Top 10 Songs From Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All-time


The Top Ten

1 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

This song if a movement of its own. - queen11

Arguably the best anthem ever written or performed.

This song deserves to be the #1 song of all time

Without a doubt. Skewers the 60s. Prefigures the decline to come. The most astringent antidote to the other garbage on this list.

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This list is an insult to all of humanity.

Hands down, best song ever written and performed.

Its definitely the most Best Song ever

No mo' to say

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

The cornerstone for rock music - queen11

4 Imagine - John Lennon

Within this song, he captured everything that music is supposed to do. Make you think, make you smile, make you cry, and of course relate it to yourself in some kind of way. Imagine- Music evokes Imagination.. Truly amazing. RIP John

Are you smoking crack! You think Dillon is better the Lennon? Put your pipe down, imagine is hands down the most influential song of all time

Its helped us from Lennon's death to 9/11. - queen11

This should be #1

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5 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Best Guitar Solo in the World...

Best guitar solo ever


A Metalica song before this ONE? what! Are you kidding me?! Every MetaliCA song combined does not even come Close to Freebird! To anybody with 1/2 a brain shhould know The song FREEBIRD should be #1, Period!

And yes, Free Bird is a legendary song. Sorry if I got a bit aggressive. - Metarock

6 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I've cry everyday when I see nevermind poster that always reminds of kurt cobain...

Perfect band. Perfect song. Perfect vote.

Great song that defined a generation

I'm 60 and this song is one of the greatest

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7 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Some of the best guitar I've ever heard, one of the best guitarist ever in fact. A innovator of rock and roll.

Can't imagine my whole life without this song, love it.

The first song about fame. - queen11

Needs more porn

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8 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

This single cost $50,000 to make; the most expensive at the time. - queen11

The harmonies on this song are flawless.

9 Enter Sandman - Metallica

If you're going to put a Metallica on the top 10 it should be Master of Puppets or maybe Creeping Death. I personally dislike this song. I believe the...And Justice For All album was the beginning of their downfall.

Flying The flag of Heavy metal!

My first metal song, that's classic

My third metal song I listened to, after an Iron Maiden and Disturbed song. - Powerfultekin

This song shouldn't even be in the top One Thousand! Hey any of you Morons ever heard of BLACK SABATH?! (who by the way INVENTED Heavy Metal)?! Or how JudaJudas Priest?! Iron Maiden?! Who's songs aren't een othis list?! What a Joke! Metalica's such an Overrated band who's lack of talent doesn't even come anywhere close to the previous mentioned bands! Anybody with a low IQ should know this!

Metallica lacks talent? They're not the most talented metal band, but they have talent. And I agree with you on Enter Sandman being too high. - Metarock

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10 Hey Jude - The Beatles

GREAT Beatles song, second only to Something, too bad they did not stay together longer..

Don't let the writing credits fool you. Paul McCartney wrote this all his own. Lennon had nothing to do with it. - queen11

Well the rolling stone's kinda biased towards The Beatles.. - InZamous

Easily number 2 all-time behind Stairway...which is listed at 10?

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The Contenders

11 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Maybe Dillon's "Like a Rolling Stone" could be #1 along with a few others, but this is supposed to be Rock-n-Roll! Stairway fits that spot. Some of these listed should not even be close to the top.

Amazing amazing song! For any mood!

This song gives inspiration to all generations.

'stairway to heaven' and 'like a rolling stone' are iconic. both should be at the top.

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12 The Letter - The Box Tops
13 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

I've been asking myself the same question. - queen11

14 Respect - Aretha Franklin

EVERYONE knows this song. Best cover ever. - queen11

Good grooves, best lyrics, unbelievable voice

Below Pink Floyd and Nirvana? Asinine.

15 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Greatest of all time!

Absolutely fabulous song...always go back to it...always will!

16 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Great song from amazing album. From start to finish all time classic and unlike some has never aged

Best song ever. Amazing gilmour vocalks and guitar! - redmancunian1

17 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
18 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
19 A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke


20 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss of all rock and roll! Best ever!

21 The Wanderer - Dion
22 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Best song ever

23 American Idiot - Green Day
24 Be My Baby - The Ronettes
25 What'd I Say - Ray Charles

He wrote it right in front of an audience. - queen11

26 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

This is great, this is a newer song that fits into every age.

27 Piano Man - Billy Joel
28 A Day in the Life - The Beatles
29 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy
30 Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
31 Let It Be - The Beatles
32 Paranoid Android - Radiohead
33 Layla - Derek and the Dominos
34 Buddy Holly - Weezer
35 In My Life - The Beatles

Probably one of the greatest songs of all time from such a complete album

36 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

1. enough said

37 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
38 Time to Pretend - MGMT
39 My Generation - The Who
40 When Doves Cry - Prince
41 Kiss - Prince
42 Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
43 Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
44 House of the Rising Sun - Animals

You know this song in the first few cords, it's a story teller and sung by the greatest rock vocalist of all time.

Perfection personified. Alan Price organ piece in the middle is the best sound I ever heard!

45 Guantanamera - Sandpipers
46 California Dreaming - Jose Feliciano
47 Maybellene - Chuck Berry
48 Stan - Eminem
49 Jesus Walks - Kanye West
50 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
1. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
2. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
3. A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
1. The Letter - The Box Tops
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin

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