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, not only songs you just happen to like.

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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 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

The best song of the 2010s decade!

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

Definitely NUMBER 1!

no ewww - Iamcool

24 So What - P!NK
25 Mana - Equilibrium
26 Love Story - Taylor Swift

While Shake It Off was more successful, this was the song that introduced Taylor to mainstream music. Taylor was still in her teens when she wrote this and she got massive praise for her songwriting abilities. She even won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards for Fearless at a young age. - NiktheWiz

27 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

28 Chandelier - Sia
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 Ride - Twenty One Pilots
31 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

32 Side to Side - Ariana Grande

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

33 Cirice - Ghost
34 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

35 Lose Yourself - Eminem

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

36 Pardon Me - Incubus
37 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

38 You Belong with Me - Taylor Swift
39 How You Remind Me - Nickelback

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

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

40 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

This is definitely not a good song, but I can't argue with the commercial performance. - NiktheWiz



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