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 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

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.

Despite the fact that this is "Most Played Song on Radio" Stairway To Heaven. Is the greatest song in not only Heavy Metal & Hard Rock History it transcends far beyond that genre. The song didn't sell out it's heavy metal/hard rock style like Metallica did (Nothing Else Matters) to bring in newer audiences that weren't accustom to Zeppelin's pioneering Heavy Metal Sound, but it showed their progressive ideas within the bands artwork. Jimmy Page one of the first guitar heroes, along with Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Hendrix & Eric Clapton, had wrote one of the most iconic guitar solos of all time. Plants vocals were amazing as they were progressive. The progression of the song is what most sticks out as it schizophrenically transitions from smooth, calming folk music to extremely emotional & groundbreaking hard rock/heavy metal. Led Zeppelin the most innovative blues hard rock band who helped create along with Black Sabbath a new genre of music Heavy Metal. Led Zeppelin has created the ...more

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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.

Has a very VERY powerful message and is overall a beautiful song! - TopTenTed

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

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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!

I think it's THE greatest song of all times. The song evolves till the amazing solo (one of the hardest solos ever written). Simply amazing

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6 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

Without a doubt...the best! Pure genius and masterful!

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7 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!

Obviously Bohemian Rhapsody is number one, but the Eagles don't get enough praise on this site, and the guitar solo at the end is stunning and any guitarist will agree - Dandeman7

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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.

Thrilling music.

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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.

What a mediocre band they were! As john lennon said " we weren't that good. We were just an ordinary band who got very big". Nothing great about this song. La la lala la la

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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.

A really good song. It's one of the greatest rap songs ever - Peppapigsucks

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The Contenders

11 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 lyrics are sad but it is the guitar solos that really sets the mood!

In my opinion Fade to Black is in the top 3 of all time.

Should be in top 3

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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.

Iron Maiden is one of my top 5 metal bands of all time, and this song is perhaps my favorite of theirs, along with Number Of The Beast, Afraid To Shoot Strangers and Wrathchild. It's also fun to teach the youngsters a little history lesson with Alexander The Great

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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.

I'm not against people who love this song but I do not understand the massive praise and the popularity to this song. To me in the first time of listening to this song, this song sounds really mediocre and somewhat boring, sorry if this offends some metal fans here. well this is my opinion and I just felt I wanted to share. But I think this is pretty ok for a average metal song. - aqua84

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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

This is the best legendary song, anyone can listen to this song everyday without getting bored, this is a very very cute song, I'm putting my honest opinion here, this song will forever be the legend.

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15 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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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

This has the most INCREDIBLE outro of all-time! And the fact that 3 of their band members died a year later must say something. - JasePowers

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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 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

One of the greatest guitar intros ever (Listening to wise, not takes skill to do wise) Great Lyrics, really good flow. Should be top 10 at least.

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19 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

Easily the greatest song of all time. It always gives a positive / dancing vibe to everyone. No doubt the best song I've seen and heard.

This should at LEAST be in the top 5. One of the most well known songs in music history..

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20 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

I absolutely agree! Living on a Prayer is one of the best songs of all time!

ROCK IN BON JOVI!

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21 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 is the best song EVER. Like you said, very addictive. I listen to this every day and the enjoyment keeps going up. - Dragahn

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22 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.

I like Bring Me To Life better.

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23 (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!

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

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

Best ever

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24 2112 - Rush

Hell yeah! The fact that Rush's greatest epic even ranks in the top 25 shows that people still see the beauty of true music. - CaptDeadeye

An awesome story in the lyrics

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)

"and the meek shall inherit the Earth" - HoneyBadgers

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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'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 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!

This is a great song from a great band. You can argue about which is the best song or the best band but there can be no denying that the Beatles are one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They have influenced not just people who grew up at the time but generations following. You don't need to take my word for, just google it.

It is such a pity that Pop music is now largely just a mass produced product. Yes there are, of course, still great musicians but it is harder for them to be heard. Yes, the tunes can be catchy, but a lot of the innovation and music quality is lost. Don't believe me, google 'scientists finally prove why pop music all sounds the same'.

Sure it's a very good song, but this song isn't the best compared to other songs of the beatles, but it's the first listened songs I've listened and my favorite songs out of all songs of the beatles. The song overall is just so beautiful and sweet almost enough to be indescribable. - aqua84

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27 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

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

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 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.

Now this song has to be higher. It really shows the art of what Journey did. This song is amazing

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28 Beat It - Michael Jackson

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

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

Greatest song of all time!

No one wants to be defeated - MarioBros11

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29 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

I love watching Freddie sings this and the lyrics and beat and rhythm is absolutely so fine tuned that your heart beats along with it- hm, hm, hm

Imagine, this song only reached 11 on british billboard when it was released in february 1979 but it is unquestionably the best song from Queen. It is the most positive, FEEL GOOD song ever. The real true genius of Freddie Mercury is in that song, it is a song that brings life and hope into you. such an inspired and rythme, a great beat, it doesn't slow down at all, a masterpiece

This song is truly one of the best, whenever I hear it I can't help but sing along.

Favourite song ever

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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.

Such a good song! It's funny though, because I haven't heard the song in years. It used to be my favorite song And then about three days ago, I was watching something with my friend and it had about.5 seconds of the song. I knew that I had heard it somewhere. Then, I come across this list and see this song. I knew the title, listened to the sample and immediately knew it. Can't believe that it's been so long since I heard it! - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

Any haters of this song will be eliminated. So like this song or else. *Evil Laughter*

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31 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.

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

The song to listen while laying in your bed at night. - BradStickings

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32 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.

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

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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.

Green Day is my favorite band of all time I love everything about this song apart from the swears and video

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34 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.

Top ten easy

Best song ever no questions asked! it gives me tingles inside every time I listen to it...

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35 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

A powerful piece complemented by Steven Tyler's robust vocals. Simply iconic, simply evocative.

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36 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.

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.

Brian Wilson made this song from sounds in his Hallucinations. Just think about that...

It's not unfair to assume that no song above would have happened without Good Vibrations (excluding Like a Rolling Stone, which is older). 31st is a joke for this masterpiece, its ranking definitely shows the intelligence of the voters. It completely redefines how a song can look like, laying the groundwork for later pocket symphonies like Bohemian Rhapsody or A Day in the Life. It completely leaves the usual song formula, featuring two episodic movements, a chorus with the reversed chord progression of the others and a walkthrough through all degrees of the Eb-minor-scale. It features a cello and stringbass tremolo, a theremin, a bass playing a counter melody, three part counterpoint vocals and an angelic chord sung by a five-part vocal.
And it has one thing to it all the other pocket-symphonies didn't: It remains radio-friendly. It neglects every single rule there has ever been about song-writing, and still remains a catchy song. It's also shorter than most other pocket ...more

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37 Time - Pink Floyd

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.

Definitely should among top 20 songs of all time, unmatchable lyrics and of course Pink Floyds music

This is one of the best songs, if not THE best song Pink Floyd ever gifted us. The introduction is just great, lyrics are genial and inspirating. I can't comprehend why it is so down in the ranking, it ought to be at least in top 20 if not higher

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38 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!

One of my favorite songs on my playlist.

Best song of this Century

Greatest musical song with sad and hateful lyrics. - moose4life19

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39 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

Good song #1

I think this may well be remembered as the best song of its era and at least on the same level as Hey Jude.

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40 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Imagine Dragons over The Who... blasphemy!

Talk about the greatest opening ever, then the power chords come in and it's musical bliss. How is Eminem and Taio Cruz ahead of this?

How is this not in the top 5?!?!?

Greatest album opener of all time. - Atham

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41 Stan - Eminem

If Stan is in the top 50.. Lose Yourself should be in the top 25 at least!
Stan is a good alternative for a HipHop single, but the single Lose Yourself, is way more better, even better then 2Pac's Changes, I don't get this.. Cause this isn't right.

This is one of the best songs of all time. I don't even like rap that much, but Eminem is one of those artists where you can hate rap and still love nearly everything he does. He's that good. This is his masterpiece.

All eminem songs should be here laugh out loud...
Well not all but stan in top 20, the way I am in top 1
Rock bottom... If you don't like rap then this is it. Just meaningful not superfast.
- mikayelmkrtchyan

Mad song #stuff50-1990songs

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42 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

Really good song

This is one of my favorite linkin park songs. I would put it in my top 5 favorite songs. Probably number 3. It is a great song. I like it a ton.
Not my favorite song(which is Faint by linkin park) but it is a good one.

How can any song be better than this one? It's the greatest song ever.

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43 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Nothing wrong with it at all - OmegaRanker

The music and the lyrics are simpatico; together they threaten and thrill you. Even if you can't hear the words the music makes you feel like you are in the jungle and can't get out. - mgenet

CHILDHOOD - JazzyJulie

awesome

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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.

Maybe one of the best song intro's ever...

A masterpiece of mankind.

Best song from Pink Floyd. Then whish you were here, dogs, etc. Best song of all time. Richard Wrights dreaming synth. Sound, David Gilmour fantastic guitar layers. Instrumental first 8 minutes is a highlight in modern music. The first 3 minutes is like awaking in the dessert. The last beautiful section...This song of almost half an hour has iT all. Must Be at number 1, then maybe stairway to heaven. This song is heaven on itself. Not just the stairway to iT. And for someone (syd barret) who already is in heaven. Hè listens to iT and is overwhelmed with pride, I'm sure.

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45 Africa - Toto

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

Great song, has a whole new generation of kids and adults discovering it. Such a beautiful song with amazing lyrics.

Love this song! No, I don't love it because it's a meme. It's just a good song! - Misfire

This song's story is thousands of times above any other song you can imagine. The sophistication along with the whole composition of music just makes this the one song you'll always want to listen to again.

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46 21 Guns - Green Day

AMAZING SONG - Legend1221

GREEN DAY AT THERE BEST. A SONG TO ENJOY. HAS GREAT LYRICS AND GR8888888 TUNE.

21 Guns is such a fantastic song! It's really strong and meaningful, and the lyrics are brilliant. - badwolfgirl

Good song, no doubt. But where the heck is Basket Case?

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47 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.

So damn underrated, it should be way more known to show this pure art.

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48 Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

Personally I think that the Beatles were the best band to ever be, and more of their sons should be on this list. This song is awesome and has so much meaning in it. I am glad that it is on this list, but I think it should at least be in the top 20.

Should be way higher! Also I can't understand how there's only one single Beatles song in the top 100! - elin_m

my fave song ever=) love this and not everyone could understand what is it about but it makes me feel better

Yes. This song is great. - Misfire

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49 Crawling - Linkin Park

The most emotive, hard hitting screamer! Deserves a place as a representative of it's genre!

This is one of the best songs from Linkin Park I also love Lying from you and Faint

This song is the best.
It's true & everyone can relate to it.

Linkin Park is the best rock band of our generation, but come on there r many other songs for them better than this one and should be put onto the list, like : faint and papercut and new divide. Crawling is a good song, but not the best they made, but it's a cool song any way!

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50 Believer - Imagine Dragons

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

I really like this but this don't belong in top 100 - TheOneMan

This song should be in the top 5 or at least top ten because it is is way better than any other song on the list. Bohemian rhapsody should go down to second and this should go to first place

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.

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