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 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Should be number 1

Dude, this is the best song of all time


#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

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6 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


7 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
8 I'm a Believer - The Monkees
9 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
10 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
12 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
13 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].

14 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
15 Black - Pearl Jam
16 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
17 Alive - Pearl Jam
18 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
19 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

Goosebumps every time.

20 Back in Black - AC/DC
21 Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
22 Respect - Aretha Franklin
23 Golden Brown - The Stranglers
24 Once - Pearl Jam
25 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
26 Why Go - Pearl Jam
27 Starman - David Bowie
28 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
29 Atomic - Blondie
30 The Power of Good-Bye - Madonna
31 Corduroy - Pearl Jam
32 Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner
33 Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
34 State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
35 Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame
36 Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
37 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
38 Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
39 Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield
40 Schrei Nach Liebe - Die Ärzte
41 Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
42 Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
43 A Day In the Life - The Beatles
44 Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
45 Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

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

46 Vollmond - Nena
47 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
48 Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
49 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This song is the best. I'm surprised to see it so down on list. What wrong with you people's

50 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

This song will always be my number 1!

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

This is my favorite song of all time! - RockFashionista

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Top Remixes (5)

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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