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.

This is not the real life. - lamourieparkinson

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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.

I love the solo played by Page - big-dude

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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.

So overrated

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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.

This is gay

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5 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

Number 1 by far

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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!

I'm not that much of an Eagles fan, but this song is just... it's one of the best songs ever made!

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7 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!

Even if it has no bass, it's still an amazing song. It's also based on literature, making it even better.

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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.

It's not that goood!

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9 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.

Simply the best.

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10 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.

Should be number one

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The Newcomers

? Made in America - Waterparks
? Tennessee Jed - Eric Church

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

Come on if you are intelligent you agree with me.

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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.

Who created this list, Freddy Mercury's mother? Bohemian Rhapsody the greatest? Really? The fact that Guns n Roses is anywhere on any list of great songs is laughable. When lists such as this take into account the facts, such as sales, number of times a song was covered by other artists, where it placed on the charts etc.. I'll take them seriously.
You could easily take over a dozen of the Beatles songs and place any one of them at the top.

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13 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.

yes - Morbid_Deth

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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

Beautiful song I am listening to this right I thing you guys should to

Have a great day everyone

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15 (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

Very catchy but not the best Rolling Stones song

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16 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.

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

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17 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.

The BEST SOLO not just from James but from the world

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18 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

I mean, Please! That's where Rock and metal came from! This is the ultimate opening riff every musician should know. The greatest,best most important song in the history of rock,ever!
The End

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19 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!

Best. Song. Ever

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20 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 not the greatest song of all time. It's not even the best Beatles song (A Day in the Life comes to mind). It is, however, vastly superior to every song above it, most of which are merely good, and a few of which are absolutely terrible.

LET IT BE Truely words of wisdom. Just take time to think about these 3 little words then act upon them. What a different world IT would BE.

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21 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.

What an iconic song! A beautiful ballad full of clever references and with a really important message. A true classic and definitely deserves to be in the top ten, at least!

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22 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

This is possibly one of the best songs on the list,
Nice to hear that it went from 99th to 50th. Simon & Garfunkel is
Really good songwriters, musicians and singers.

R you kidding?! 99th?!?! One of the greatest songs ever!?!?! Come on!

Bridge Over Troubled Water and I Will Always Love You are #35 and #38 on this list, respectively, yet I Will Always Love You tops the Best Love Songs list and Bridge Over Troubled Water is not even in the Top 100. Shows what demographic votes on that list. - PetSounds

I love the messages in this song.

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23 2112 - Rush

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 greatest song ever composed. By the THE greatest band ever formed on this humble Earth. Hands Down. Once everyone realizes this the world will be a better place.

Definitely the greatest masterpiece I've ever heard. This song changes literally a "thing" in your brain. The song's going up and down, smooth and hard, it's like a house that was built completely in a bizarre way : but it holds and it's awesome looking.

The riffs, the lyrics, genius guitar parts, bass parts, and drum parts. The singing is also perfect. Such an amazing song by the best band ever.

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24 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.

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

It's not HUMAN VOICE,it's ANGELIC.The one word which goes with the song is 'ETHEREAL'.Jeff buckley with some damn upsurge of emotions has marvellously portrayed the various phases of a relarionshiop leading to mistrust,differences and and ultimately a painful distance.

"And love is not a victory march,
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah"

Jeff,with his improvisations in guitar and 'Almighty-epitomed' voice, gave new heights to this masterpiece by Cohen making it the best ever cover of about more than 300 covers which exist and probably making this the best song ever sung. Guys, I'm sure after savouring this heavenly piece of musical bliss, you'll be of the same opinion as of me, that 'HALLELUJAH' by 'JEFF BUCKLEY' deserves no other position but the No. 1 position in this list. -

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25 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

Definitely should be in the top 10!

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26 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

"Billie Jean" is a song by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Michael Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it. There are contradictory claims to what the song's lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson had fathered one of her twins. Jackson himself, however, stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered. The song is well known for its distinctive bassline and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized. - rex.jackson.904

Legends never die, mj and this song is a top legend

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27 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

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

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

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

good - Morbid_Deth

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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

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

It is very very rock I like it I love

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29 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 listened to this song about 100 times the first week I heard it

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30 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.

This is a very nice song. - undeadfred87

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31 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 must be on a higher ranking

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32 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.

Best song ever! Why is it at 69? It's better than all Linkin Park songs for sure, especially Numb... Not saying I don't like Linkin Park though!
This and My Immortal should be in the top 10. Amy is the best and powerful singer ever.. Has such a haunting voice!

I love this song

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33 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

MJ should be #1 with thriller

R.I.P. Michael Jackson. He was such a famous and iconic pop singer until he died. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

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34 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

Best Songs Ever! This should be in the top tens at least!

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35 Time - Pink Floyd

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

The best Pink Floyd song, tied up with Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Echoes. - malamJONES

Old classic that is a lot better than all the American junk that litter's the top 20 of which I consider to be a cat's course.

One of pink floyd's best masterpieces. The lyrics are incredible, and every word has meaning. Everything about this song makes it at least be in the top ten.

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36 Hurt - Johnny Cash

As much as I love NIN, this is so much better. Great Johnny Cash!

Trent Reznor saying it was no longer his song is high praise. I think personally that the man in black was in such pain that his cover of the song is certainly sadder, but then again both versions are great to me. RIP Johnny. - Ned964

Johnny Cash performed the song so well that Trent Reznor said "That's Not My Song anymore"

Great song even though it was a cover he just made the song better

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37 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

Great song should be top ten

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38 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

Best, best,best is best

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39 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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?

One of the greatest songs ever created an absolute masterpiece!!!!

Umm really? Lower than uptown funk and happy? I love those songs but I was expecting this to be in the top 20 even though in my opinion it should be number 1

Come on, that opening, with the scaling and the chords? The drum fills, Daltrey's voice? How does this song not get you going every time you listen to it? To this day nothing has given me the euphoria that being in Hyde Park and hearing this live.

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40 A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who

Many The Who songs are better - waldo

Awesome song! - AboutABoy

Supised by how bad this list is to see this on here. Great song I love it.

I prefer Baba O'Reilly and Behind Blue Eyes

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41 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

BEAUTIFULLY sung. Most (the majority of these songs should not be on any top list). How can this song be rated this low is beyond my comprehension. Just goes to show you, different strokes for different folks.

This song should top ten at least! You can go anywhere in the world and people will know this song and know it word for word. It is truly timeless, could have been released yesterday and still have been a hit.

Whitney is awesome, but lets also give kudos to the songwriter, and that is Dolly Parton!

This is the best and ultimate song of all time it gives the TRUE MEANING OF LOVE, AND THE MOST SELLING SINGLE ACHIEVE by in Female, the ONE AND ONLY WHITNEY HOUSTON, THIS MUST BE THE NUMBER 1! BECAUSE UNTIL NOW IN 21st century it influences people around the world on HOW TIMELESS, PERFECT, AND REMARKABLE THIS SONG IS.

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42 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

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

seriously people older bands should have all say over any of these (fad bands) a good song like this stood the test of time... and slash is awesome but seriously if you don't think songs like this should be top 10 like wheres ACDC seriously you people do not know what music was really an influence on rock/music itself :-) I speak for all those rock fans who can't

I don't consider this an older band at all, but whatever. I do love this band. - Feirceraven

This song is the greatest song in the world because it explains the things people went through during that period. That's why this song should be 1st. - Slasher

The best Guns N' Roses song

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43 Starless - King Crimson

410? Really? This should be at least top 5! Such an influential 70's song, yet rated so low.

Propably the best song by the best band ever.

44 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.

Am I the only person that hates the band Evanescence - Demogorgan

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45 Respect - Aretha Franklin

I bet every person in America knows how to spell Respect now.

Just mind blowing. Tell an epic with just a short lyrics.

How the heck does Eminem be above Aretha in 3 songs people He raps can carry a tune let alone play and instrument that rocks..smh again you all don't do your historical music research. Music had real live musicians playing instruments, could sing actual notes, not talk words. They didn't make up words to try to rhyme them, they actually made sense. Now you think having a beat box is talent? Also a voice box so you can change the vocals if the person can sing well. I am glad Aretha never needed that garbage, she sang!

The Queen of Soul

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46 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.

Jesus of Suburbia demonstrates the insecurities of being a teenager, such as questioning your families and friends. This song takes a step further by showing how St. Jimmy was able to transition from being a loser to trying to do something with his life. However, this was not the result and the result is actually more tragic and deep.

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47 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

This should be higher, it's a very well written song as usual for John Lennon

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48 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

This song is so beautiful to my ears and soul. I can't help, but to sing it and the simplicity; yet hidden meanings and phrases are just to fantastic! Gawd I love R.E. M! They are true geniuses who have tapped into something that very few ever do. The melody is just enchanting. I wish them the best always!

Amazing song. Some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking lyrics ever written. Should be ranked much higher.

I love this song. We can all associate this song with ourselves at some point in our lives. This is like heaven to me! R. E. M is a true artist.

Wonderful song should be on the top 20

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49 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!

Greatest musical song with sad and hateful lyrics. - moose4life19

Honestley this song should be up near the top. Just check out some of the band's other songs you won't be dissapointed. - SystemFTW

I like this song but I like B.Y.O.B better. - Uchiha_123

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50 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.

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.

A true masterpiece. Deserves a place in the top 20 at least. The entire band gave it their all. Especially David Gilmour.

Deserving of number 1. My favourite song on my favourite album by my favourite band.

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