Wednesday, January 13, 2010


What's YOUR favorite song of all time? We have plenty of favorites, and many of them are represented in this exhaustive list.

"The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" was a cover story in Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004. The list was based on votes by 172 musicians, critics, and music industry figures.

"Anas1990f," on You Tube, compiled this video from that list, and this is the top one hundred. It's kind of fun. Being Rolling Stone, the list leans toward classic rock of the baby boomer era--you won't find a lot of Radiohead, Hip Hop, or experimental stuff (some), not to mention pre-1950s oldies, jazz, showtunes, blues, opera, or television jingles--but for what it is, it's a decent list.

The list gets a yawn from Jagger. The Stones placed 14 songs, beaten only by their old rivals the Beatles. Some things never change.

"Anas1990f" analyzed the list: "With 23 songs on the list, The Beatles are the most represented musical act. John Lennon is the only artist to place multiple songs in the top 10 (as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist). The Beatles are followed by The Rolling Stones (14 entries); Bob Dylan (12); Elvis Presley (11); The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix (seven each); and Chuck Berry, U2, James Brown, Prince, Led Zeppelin and Sly & the Family Stone (six each).The list includes just one song not in English ('La Bamba' by Ritchie Valens) and only three songs from the 21st century.the oldest song is 'Rollin' Stone' by Muddy Waters The most recent is OutKast's 2003 hit 'Hey Ya!' (#180)."


1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
3. Imagine, John Lennon
4. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
10. What'd I Say, Ray Charles

For the rest of the list, click here.

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