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

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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. - Billyv

It's daring, fun and doesn't fall short of bravado. Simply genius.

Amazing song by and amazing band. This song really goes in deep and shows the amazement of the person within. It is a hard song to sing but it does contain that challenge to try and do. By putting it on you can tell it is going to be good. Deserves to be number 1.

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2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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.

This is an incredible song! It's so great that it's becoming the theme song for my school's prom. Led Zeppelin is like no other classic.

I wanted to select something from Beatles or something from Radiohead, but this is the best song in Rock history. Fantastic guitar. Great vocals. Amazing lyrics.

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.

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3 Imagine - John Lennon Imagine - John Lennon

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 - JaneMoffat

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.

It's best song, and one with the best lyrics ever. It's message is simple, but at the same very profound.

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

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4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

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... - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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...

Honestly it's probably one of the most overplayed songs ever, and Nirvana has much better songs. This is the song that made the band popular, and I don't think that it is a bad song, but it is definitely not their best song. - TurkeySlurp

This song makes me want to run naked down the street... And I don't run Naked for just any song. It's like waking up in Russia lying on a moose rug.

This song has a good melody, but honestly it doesn't deserve #4. I can't hear what Kurt Cobain is singing. I go check out the lyrics, but it isn't that great. This song better be kicked out of the top 30.

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5 One - Metallica

Amazing and moving, appealing to fans of thrash, metal in general, even pop fans... you can't help but be swept up in the epicness of it

An excellent, powerful, and meaningful song. I don't even know what else to say, it's too amazing!

Metallica is the best. This song really shows what their all about.
Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror I cannot live I cannot die trapped in myself body my holding cell!

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. - voidshasky

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6 Hotel California - Eagles

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

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.

Hotel California from the Eagles is one of the best song ever! It's like a hymn where you can sing along and dance! It's just an incredible song which nearly everybody likes! One of the best!

This song is a work of art, with amazing lyrics & it got the best solo ever...
This song must be in the top three#!

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7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Great guitar solo, great lyrics, great song

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.

Best song to listen when you are high. The final three minutes of the song is just out of this world

Amazing feel, a great shift between the dark and isolate verses by Roger waters, and the uplifting verses of David Gilmour. Amazing song!

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8 Sweet Child O'Mine - 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 - CrimsonLace

Are You Kidding me! That's Probably The Best Song in The History of Hard Rock! :O
<3 Slash!

It has everything a good rock song should have. An amazing riff, amazing lyrics, chorus and guitar solo.

No gonna lie this band is one of the best and Slash kills it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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9 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Honestly almost any Beatles song could be on the list! But surely this one is classic.

Simply the greatest. No one can help but sing along to the na-na-na-na's of this absolute masterpiece.

There's something about it that sends chills down your spine and makes you want to sing along every time.

My favorite band has been the Beatles for such a long time! "Hey Jude" is a classic, and it deserves to be even higher on the list than it is now. It is truly a great song. I don't know why it is not #1.

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10 Lose Yourself - Eminem

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.

Not many hip-hop songs so I decided to vote for this because it's the first rap song I listened it and I liked it and that's why I am an Eminem fan.

Good lyrics which helped Eminem become success worldwide with this big hit.

Most people remember this song that started his success - savinhiphop4life

So what I he doesn't like rap this is best songs not best rap songs but still I think this is the best song ever - simpsondude

The sheer lyrical genius of this song deserves a spot in the top ten. The well renowned course in conjunction with the emotion that Eminem pours into every syllable, truly show the songs true genius.

Best song of all time hands down - you like hip hop or you don't you can't deny it is a lyrical masterpiece. It is undeniable that no other artist will ever be able to come close to stringing words so poetically together with such meaning.

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The Newcomers

? I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
? Catgroove - Parov Stelar

The Contenders

11 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

well, if your tellin' that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the best at the same time u've listened to this song (at least)once, I'm sorry but that's just an opinion - on the other hand, if you say it without listening to this song, your missin' the very best point - so on both ends this is the greatest song of all time! - heaven

You don't get all that you will from this song with one listen! You need like 5. - Songsta41

Beatles is the greatest band and this is their(and "the") greatest song, period - I mean; come on?! Bohemian Rhapsody? Stairway to Heaven? Well, good choices but if you want a song so badly that has tempo changes and creates a musical orgasm - well listen to it without no waste of time! You won't regret it! :-) - dd369

This song is highly complex, using a simple acoustic guitar to a nightmarish orchestra. Also do not forget about the final E chord at the end, that thing lasted 40 seconds or so. The vocals are also much better than other Beatles song.

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.

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12 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Along with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Judas Priest's "Painkiller"; HALLOWED BE THY NAME is the best metal song ever! It is stupid that a song with a great intro, a great solo, a great guitar in background, a great voice performance, a great drumming... IS IN THE 27TH PLACE! - rock2metal

This is not in the top 100? (was 119 when I wrote this)this is slow and melodic then a few minutes into the song it has a skull crushing solo that leaves me no doubt that herman lee, no matter how fast he is could never play with as much emotion and precision as adrian smith - cyraxbot

Well lucky for you, as it's now number 23 at the time I am posting this comment. So it's risen through the ranks quite a bit. - Thrash_or_Die

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.

Better than Eminem!

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13 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Masterpiece of Metal and music in general. Great vocals, AMAZING solo and easily one of Metallica's best. Top ten in my oppinion.

How is one 4TH and this be 49TH!? Master of Puppets is easily the best Metallica song, and it is also the best song known to man. This song has the best riff ever. The little sissies out there who are voting for Baby by Justin beav- oops, I mean Bieber, you are probably too stupid to withstand the awesomeness of this song and the brilliance of it will blow your guts to Mars.

No one votes for Baby. It is almost at the bottom of the list. Master of Puppets is preceded by other legendary rock songs. - Alkadikce

A devilish song, its sure to please your rock lovers, not many are disappointed.

Master of puppets is the best heavy metal song ever made I love it so much it is eight minutes of epic

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14 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Great song. I love this, I love the awesome guitar solo, the piano, the lyrics, everything about it. - jwileson

BEST SONG EVER! "nothing lasts forever, even cold NOVEMBER RAIN! "
What the hell? This song should easily be in the first 20 at least... It's a LEGENDARY song!
Even riders on the storm not on the list! Damn surprising

It's a combination of bohemian rhapsody and stairway to heaven and the best ballad of Guns N' Roses - ronluna

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

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15 Fade to Black - Metallica

Why the hell isn't this in the top ten? This belongs among the ranks of stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody. - aman28

I agree that this belongs in the top ten, but not around Stairway To Heaven. I know what you're thinking, I'm saying Stairway To Heaven is 'too good' for this song. BUT STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN SUCKS! So this song doesn't belong anywhere near Stairway To Heaven, it belongs way above Stairway To Heaven. - mmarce445

The tune are kinda exotic and the lyrics are great

Because of its outstanding melodies and energy, this song will go down in history.

Most complete song ever, so soft in verse, then the chorus roars out. Features the best solo ever.

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16 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Can't say too much good stuff about this song, there is great guitar, totally playing this at my funeral, and this song is just great just genius great song Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It's the only song that can make the audience sway from east to west for 4 minutes and then fist pump north and south for the next 8!

Amazing song, especially the end!
I really love this list, it's got so many of my favourite songs on

Best when live. - I80

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17 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

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

#1 on the rolling stones magazine's top 500 songs of all time... and here its just 29? Don't be foolish!

Lol, and you take Rolling Stone Magazines word for it? They thin Prince is one of the top ten best guitarists ever. And they were the people that said Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were the worst bands ever and should stop making music. - DownFall

a masterpiece. how is it possible for one man to write so many classic songs. genius is a well over used word these days, but dylan really is the real deal.

While songs like Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody are classics, they were songs, Bob Dylan's, like a Rolling Stone, was a movement. So in addition to the power of the lyrics, the song helped changed the history of Rock and Roll; hence #1.

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18 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Definitely should be in the top ten, this song is so timeless it is not funny

The damn best song ever... I do not believe in genius... But this comes damn close to it. Inspiring... Up beat... Classic... And perfect. The only compliment you can give to a perfect song is... That it is perfect

Better than any song on this list!
This is the greatest rhythm song ever heard by a set of ears..

This is the most iconic song ever! Michael Jackson is still awesome in 2019 and will be forever

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19 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Rivals Stairway to Heaven. It's too meaningful to not be in the top ten.

Even though founding member Syd Barrett left the band years earlier, his presence would remain, as "Wish You Were Here" and the later masterpiece, "The Wall, " were about Barrett in some capacity.

The whole song is dedicated to Syd Barrat when he left the band in 1976. It always brings good memories of the band. Bike, See Saw, Inter steller Overdrive, The Gnome Wow.

It's partially dedicated to him, yeah, but Barrett left the band in 1968. I think what you might be thinking of is when he made his surprise visit to the studio in 1975. - DiamondJoyride

An amazing piece of reflective music. Struggled to choose out of this, Imagine by john lennon, stairway to heaven and hey jude by the Beatles. Significantly better then lose yourself by eminem come on man

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20 Numb - Linkin Park

I wish this was among the top ten. I love this song so much.
'I've become to deaf, I can't vote this up'

Class!... Should have been included in the top 10 list!...
Its got the best music!
It is really addictive!

I've been hearing it every day for years! Simply the best..

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

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21 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Love It So So So So So So So So So So So Much - mneilan

I don't see why this is ranked so low. I guarantee that if you asked Americans if they have heard of this song, I bet at least 95 percent of them would say "yes". The reason why is because it is the best and most recognizable song in history. If you asked If they have heard of any of the other songs on this list you'd be lucky to get 75 percent of people knowing. This song and all other journey songs were written and sang from their hearts. It has such a powerful message no other song will ever come close to matching.

This song is great! It is extremely underrated to be this low. I listened to all of the songs up in the top 5, and they are so boring and plain. This song really conveys art, not only in the music, but the amazing story that the music tells. It's about two strangers, "a small town girl" and "a city boy" and they take the train going anywhere and meet by complete coincidence. It also has multiple stories within this major story, and it's so creative. Next, the instrument use is amazing, with the piano solo in the beginning, and adding the electric guitar which you barely notice it's even there until it comes out in an exciting outburst. Then the drums come in as the mood goes up and loud. I can listen to this song a million times, and I do. If people actually scrolled all the way down to find this, there would be many more voters. - EchoX0

I have loved this for ages!

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22 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

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...

Bon Jovi is the best singer ever! I love his music! Rock its point of Bon Jovi! Love

Cool song... Livin' on a prayer is really very good... Love it fantastic.. Good... Amazing, not boring

This song is great. It's upbeat, exciting, varying in range, and sounds great both in instrumentals and voices. Bon Jovi did great on this song and it should be topping this list.

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23 All Star - Smash Mouth

Get this out of the top 50

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 - VeritusEro

Best song ever better than eminem bohemian queen or pumped up kicks

Can't be lower than 1

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24 American Pie - Don McLean

A song that touches the soul and makes you think about today's music in a different way.

It is a tribute to a musician who died in a plane crash who Don McLean had looked up to. It's not literally going against the music of today's era because how would Don know what today is like if he doesn't have a time machine? - STANCAKE

I agree this in my opinion was one of the best songs ever made it deserves to be at least in the top 10.

It's a classic song that deserves more attention.

Defines the moment in history when not only music but also American spirit began to fade.

Why isn't this number one? This song has it all... rhythm, meaning, lyrics... a timeless classic

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25 In the End - Linkin Park

There is many reasons that makes me vote for this song. Logically, because it's my favorite song. I have listened to this song many times, and always I feel that it is a masterpiece. The combination of Chester's and Mike's voices is perfect. They know how to use characteristics of rock and rap, the timing of instrumental is very archietected, and it's lyrics is amazing. By the way, I think modern bands and songs are too disregarded, so I think that this is a way to deconstruct this mentality in Rock's World. - TheGodOfNewWorld

I like Linkin Park this is the greatest rock band of the world I think in the end would be number 1 but burn it down is better than in the end I am shocked burn it down is not in this list what the hell is crawling

My favorite song ever. Best Linkin Park song ever. Should be in the top 20. This is Linkin Park's signature song and send them into mainstream success. Due to this Hybrid Theory sold 30 mill. Best song of the new millenia and top 20 song ever. If you heard it, you know you love it, if you haven't you need to hear it. - yougnr1116

It is good but it's not even close to master of puppets or even ride the lightning for the best song ever

It's an awesome song one of my favourite song of Linkin Park.

I understand that all the songs above are actually above In the End.. But let me tell you this, who understands music, understands LP.. And when you understand LP, this song is amazing!

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

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!

Always considered by music experts to be in the top 3 songs of all time, revolutionary.

One of the all-time greats. It beats any other song hands down even rap.

This should be in the top 20 - simmonsjen11

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27 Beat It - Michael Jackson

One of the greatest songs of all time, a true Michael Jackson classic.

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. - Skuller

Just can't believe that its on 84, should be at least in top 20. Great music with an awesome guitar by Van Halen. I don't understand why They Don't Care About Us is not in the list

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. - BorisRule

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28 Let It Be - The Beatles

Simply the sweetest and best song ever

Most beautiful song ever written, period. Everything there is to love about the Beatles is captured in this song!

How can you believe queen is great at all, when you don't understand music. You do not have a rational mindset if you put only three beatles songs in list, and let it be not in top five. No rivalry for this song, It may also be considered greatest ever. Please don't let cheap musical pleasures fool you and keep it in top 5, and add more beatles song. Please don't make a list if you cannot call greatest music the greatest.

How on earth is Let It Be, THE greatest song ever written at # 26?
Let it be is McCartney's best song. People say that Imagine is Lennon's best song. If you compare their best songs, Let it Be wins by a mile. John sings like all a hippie, where as Paul always sings about love and life stuff that is relatable in 2020. I don't care if Lennon said that Paul was writing granny songs with Yesterday and Hey Jude, McCartney was making beautiful music. Even though Lennon wrote more songs, Paul wrote better songs. 9 vs 8 #1 hits I'd be okay if this list had Let it Be and Imagine switch places. Even Paul's Wings career produced better songs than Imagine like, Maybe I'm Amazed.
In the words of Paul I'm just going to let this list be because there will be an answer.

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29 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

This. Is. One. Of. The. Greatest. Songs. Ever. In my opinion, of course.

This song is amazing, catchy and so fun to sing-along to! It has a energy that is just so uplifting that you rarely see in any other song. Needless to say, I believe this song should be in the top 10, if not top 20!

I love all their other songs but I fell this is better than bohemian rhapsody as well, even though I love bohemian.

Now this should be around 20 maybe even better not 28 - simmonsjen11

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30 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

This song gives me the chills every time I hear it and sing it on stage (I'm a singer). Amy Lee has such a powerful and haunting voice. This is what a rock song should sound like ; heavy guitar but yet, so much emotions and drama. It's a classic, I can't believe it is not in the 500 first yet!

This is not were this song should be. This song is the best song that I've ever heard. Amy Lee's voice is the best voice that I've ever heard. It's a beautiful love song.

Yes, Just Yes. This song has more emotion then I can put in WORDS. And that"s what I love about it.

Horrible, horrible song. This is the kind of song for those people who hate their parents and want to die. Generic lyrics, simple chords and whiny vocals, all combined to make a disastrous song. No wonder it became a meme.

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31 2112 - Rush

Legendary. End of

This should be about 21 or 20 I think it should be a little higher then 23 - simmonsjen11

RUSH IS THE MOST TALENTED BAND EVER, but not that popular compared to other supergroups. I mean, no one knows "Passage to Bangkok", Or "Finding My Way", and those are unbielivably good. Rush will always be the best band. 2112 is just to much of a story, not music. (still is very good though)

This is the perfect song, from the perfect band.

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32 My Immortal - Evanescence

This is one of the best songs I have ever listened to... makes me cry. this is the number one song ever for me!
best feminine voice in this world... truly an immortal song!

This songs is absolute trash I do not know what you are talking about - Tabor

Woo! Evanescence!
Best song ever! Followed by Lithium (Evanescence)
and Welcome to the black parade (My Chemical Romance)
Eminem comes somewhere after that for me!

Another great song from Amy. Can't beat the pain that she pours out.

Love this song so much. So moving.

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33 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

A super song about the troubles and strife of everyday life, capturing perfectly the teenage rebellious-ness.
Really an epic song, and learning all 9 minutes of the lyrics isn't much of a feat, because its so catchy you end up singing it

this song is beyond words. Its perfect. If you don't like it. You probably don't understand it. its the modern bohemian rhapsody. just punky. my favourite song of all time. and to all who think this music is crap. I saw comfortably numb and I knew I would vote it. its beyond feelings. but I know this band have out more into this song than any other song I've ever heard.

Amazing song.
Rock opera!
Dark, poetic, emotional lyrics.
A revolution to today's rock music.
One of the greatest songs ever written, in my opinion.
Creative music video to match, directed by the talented Sam Bayer.
Truly an anthem for this generation of teenagers and troubled youth. A comment on society.

Absolute masterpiece. It's like Bohemian Rhapsody, but done by Green Day

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34 Echoes - Pink Floyd

It's THE Pink Floyd song.

NOT Comfortably Numb. Everything that would make Floyd famous with TDSOTM was done here, first. Many people think it's boring, but I will argue it's one of the few songs you can play millions of times and STILL find something new in it. I can't say that about one of the other songs on this entire list. Not one.

My only regret is it wasn't recorded with better sound. Hopefully the 2012 remaster will change that. I can't wait.

This song changed Pink Floyd forever. This album, especially this song was where the two worlds of psychedelic and the dark-side era of Floyd that we all know and love today met. Without this single song, there would be no Dark Side, no Wish You Were Here, none of that. Meddle is often overlooked, but in reality, it is the reason Pink Floyd made such indescribably amazing music, especially Echoes. But it changed Pink Floyd only right? Oh, no. Not at all. It changed Pink Floyd, it was the reason for Dark Side of the Moon, and the most well known albums from them. And these albums revolutionized music. So many artists we know and love today either drew inspiration for the dark-side era Floyd or drew inspiration from bands who drew lots of inspiration from Pink Floyd. This song may have single-handedly changed music forever. While you can say that for other songs on this list, Echoes in particular did it in a way no song ever had done, was doing, or would ever do in the future.

A long sound of The Pink Floyd experience. Not a song lingering on Syd, meddle was the album that really bridges disjointed Sydless floyd into the masterful legends we know it as now. Personally I have listened to all the songs on the list, things like this and even lower down the pixies are downgraded because people haven't heard it. Well, you don't need no thought control, but seriously- widen your music tastes.

Echoes widened my mind. Orgastic build up of tension- the crescendo's - lead to one of the best choral glissandos in its finale of all time. This song can be interpreted to mean many things and is authentic, meaningful listening. Personally, its about the creation of the world and constraints within the social world, where everyone has the same basic motivations but for some reason peace isn't achieved, as chaotic dysfunction occurs behind the tranquil roots of nature.

Okay. Now. I see that on this stupid list everyone has chosen their favourite song: MORONS! You have to choose the best song, not your favourite one!

Okay well; not to act great, but I got a pretty badass culture about music

I started with AC/DC and that s why they re my favourite band, but I recognize they don t make the bet music

Then I knew Pink Floyd: I d need days to say all what s to say about this amazing band, but I ll just tell everyone that they make the best music, and when you listen to certain songs you easily realise that

Here I say the same thing as Acdc: my favourite song by Pink Floyd is Comfortably Numb (which is still awesome and deserves surely the top 5 at least) for many reasons, but not for this I think it s the best song ever, it just gives me the best feelings

I know lots of bands and I listen to a lot of music, but if I must pick up a song I d choose Echoes

This goes ahead all the songs of all times of all artists of ...more

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35 Believer - Imagine Dragons

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.

You need to listen to the Beatles, Queen, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and basically just more music in general - VeritusEro

This is alright, I have nothing against it, but I don't think this is top 100 worthy. - Misfire

This is my favorite song

My favorite song! I will never get over how great it is or that adrenaline you feel every time I hear it! - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

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36 Dream On - Aerosmith

deserves to be number 1 stinks that it isn't though best part is when steven screams DREAM ON

This song should be 2nd behind stairway to heaven. its such a great song. simply the best

This is definitely one of the greatest songs ever. Green Day is good, but the jesus of suburbia and homecoming made me think they got the idea of bohemian rhapsody. But dream on is one of my favorite songs of all time - pauler94

Even though it's world famous, this still ends up being underrated.

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37 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

This is one of the most beautiful songs of all time easily top 3 material

Absolutely beautiful. Cohen's lyrics are perfect and Buckley has the voice of an angel. It's musical perfection.
There are a lot of great songs on this list, many of which I absolutely adore (One - Metallica, Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin) but I really can't think of one more deserved to be in the top ten than this masterpiece which will forever immortalize Jeff Buckley, may he rest in peace.
Cohen wrote it but Buckley made it something truly holy.

Just a cover. Cohen's original should be here in its place.

This should be around 25 - simmonsjen11

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38 Another Brick In the Wall - Pink Floyd

Am I the only one who hasn't heard this?

Pink Floyd's greatest song, one of the greatest classic rock songs of all time. Can't believe it's not even on the list yet. TEACHER, LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE!

This should be about 40 or 45 - simmonsjen11

The soul of rock and roll - rebellion!

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39 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Not even in the top 100, whats the matter with you people, this is the best song ever made by anyone, let alone Linkin Park. - lukestheman4

This song has a really good beat I will accept 35 - simmonsjen11

Why is Linkin Park so LOW - ethanlikescreepypasta

I wish this was on the top 10 it's an amazing song

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40 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

I have studied most of the songs on this list. I sit and make notes hundreds of them. This song has over 140 tracks in it that's different guitars/vocals/drummers/speaking/bells/chimes whatever they have it! It is the most interesting whole song. Bohemian Rhapsody is incredible yes but it's bitty it's good that way but as a whole song this is better. It's beautiful and amazing! I question how the likes of smells like teen spirit is above it it's a good song I admit but it's so repetitive which is a shame because I like it. Aside from Grohl's drumming it's just the same. Which is a pity. Clearly this song is amazing.

Sure... You sit around all day and make notes about a dumb list on the internet. Makes a lot of sense, dude. - torinn818

It is a classic from My Chemical Romance and is one of the bests songs I have ever heard!?

I vote for This Song because It is very well rounded and it deserves a higher place on this list. Above Abba, Above Guns N' Roses for sure..
I could never choose a song to be the greatest ever. There are too many factors. Lyrics, Depth, Beauty, Bad-Assery, Musicianship, Prowess, Originality, Vocals, Difficulty, Accuracy, Uniqueness, Emotion), Revolutionality... The List Goes on and on.
To put Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit in the same competition with Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah is absolutely ludicrous. You can't make John Lennon and Queen fight each other for a better position. Comparing Tupac and Metallica is like trying to compare apples and Refrigerators. They are just graded on different things.

The Bottom Line is that the best song of all time is whichever song YOU like the most.

Wttbp covers and incredibly wide range of emotions and represent so much. This song has lead thousands of kids through tough times in their lives. It starts off with one piano and ends with a million different threads in the song and pulls it off, which truly shows how much time and effort was put into the song to make it what it is. Unlike most of the other songs here, help facilitate a story to the listener (the patient dying and going to hell). It was meant to be the capstone of the band and represent all their other efforts, messages, and beliefs in addition to everything it brings to the table itself.

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41 21 Guns - Green Day

Love this song

This song should stay at 43 - simmonsjen11

Great song

Love 21 guns

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42 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

It is clearly, Radiohead's best song since they started their musical career. Unlike most songs produced during their OK Computer-era, there weren't many songs that explored the idea behind the human mind. The way Paranoid Android was sung, contrasts several human emotions showing the highs and lows of the human life, to which demonstrates the idea of transitioning from specific music styles to another. This transition, along with Thom Yorke's vocals, shows the highs and lows of the human mind. It is clear that in Paranoid Android, they show that at one part of the song they are having the best days of their lives, however as the song progresses, they soon explore the idea of fear and anger in the bridge, and they slowly transcend to the lowest point of the human mind, mostly known as depression. As Yorke's vocal lasts longer after each word, it adds weight to the intended emotion of depression.

Hard to pick a best Radiohead song but this has to get my vote. That said, best Radiohead song should be top ten at least. The are one of the most influential bands in modern music. There are some really good bands out today that are merely radiohead(esque).

55?! Are you effing kidding me?! This is an EPIC song! And a song from 30 seconds to mars is higher than this?! Crappy list... Paranoid Android is a landmark song and is a CLASSIC, deserves at least a top 20.

The Lyricism, Complex music Structure, The Emotion. Just one of the greatest Song ever Made. 41? nah Fam.

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43 Time - Pink Floyd

One of the best poetry ever. - abhash

This should be about 45 - simmonsjen11

Such a good song. Just got to remember to turn down the volume at the beginning before or you'll have a heart attack - BradStickings

One of the best songs ever.

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44 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

An absolutely hectic song hailing Pink Floyd original head member, Syd Barrett, who mentally went sick and had to be taken away. The entire song, at 20-something minutes, is numbing, whimsical, an horrifying. As if Van Gogh was putting Starry Starry Night into words.

This comment is one of the best thing, I have came across on internet today.

A utter masterpiece

The 2nd half of the song is a masterpiece. - DarkBoi-X

This song should be just a tad bit lower then 47 maybe like 48 or 49 - simmonsjen11

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45 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Take one pure musical genius, give him six months time and way too many drugs, and you get the most amazing song ever to feature a theremin.

One of the most expensive songs ever made... Worth it. So detailed. - JoLeKosovo

This should be at least in the top 40 - simmonsjen11

Should be number two! By Christ's Sake! The Beach Boys are so underrated this days it's incredible. Let me put it this way: The Beach Boys are better than most of the greatest bands of all time. They are at the same level with the Beatles.

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46 Africa - Toto

It is the best song ever. There's no argument, it's just a statement, a fact.

This song should be about 58 not 48 - simmonsjen11

The words I understood from the song:
Hurry boy, she's waiting here for you
Africa - MarioBros11

Good song but ruined by memes sadly.

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47 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

Chop suey it's maybe the greatest creation of System Of A Down..

And one of the greatest music creations ever!

This for me, is easily the best song of all time! I love his own and unique rudeness! - RW700

This song should be 44 or 45 I will accept 44 - simmonsjen11

GRAB A BRUSH AND PUT ON A LITTLE MAKEUP!

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48 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Awesome this should be in the top 35 - simmonsjen11

... I am at a loss for words

Best Queen song ever. Should be in top 20 AT LEAST.

Another one bites the dust.
Another one bites the dust! - Pepsi136

49 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's best song. This should be way up there on this list.

This is Michael Jackson's best song. It holds the world record for most sold albums and it is very catchy AND captivating

The music video scared me but the song is AMAZING - ethanlikescreepypasta

This should be about 25 or 26 - simmonsjen11

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50 American Idiot - Green Day

This should be about 40 - simmonsjen11

Best song ever!

It is an amazing song. It is the best punk rock song ever made in the history. The bit of drum, chords of guitar and voice of Billie Joe are combined in superb way.

Angry song people play this when there angry 2nd best Green Day song only behind Jesus of Suburbia

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