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

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...

If I could, I'd listen to this on my way to heaven. - astroshark

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen of the truly great pieces of music from that era! I feel sorry for those who don't agree, because it means their minds are closed to older music...

"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.

I hear it everyday literally, my day is never complete without this song, such a beautiful voice and such amazing lyrics, I bet there is a better song than this very best song.

There is nothing like this song in the history of Music...!

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3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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

Oh Yeah I smells like teen spirit

Awesome peeps

One of the greatest songs of the past centuries, this song should definitely be 1st on this list. Anyone who likes punk/rock music should listen to this song

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4 One - Metallica

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

5 Make Me Wanna Die - Pretty Reckless


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

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..😍😍
Tim McGraw is one of her most beautiful songs.

7 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

I love this song.

Probably the most catchy pop song of all time.

8 Numb - Linkin Park


Loved it, love it, will always love it

My love

This song is the one you must hear. Song of the century probably I would say.

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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!

10 Psychosocial - Slipknot

The Contenders

11 The Finals - The Barden Bellas
12 Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin
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

15 Them Bones - Alice In Chains
16 What I've Done - Linkin Park

This song is invincible

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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18 Sabotage - Beastie Boys
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

20 So What'cha Want - Beastie Boys
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.

22 Baby - Justin Bieber

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

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

The song u hear before you die

Hear this if you want to die - waldo

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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. "

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.

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

Immortal Technique is the best MC alive.

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.

31 Coma White - Marilyn Manson
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 My Generation - The Who
34 Survive - Rise Against

Song that got me thru dark days

35 Imagine - John Lennon

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

36 Stan - Eminem

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

37 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Best 23 minutes of my life

Best half hour of music ever made - Nickelstickman

Long haunting and uplifting

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

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

41 Baba O'Riley - The Who
42 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
43 Deathbed - Relient K
44 In the End - Linkin Park

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

45 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
46 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
47 Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
48 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
49 Peace Sells - Megadeth
50 No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
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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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