Greatest Songs of the 20th Century

This list is to determine what the public believe the best song of the 20th century (1900 - 1999) to be. Don't go for the complete obvious, dig deep into what your favourite song is and add it to the list and if it is already there vote for it.

The Top Ten

1 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive

Are you sure this was the Greatest Song of the 20th Century? Because I am not sure at all. - Metal_Treasure

2 Thriller - Michael Jackson
3 Celebration - Kool & The Gang
4 Pokémon Theme - Jason Paige


5 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


6 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
7 I'm a Believer - The Monkees
8 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
9 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
10 She Loves You - The Beatles

This song being performed on the Ed Sullivan show is the biggest event in the history of popular music.Like a musical Tsunami, it swept away everything that came before it, and nothing by Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Eminem, or [God forbid] Miley Cyrus can remotely hold a candle to the lasting effect and influence it had not just on the world of music, but the world as a whole.

There are several Beatle songs that could have been in this spot, because they are of course the most successful and biggest-selling musicians of all-time.
"She Loves You" was part of the musical Tsunami that immediately established them as the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time].

The Contenders

11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

#86? I can't believe my eyes.
And what's at #1? You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive.
Wow. - Metal_Treasure


Should Be In Top 10 - masoncarr2244

12 Black - Pearl Jam
13 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
14 Alive - Pearl Jam
15 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

Goosebumps every time.

16 Back in Black - AC/DC
17 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
18 Golden Brown - The Stranglers
19 Once - Pearl Jam
20 Why Go - Pearl Jam
21 Starman - David Bowie
22 Atomic - Blondie
23 The Power of Good-Bye - Madonna
24 Corduroy - Pearl Jam
25 Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner
26 State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
27 Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame
28 Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
29 Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield
30 Schrei Nach Liebe - Die Ärzte
31 Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
32 A Day In the Life - The Beatles
33 Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
34 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
35 Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
36 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
37 Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

(look up to the sky ) I love you mr. Blue Sky! - funnyuser

38 Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
39 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

How is this so low on the list? This song is legendary!

This is my favorite song of all time! - RockFashionista

This song will always be my number 1!

40 Mein Freund, Der Baum - Alexandra Mein Freund, Der Baum - Alexandra
41 Vollmond - Nena
42 He Lives in You - Lebo M
43 Live to Tell - Madonna
44 Jeanny - Falco
45 Changes - 2pac
46 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
47 Music to Watch Girls By - Andy Williams

60s in one song

48 Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
49 Confide In Me - Kylie Minogue
50 Don't You Want Me - The Human League
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Top Remixes (4)

1. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
3. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
1. Schrei Nach Liebe - Die Ärzte
2. Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield
3. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
1. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Black - Pearl Jam

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