Best Songs of All Time

The greatest songs ever. Based on over 250K votes from music fans. Legendary songs from Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Floyd and more.

The Top Ten

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

It's one of the greatest songs ever made, totally captivating lyrically and extremely innovative musically all due credit to the Queen himself, Freddie Mercury. Simple put; this is the song with every element required.

Not one of the greatest but simply the greatest even if one includes classical music.

When the writer of this song, the late Freddie Mercury had come into this studio with "Bohemian Rhapsody", the rest of the band had thought of it foolish, bizarre and odd---but went along with the "Fred thing"---now it is a masterpiece that has withstood time, even more than thirty years old----nothing, and no one has come close to re-creating something so tongue-and-cheek, innovative, and still makes teenagers want to bang their heads and air-guitar while driving. Simply the best.

It Is "foolish, bizarre and odd". Not that there's anything wrong with it.

Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest song of all time. Only stairway can come close to it, however falls short of Freddie Mercury's masterpiece. Queen aren't the best band of all time, the beatles are, the stones and zeppelin are better but they are seriously underrated in the band rankings, despite the mass amount of fans.
This song has acapella, ballad, rock and opera and every section is mastered to perfection. The vocals and ridiculous harmonies in conjunction with the range of styles and sections of the song are what makes it so much better than any other song in history. It may not seem like it flows well but the exemplary musicianship helps every part flow perfectly together.
A sentimental song written by Freddie; no one really knows the meaning and this makes it even better, which may seem weird but that's how it works for this masterpiece.
You can make a very strong case for stairway at number one but robert plant's vocals do not compare to freddie's and nothing in ...more

If something can hurt my heart and let it bleed, its Freddie's songs that can do the magic.
Queen was the greatest forgotten rock band in history. They deserved more credits.
With a guitar genius like Brian May, Freddie's androgynous voice of such a wide range can elicit any emotion in a person.
This song was a shameless confession of his personal life. Each of its segments stand for the progressive stages of human guilt.
An internal confession, thoughts about worst outcomes, seeking external acceptance just to fail, hiding internal pain with unusual external cheerfulness, forgiving oneself to proceed with life and finally, inner peace.
Just Freddie Mercury things

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

The poetic storytelling nature of Robert Plant's lyrics combined with Jimmy Page's brilliant musical composition places "Stairway To Heaven" as the number one rock song of all time. Mr. Page's arrangement of a dramatic crescendo type development with the song passing through stages along the way lend to his (and John Paul Jones) influence by classical music. His guitar solo in this song is one of his greatest played with undeniable passion and ease. "Stairway To Heaven" is a legendary song composed and performed by the greatest rock musicians of all time, Led Zeppelin.

OK so no shade to Queen but honestly Stairway to Heaven deserves number one. The song starts with a calming synth and guitar intro that paves the path for Robert Plant to do his thing. As the song progresses, Led Zeppelin builds layers off of the foundations I just mentioned. The song adds in more dominating guitar and eventually adds John Bonham's legendary drumming. This is all building up to one of the most iconic guitar solos of all time. After the solo, the song slows down and allows breathing room for Plant to sing the iconic line "And she's buying the stairway to heaven." The structure of the song is very similar to a staircase, building upwards over time. This attention to detail is just uncomparable and is what makes Stairway to Heaven the best song ever written.

The way Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's Sounds goes just to create a masterpiece. The Guitar sound of the strings going up slowly just sounds like the progress of the stairway. Overall, it is sad to know that they can't make great music like this anymore,

I mean not only is it nostalgic now but it's just so magical. I start feeling a power inside myself when I listen to it. It's like an energy booster to me. Everything seems and becomes possible when I listen to it. It's not just a song, it's a way of life. It itself is a story and an emotion.

Imagine - John Lennon Imagine - John Lennon Cover Art

Hey you! It is totally incomprehensible that Bohemian Rhapsody is the first. Imagine is the song of all centuries, Queen and John Lennon aren't competitors because John Lennon is god and Queen is just the queen. So Imagine is the first-it's objective reality

Do you literally mean that John Lennon is god? Because, no offense, but that's a bit weird

Truly inspirational lyrics, to release your per-conceived or ingrained notions of time and space, division of people; those going to heaven vs. The hell-bound. The very best song of love not for one, but for all the people who live as one. A masterpiece.

Aw, so you support communism? Cause that's exactly what the lyrics are.

Although the musical talent isn't as much as a song like A Day In The Life - The Beatles for example, and they don't have as a broad range of instruments, the writing is phenomenal with the messages behind it. Sporting the hippie ideology of Lennonism (not leninism) of a world without any motivation to go to war or harm another person with beautiful lyrics and beautiful playing on the guitar it definitely deserves to be high on the list.

This song is great, the lyrics are powerful yet subdued, the melody is timeless and despite some critics the message is absolutely positive. If you take the words in this song at their text book definitions and refuse to read between the lines than you may get offended and never truly understand the big picture. Take a moment to think about living in a world as imagined by John Lennon in this song, take away Material Possessions (wealth, status, greed, envy... Etc. ) Religion (holy wars, terrorism, religious persecution... Etc. ) Countries (war, tyranny, oppression... Etc. ) If the world truly lived as one your only responsibility would be to wake up and breathe, enjoy your life.

"Imagine" is a very special song, it's probably ultimately his most powerful. This is a unifying song that people all over the world love and sing. Even when I hear those opening chords my mind stops and I get very misty-eyed. It really is a deep song. Absolutely one of the greatest classics ever ...more

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

I love this song. Nirvana is one of my favourite bands ever! I really miss Kurt Cobain.

This isn't even close to being Nirvana's best song, never mind the best song ever. Hell, this is probably one of the worst songs of Nevermind. If everyone would step away from the overplayed Nirvana singles, and look at their great, underrated songs like "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" or "Oh, The Guilt", than a much better Nirvana song would be #4, not Smells Like The Only Nirvana Song You Know...

Before hearing this song, I was a idiot, dumb, not cool etc. After hearing this song I felt like my past boring myself is dead forever... A new born of myself... Cool, intelligent, smart etc.. In one worn this song changed my life... My everything... Since then it's my favorite song... And all ways will be... No song can beat this one... In past, present or future. The lyrics, music, drum beat, bass and of course the guitar solo it's just amazing! It was released in 1991, now it's 21 century... And it's still sounds like new. Every time I hear this song, I learn something new... I remember I heard this song 20 times a day... Can't stop listening again and again. Kurt cobain was really a genius... Thank you kurt for this all time best song and all time best album NEVERMIND!

This isn't my favorite Nirvana song, but it is the best Nirvana song if that makes any sense. It's arguably the most iconic rock song ever, and is easily one of the best songs of all time. That said, "In Bloom" and "Lithium" were better singles, and there are a few others on Nevermind that I liked better: "Breed", "Drain You", "Stay Away", and "Something in the Way". In Utero and Bleach were also superior albums, but Nevermind is nonetheless more iconic and influential, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" likewise has earned its place in history.

Those songs at the top, except for the great Imagine, are horrible songs by drippy bands that I never, ever liked. This is a very likely candidate for best Rock song of all time, and I don't give a damn for any gooey pop like Queen. And Stairway to Heaven is not Zep's best song at all, it's a pimply song for hobbit heads. And Bohemian Rhapsody? It's greasy kid stuff, I never for one second liked Queen. Smells Like Teen Spirit is a fine song, and I have to give it the Number One Spot.

One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Based off the top 10 alone, my vote would be here. Everything from the dark yet meaningful themes and topics to the dual guitars, shredding, arpeggios, solos, instrumentation, lyrics, vocals... it's all there (well, without a bass, but oh well). This is one of the most important songs in all of metal and music in general. It's for fans of thrash metal, metal in general, rock in general, and of course all of music. Some of the lyricism is breathtaking as it intertwines with the music itself. Some of the more progressive thrash out there, and honestly I love it. I love everything, from the energetic drumming to the aggressive riffs to the beautiful solos to the structuring and arrangements to the musicianship itself. It's a trademark song not just in Metallica, but all music as a whole.

Beautifully constructed. It's gradual descent into the heavier, chugging end is mirrored by the misery of the armless, legless man of the story. The double bass of the second half feels like it shakes the very ground you stand on, you can feel it in your head. The guitar solo absolutely kills, with some of Kirk Hammett's best performance ever put on tape. James Hetfield does some of his best work, with some absolutely awesome cleaner vocals in the verses, and his signature 80's growl in the choruses and the latter half of the song. To me, this may very well be the best song ever made, bar none. Everything about this song is damn near, if not perfect.

One is a beautiful song about a man being trapped within his own body after nearly losing his life in war. It truly embodies the band as well, and exemplifies their work.

Simply amazing. Despite the lack of bass it still serves as an amazing metal song with good thematic elements and amazing instrumentation. Also guitar hero 3.

Hotel California - Eagles Hotel California - Eagles Cover Art

I could listen to this song on repeat for hours and never get sick of it. It's perfection. I wish today's hits were more like this instead of the pop trash and rap that we're stuck with.

Don Felder's masterpiece melody - what a guitar combo Felder and Joe Walshe either on Hell Freezes Over or all electric at other times. Henley and Frey with the lyrics, arrangement etc. The Eagles at their very best, wonderful singers, great drums and guitar sounds. What an intro! Best of all time! And the dream like lyrics! And the ending.. "you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave".. then the dualling guitars of the virtuoso musicians... how I hated when ignorant DJs started talking nonsense over the final guitar solo... it must be played to the very last note... perfection!

Hotel California is a true masterpiece. It’s got everything- amazing lyrics, singing, guitar riffs, etc. It’s one of a kind. I can hear it every day and it never gets old.

Awesome lyrics with great music makes this song a perfect song
I used to hear it more than 20 times a day... such a beautiful song and this was the song that made me die hard fan of eagles

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Cover Art

"The Wall" was the first Album I ever purchased. To be honest, I do not regularly listen to it anymore, but I listen rather often to "Comfortably Numb". And it is included in my personal "Best Songs ever" list (which is by the way less than 25 songs). It is not so important to know the whole "Wall" story to experience the magic of this song. It builds up a unique atmosphere where intensive voice and rather acoustic music seem to carry each other forward into the story of a depression. The listener gets drawn into it, and while the first solo of Gilmour in the middle of the song is still rather harmless, the second one where the song (and the respective story) culminates in is so brilliant and magnificent that I still get fully blown away from it even after 35 years and probably more than 100 times hearing it.

This song deserves to be higher than "you raise me up". While other 70s songs Bohemian Rhapsody, Hotel California, and Stairway to Heaven are great songs, (although "Stairway is extremely overplayed, ) Comfortably Numb is absolutely perfect. The opening notes are beautiful but melancholy and set the stage for Pink's story (the main character in the album, not the musician. The music shapes the journey of a troubled rockstar struggling to get through his every day life. That combined with brilliant lyrics, a heartfelt chorus- "I have become Comfortably Numb"- and guitar solo that sends a shiver down your spine, this is truly as song worthy of first place. I'll say it again, Comfortably Numb is absolutely perfect. Vote it into the top ten when you see it on this list. by the way, forgive me if I made any spelling/ grammatical errors. I'm making this comment on my phone and haven't checked it over

One of the best Pink Floyd songs, I ve first heard of this song when I watched movie The Wall so as with the other songs on The Wall, "Comfortably Numb" tells a segment of the story about Pink, the album's protagonist. This song has to do with Pink's battle to handle the world. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating Pink (verses, sung by Waters) and Pink's thoughts (chorus, sung by Gilmour).
Guilmour and Waters share credits for this song as the music was made by Guilmour and lyrics by Waters.

I'm a Guitarist and this is my favourite guitar solo to play, the emotion in it is clear and this remains one of the greatest songs of all time.

Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey Jude - The Beatles Cover Art

This song deserves to be way higher on the list! I always find my self singing along to it when I listen to it. It is a song that has a really cool meaning and overall is just great.

Everyone should hear this song. It's the ultimate mood lifter. Escpecially when you've seen Paul McCartney perform it live. I still remember how exhilarating it was. This should be in the top 5!

Hey, Jude is talking about getting a girl. This boy has a hard time doing that so the Beatles help that situation. Get it, I said help. haha I thought that was funny

As my name is Jude, I get this song sung at me nearly every day by friends or family. Whenever I introduce myself, people always say to me "You're Jude-like in that Beatles song". I think this says something about how great this song is, if, years on from when the Beatles were big, it is still part of the collective consciousness and people are very aware of it. Also, it was chosen to be sung in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Lose Yourself - Eminem Lose Yourself - Eminem Cover Art

I use this song to pump me up for wrestling matches frequently. I know, no one cares, but I want to explain my relationship with this song before I explain why I absolutely love this song. It is very inspiring although bitter sweet? at the same time. Also love Eminem sooo. xD

I'm not much of a rap lover but no one can disagree that eminems lyrics are superior, not only within rap but in an overall perspective and it's shown through one of the greatest songs, if not the greatest of all time.
True inspiration.

Greatest rap song of all time. Watch 8mile and you will understand the whole context for this song and its meaning is much greater. It isn't the fastest rap song but it is still the best - awesome lyrics, eminem sounds great

I don't really enjoy most rap But I can listen to eminem why? Because he's exceptional and he pours so much of himself into its music that you can just feel the essence of his emotions and the effort he put in deeply ingrained into his music, And lose yourself is one of those songs it's a song about rising up out of the depravity of his poverty stricken life its about fighting back and reaching to pull himself out of the trailer park town that he was otherwise doomed to spend he rest of his life in through what? Though Rap the only thing he was good at his musical talent saved his life and he really painted a lyrical picture. This is the cornerstone of his career.

Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

Who doesn't like Guns N' Roses?! Oh that's right, people who don't like good music. Axl has this voice that no one else can even get close to matching, Duff is the most badass cutest bassest EVER! Slash is a legend that is just totally unrealisticlly amazing at guitatr, Steven can rock out on the drums like no one else and Izzy is just absolutley awesome. I remember my dad always played Guns N' Roses and this song I remember particularlly well, because I loved it. I love all their songs. Seriously. I love them all because they really don't have weak spots when it comes to music. They will always be the best band in the world to me. No other band can top this band. I hope that maybe some of them will see this and know how talented each individual is. Every one of them is special, and I know the original band is broken up, but they're still talented. I hope that this music is never forgotten. EVER! LONG LIVE GUNS N' ROSES!

Genius intro and solo by SLASH
AWESOME vocals by AXL ROSE
Amazing work on rhythm by IZZY Stradlin
Badass awesome drummer Steven Adler
Cool bass by DUFF,...
SIMPLY AMAZING SONG
ONE OF THE BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME,... G N'R ROCKS

This is my song to my oldest daughter. We danced to it at her sweet 16

Whenever I listen to this song when I'm sad or upset, it makes me one of the happiest people in the world, it gives so much energy and it's all because of the way Axl sings and Slash's crazy awesome guitaring. The song has got the best bass line you'll ever come across, and when I was watching the music video, I thought how awesome does Izzy look playing the rhythm guitar. He was like swinging his arm over the strings like he was a crazy maniac. Greatest song of all time!

Still some votes left to beat that damn Barracuda. There's only one voter to it - together we can bring it down! Run and you'll live -- at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell Heart that they may spoil this top-tens list, but they'll never take our freedom!

The Newcomers

? Good for You - Selena Gomez Good for You - Selena Gomez Cover Art
? Too Young to Fall in Love - Mötley Crüe Too Young to Fall in Love - Mötley Crüe Cover Art

The Contenders

Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

Unfortunately had basically no radio play when it came out and was not on MTV. By far the greatest metal song ever written and one of the greatest songs ever written. Chop your breakfast on a mirror!

I'm not against people who love this song but I do not understand the massive praise and the popularity to this song. To me in the first time of listening to this song, this song sounds really mediocre and somewhat boring, sorry if this offends some metal fans here. well this is my opinion and I just felt I wanted to share. But I think this is pretty ok for a average metal song.

This is the song that first got me into Metallica and now I have seen them 3 times and they r my favourite band in the entire world and their music has helped me through a lot so if it wasn't for this song my life would be a lot different

HOW THE HECK IS THIS IN 19 AND NOT THE TOP 3?!?! This (and Fade to Black) are the best rock songs OF ALL TIME PEOPLE! James' vocals and guitar work are AWESOME, Kirk does the LEGENDARY solo (this song without a shadow of a doubt has the greatest guitar solo in the HISTORY OF MUSIC). Lars' drum work is excellent, and Cliff Burton has the awesome bass. I also honestly think Stairway to Heaven should be removed from this list. It's really bad. I even have a name for Metallica: Masters of Music (get it? ) SO PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS SONG A HUNDRED MILLION TIMES UNTIL IT GETS ABOUT NUMBER 3! Suburban Train by Tiësto however, is the best song of all time.

November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

One of the best songs I heard in my life. Beautiful piano intro played by Axl. Later other band's members comming with fantastic lyrics. Every damn time when I hear part :
I know it's hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn't time be out to charm you
I have tear on my chick. It's just such an awesome part whick immediately reminds me all bad things I had during last few years and that this song was with me. Luckly few second later there are 3 amazing Slash's solos in the row. In Videoclip ( whick is insane good too ) we can see that in 3rd solo slash stands on Axl piano and play like as good as devil. It's really amazing how fast can 8min be gone.

A great song with a great meaning about falling in love and losing that loved one, along with great instrumentals and great solos by Slash. Axl also had great vocals in this song.

Undoubtedly the Greatest Song of All Time should be on top. Such a hard job to make a 9 minute song feel so great that u could listen it on replays without getting bored

Most overrated song of their repertoire just like them! It's a good song but nothing iconic or legendary! Paradise city or wrlcome to the jungle are way better and iconic!

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Wow, I had to scroll all the way to number 25 to get to one that I agree with. I'm pretty sure that's a new record. "Bohemian Rhapsody" being the best song in the world is like The Avengers being the greatest movie in the world. It's an average song, some genius moments, some not so genius moments. Pretty soon, it's novelty wears off and then you listen to other Queen songs and realize how great they really were, not because of their most famous song, but because of everything else. "Imagine" isn't much better, an overrated song by the most overrated Beatle... Yeah. Now, onto Hallowed Be Thy Name. The song itself is metallic genius. It just proves how Iron Maiden is simply the best metal band ever. Every riff so so recognizable and catchy. Bruce sings his balls off, but the guitar again is where the song shines.

This song reminds me why I love music. The progression in the song is superb with an electric riff that you can't get out of your head after your first listen. The song is about a man facing his mortality and finding a renewed faith in God, it's a beautiful message that reminds me of my late grandma whenever I hear it. With high soaring, engaging vocals; a classic and unforgettable instrumental bridge and a hair-raising outro; this song is and will be on the top of my list for the rest of my life.

Brilliant song, one of the best by Maiden. Though I'm surprised Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills or Rainmaker didn't make it on this list. Though it is irritating to see that people are only sticking classic songs on this list instead of some of the better, more modern songs. If you are going to make a list about best songs of all time it should be a mixture of all eras of music, not just classics. For example - Newton Faulkner's "Dream Catch Me" or Disturbed's "Down With the Sickness" or Avenged Sevenfold's "Critical Acclaim"

This is one of those songs where everything is on point. The intro, riffs, solos, vocals, drumming, bass, lyrics. It’s all beyond perfection. The lyrics tell about a prisoner waiting his death sentence. I can’t stop listening it.

A Day in the Life - The Beatles A Day in the Life - The Beatles Cover Art

Bohemian Rhapsody is ass compared to this. The greatest song of all time should move people in an emotional sense and Bohemian Rhapsody is nothing but a singalong for people who can say they've listened to a song from the 1970's. It's on the same level of saying Staying Alive by The Bee Gees is the greatest song every written or conceived. Many things by The Beatles move many individuals, and technically speaking, this wouldn't even be the best song if that was the case. The song that seems to move people the most by The Beatles happens to be this small song called "Across The Universe" from the Let It Be album. But A Day In The Life singlehandedly changed music forever so I have no regrets.

Greatest song by the Greatest band in their Greatest album. This song is a very complex one, starting with a guitar and ending with a orchestra. Smells Like Teen Spirit and Sweet Child O Mine are great songs, but they are simple compared to this.

I find it very distasteful that people talk about the "innovation" of songs like Bohemian Rhapsody when trying to justify it being at #1. Just be honest in saying that you've never listened to practically any songs/genre other than modern pop/rap. I'm not saying that modern music is bad, but your ignorance doesn't make Rhapsody the best song ever. It's popularity is 95% due to it being fun to sing along to (see Hey Jude above). While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I think that truly great songs have no relevance to such things. A Day in the Life and many other songs truly broke the mold using completely different sounds and techniques that what was being done at the time. Most importantly, however, few people get "inspired" or are moved emotionally when Rhapsody comes on the radio, they just sing along. When this comes on, if you are truly listening to it, you will get goosebumps and fall into deep thought and awe of its magnificence. That's what makes a song great.

This is number 1. It has a great sound and great vocals and the orchestral parts in it are brilliant. Bohemian rhapsody and maybe space oddity are a close second. This song is to underrated and in my opinion it is better then hey jude. This song can never be re-created and this song is the reason why sgt peppers lonely hearts club band is the number 1 album. Not putting this song on the top 2 is one thing, but not even in the top 10! That is shameful. I vote this song number 1. Also this song isn't even the number 1 Beatles song. It's a bit disappointing really. Sorry that's just my opinion. Also the Beatles are the greatest band of all time and my favourite.

Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

Personally I think this song should be on top 10, its one of my favourite Metallica songs, in fact probably one of my favourite songs in general, its epic and I suggest listening to it.

Deserves at least top 5! Much better than Sandman and slightly better than one. This song is an example of slow and beautiful guitar and epic riffs and solo! In my opinion, it's the very best song ever composed!

It would make really furious if this masterpiece wasn't concidered one of the best songs ever made... One of the most mezmerizing intros you could find anywhere, deep meaning and breathtaking in every aspect... This is what music is about for me

This song is the essential nature of Metallica, begins with a slow beautiful melody and then it turns heavier as it progresses.

BEST SONG EVER! I want this song to play at my funeral

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

How can this only be #16? This is the best in-concert songs on the list. Meaningful lyrics and then one hellava guitar rift to complete it. I mean seriously, how can you not get into the last 12 minutes of this song? "...comes it at Number 3 on Guitar World's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time."

In all honesty "Free bird" is a Master Piece that greatly desrves #1. It a song that's stood time since 73. Not to mention its entire history as a song itself. This song wasen't randomly thought up. Nor was it a single persons dedication. But it was made, overtime. By a band that was also a Family. It was made with love, sorrow, longing, hope, and the simple thrill of life. There is no better song in the world then this.

This song has a little sob story past with me, it was my beloved grandfathers favorite song, he was a pilot and a chef, he loved flying and this was his favorite song. he was the vice president chef of Florida for a time. (fuzzy at the chef part, but he was a ceo or something in Florida's chef industry or something) the song played at his funeral. the slow beginning sounded like a normal funeral song, then... BOOM! the 4 minute mark passes and... EARGASM TIME! my god... I will miss that man, rest in peace Donald.

There is no question this song deserves to be number one on this list. It brings the best sensation of music to yours ears more than any other. With five minutes of the best singing of the best lyrics ever written, and five more minutes of the greatest guitar solo in history. It should be number one, no question. My absolute favorite song ever.

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Cover Art

As a Jackson fan, I'm a bit biased, but this is a true classic that I recognized before getting into his music, and pretty much everyone else knows as well. Billie Jean should definitely be in the top 10 for sure!

I was a kid when Billie Jean came out and a teenager when Teen Spirit came out. Both songs were mind blowing in there respective eras but Billie Jean was hugely bigger and covered the masses. Teen Spirit really hit me hard but I really was an American thing. Metallica was huge but doesn't deserve a top 10 rating at all. The masses are not metal fans although they pushed the limits and spread rock globally, they are not Michael Jackson. The Smiths deserve a vote for How Soon is Now because that is the most memorable song ever to come out of the U.K. U2 is lame and if you ever bought an album from them then you are definitely going to a hell without bacon.

"Billie Jean" is a song by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Michael Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it. There are contradictory claims to what the song's lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson had fathered one of her twins. Jackson himself, however, stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered. The song is well known for its distinctive bassline and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized.

This song is perfection and gold at its pure state. I've never heard a song so simple but so elaborate at the same time. The rhythm is purely composed for dancing on it, and this is one of the best songs to perform. From 35 years, it's the pop perfection. This drum perfectly timed, the bass line is absolutely unique in its own way. Like Michael said, this song is magical. It's definitely timeless and gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Its such an intimate song in its context, yet is near universally comprehensible with its emotionally aching lyrics and instrumentals that anyone can understand and relate to its message. The loss of one you once loved and respected can be devastating, and there are times when you just want to cry out and, for lack of a better term, "wish they were there".

This song understands the importance/impact of the visceral and all too human feelings of grief, loss and sadness, something any conscience being can relate to.

For that (at least from my viewpoint), I feel it is the greatest song ever written.

Wish You Were Here is the single best Pink Floyd song, and the best homage to a former bandmate, and the best song honoring another person. The only other tribute that got even remotely close to the power of this song is when David Bowie covered Imagine in '83. Every recording of Wish You Were Here is pure magic, and it's truly a masterpiece. I've never repeated a song lyric in my head more than "we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl". In my opinion, that's the single best verse of any song from any genre. This song at LEAST deserves to switch places with Comfortably numb on this list. It deserves #3, behind only Bohemian Rhapsody as #1, and Imagine as #2.

This song really does deserve a placing in the top ten. Just listen to the lyrics, the slow smooth melody, with your eyes shutting out the rest of the world for a while. It makes you think, and sometimes even brings you back to those moments in your life where you'd wonder when you had to change things and why you had to view life differently. Even if you aren't a Pink Floyd fan, this song really brings out something. I for one think the lyrics can reach in deep to almost anyone who remembers what transitions are like and how difficult they can be.

Plus it's a nice song to slow dance too.

So Much Win!

Those 5 notes that form the base of this legendary songs gives me chills. The lyrics so deep and beautiful are an example of extraordinary writing.
Gilmours vocals and guitar composition make this a timeless classic. Best song ever by the greatest band of all time

Numb - Linkin Park Numb - Linkin Park Cover Art

I would vote for a different song, but this is the only song I actually know and like that is near the top ten. I hate Queen, so I naturally hate Bohemian Rhapsody as well, I hate Eminem as well, so I hate Lose Yourself, I hate The Beatles, so I hate Imagine and Hey Jude. I don't have much against other bands, but I wouldn't choose Sweet Child O'Mine for GNR, and even though I have nothing against other songs above this (except for A Day in The Life, Beatles again) and Lynyrd Skynyrd, which I don't like either, I can even bear MJ and Bob Dylan even though I don't really like them, I respect them as good singers. I would vote for Papa Roach or Seether or Breaking Benjamin, 3DG, Rise Against, Shinedown, Rammstein, Slipknot, whatever, but since Numb is the closest to the top ten I voted for it. I'm a modern metal fan, not classic rock, so my list would naturally look very different, but I want at least one modern metal song around. And yeah, I HATE Smash Mouth and Green day that are here ...more

The only good thing about this comment is that you said that you like Numb and Bring Me To Life.

This song has a lot of features that make it deserve the top ten. It features a brilliant instrumental part and amazing vocals by Chester. This song is one of the most complete ever played, aggressive and melodic at the same time. It's a masterpiece and one of the best songs in history

What the hell "Numb" on 57? Even a deaf can understand how meaningful the song is... The song is about the problems in the life of a student and the cause of why children/students suicides... I request all of you 2 hear the song and watch the video of the song and & see how chester sang the song with his heart... After watching the video if you think the song do not deserves top 5 then I request you please don't hear any songs for the rest of your life... Linkin Park Rules!
-Sudip

Such a good song, something if a classic! No bohemian rhapsody, but still an amazing experience for your ears! Best rock song I've heard! Rip Chester!

Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Cover Art

This song is the dog's bollocks! A rip-snorting piano and organ riff, allied to a caustic six minute harangue of a pampered babe who has had a big come down in the world.

An exquisite piece of poetry. The surreal nature of this work results in it requiring many revisits to truly understand its meaning. even on the thousandth visit you find yourself suddenly realising what the artist is trying to tell you. It questions the very nature of society and the way it looks towards certain trends. Ironically the song questions the way we feel the need to create lists such as the one it appears on, though it appears far too low on the list. All though it is not my favourite Dylan track (Bob Dylan's 115th dream) when compiling the list 'Greatest songs of all time' of all the songs on this list this is certainly #1

This song is like a punch in the gut every time I ever hear it. Who doesn't know what this song is talking about? It's that life is every bit about loosing, also, not just grasping and utilizing. In the end, if you remember your own name, and have even one person who truly cares for you, or at least tries, then your already ahead of the game. My ex friend walked out on Bob in a club, he said he couldn't understand him, what a idiot. I would take him any way I could get him. My opinion, which equates to O' This song is the greatest song ever written, so there. I dared say it and I don't give a Bleep.

This song takes you on a hallucinatory 3rd eye journey, like all these songs do. Part of it could be about a great beauty. Go on girl, take your chances. Picture her there, on her throne, haughty, naughty, and drunk on herself, as others are. How could she not? Surrounded by legions of so called friends and admirers. Now picture them there,10 or so odd, years later. Their throne, now a gutter, bloated, lying face down in it. Like so many before. No body will know, that you were a beauty, a sweet sweet beauty, but stone stone cold! And all your so called legions who cared, your blood is in their mouths. They had a front row seat, to the circus that was your life. But the crowds have dispersed, and the tent must come down. Till the next beautiful circus ( YOU) comes to town. Because you still have the devil to pay.. And dear God, NO you can never go home again. It wasn't really that great there, at home in the first place. Or you would have stayed there, in the first place. So now, How ...more

Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

This song should be included among the top five! Every time I hear this song, it's as if... I was taken back to the 80's where this song first aired and become a word of mouth to this date! Yah, other songs on the top list could have been great songs too, but nothing can compare for livin' on a prayer for me... This has been the banner song for the Bon Jovi band ever since... I can't believe other people have forgotten the fact that this song surely deserves a recognition...
GREATEST SONG FROM THE GREATEST BAND EVER...

Respect for Bon Jovi, who combined many artistic elements in music and turned it into this masterpiece. Including hype, excitement, a love story and various intrumentals in a nice key, the song should be up above the rest.

This song is incredible! One of the kind. It has everything - Great voice, melody, Energy and excellent lyrics! Bon Jovi the best Band in the world!

For sure my favorite oldies song. And of course written by the best oldies band! This song always makes me wanna blast the radio and sing and dance to it all night long. It should be higher on the list.

Beat It - Michael Jackson Beat It - Michael Jackson Cover Art

Picking the best song of all time is not necessarily picking your favorite song. To me, Beat It by Michael Jackson was a milestone in the music industry and the sole reason for this was it's dance inducing music video that helped popularize MTV. Add to that, Michael's vocal range during the song and a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen and it's a match made in heaven. It might not be my favorite Michael Jackson song (probably, Billie Jean) but I think it was a very important song all-around.

Now this is what I absolutely desire and adore, heavenly-made song by a heavenly person, the one and only Michael Joseph Jackson the King of not only Pop, but also the entire Music and Art, because Michael is not just an artist, he himself is an art.

The best bit of the song is just beat it because its one of the most intresting sounds to me and has a beautiful continious rhythem in it and that is why I like that song and Michael Jakson isn't the only guy who can make this song work what I like about it is he is a very smart and intelligent man and has written many other cool and sad songs and most of all he is a very smart man.

In sixth grade I took a music and art class, and my teacher had us listen to a bunch of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and we had to listen to this song. Turns out I like 80s music (I think that's the right time period... I didn't listen to the historical timelines that she also taught)

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

I love The Rolling Stones more than anything probably, but this is not my favorite from them. I would have to say Beast of Burden, Miss You, Sympathy For The Devil, and Wild Horses would easily rank above it, but I'm surprised none of their stuff made top ten. It's a shame really, but then again neither did The Beatles. I would have to rank The Stones over The Beatles anyhow.

This is certainly the greatest song ever.
Not only because of its musical fascination, but also because of its meaning for the society we live in!

SONG YEAR:1965
The greatest song of rock n roll era, I mean the beats get your blood pumping in a rhythm
I just can't stop myself from dancing unnecessarily to this song
This song is simply the greatest ever...

Amazing song that's pure rock and roll. Stones possibly greatest rock band ever and here they are, highest placed song at 48? Whilst Green Day are ahead? Get.. Real.

All Star - Smash Mouth All Star - Smash Mouth Cover Art

I'm sorry, this is a pretty good, very catchy meme song, it does not belong this high, it doesn't even belong in the top 300, a good song, but the 25th best of all time? Chill

Robert plant once said "this song saved my marriage"
freddie mercury said "this song cured my depression"
Frank zappa said "this song inspired me to be better"
Thom Yorke said "Every band aspires to something; this is my aspiration"
need I say more? best song ever

Story time: I was listening to this on the way to school and then I was singing it to my friend. She joined in and another year 6 kid (this was when we were in year 6) came and joined us and the another and pretty soon we had a huge, long line of year 6 kids singing it at the bottom of the stairs (we were at the bottom of some very short stairs, like, only two or three stairs. These were the stairs to our year 6 classroom. Just, in case you were wondering) singing this song. All the little kids were staring at us because they had no clue what we were singing. It was hilarious 😂.

No joke, but besides the meme there is a very good moral to the song. It tells you that the world might be getting worser and more serious, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't stop living your life to the fullest, even though media might say otherwise.

American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean Cover Art

I truly think this is one of the best songs ever made and it touched me in a way that not at lot of songs had. It makes me think of a better time where there is no worries and I feel at peace when I listen to it

American Pie. One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Despite it's simple melody and structure of verse chorus verse chorus, the song remains engaging throughout the 8.5 minutes it lasts. Every single verse of the song feels unique due to the deep and reflective lyrics; one single verse of the song could have more meaning and soul than all of the songs of some modern 'artists'. In paying tribute to all of the great songs that came before it, American Pie has in itself become the best song of all time.

Everyone only forgets to vote this song higher because it's so obvious it slips people's minds these days.

Definitely deserves to be in the top 5, possibly even #1

Top 20 Rock/Metal songs of all time (in my opinion):
20) Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden)
19) Ain't Talking' 'Bout Love (Van Halen)
18) The Prophet's Song (Queen)
17) Child In Time (Deep Purple)
16) The Four Horsemen (Metallica)
15) Peace of Mind (Boston)
14) Yesterday (The Beatles)
13) Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (Megadeth)
12) Dust In The Wind (Kansas)
11) Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
10) Hey You (Pink Floyd)
9) Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
8) Baba O'Riley (The Who)
7) In My Darkest Hour (Megadeth)
6) Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones)
5) In My Time Of Dying (Led Zeppelin)
4) American Pie (Don McLean)
3) War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
2) Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin)
1) Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

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