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


The Top Ten

1 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

It doesn't matter how many decades it has been since this song came out. It always makes me stop, listen, sing along, and yearn for those days. It's a place and time as well as a song.

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

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

#2 behind "Stairway to Heaven"

How is this not first place

Rolling Stone Magazine should have put this song in the top 5. - KillerQueen1774

Better in everything, voices, effort, instruments, leyends.

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

The cornerstone for rock music - queen11

4 Imagine - John Lennon

This should be #1

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

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

Haunting great song.

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

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.

Needs more porn

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

The first song about fame. - queen11

8 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Beach Boys music was flawless -- Great times!

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!

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?


The Contenders

11 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Greatest song ever

It's like these guys could read each others minds! This song will always be timeless.

Should be #1

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.

12 The Letter - The Box Tops

Great to see this on the list. Largely ignored these days, but feels like a couple of minutes of perfection to me. Love it.

13 Respect - Aretha Franklin

Below Pink Floyd and Nirvana? Asinine.

EVERYONE knows this song. Best cover ever. - queen11

Good grooves, best lyrics, unbelievable voice

14 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

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

15 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Greatest of all time!

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

16 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
17 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

18 A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke



19 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss of all rock and roll! Best ever!

20 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
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 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

1. enough said

34 Layla - Derek and the Dominos
35 Buddy Holly - Weezer
36 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
37 My Generation - The Who
38 Maybellene - Chuck Berry
39 In My Life - The Beatles

The beatles were so great, they did not bother to release this as a single, even though it was guaranteed to hit #1 on the billboard chart.

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

40 Time to Pretend - MGMT
41 Stan - Eminem
42 When Doves Cry - Prince
43 Kiss - Prince
44 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
45 Clocks - Coldplay
46 Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
47 Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
48 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!

49 Guantanamera - Sandpipers
50 California Dreaming - Jose Feliciano
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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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