Top 10 Best Songs of All Time

A song is a musical composition performed by a human voice. It may include popular songs produced by professional singers, musical numbers from films, or modern renditions of traditional songs. This list includes the greatest songs ever and features legendary songs from Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles, Floyd and more.
The Top Ten
1 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. Simply put, this is the song with every element required.

When the writer of this song, the late Freddie Mercury had come into the 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.

This list is really messed up. While it's good that the songs "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Stairway to Heaven", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Hey Jude", "A Day in the Life", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Like a Rolling Stone", "Billie Jean", "Don't Stop Believin'", "American Pie", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Paranoid Android", "Good Vibrations", "Dream On", "Stan", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Changes", "Smooth Criminal", "All Along the Watchtower", "Yesterday", "Paint It Black", "Losing My Religion" and "Lose Yourself" are on the top 100, or at least top 250 if I make a list of "My Top Songs".

But how are the songs "Believer", "All Star", "1-800-273-8255", "Demons", "Bad Romance", "22", "Airplanes" and "Uptown Funk" on the top 100? This site is a bit messed up and needs fixing.

Songs like "Sympathy for the Devil", "The Sound of Silence", "The Immigrant Song", "Sunshine for Your Love", "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Mrs. Robinson", "California Dreamin'", ...more

Masterpiece. Could you imagine anyone else singing this? Or anyone else writing anything close to this. It could never come from anyone but freddie mercury. Not only was the songwriting so mysterious yet so perfect, the sound and diversity of the song itself is amazing.

Nobody had ever seen anything like it. Ballad, rock, opera. In one six minute song. That sounded so perfect? From the fantastic intro - to the amazing iconic piano melody and iconic lyrics - to an amazing guitar solo, to an amazing opera section - to an intense build up - to the fast rock - to the guitar again - to the slow paced calm outro - then to the 'anyway the wind blows' to complete the masterpiece. What isn't to love about bohemian rhapsody?

There will be no song which sounds close to bohemian rhapsody without being a cheap copy, because it's so unique. It's something we'll only ever see once, and never again.

(This song has also been at #1 for 14 weeks, and is on the uks best selling album ...more

2 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.

Despite being 8 minutes long, Stairway to Heaven is one of the best rock songs ever made. Robert Plant crafted an absolute masterpiece with his excellent songwriting and meaningful lyrics and Jimmy Page's guitar solos sealed the deal and lets not mention the very smooth transition towards last minutes of the song. Me, my neighbors and my guardian loves it very much and can listen to it every day.

This is the best song ever! None of the other song can compare to it, it's incredible! I think one of the MANY reasons why is so terrific is because it's constant climbing song, it's starts out soft, and then at the end Jimmy just takes over with the best guitar solo in the history... I also think that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is also excellent, but Led Zeppelin is so much better than Queen, sadly Queen has more fans, but still Led Zeppelin are better musicians, you can't deny that! And also this is also a big reason why I think this is the greatest song of all time, is because I never listened to this song without getting major chills or goosebumps, I think that's the indicator of greatness of Led Zeppelin!

Greatest song by a band head and shoulders above any other - ever. To have anything by Queen mentioned in the same breath as this is incomprehensible.

3 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

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.

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

How did Bohemian Rhapsody get up there? I don't even like that song! Stairway to Heaven I can sorta understand, because it is an awesome song, but it's still not in the same league as John Lennon. If Led Zeppelin walked up a stairway to heaven, John Lennon would be standing at the top. And Queen would be so far below him that they wouldn't be on the earth at all. They would be floating somewhere out in space roughly in the direction of the other side of the planet. Imagine is definitely first. It's dreamy melody and powerful lyrics really do make you imagine what John Lennon imagined.

4 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.

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!

Smells Like Teen Spirit isn't just one of the best songs of all time, it's arguably one of the most iconic. You hear that opening, and you instantly know that it's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Best song ever, we can smell his spirit, laugh out loud (I didn't understand. The best songs smell like going for the best. I love nirvana. NiRVANA NIRVANA NIRVANA! BEST SONG EVER ANYONE CAN LISTEN TO. Nirvana is part of rock's history, and deserves to be remembered from generation to generation. T smells like a perfect made delicious song that deserves to be in this list. Kurt was such a genius. This song has so much between the lines, it's awesome. I will always love NIRVANA. First time I voted another song.. The song is nice... But after listening this song I have changed by decision...

5 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Get this to #1!

It's the best song of all time. Here's proof:

Starts off as a ballad. Gets a little heavy before halfway, and then BANG! The second half of the song is one of the heaviest riffs ever.

That's a great structure for a song. When a ballad turns into the heaviest thing ever.

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.

Man this song is incredible and deserves 3rd after Stairway to Heaven, and The Unforgiven. This song is long, 7:27, including beautiful guitaring, about 5 guitar solos including one of the greatest of all time. It has moving lyrics, about the the terrors of war and someone who was injured in battle. The song, has two parts, the first being graceful and beautiful, while the second part is powerful and inspiring. It is also very creative with machine-gun drumming, crazy solos, and and powerful ending.

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

There is no way you can destroy this song, its epicity in the space guitar solo and the lucid dreams that it makes you have, it is something simply magnificent that never leaves your mind, it is really like a hallucinogenic drug and there is no reason not to call it the best song ever because it CLEARLY is! and there is no need to put Bohemian Rhapsody at number # 1 either as this is not very good in my opinion, even Comfortably Numb's guitar solo seems better and more authentic to me if I'm honest!

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.

"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.

7 Hotel California - Eagles Hotel California - Eagles Cover Art

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!

The music is so beautiful. The Guitars, the vocals and everything in the song is so beautiful. I first heard this song when I was around 6 years old and I can sing it. I live in Thailand but I can sing "Welcome to the Hotel California" when I was so young. That's why this song in the best song.

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

Let's be clear, 80% of this song is just "Good". The lyrics are out-there, they're well sung and the music marries them well... But other songs are good too and this is _the_ best.

Five minutes in Hotel California pulls away from the pack.

The world drops away and you're surrounded by angels doing battle on what sounds like a thousand diamond guitars. It's beyond perfect and I've never heard anything like it since.

It's not just a few chords. This is the full package.

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

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

This is just a masterpiece, simple as that. Nothing unites people like the na-na-na part also great lyrics and lines such as "The movement you need is on your shoulder". I can't comprehend that this is all the way down at 8th while Bohemian Rhapsody tops the list. Imagine/Hey Jude /Yesterday are songs that should compete about 1st in my opinion.

I was glad to see this song so high on the list after having to search for it under "Best Song Lyrics". This is a great song so end a set on; get's everyone singing

Really, there is something so special about this song that makes anyone listening want to sing along. This is truly a masterpiece, and I'm sure it will still be sang in the year 5025 and possibly beyond. by the way, who's just scrolling through the list and listening to the samples, I'm one of them.

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

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!

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!

Appetite for Destruction came out when I was still in High School. There are so many great songs on that album. Sweet Child of mine was playing the first time I kissed my girlfriend who later became my wife. Even today after 19 years of marriage when ever we are together and hear that song we still kiss.

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

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.

To me it is no question which song is the greatest. This is by a mile. There is literally not a single imperfection behind this song. Lyrically, orchestrally, vocally - it's just a peak of all peaks. I purposely starved myself from this album by refusing to listen to it for most of my life. On June 19th I listened to the complete Sgt. Pepper's album from start to finish and was left in an expected trance. A Day In The Life honestly made me tear up. If you break down the song it can literally translate to a life of it's own. The composition sees it start with a narrator reading a newspaper, reminiscing his past, and then eventually dying. The final chord that lasts over 40 seconds allows the narrator and the listener to reflect upon not only their consumption of the song, but their actual life story too.

Wowow I cannot even understand why is Smells like teens spirit above this one. I mean, it is popular and I love it but there are counted songs like this one. Bohemian Rhapsody being one of them. Indeed these two songs are on another level. You cannot compare them.

I remember the day I discovered Bohemian Rhapsody on youtube when I was in an adolescent. Then I made an exhaustive search for something similar. Listened to a lot of 60s and 70s music. Never found anything comparable. I had listened to some songs from the Beatles, I thought their best was Hey Jude, Come together, Eleanor Rigby, I never knew of A Day in the Life.

The time passed, I grew older. I saw a recommendation on Youtube. Eureka. More than 10 years had to pass to find something on the same level.

The Newcomers

? Slow Down - James Marriott Slow Down - James Marriott Cover Art
? The Revelator - Angels & Airwaves The Revelator - Angels & Airwaves Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Lose Yourself - Eminem Lose Yourself - Eminem Cover Art

The song showcases why Eminem is one of the greatest artist and songwriter of all time. This song has immaculate multi-syllable rhymes and it is telling a story at the same time. Not to mention Eminem's cadence and flow is amazing. Furthermore, I always believed that good Hip-Hop songs are much difficult to write than the songs of other genres. Good Hip-Hop lyricists always pay attention to multisyllable rhyming, double/triple entendres, storytelling, wordplay, puns etc etc.

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.

Actually I don't listen to rap music. Metal music is my life and so whenever I got time to visit this page I always voted for "One". But this is one song (also Stan) by one my favourite artists (Despite being in a genre I don't like). So beautiful lyrics. Eminem is modern day Dylan. Someone compared him to Robert Browning. And that's completely true. Motivating inspiring and breathless. "Success is my only M***** option, failure is not". Such words are not a child's play. I urge even metal fans to listen this song because this is one song that's musical and lyrically brilliant. Hail to the Oh! King Eminem.

There are a lot of songs which are good and entertaining, you can listen to them while partying and while hanging out with friends but there is just a few or one in a billion songs that are there for you throughout your life. Lose yourself is that one, its message in this track is applicable at every moment of your life. Lyrically it's the best plus the music in this tracks charge you up every time you give it a listen. Best lyrics, best beats, best production. If we talk about Eminem he is G.O.A.T.
Due to all these features this song deserve to be called the best song of all time!

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

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 okay for an average metal song.

Most think it's an "evil" song about selling your soul, but it's actually about the horrors of cocaine addiction. "Chop your breakfast on a mirror," "Taste me you will see; more is all you need; dedicated to how I'm killing you." Etc, etc. Their best song ever, instrumentally-speaking, I think.

How in the world can this song be no. 50?
This is the best song by Metallica
Metallica is the best metal band
Metal music is the best Genre
How is this song not AT LEAST in the top 3?
Have you seen some of the stuff higher up on this list?

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!

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

This is Even Better than Master of Puppets. Also I don't like Eminem and what is he doing in the top ten?.Make this song Better please!

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!

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.

Why the hell isn't this in the top ten? This belongs among the ranks of stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody.

14 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.

This beautiful 9 minute song!
First you listen the beautiful piano intro!
Then you get great lyric from axl!
After that you get many solo's from slash!
After 6 minute you will get the greatest outro solo in the world!
If you listening this song you may spend the best 9 minute in your life!

This song is very rare and so sensational, you can feel the song every word and music beat. The combination of bohemian rhapsody and stairway to heaven. Only a genius like AXL ROSE can Write and Sing this song. This song will be forever Listened by all the people in the world.

This is for sure the single best song of all time!
The lyrics, the drums, the piano, the orchestra, and the guitar. Everything about this song is PERFECT! It's sad that this song is so low on the list, and I don't understand how sweet child o mine gets more credit that this.

15 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.

I understand that this isn't as well known as many of the songs above it (which are great in their own right) but let me explain why this is one of, if not arguably THE greatest song of all time. First, let's look at the instruments, specifically the guitar. It starts off much like the ticking of a clock, which is symbolic of the limited time on earth that the narrator has left. Then, it transitions into a medieval, divine-sounding riff that, to use a rather overused word, is truly epic, and keeps getting more so as the song progresses. I could listen to it all day long. It climaxes in what can only be described as one of the greatest, most epic guitar solos of all time. It WILL send shivers down your spine and give you goosebumps. Now for the lyrics. The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who has been sentenced to death, although it is never said what crim he has committed, if any. As he sits in his cell, waiting for the time of his execution, he is reflecting on his past ...more

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.

A song which might define metal itself is 19?!

Other genre-defining tracks like Holy Wars...the Punishment due and Crystal Mountain or Painkiller or even Master of Puppets (which is surprisingly high, at 26) and other great tracks like Blackwater Park (which is coincidentally under Empire of the Clouds but still doesn't even breach top 100) and Victim of Changes (at 1000 what).

In my opinion, Bohemian Rhapsody is also overrated. I'm not saying its not a good song, but that it is overrated.

Also, no. 9 is the overrated One which receives much more attention than it deserves (more or less like Fear of the Dark which is a decent song but is treated like the next "Trooper")

How I feel the list
1. Holy Wars
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
3. Paranoid
4. Painkiller
5. Master of Puppets
6. Fade to Black
7. Sweet Child of Mine (only song on top 10 which deserves a spot)
8. Space Oddity
9. Crystal Mountain
10. I want out

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

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.

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 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

It was almost 55 years ago that Bob Dylan walked into Studio A at Columbia Records in New York and recorded "Like a Rolling Stone," the single greatest song of all time. The track was on store shelves just a month later, where it shot to Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 (held back only by the Beatles' "Help! ") and influenced an entire new generation of rock stars. "That snare shot sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind," Bruce Springsteen said when he inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. "When I was 15 and I heard 'Like a Rolling Stone,' I heard a guy who had the guts to take on the whole world and who made me feel like I had to too."

17 (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.

I love the Rolling Stones and this song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and then the cover by bon jovi is great good song and make more good music (if you are still together)!

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!

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.

18 Believer - Imagine Dragons Believer - Imagine Dragons Cover Art

Best band ever, Radioactive should be number 1, Believer no. 2, Monster 3, Demon 4, Root 5, bad liar 6, On top of the world 7 before others. Agreed there are some many great songs at top that I really like, but when it come to my dragons, they are incomparable, but I think 2 pac change should be in top 10, carry on and some night by Fun deserve some credit, anyway this is a great list, full of great song except mater of puppet and one by Metallica, I hate those song, in short all their song I don't care of what they are saying, their songs give me headache, excluding Nothing else matter, which is my favourite song of all time.

Okay. First, it's beautiful and the beat is good. Good sound and Den Reynolds, good job singing this song. But I agree that it's too over rated and the fact that the line "Pain! You break me down, you build me up believer, believer" is what makes it beautiful for me. Nice job. But for the same time, it should be next to Demons and not in the top ten so the results are this:
Score: 8-10

Best song of all time, it like the song is made for me, it my personal anthem, what wrong with you guy, most of the song you are voting for are too overrated, but I thank God the best song is finally on the list, I also like radioactive, all their song are good, to me all their song are suppose to be in top 50.

I really wish that people didn't hate on this song. It has been my favourite song ever since it came out. I made my friend learn all th lyrics so now My friend and I just go everywhere singing it! It's such an awesome song and I could listen to it all day

19 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.

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)

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.

Very classic song right here. Sheer nonsense is in the top 10. The real songs and beats come from this man Michael Jackson, and seeing that how not one of his songs are in the top 10, then we know there is something wrong.

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

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.

As a wedding DJ for 28 years this song is still a floor filler from the 1st notes. For the joy of dancing NO ONE ever asks for Bob Dylan, Metallica, or Nirvana, but Stairway to Heaven off Led Zep IV is still requested as a slow song. Remember, even though KISS was wild on stage, their largest single seller was Beth, a ballad. Dance songs last the longest in people's memory. My Girl by the Temptations (1964) STILL gets the most requests at every type of event, even by the really young.

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

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.

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.

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.

A slow song that just gets in your head and messes with your mind.
Allen Collins's then-girlfriend, Kathy, whom he later married, asked him, "If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me? " Collins jotted the question down and it eventually became the opening line of "Free Bird".

22 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!

It should be at least third! The greatest of the greatests! But all this list is just made by the people who don't know this good music. They only heared "that amazing song" from the radio, and they just remembered it. Pink Floyd is one of most underrated bands, and this song on the 19 is just another... Brick in the wall, god damn it. Who the hell is Josh Groban and why in the name of God is he so high?! Third place is just for chosen one! For the third greatest track ever! I never heared about this guy. And I am sure he's not the legend, not a legend which you put with Zeppelin's and Floyd's between. What the heell is going' on here people? Is there anybody out there who knew something about music?!

23 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

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 that all of you hear the song and watch the music video of the song and & see how Chester sang the song with his heart... After watching the video if you think the song does not deserve top 5 then I request you please don't hear any songs for the rest of your life... Linkin Park Rules!

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

All the rock and metal lovers shall agree that Linkin Park is the best band in the world... Numb, In the end and others are evergreen classics...
Their whole discography should be ranked as the best... The lyrics and emotions are so capturing...
Linkin Park FOREVER!

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

Great song, great band, great beat, great meaning. The song is about perseverance in life (Tommy used to work on the docks, Union's been on strike, he's down on his luck, it's tough, Gina works the diner all day. Life isn't going to well for our happy couple. They trust in God to get them through their hard times, which come back as trials. Tommy is getting better, Gina…not so much, so he reassures her that they'll get through this second hit in the gut, and they do so, Living On A Prayer.) You and I know this as an upbeat song. It's not a dirge, but a more desperate meaning is in the lyrics. And you've got to admire the weaving, if you will.

Awesome song, how's it not higher. Another of John Bon Jovi's awesome songs and probably one of the most popular and one of the best. I have the Greatest Hits album and I'd advise people to get it, it's wicked with all the greatest songs and les known ones. If you like rock music that's the album for you. If you've never heard it, shame on you, but it's worth a listen.

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...

This is the best song in the world from the best BAND (that's right there's a difference between Bon Jovi and Jon Bon Jovi, get that into your head people who don't already know that) in the world. Choosing the greatest song in the world has always been a tough choice, but I must settle on this one, no song gets me as excited as this one.

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

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 😂.

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.

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.

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

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