Songs to Hear Before You Die

So many songs have been made over the past century. So many, that it's practically impossible to hear all of them! Because of that, I've created a list of songs to hear before you kick the bucket.

The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This has subliminal messages or u could call them SATANIC messages. - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Led Zeppelin's biggest hit is also its longest, but today is know for its popular melody. Despite its length of nearly ten minutes, no other song has been played on the radio more than "Stairway; despite its commercial success, the song has never been released as a single.

This one gave birth to a new species in music

The Best Song I ever goosebumps...

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Best of em all


I really love this song. I find it very unique and innovative. Queen is and will always remain one of my favourate bands. their style of music will be celebrated by people worldwide. I think this song was ahead of it's time.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is broken up into three main parts (ballad, opera, and rock), and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the top of the UK pop charts. It's daring, intense, and the must hear of the century.

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3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I love this song - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Nirvana's centerpiece of their album Nevermind got the "grunge" ball rolling.

Oh Yeah I smells like teen spirit

Awesome peeps

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4 One - Metallica

One person=One life, how do you live twice - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

just yeah

A beautifully composed power ballad about a soldier who lost all of his senses from a landmine explosion. The song goes from a light beginning to an aggressive, heavy, machine-gun like guitar solo. Lyrics are very meaningful, and convey feelings such as pain and the desire to die. Guitar parts are awesome, especially the machine-gun like solo.

Favorite of all time

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5 Make Me Wanna Die - Pretty Reckless


I know. It's a horrible song, but it's got 'die' in it.

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6 Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift


Gives you the tingling sense that you are looking for a song. I don't trust anyone who hates this song.

Tay I love you..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Tim McGraw is one of her most beautiful songs.

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7 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

I love this song

I love this song.

Probably the most catchy pop song of all time.

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8 Numb - Linkin Park

I love this too - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX



Loved it, love it, will always love it

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9 Teenagers - My Chemical Romance

I have never heard this song before seeing it on this list and honestly I have found something to play as my graduation march

This should be number 1...

YES PLEASE, I love this song!

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10 Psychosocial - Slipknot

Good stuff man good stuff - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

good song

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The Contenders

11 The Finals - The Barden Bellas
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13 Yesterday - The Beatles

Paul McCartney wrote this song one morning in possibly late 1963 (Ringo Starr recalls Paul playing the song for him as early as January 1964), but recorded it in 1965. McCartney's legendary song has become the most covered song ever with over 3,000 versions recorded to date.

It's a purely amazing song, recorded in 1965, and is so sweet. Originally called "Scrambled Eggs" this song is the most covered song ever with thousands of versions. And, quick question, why isn't this song higher? It should be in the top ten! - kaitlynrad11

Beautiful song. I personally think it is written subconsciously about his late mother Mary who died when he was 14. The song express his grief of not being able to see his mum and how he reacted when told Mary had passed. RIP Mary, God Bless xx

How is this not in the top 10?!

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14 World Championship Finale 2 - The Barden Bellas

Awesome can not explain

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15 Them Bones - Alice In Chains


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16 What I've Done - Linkin Park

This is good stuff - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

This song is invincible

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17 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Originally titled "Hey Jules, " "Hey Jude was inspired by John Lennon's son, Julius. The name "Jude" was inspired by the character from Oklahoma.

"The lyrics and the simplicity of the composition are what makes this song etched in your memory."

You cannot have a better song than this. The epitome of phenomenal songwriting...

This is a beautiful song, the Beatles were beginning to break up.

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19 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Although the Chili Peppers have numerous great songs, and Californication is up there, number one is certainly "Under the Bridge", which really captures their earlier, and more meaningful, type of music

This song is just awesome. The guitar thing at the beginning is to die for. It deserves to be at least in the top three's. Even though RHCP is not as famous as the beatles and zeppelin this song is undeniably the best

RHCP Suck.And This Song Sucks More Than Friday. RHCP Give Rock A Bad Name - 12cc

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20 So What'cha Want - Beastie Boys UListen to Sample
21 American Pie - Don McLean

Don McLean's greatest hit is best known for being about "The Day the Music Died" when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" died on the same plane.

I love this song

This song carries you along on a journey that you know will end in a tragedy, regardless,you carry on eagerly awaiting and dreading the end at the same time.

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22 Baby - Justin Bieber

I died now. - LapisBob

NO. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. NO one should hear this song before they die.

I got a pimple, itโ€™s on my head, itโ€™s so disgusting, I tried to cover it.

I reported this song so they can hopefully remove it. - ComaWhite21

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

"Satisfaction" is driven by a riff written by Keith Richards that would define rock music of the '60's. Its heaviness and lyrics make it arguably the first song to be classified a "rock" rather than "rock and roll. "

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24 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Our first US single on the list is the first rock and roll song about rock and roll fame. The lyrics turn out to be both fact and fiction about how Berry became a rock and roll star.

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25 American Idiot - Green Day

When I saw this on here I sang In my head โ€œya wanna be an American idiot? Then I suggest you listen to this before ya die! โ€ Lol I like this - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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26 Look Through My Eyes - Everlife UListen to Sample
27 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses UListen to Sample
28 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day UListen to Sample
29 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique is the best MC alive.

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30 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

If you're really looking for listening to some deep music with less and meaningful lyrics, this is the best choice.

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32 Fix You - Coldplay

One of the most emotional and uplifting tracks you will hear

This song is just best of Coldplay

Deserves to be in top 15 at least

This is a very good song

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33 Survive - Rise Against

Song that got me thru dark days

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34 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Doctor: You have 23 minutes to live before you die
Me: *plays this song* - Userguy44

Best 23 minutes of my life

Best half hour of music ever made - Nickelstickman

Long haunting and uplifting

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36 Imagine - John Lennon

It's a must hear for everyone. I mean it. EVERYONE. The lyrics are simple and yet touching. Makes you think

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37 Stan - Eminem

Man this tells a story of a stan... A must hear song...

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38 The Pretender - Foo Fighters UListen to Sample
39 Starlight - Muse UListen to Sample
40 May It Be - Enya

Songs from The Fellowship of The Rings. Brings peace..

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41 Baba O'Riley - The Who UListen to Sample
42 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance UListen to Sample
43 Deathbed - Relient K UListen to Sample
44 Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival UListen to Sample
45 In the End - Linkin Park

How this song is on 149
What thr hell is happening on the earth

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46 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones UListen to Sample
47 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
48 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult UListen to Sample
49 We Will Rock You - Queen UListen to Sample
50 Peace Sells - Megadeth UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. One - Metallica
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
1. Make Me Wanna Die - Pretty Reckless
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift


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