Best Songs of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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 lyrics.rock+opera.this is the best song ever - casuit20

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2 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.

Great riffs I would say Imagine but the riffs are uncomparable

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3 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.

I'm 44 and I Love the Beatles! Top 4 favorite bands of all time!

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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...

If you were a real fan then you wouldn't actually like this song - GreenRyan

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.

It defined and spoke to a generation which makes this song totally different and aesthetic..

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5 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!

Amazing and soothing song

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6 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

My friend said thrash is trash. That isn't true at all. Thrash is the best type of metal! - Powerfultekin

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!

Best song ever hear

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7 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.

It's a gun song

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8 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

The Eagles above Pink Floyd? The EAGLES?

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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.

great!

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10 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.

Greatest musician ever

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The Newcomers

? White Christmas - Taylor Swift
? Superstar - Taylor Swift

The Contenders

11 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

Ditto on your opinion. I will play at my funeral to along with "Layla"...

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12 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.

AMAZING TOUCH MY HEART

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13 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.

Let's get this to the top 10; my favorite song ever

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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

Just an absolute masterpiece, never gets old.

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15 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 means love

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16 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry is one of the founders of today's rock n roll. Bands like the Beatles and others based themselves on his songs. This is Chuck Berry's most popular song by far.

"Go... Go, Johnny Go, Go... Go, Johnny Go... "
Chuck is the master.

This is one of the best songs in history it is number 1

Brilliant

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17 (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!

This Song was one of the greatest songs ever it reached number 1 and stayed their for so long

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

Why isn't this higher?

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18 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.

Never has a song said so much in such a small space of time

Its awesome! That song is revolutionary!

How is this not too 10

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19 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.

It's hard to pick one song to be the best, and it's all a matter of opinion, but Hallowed Be Thy Name is at least amongst the best. It deserves at least top ten, along with Comfortably Numb, Hotel California, Bohemian Rhapsody, American Pie, Hallelujah, Sounds of Silence, Sweet Dreams, One (or Master of Puppets), and (just for being a classic) Highway to He'll.

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20 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.

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

Love it's my master

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