For the first time in 17 years, Rolling Stone Magazine completely remade list of the best songs ever. More than 250 artists, writers, and industry figures helped choose a brand-new list full of historic favorites, world-changing anthems, and new classics.

Nearly 4,000 songs received votes. Where the 2004 version of the list was dominated by early rock and soul, the new edition contains more hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B. More than half the songs here — 254 in all — weren’t present on the old list, including a third of the Top 100. The result is a more expansive, inclusive vision of pop, music that keeps rewriting its history with every beat.

Annotation last modified on 2021-09-17 03:20 UTC.


1Respect (stereo)Aretha Franklin3.82:26
2Fight the Power (album version)Public Enemy3.654:41
3A Change Is Gonna ComeSam Cooke3.83:13
4Like a Rolling Stone (officially released stereo studio recording)Bob Dylan4.556:10
5Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvana4.355:01
6What’s Going On (original LP version)Marvin Gaye4.43:53
7Strawberry Fields Forever (original stereo studio mix)The Beatles
    8Get Ur Freak OnMissy Elliott4.23:57
    9DreamsFleetwood Mac4.454:17
    10Hey Ya! (explicit)OutKast3.853:55
    11God Only Knows (mono)The Beach Boys4.32:50
    12Superstition (album version)Stevie Wonder54:26
    13Gimme Shelter (original studio mix)The Rolling Stones3.94:32
    14Waterloo SunsetThe Kinks4.33:16
    15I Want to Hold Your Hand (original mono studio mix)The Beatles4.152:27
    16Crazy in LoveBeyoncé feat. Jay-Z4.63:56
    17Bohemian RhapsodyQueen4.455:55
    18Purple Rain (live, 1983-08-03: Minnesota Dance Theatre, First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis, MN, USA, with overdubs)Prince and The Revolution4.258:41
    19Imagine (original studio mix)John Lennon4.43:04
    20Dancing on My OwnRobyn44:50
    21Strange FruitBillie Holiday43:04
    22Be My BabyThe Ronettes4.252:40
    23“Heroes”David Bowie4.76:10
    24A Day in the Life (original stereo studio mix)The Beatles45:34
    25Runaway (explicit)Kanye West feat. Pusha T3.99:08
    26A Case of You (Blue version)Joni Mitchell3.754:23
    27Born to Run (version 5a)Bruce Springsteen4.354:30
    28Once in a LifetimeTalking Heads4.654:20
    29Nuthin’ but a “G” ThangDr. Dre43:58
    31(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (mono version)The Rolling Stones3.93:45
    32JuicyThe Notorious B.I.G.4.65:03
    33Johnny B. Goode (original release, take 3, without overdub)Chuck Berry4.252:40
    34Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (part 1)James Brown3.652:07
    35Tutti Frutti (unidentified, one of 5 studio sessions)Little Richard4.152:25
    36Seven Nation ArmyThe White Stripes3.953:52
    37When Doves CryPrince and The Revolution4.15:54
    38(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the BayOtis Redding4.42:42
    40All Along the WatchtowerThe Jimi Hendrix Experience4.54:01
    41Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy Division4.73:26
    42Redemption SongBob Marley & The Wailers43:48
    43My GirlThe Temptations4.82:45
    44Billie Jean (album / single version)Michael Jackson4.44:54
    45AlrightKendrick Lamar3.753:39
    46Paper PlanesM.I.A.4.153:24
    47Tiny DancerElton John3.56:16
    49Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill4.65:20
    50GasolinaDaddy Yankee2.753:14
    51Walk on ByDionne Warwick52:55
    52I Feel Love (album version)Donna Summer4.55:54
    53Good Vibrations (stereo)The Beach Boys4.33:37
    54The Tracks of My Tears (mono)Smokey Robinson4.252:57
    55Like a PrayerMadonna4.45:41
    56Work ItMissy Elliott3.34:58
    57Family AffairSly & the Family Stone4.653:04
    58The Weight (album version)The Band44:35
    59The Message (original version)Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee4.757:11
    60Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)Kate Bush3.855:00
    61Stairway to HeavenLed Zeppelin4.18:02
    63JoleneDolly Parton4.352:41
    64Blitzkrieg BopRamones4.652:13
    65SeptemberEarth, Wind & Fire4.753:36
    66Bridge Over Troubled Water (original stereo mix)Simon & Garfunkel3.84:53
    67Tangled Up in Blue (original studio)Bob Dylan3.555:43
    68Good TimesChic53:42
    69All Too WellTaylor Swift4.55:29
    70Suspicious MindsElvis Presley
      71Fast CarTracy Chapman4.84:57
      72Yesterday (original stereo studio mix)The Beatles4.72:07
      73Formation (explicit)Beyoncé43:26
      74HallelujahLeonard Cohen4.154:39
      75Common People (full length version)Pulp4.655:51
      76I Walk the LineJohnny Cash and The Tennessee Two4.352:45
      77RoadrunnerThe Modern Lovers
        78Reach Out I’ll Be There (stereo)Four Tops42:59
        79Back to BlackAmy Winehouse4.454:01
        80What’d I SayRay Charles3.56:28
        81I’m Waiting for the Man (original stereo studio mix)The Velvet Underground3.654:39
        82Rolling in the DeepAdele4.73:48
        83Desolation Row (officially released stereo studio recording)Bob Dylan3.8511:20
        84Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green4.553:17
        85KissPrince and The Revolution43:46
        86Tumbling Dice (original studio mix)The Rolling Stones3.73:47
        87All My FriendsLCD Soundsystem4.357:37
        88Sweet Child o’ MineGuns N’ Roses4.555:56
        89Hey Jude (original stereo studio mix)The Beatles4.057:08
        90(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanAretha Franklin42:44
        91Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)UGK feat. OutKast54:19
        92Good Golly Miss Molly (master)Little Richard
          93Since U Been GoneKelly Clarkson3.83:09
          94I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston4.54:31
          9699 ProblemsJay‐Z3.753:57
          97Gloria: In Excelsis Deo / Gloria (version)Patti Smith4.55:56
          98In My Life (original stereo studio mix)The Beatles4.352:27
          99Stayin’ AliveBee Gees3.854:45
          100Blowin’ in the Wind (officially released studio recording)Bob Dylan4.52:48


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