Top Ten Songs of the 21st Century that Should Be on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time but Aren't

Should include songs that have had exceptional critical reception and have some sort of significance. They should not only be songs you just happen to like.

The Top Ten Songs of the 21st Century that Should Be on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time but Aren't

1 Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Adele, while still young and relatively new, is on the best way on becoming a legendary singer, and her albums and songs receive praise from both critics and audience. She is popular with both teens and adults, and she is all about the music, not her image. Since RITD is her signature song, it should be on the list. - Martin_Canine

Its just criminal... How could you forget such an amazing gem like this? - HeavyDonkeyKong

Rolling stone in the deep - UltraGamer

This should be on, but it isn't a definite. - micahisthebest

2 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

SHOULD BE HIGHER! Absolutely iconic and still relevant after 13 years!

Before voting, please listen to this song and you'll understand the greatness of it and why it should be #1.

Should be higher than Adele


3 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

I wouldn't doubt its quality, but I guess it wouldn't be iconic and successful enough considering what else is on the list. Outside of Metal circles, Blind Guardian isn't that well known. - Martin_Canine

This song left me in awe when I first heard it. To me it's the best and most impressive song by far. - Metal_Treasure

This is by far the greatest song of the 21st Century - christangrant

4 Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

I don't know about the US, but the song Back to Black got way more airplay than Rehab over here and became Winehouse's signature song. Rehab is on their list, and considering her impact on pop culture she needs to be on the list. - Martin_Canine

Just checked. "Back to Black" was number 3 on the charts, "Rehab" only number 19, in Austria. Well, cultural differences. - Martin_Canine

I love this song

5 American Idiot - Green Day
6 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

My neighbour had this song playing and I was so excited and I started whispering to he music lol


Maybe on the 500 Greatest Mêmes list. - djpenquin999

can't WAKE UP

best song ever - GrapeJuiceK

7 Anthem - Iced Earth
8 Schism - Tool

Should be top ten... Honestly, tool should dominate top ten. I'd also throw in some eagles.

I personally believe this song should be in the top 10. - cjWriter1997

Released in 2001. guess that counts... don't really care for the 21st century culture in music. - deathnote67

9 Sonne - Rammstein

I know that Rolling Stone has a huge misconception of Rammstein, but Rammstein are megastars in their home country, and when asked about who is the best German band, most Germans would answer either Rammstein or Die Ärzte, but it's only Rammstein that also made it big internationally. Also the lyrical quality of their songs is among the best. Sonne is their best known song of the 21st century, so it should be on the list. - Martin_Canine

I don't know what kind of people you surround yourself with, but I, as a German, don't know a lot of people who'd call Rammstein the best German band. - Idontreallycaretoomuch

10 Not Afraid - Eminem

The Contenders

11 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian
12 The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
13 When You Were Young - The Killers
14 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
15 The Throne - Blind Guardian
16 Change (In the House of Flies) - Deftones
17 Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

Her best song. It broke records and everyone knows it, its iconic

Hell yeah. This is the best Lady Gaga song in my opinion. - TwilightKitsune

Lady Gaga is pretty much the definition of pop of the 2010s and late 2000s, and is acclaimed beyond compare. "Bad Romance" and "Poker Face" are both her signature songs, but Poker Face seems a bit unlikely because it was released at a time when Gaga wasn't yet taken as seriously as a musician as she is now. - Martin_Canine

I think rolling in the deep is should be added. But this song is on a different level.
Just iconic

18 I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! at the Disco
19 Starboy - The Weeknd

This song is WAAAY to overrated and doesn't deserve to be in the top 500 - GrapeJuiceK

20 Lose Yourself - Eminem

Considered one of his best songs and loved by many. - LemonComputer

21 Alright - Kendrick Lamar
22 Sing for the Moment - Eminem

Is generally considered one of his greatest songs. There should be more by him on the list, as he is already considered one of the greatest artists of all time, whether you like hip hop or not. - Martin_Canine

23 So What - P!NK
24 Mana - Equilibrium
25 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

An amazing funky song, one of my favourites. - WinchesterGirl26

The best song of the 2010s decade!

Definitely NUMBER 1!

no ewww - Iamcool

26 Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Aguilera's career was at its peak at the time this song was released, which is propably her signature song, and no one can deny her relevance in the 2000s. It was also named one of the best songs of the decade by Rolling Stone. - Martin_Canine

27 Ride - Twenty One Pilots
28 Side to Side - Ariana Grande

Whoever put an Ariana Grande song on the best list, go to hell, ya Smiler.

29 Get the Party Started - P!NK

While not being her best (considering she has songs like "Just Like a Pill", "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Stupid Girls"), this song is what brought her on the map. - Martin_Canine

30 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Good Song

I agree with this one, it was a huge critical and commercial success...

Now that I think of it, every song I have heard by Coldplay so far ("Clocks", "Paradise", "Talk" and this one) blew me away, yet I never started actively listening to them. Maybe I should. Those four songs' melodies are so on point (and I know Talk is based on a Kraftwerk song), they cause so many pictures to run through my head. And when music makes me daydream this much, it's always a great thing. - Martin_Canine

31 All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem

Rolling Stone doesn't really put songs by My Chemical Romance or Nickelback on their Best List. They would probably add the following:

1. Chart-topping, but also good songs
2. Newer songs by established artists
3. Indie Hipster songs like this one - djpenquin999

32 Cirice - Ghost
33 Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
34 Pardon Me - Incubus
35 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
36 Monsoon - Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel had the biggest hype since The Beatles in Germany (several newspapers about this "Beatles hype" thing are still available, and having witnessed it as a child, I can say this is not an exeggaration), even though their international critical reception was better than in Germany. Rolling Stone were almost euphoric in their review of "Scream" (they gave 3.5 stars, several classics have only received 3 stars), and yeah, only little German bands made it big outside of their home country. The band's significance in Europe, and then later on in Japan and the US should have granted them a spot in the list, and "Monsoon" is their signature song. - Martin_Canine

37 Love Story - Taylor Swift
38 You Belong with Me - Taylor Swift
39 Chandelier - Sia
40 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

I just figured out how extremely successful this song was. Because yeah, Nickelback are well known over here, but... wow, they never were THIS huge. They are a regularly successful band that chart with every album they release but never in the top spot over here.
Whatever, considering the American success and the fact that it actually had positive reviews (I am sure they weren't hated back then) it definitely is of significance.

PS: Okay, apparantly both "Silver Side Up" and "How You Remind Me" topped the Austrian charts. Sorry, my bad. It's just weird that it gets less airplay these days over here than "Rockstar", "If Today Was Your Last Day" and "Gotta Be Somebody", as none of them charted at peak position. - Martin_Canine

I don't really like the rest of their songs, but this one is great. - peaceswagtv

41 Numb - Linkin Park
42 Closer - The Chainsmokers

There is a difference between greatest and best. This song may not be good in terms of quality, but it's legacy and dominance has given it a lot of greatness. - ProPanda


43 Lights - Ellie Goulding
44 Deepthroat - Cupcakke

Good song! It slays! Should be in the top 5 - Worksponge

45 The Fence - Tim Minchin
46 O Green World - Gorillaz
47 All the Small Things - Blink-182
48 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
49 Sign of the Times - Harry Styles

This song makes me think of Ryan Higa - Ihateschool

50 Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
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