put with Zeppelin's and Floyd's between. What the heell is going' on here people? Is there anybody out there who knew something about music?!

22 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Picking the best song of all time is not necessarily picking your favorite song. To me, Beat It by Michael Jackson was a milestone in the music industry and the sole reason for this was it's dance inducing music video that helped popularize MTV. Add to that, Michael's vocal range during the song and a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen and it's a match made in heaven. It might not be my favorite Michael Jackson song (probably, Billie Jean) but I think it was a very important song all-around.

In sixth grade I took a music and art class, and my teacher had us listen to a bunch of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and we had to listen to this song. Turns out I like 80s music (I think that's the right time period... I didn't listen to the historical timelines that she also taught)

Now this is what I absolutely desire and adore, heavenly-made song by a heavenly person, the one and only Michael Joseph Jackson the King of not only Pop, but also the entire Music and Art, because Michael is not just an artist, he himself is an art.

Very classic song right here. Sheer nonsense is in the top 10. The real songs and beats come from this man Michael Jackson, and seeing that how not one of his songs are in the top 10, then we know there is something wrong.

23 Numb - Linkin Park

I would vote for a different song, but this is the only song I actually know and like that is near the top ten. I hate Queen, so I naturally hate Bohemian Rhapsody as well, I hate Eminem as well, so I hate Lose Yourself, I hate The Beatles, so I hate Imagine and Hey Jude. I don't have much against other bands, but I wouldn't choose Sweet Child O'Mine for GNR, and even though I have nothing against other songs above this (except for A Day in The Life, Beatles again) and Lynyrd Skynyrd, which I don't like either, I can even bear MJ and Bob Dylan even though I don't really like them, I respect them as good singers. I would vote for Papa Roach or Seether or Breaking Benjamin, 3DG, Rise Against, Shinedown, Rammstein, Slipknot, whatever, but since Numb is the closest to the top ten I voted for it. I'm a modern metal fan, not classic rock, so my list would naturally look very different, but I want at least one modern metal song around. And yeah, I HATE Smash Mouth and Green day that are here ...more

I am really so happy to have found linkin park here... The best group ever.
Numb isn't their best song, but one of the most famous and it's really really beautiful.
Linkin park forever.

What the hell "Numb" on 57? Even a deaf can understand how meaningful the song is... The song is about the problems in the life of a student and the cause of why children/students suicides... I request that all of you hear the song and watch the music video of the song and & see how Chester sang the song with his heart... After watching the video if you think the song does not deserve top 5 then I request you please don't hear any songs for the rest of your life... Linkin Park Rules!

This song has a lot of features that make it deserve the top ten. It features a brilliant instrumental part and amazing vocals by Chester. This song is one of the most complete ever played, aggressive and melodic at the same time. It's a masterpiece and one of the best songs in history

24 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

In my honest opinion, Don't Stop Me Now really shows how music should be with the great lyrics, great guitar solo, everything about this song just shows what music is all about. Most people will say that Bohemian Rhapsody is the best Queen song and best song of all time but I just don't agree. Freddie Mercury's vocals also just amaze me as this wonder makes you just want to sing along to it and jam out to it giving a vibes of happiness. When I first listened to this song I was so exited as I finally found that one song that will always bring me joy.

This song is very close to me, my friends and I sang it on our last music lesson in year 8. It has been my favourite song since then. I still prefer other song over this but I think this song will stay as favourite for a long time. This song is apparently about Freddie's bisexuality, and that makes me like this song even more as I myself am bisexual. I prefer this song over Bohemian Rhapsody by a long shot and I think it's even better. It deserves to be way higher than it is.

God, I love this song. The thing that makes this song go from great to amazing in my opinion is Freddy Mercury's pure enthusiasm while singing. I challenge you to find anybody with half the amount of excitement and enthusiasm that Freddy Mercury has for what he does. Other than that, the lyrics are great and the instrumentals are amazing. The guitar solo is amazing and that piano just makes me want to get up and sing along.

This one is one of my favorite songs (my favorite songs are written only by Queen). It is so beautiful and whenever I hear it, I'm full of joy and ECSTASY! I'm sure that most people know it and the first time I've heard it, it was in the radio but I didn't know who played it and then I was like 4 or 5 but I started to like it 7 years after I heard it in the radio that is 8 months ago. I love this osng, I is beautiful!

25 All Star - Smash Mouth

Story time: I was listening to this on the way to school and then I was singing it to my friend. She joined in and another year 6 kid (this was when we were in year 6) came and joined us and the another and pretty soon we had a huge, long line of year 6 kids singing it at the bottom of the stairs (we were at the bottom of some very short stairs, like, only two or three stairs. These were the stairs to our year 6 classroom. Just, in case you were wondering) singing this song. All the little kids were staring at us because they had no clue what we were singing. It was hilarious 😂.

Robert Plant once said "This song saved my marriage"
Freddie Mercury said "This song cured my depression"
Frank Zappa said "This song inspired me to be better"
Thom Yorke said "Every band aspires to something; this is my aspiration"
Need I say more? Best song ever.

No joke, but besides the meme there is a very good moral to the song. It tells you that the world might be getting worser and more serious, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't stop living your life to the fullest, even though media might say otherwise.

I'm sorry, this is a pretty good, very catchy meme song, it does not belong this high, it doesn't even belong in the top 300, a good song, but the 25th best of all time? Chill

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