Best Songs of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 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

Billie Jean is GREAT!

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22 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.

Thank god this is above a lot of pop

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23 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.

lo

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24 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

Aerosmith has so many great songs but this one, their first hit, not only propelled Aerosmith to super stardom, but I would agree it's their best song. The chorus is amazing. - Ned964

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25 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

Well take a ferry then

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26 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.

The only song which can make a person cry

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27 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...

This is an absolute masterpiece that should be number one right above Bohemian Rhapsody. Why is this below Livin On A Prayer?

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28 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

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

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

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

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

We should all vote for this. even if your not emo just do it. lets see how high we can get it

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29 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

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

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

An amazing song!

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30 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

Greatest Song of All Time!

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31 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.

25th? REALLY!?!? This is the greatest song I've ever heard. And Dream on ranked before it. HOW!?!?!?

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32 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

MJ fans stop voting for this, everyone on here vote for Billie Jean because it has the most votes to get MJ to Number 1! - IIBK

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33 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

This isn't around the Top 10 how?

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34 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.

No matter what others think, this will always be amongst top tens of all time for me, not only this song, many other songs from Radiohead, we should be grateful that we are living in the same era with the one and only Thom York. No one will ever get even close to this band and its songs.

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35 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..

Too much inspirational

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36 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

Voting for this since it deserves top 10. Personally it's my second favourite song behind A Day In The Life, but some days it may be first. Both songs are incredible. - lachiemc

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37 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.

In the 70's, when Rush hit, they were certainly under appreciated. This album and song are a microcosm of that slight. A great band that I had the pleasure of seeing live in the late 70's. Any fan of classic rock should give them a listen if their not already doing so. An iconic rock song and album - Ned964

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38 Wonderwall - Oasis

Best one ever. best tune, deep lyric, brilliant band. oasis!

Wonderwall is the only song that was able to captivate me from beginning to end. In every song that I hear, I tend to have favorite parts & others that I don't really like all that much- sometimes it's chorus, the lyrics in the middle, the music.. Something HAS to be a little off 'cause nothing is perfect. Wait- Wonderwall just proved that THERE IS by existing!
It was the first song I heard by Oasis, and I was surprised to find that this was the only song I really liked among their works. The rest of their music was sure good, but not exactly my kind of thing, so I can't say I'm a fan of Oasis- just a fan of their best song EVER.

When they wrote this song they were bound to do wonders in the coming ages and they did too. Too bad they broke up. This songs enlarges my beady eyes!

Great

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39 Respect - Aretha Franklin

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

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!

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

Can't believe this song is so low. It deserves at least top 15, or even 10.
I mean, IT'S ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE BEST SINGER OF ALL TIME
It's unbelievable it's got 0,2% only -. -

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40 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.

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

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.

Beautiful

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