The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time

The top 100 songs of all-time.
The top 100 songs of all-time.

Welcome to My List of the Top 100 Songs Ever Recorded

After three years away, I have finally updated the list, and my totally biased opinion is that it’s better than ever! I’ve not only updated the rankings, but I have also included a commentary for each song.

And that’s not all. For every song, I have also provided five recommendations for similar songs you may enjoy. (Yep: 500 additional songs). This allowed me give due to artists and genres that are worth mention while still keeping my list at an even 100 songs.

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#100 - "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve

Appears on: 'Urban Hymns' (1997)

Genre: Britpop

Label: Hut

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Richard Ashcroft

Produced by: Martin "Youth" Glover, The Verve

The alternative revolution was an important one, and I wanted Britpop—England's reaction to American grunge—to be represented on the list. Hard to go wrong with "Bitter Sweet Symphony," right?

Recommended listening:

The Stone Roses - "She Bangs the Drums" (1989)

Suede [UK] / The London Suede [US] - "Animal Nitrate" (1993)

Blur - "Girls & Boys" (1994)

Oasis - "Live Forever" (1994)

The Verve - "Sonnet" (1997)

#99: "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield


Genre: Folk Rock

Label: Atco

Written by: Stephen Stills

Before Neil Young was on his own (and, briefly, in CSNY), he played in Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills. This protest song is their most lasting cut.

Recommended listening:

Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (1969)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Ohio" (1970)

Neil Young - "Heart of Gold" (1972)

Neil Young - "Cortez the Killer" (1975)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (1979)

#98 "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

Appears on: 'Sweet Baby James' (1970)

Genre: Folk Rock

Label: Warner Bros.

Written by: James Taylor

Produced by: Peter Asher

This song is so good. It pretty much defines James Taylor, though that isn't necessarily a good thing. Meanwhile, none other than Carole King plays the piano on the recording; she worked as a songwriter/session musician before hitting it big with her 'Tapestry' album in '71.

Recommended listening:

Joni Mitchell - "Both Sides, Now" (1969)

Carole King - "I Feel the Earth Move" (1971)

Carole King - "It's Too Late" (1971)

Joni Mitchell - "All I Want" (1971)

Tracy Chapman - "Fast Car" (1988)

#97: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele

Appears on: '21' (2011)

Genre: Pop

Label: XL [UK] / Columbia [US]

Written by: Adele, Paul Epworth

Produced by: Paul Epworth

Adele is already considered something of a generational figure to us Millennials, and I am confident that years from now both "Rolling in the Deep" and her diamond-selling album '21' will be considered once-in-a-generation phenomena, like Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were for Generation X.

Recommended listening:

Adele - "Chasing Pavements" (2008)

Adele - "Hometown Glory" (2008)

Adele - "Lovesong" (2011)

Adele - "Rumour Has It" (2011)

Adele - "Someone Like You" (2011)

#96 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Decca

Written by: Max C. Freedman, James E. Myers

Produced by: Milt Gabler

There were three candidates for the birth-of-rock-and-roll slot: "Rock Around the Clock" and two Elvis Presley cuts from his Sun Records tenure, “That’s All Right” and “Mystery Train.” In the end I picked this one, since Elvis has other appearances later on the list and, relatively speaking, “That’s All Right” and “Mystery Train” aren’t as good as his later material, even if they—especially “That’s All Right” -- were crucial.

Recommended listening:

Hank Williams - "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (1949)

Muddy Waters - "Rollin' Stone" (1950)

Elvis Presley - "That's All Right" (1954)

Elvis Presley - "Mystery Train" (1955)

Johnny Cash - "I Walk the Line" (1956)

#95: "Midnight in a Perfect World" by DJ Shadow

Appears on: 'Endtroducing...' (1996)

Genre: Trip-Hop

Label: Mo' Wax

Written by: Josh Davis, Baraka, Pekka Pohjola

Produced by: DJ Shadow

'Endtroducing...,' the album on which "Midnight" appears, is considered a breakthrough in popular music, as it was created entirely from samples stitched together in a finely textured and complex 63-minute narrative. Most of its tracks are too unwieldy for such a list as this one, but "Midnight in a Perfect World" is a -- indeed, perhaps the -- glorious exception.

Recommended listening:

DJ Shadow - "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" (1996)

DJ Shadow - "Changeling" (1996)

DJ Shadow - "Napalm Brain / Scatter Brain" (1996)

DJ Shadow - "Stem / Long Stem" (1996)

DJ Shadow - "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)" (1996)

#94 "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits

Appears on: 'Dire Straits' (1978)

Genre: Roots Rock

Label: Vertigo

Written by: Mark Knopfler

Produced by: Muff Winwood

There were three songs on this list that I simply couldn’t part with because they’re just too good, and this is one of them. A lot of the entries on my list can probably be filed under “classic rock,” but only this one marries the slick fingerpicking of guitarist Mark Knopfler with the impeccable production of the Dire Straits.

Recommended listening:

Steely Dan - "Reelin' in the Years" (1972)

Steely Dan - "Show Biz Kids" (1973)

Steely Dan - "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (1974)

Dire Straits - "Southbound Again" (1978)

Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing" (1985)

#93 "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and the Papas

Appears on: 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears' (1966)

Genre: Pop

Label: Dunhill

Written by: John Phillips, Michelle Phillips

Produced by: Lou Adler

Any kid who grew up on the East Coast can relate to this one. Something that I didn’t notice until a friend pointed it out (though it’s kind of hidden in plain sight): when the Mamas repeat each line during the verses, they’re actually singing an entirely different melody; they don’t harmonize with the Papas except sporadically during the chorus. It’s what gives the song its driving momentum.

Recommended listening:

The Byrds - "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" (1965)

The Byrds - "Mr. Tambourine Man" (1965)

The Byrds - "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (1965)

The Mamas and the Papas - "Monday, Monday" (1966)

The Byrds - "Hickory Wind" (1968)

#92 "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Appears on: '8 Mile' [Soundtrack] (2002)

Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Shady

Written by: Marshall Mathers, Luis Resto, Jeff Bass

Produced by: Eminem, Jeff Bass

I remember this one quite well. It caught fire instantly, topping the charts across the globe within weeks, and it’s still a blast to listen to even now. Excessive overplay has rendered “Lose Yourself” somewhat trite, to put it mildly, but I remain bullish on its greatness -- listening to it for the first time in a while always gets the adrenaline pumping all over again.

Recommended listening:

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" (1992)

Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Gin and Juice" (1993)

2Pac feat. Dr. Dre - "California Love" (1995)

Eminem - "Stan" (2000)

OutKast - "Hey Ya!" (2003)

#91 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2

Appears on: 'The Joshua Tree' (1987)

Genre: Rock

Label: Island

Written by: U2

Produced by: Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois

There isn’t a single weak track—or even a song that falls short of pretty great—on 'The Joshua Tree,' so just picking one cut from it was tough. A good case can be made for any of the first three tracks, but personally, I have always been partial to this one.

Recommended listening:

U2 - "I Will Follow" (1980)

U2 - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1983)

U2 - "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (1984)

U2 - "Where the Streets Have No Name" (1987)

U2 - "With Or Without You" (1987)

#90 "Baba O'Riley" by The Who

Appears on: 'Who's Next' (1971)

Genre: Rock

Label: Decca [US] / Polydor [UK]

Written by: Pete Townshend

Produced by: The Who, Glyn Johns

This is another album slot. I used to have both “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from 'Who’s Next' on here, but I only had room for one, and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” got the boot.

Recommended listening:

The Who - "Behind Blue Eyes" (1971)

The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (1971)

The Who - "Love, Reign O'er Me" (1973)

The Who - "Who Are You?" (1978)

The Who - "Eminence Front" (1981)

#89: "Everything in its Right Place" by Radiohead

Appears on: 'Kid A' (2000)

Genre: Electronic

Label: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: Radiohead

Produced by: Nigel Godrich, Radiohead

Radiohead is obviously very popular and highly acclaimed, so I felt like they should be represented. After surveying their catalog, I settled on “Everything in Its Right Place” from 'Kid A.' It was never released as a single—no singles were released from 'Kid A,' actually—but, in addition to being killer good, the song showcases the band at its most ambitiously experimental, as they fully absorb electronica into their alt-rock repertoire.

Recommended listening:

Radiohead - "Creep" (1993)

Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees" (1995)

Radiohead - "Paranoid Android" (1997)

Radiohead - "Pyramid Song" (2001)

Radiohead - "There There" (2003)

#88: "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Appears on: 'Full Moon Fever' (1989)

Genre: Heartland Rock

Label: MCA

Written by: Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne

Produced by: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell

You’ve all heard the song countless times, I’m sure. It’s the best pure acoustic rock song of the past 25 years, plain and simple.

Recommended listening:

Bob Seger - "Night Moves" (1976)

Steve Miller Band - "Rock'n Me" (1976)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "American Girl" (1976)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Refugee" (1979)

Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down a Dream" (1989)

#87: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones

Appears on: 'Let It Bleed' (1969)

Genre: Rock

Label: Decca [UK] / London [US]

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Produced by: Jimmy Miller

John Lennon accused this song of being the Stones’ answer to “Hey Jude,” but whether or not that’s true, it’s still a pretty damn awesome song. This song is one of the definitive album closers, for sure, and one of the few times the Stones stretch a song past seven minutes.

Recommended listening:

The Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar" (1971)

The Rolling Stones - "Tumbling Dice" (1972)

The Rolling Stones - "Miss You" (1978)

The Rolling Stones - "Beast of Burden" (1978)

The Rolling Stones - "Start Me Up" (1981)

#86: "Paid in Full" by Eric B. & Rakim

Appears on: 'Paid in Full' (1987)

Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: 4th & B'way

Written by: Eric Barrier, Rakim Allah

Produced by: Eric B. & Rakim

Before Randy Moss enlightened the world to the phrase “straight cash, homie,” turntablist Eric B. and master of the mic Rakim cut this title track of their debut record. Featuring what would become hip-hop’s most distinctive loop as its beat and the vocal stylings of rap’s greatest MC, this is a song everyone can enjoy.

Recommended listening:

EPMD - "Strictly Business" (1988)

Eric B. & Rakim - "Microphone Fiend" (1988)

Slick Rick - "Children's Story" (1988)

De La Soul - "Me Myself And I" (1989)

A Tribe Called Quest - "Award Tour" (1993)

#85: "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

Appears on: 'Rumours' (1977)

Genre: Rock

Label: Warner Bros.

Written by: Lindsey Buckingham

Produced by: Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat

Anyone who has heard 'Rumours' knows that record is loaded with great songs, but when it comes to choosing one for greatest songs lists, “Go Your Own Way” always gets picked because it has that kind of feel to it. It’s certainly not my favorite song on the album—which is “Dreams,” incidentally—or even the best—which is probably “Gold Dust Woman”—yet those songs just don’t fit on this list.

Recommended listening:

Fleetwood Mac - "Rhiannon" (1975)

Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams" (1977)

Fleetwood Mac - "Gold Dust Woman" (1977)

Fleetwood Mac - "Sara" (1979)

Stevie Nicks - "Edge of Seventeen" (1981)

#84: "California Girls" by The Beach Boys

Appears on: 'Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)' (1965)

Genre: Pop

Label: Capitol

Written by: Brian Wilson, Mike Love

Produced by: Brian Wilson

Listen carefully to “California Girls” and you’ll hear the roots of their seminal album 'Pet Sounds,' released the following year. Lyrically, it’s a little more in line with their pre-'Pet Sounds' work, which makes sense. But then again, “I wish they all could be California Girls” isn’t all that different from, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we were married,” now is it?

Recommended listening:

Dick Dale - "Misirlou" (1962)

The Beach Boys - "In My Room" (1963)

The Beach Boys - "Surfin' U.S.A." (1963)

The Beach Boys - "Don't Worry Baby" (1964)

The Beach Boys - "I Get Around" (1964)

#83: "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

#83: "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

Appears on: 'Appetite for Destruction' (1987)

Genre: Glam Metal

Label: Geffen

Written by: Guns N' Roses

Produced by: Mike Clink

There aren't really any standout metal tracks from the '80s aside from this one, and the production for 'Appetite for Destruction'—which actually doesn't sound very '80s, relatively —kind of sounds the most like a grunge precursor, so its popularity makes sense in retrospect. Pop/hair metal was in, but GNR weren't cheesy. They were just plain nasty and didn't fit into that crowd... and yet the album sold 28 million copies anyway.

Recommended listening:

Iron Maiden - "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (1982)

Metallica - "Fade to Black" (1984)

Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle" (1987)

Guns N' Roses - "November Rain" (1991)

Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters" (1991)

#82: "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard

Appears on: 'Little Richard' (1958)

Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Specialty

Written by: John Marascalco, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Produced by: Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

I’m swapping in “Good Golly Miss Molly” for “Tutti Frutti,” which used to make the list but is more a song with great moments—namely, the killer intro/outro—than a great song. (I like “GGMM” more. Simple as that.) Early rock & roll doesn’t get much better than this.

Recommended listening:

Little Richard - "Tutti Frutti" (1955)

Carl Perkins - "Blue Suede Shoes" (1956)

Little Richard - "Long Tall Sally" (1956)

Jerry Lee Lewis - "Great Balls of Fire" (1957)

Jerry Lee Lewis - "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (1957)

#81: "Heroes" by David Bowie

Appears on: 'Heroes' (1977)

Genre: Rock

Label: RCA

Written by: David Bowie, Brian Eno

Produced by: David Bowie, Tony Visconti

I only had room for one Bowie song—he’s more expressive in the album format—so of course I picked “Heroes.” I have a lot of favorite Bowie songs though; he’s got an amazing body of work.

Recommended listening:

David Bowie - "Space Oddity" (1969)

David Bowie - "Changes" (1971)

David Bowie - "Ziggy Stardust" (1972)

David Bowie - "Rebel Rebel" (1974)

Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure" (1981)

#80: "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Appears on: 'Bayou Country' (1969)

Genre: Roots Rock

Label: Fantasy

Written by: John Fogerty

Produced by: John Fogerty

CCR has so many good ones, but "Proud Mary" is probably the most timeless of their many hits. "Fortunate Son" has more artistic merit, but "Proud Mary" has collected more cultural capital—for one thing, it gets sung/butchered during the audition episodes of 'American Idol' every year, for better or worse.

Recommended listening:

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising" (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Born on the Bayou" (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Down on the Corner" (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Green River" (1969)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Lodi" (1969)

#79: "Walk This Way" by Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith

Appears on: 'Raising Hell' (1986)

Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Profile

Written by: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry

Produced by: Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons

I’m killing two birds with one stone here: this fills an early/pivotal hip-hop slot and an Aerosmith hole. (Yeah, I had to part with “Dream On.”) It’s a damn fun song to boot.

Recommended listening:

Run-D.M.C. - "It's Like That" (1984)

LL Cool J - "I Can't Live Without My Radio" (1985)

Run-D.M.C. - "It's Tricky" (1986)

Beastie Boys - "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" (1986)

Beastie Boys - "High Plains Drifter" (1989)

#78: "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane

Appears on: 'Surrealistic Pillow' (1967)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Label: RCA Victor

Written by: Grace Slick

Produced by: Rick Jarrard

I had a tough time choosing between “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love,” which both appear on 1967’s 'Surrealistic Pillow.' I’m trying to cover more ground this time genre-wise, so I have avoided “duplicate picks” wherever possible. I like “White Rabbit” more, personally, and feel that, of the two, it is the more representative of the psychedelic era.

Recommended listening:

The Byrds - "Eight Miles High" (1966)

Jefferson Airplane - "Somebody to Love" (1967)

Love - "Alone Again Or" (1967)

Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece of My Heart" (1968)

Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee" (1971)

#77: "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley


Genre: Blue-Eyed Soul

Label: RCA

Written by Mark James

Produced by: Chips Moman, Felton Jarvis

Elvis disappeared from the music scene in 1958 after he was drafted by the military—with no war going on—and stationed in Germany for two years. Upon his return to the States, he made a great living as a Hollywood hack for several years before reinventing himself as a blue-eyed (read: white) soul act. “Suspicious Minds,” featuring much more elaborate production techniques than Presley’s ‘50s work, shot to #1 upon its release in 1969.

Recommended listening:

Elvis Presley - "Bossa Nova Baby" (1963)

Dusty Springfield - "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (1968)

Dusty Springfield - "Son of a Preacher Man" (1969)

Elvis Presley - "In the Ghetto" (1969)

Elvis Presley - "Burning Love" (1972)

#76: "I'm Waiting for the Man" by The Velvet Underground

Appears on: 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' (1967)

Genre: Garage Rock

Label: Verve

Written by: Lou Reed

Produced by: Andy Warhol

It’s been a severe oversight on my part not to have included a song by the Velvet Underground on the list until now. “I’m Waiting for the Man” has the same punk-ish, garage rock-ish rhythm and crazy mystique that the entire 'Velvet Underground & Nico' album has; in this case, Lou Reed, with 26 dollars in his hand, is literally waiting for a drug dealer to show up. What a strange place 1960s New York City must have been.

Recommended listening:

The Velvet Underground - "Heroin" (1967)

The Velvet Underground - "Venus in Furs" (1967)

The Velvet Underground - "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" (1970)

The Velvet Underground - "Rock and Roll" (1970)

The Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane" (1970)

#75: "Get Up, Stand UP" by Bob Marley and The Wailers

Appears on: 'Burnin'' (1973)

Genre: Reggae

Label: Tuff Gong/Island

Written by: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh

Produced by: Chris Blackwell, the Wailers

I used to have two different Bob Marley songs on the list: “No Woman, No Cry” and “Redemption Song.” The inclusion of “No Woman, No Cry” kind of bothered me since I have never particularly liked the studio version—the live cut from 'Live!' and the 'Legend' compilation is superior—and I wanted my Bob Marley pick to come from the early part of his career, so that meant curtains for “Redemption Song.” “Get Up, Stand Up” seemed like the most logical choice.

Recommended listening:

The Wailers - "Concrete Jungle" (1973)

The Wailers - "I Shot the Sheriff" (1973)

Bob Marley and the Wailers - "No Woman, No Cry" (1974)

Bob Marley and the Wailers - "Exodus" (1977)

Bob Marley and the Wailers - "Redemption Song" (1980)

#74: "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas

Appears on: 'Dance Party' (1965)

Genre: Soul

Label: Gordy

Written by: Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter

Produced by: William "Mickey" Stevenson

Vintage Motown. Seven years before Marvin Gaye did “What’s Going On,” he co-wrote—and played drums on—this party song that would later be cited as a key track in the American civil rights movement after protesters frequently played “Dancing in the Street” during demonstrations.

Recommended Listening:

Martha and the Vandellas - "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" (1963)

Mary Wells - "My Guy" (1964)

The Supremes - "Baby Love" (1964)

Martha and the Vandellas - "Nowhere to Run" (1965)

The Supremes - "Stop! In the Name of Love" (1965)

#73: "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.

Appears on: 'Out of Time' (1991)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Label: Warner Bros.

Written by: R.E.M.

Produced by: Scott Litt, R.E.M.

R.E.M. was, by far, the greatest and most important alternative rock band; no other alternative artist’s catalog even begins to compare to R.E.M.’s work from ’83-’92. They were the alternative underground in the ‘80s, and jumped from indie label I.R.S. to major label Warner Bros. after the success of 1987’s 'Document.'

“Losing My Religion” was released in early 1991 and was a pop smash, hitting #4 on the Hot 100. The smashing success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” would follow later that year, but there’s no underestimating the importance of what R.E.M. did to prime the pump beforehand.

Recommended listening:

R.E.M. - "Radio Free Europe" (1983)

R.E.M. - "Time After Time (Annelise)" (1984)

R.E.M. - "The One I Love" (1987)

R.E.M. - "Orange Crush" (1988)

R.E.M. - "Man on the Moon" (1992)

#72: "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath

Appears on: 'Paranoid' (1970)

Genre: Heavy Metal

Label: Vertigo

Written by: Black Sabbath

Produced by: Rodger Bain

I didn’t really have room for much metal on the list, so why not pick one from the beginning? Although the title track from Sabbath’s second record isn’t exactly the first heavy metal song, its influence is ridiculously self-evident: “Paranoid,” a hybrid of distorted metal and down-stroked punk, contains everything the grunge movement, a hybrid of distorted metal and down-stroked punk, ever needed.

Recommended listening:

Jeff Beck - "I Ain't Superstitious" (1968)

MC5 - "Kick Out the Jams" (1969)

Black Sabbath - "Iron Man" (1970)

Black Sabbath - "N.I.B." (1970)

Black Sabbath - "War Pigs" (1970)

#71: "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Checker

Written by: Ellas McDaniel

Produced by: Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley

Give “Bo Diddley” a spin and you’ll immediately recognize the rhythm; known simply as the Bo Diddley Beat, it has been copped repeatedly over the course of the last six decades by other artists, from the Who (1968's "Magic Bus") to U2 (1988’s “Desire”) to George Michael (1987’s “Faith”). Unfortunately for Bo Diddley's bank account, rhythms can’t be copyrighted.

Recommended listening:

Muddy Waters - "Hoochie Coochie Man" (1954)

Bo Diddley - "I'm a Man" (1955)

Muddy Waters - "Mannish Boy" (1955)

Bo Diddley - "Who Do You Love?" (1956)

Muddy Waters - "Got My Mojo Working" (1957)

#70: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" by The Beatles

Appears on: 'Rubber Soul' (1965)

Genre: Raga Rock

Label: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

'Rubber Soul' ushered in the psychedelic era, and the most overtly otherworldly track is the sitar-laden “Norwegian Wood.” Even though they had just done “Yesterday”—arguably the Beatles’ finest song—for the 'Help!' album/soundtrack, 'Rubber Soul' was a giant creative leap forward for the Fab Four, and “Norwegian Wood” narrowly edges out “In My Life” and “Girl” as the standout track.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Girl" (1965)

The Beatles - "I'm Looking Through You" (1965)

The Beatles - "If I Needed Someone" (1965)

The Beatles - "In My Life" (1965)

The Beatles - "What Goes On" (1965)

#69: "Walk on By" by Dionne Warwick

Appears on: 'Make Way for Dionne Warwick' (1964)

Genre: Pop

Label: Scepter

Written by: Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Produced by: Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Another treasure from the most exciting time in the history of pop music. The production isn’t great —hey, it was 1964—but "Walk on By" is nevertheless a slice of pop perfection. It has a really effortless quality to it.

Recommended listening:

Etta James - "At Last" (1960)

Patsy Cline - "Crazy" (1961)

Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (1966)

Percy Sledge - "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1966)

Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967)

#68: "Sign O' the Times" by Prince

Appears on: 'Sign "O" the Times' (1987)

Genre: Rock

Label: Paisley Park

Written by: Prince

Produced by: Prince

"Purple Rain" used to routinely make this list, but this time around I had a hard time choosing between "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry." So I picked "Sign 'O' the Times," the title track from Prince's 1987 double album that's frequently cited as one of the best albums of the '80s. It's an excellent song and was the album's lead single and lead track, so I don't think it's too out of place here as the sole entry from Prince's catalogue.

Recommended listening:

Prince and The Revolution - "Little Red Corvette" (1982)

Prince and The Revolution - "1999" (1982)

Prince and The Revolution - "Purple Rain" (1984)

Prince and The Revolution - "When Doves Cry" (1984)

Prince and The Revolution - "Kiss" (1986)

#67: "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone

Appears on: 'Stand!' (1969)

Genre: Psychedelic Soul

Label: Epic

Written by: Sly Stone

Produced by: Sly Stone

Sly and the Family Stone have a ton of great ones, but this one has always been the standout to me; it’s probably the best example of a post-James Brown, ‘60s-funk-with-social-commentary song in popular music.

Recommended listening:

Sly and the Family Stone - "Dance to the Music" (1968)

Sly and the Family Stone - "I Want to Take You Higher" (1969)

Sly and the Family Stone - "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)" (1969)

Sly and the Family Stone - "You Can Make It If You Try" (1969)

Sly and the Family Stone - "Family Affair" (1971)

#66: "Light My Fire" by The Doors

Appears on: 'The Doors' (1967)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Label: Elektra

Written by: The Doors

Produced by: Paul A. Rothchild

It wasn’t the first single by the Doors—“Break on Through (To the Other Side)” has that honor—but it nevertheless summarizes the band’s early work and the psychedelic era more generally.

Recommended listening:

The Doors - "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" (1967)

The Doors - "The End" (1967)

The Doors - "Hello, I Love You" (1968)

The Doors - "Roadhouse Blues" (1970)

The Doors - "Riders on the Storm" (1971)

#65: "I Fought the Law" by The Bobby Fuller Four

Appears on: 'I Fought the Law' (1966)


LABEL: Mustang

WRITTEN BY: Sonny Curtis


After Buddy Holly died in an infamous plane crash on what later would be called “the day the music died,” Sonny Curtis took his place in the Crickets, and one of the songs he had written was “I Fought the Law.” This Bobby Fuller Four cover is the best-known version, although the Clash would also record a version in 1979.

Recommended listening:

Eddie Cochran - "C'mon Everybody" (1958)

Eddie Cochran - "Summertime Blues" (1958)

Dion - "The Wanderer" (1961)

The Troggs - "Wild Thing" (1966)

The Clash - "I Fought the Law" (1979)

#64: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles

Appears on: 'The Beatles' [The White Album] (1968)

Genre: Rock

Label: Apple

Written by: George Harrison

Produced by: George Martin

John Lennon and Paul McCartney overshadowed George Harrison throughout the Beatles’ run, restricting him to one song per side on just about every album. In the band’s early days, Harrison simply wasn’t as good (or prolific) at songwriting, but by the time 'The White Album' and 'Abbey Road' were recorded, there was no question that George was on equal footing with John and Paul. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from 'The White Album,' featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar in the only guest appearance ever by any artist on a Beatles song, is Harrison’s best track.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Long, Long, Long" (1968)

The Beatles - "Savoy Truffle" (1968)

The Beatles - "Here Comes the Sun" (1969)

The Beatles - "Something" (1969)

George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord" (1970)

#63: "Waterloo Sunset" by The Kinks

Appears on: 'Something Else by the Kinks' (1967)

Genre: Rock

Label: Pye [UK] / Reprise [US]

Written by: Ray Davies

Produced by: Ray Davies

“You Really Got Me,” which used to make this list, is an undeniably great early rock & roll song, but since there are plenty of great early rock & roll songs on this list and I only have room for one Kinks cut, I’m going to switch my vote to the achingly beautiful “Waterloo Sunset.”

Recommended listening:

The Animals - "The House of the Rising Sun" (1964)

The Kinks - "All Day and All of the Night" (1964)

The Kinks - "You Really Got Me" (1964)

The Animals - "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" (1965)

The Kinks - "Lola" (1970)

#62: "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Chess

Written by: Chuck Berry

Produced by: Leonard Chess, Phil Chess

Every Chuck Berry song is more or less the same thing, but “Maybellene” towers above the rest—aside from “Johnny B. Goode,” of course—as one of the most stunning debut singles in rock & roll history; rock stars existed before Chuck Berry, but guitar gods did not. Indeed, “Maybellene” put flinging violent noise through electric guitar amps on the map.

Recommended listening:

Chuck Berry - "Thirty Days" (1955)

Chuck Berry - "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956)

Chuck Berry - "Too Much Monkey Business" (1956)

Chuck Berry - "Oh Baby Doll" (1957)

Chuck Berry - "School Day" (1957)

#61: "One" by U2

Appears on: 'Achtung Baby' (1991)

Genre: Rock

Label: Island

Written by: U2

Produced by: Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno

U2 rose out of the post-punk muck to become superstars. With 1987’s 'The Joshua Tree,' they had gotten everything right. The 1988 black-and-white concert documentary/live album 'Rattle and Hum,' however? Not so much.

The sessions for 'Achtung Baby' were hostile as hell, and pulling “One,” a personal song about Bono’s relationship with his father, out of the hat was reportedly the only thing that kept U2 from parting ways. Rarely has a song so personal been so universally applicable; it perfectly encapsulates how the band members were feeling towards each other at the time, and was released as a benefit single, with all profits going to AIDS research.

Recommended listening:

U2 - "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (1991)

U2 - "Mysterious Ways" (1991)

U2 - "Beautiful Day" (2000)

U2 - "Elevation" (2000)

U2 - "Vertigo" (2004)

#60: "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

#60: "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Appears on: 'Let's Stay Together' (1971)

Genre: R&B

Label: Hi

Written by: Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Al Jackson, Jr.

Produced: Al Green, Willie Mitchell

Choosing one Al Green song is a tall order, since “Love and Happiness” and especially “Take Me to the River” are two of my favorites (and “Tired of Being Alone” is really good too), but “Let’s Stay Together” really is amazing and is Green’s best-known song.

Recommended listening:

Al Green - "Tired of Being Alone" (1971)

Bill Withers - "Ain't No Sunshine" (1971)

Al Green - "Love and Happiness" (1972)

Bill Withers - "Lean on Me" (1972)

Al Green - "Take Me to the River" (1974)

#59: "Hey Joe" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience


Genre: Rock

Label: Reprise (US) / Polydor (UK)

Written by: Billy Roberts

Produced by: Chas Chandler

"Purple Haze” was the first Hendrix single in the US, but his first single ever released was “Hey Joe” six months earlier in the UK, where he had immigrated because White America wasn’t receptive to a black guitarist. (Conveniently, I also happen to like “Hey Joe” a lot more than “Purple Haze.”)

Recommended listening:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Are You Experienced?" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Fire" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Foxey Lady" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "The Wind Cries Mary" (1967)

#58: "Smokestack Lightnin'" by Howlin' Wolf


Genre: Blues

Label: Chess

Written by: Chester Burnett

Produced by: Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon

Another one of many, many important blues songs that finally got recorded once the rock & roll era was underway, “Smokestack Lightnin'” continues to serve as an important piece of the pop-music vocabulary.

Recommended listening:

Robert Johnson - "Kindhearted Woman Blues" (1937)

Howlin' Wolf - "Spoonful" (1960)

John Lee Hooker - "Boom Boom" (1961)

B.B. King - "The Thrill Is Gone" (1969)

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - "Pride and Joy" (1983)

#57: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd

Appears on: 'The Wall' (1979)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Label: Columbia (US) / Harvest (UK)

Written by: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Produced by: Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Roger Waters

It’s easy to cast “Comfortably Numb” aside as “just another classic rock song,” but this track has the greatest guitar solo of all time, so it’s by definition anything but. Plus, this masterpiece has a painterly quality to it, with rich sonic detail.

Recommended listening:

Pink Floyd - "Dogs" (1977)

Pink Floyd - "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" (1979)

Pink Floyd - "Hey You" (1979)

Pink Floyd - "Mother" (1979)

Pink Floyd - "Run Like Hell" (1979)

#56: "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack

Appears on: 'Blue Lines' (1991)

Genre: Trip-Hop

Label: Virgin

Written by: Massive Attack, Jonathan Sharp, Shara Nelson

Produced by: Massive Attack, Jonny Dollar

Three different strands of pop-music broke through in the early '90s: alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronica. Massive Attack's debut album 'Blue Lines' didn't just introduce the world to the electronic sub-genre trip-hop, it put electronic music on the map more broadly. "Unfinished Sympathy" is Massive Attack's biggest hit and best song.

Recommended listening:

Massive Attack - "Be Thankful for What You've Got" (1991)

Massive Attack - "Daydreaming" (1991)

Massive Attack - "Safe from Harm" (1991)

My Bloody Valentine - "Only Shallow" (1991)

Massive Attack - "Teardrop" (1998)

#55: "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream

#55: "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream

Appears on: 'Disraeli Gears' (1967)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Label: Atco [US] / Polydor [UK]

Written by: Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton

Produced by: Felix Pappalardi

One of the most definitive guitar songs ever recorded; unforgettable lick, incredible solo, and a really weird drum pattern. The production’s not very good, but that hardly matters.

Recommended listening:

Cream - "I Feel Free" (1966)

Cream - "SWLABR" (1967)

Cream - "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (1967)

Cream - "Crossroads" (1968)

Cream - "White Room" (1968)

#54: "London Calling" by The Clash

Appears on: 'London Calling' (1979)

Genre: Punk

Label: Columbia [US] / CBS [UK]

Written by: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones

Produced by: Guy Stevens

The album's a much better achievement than the song, but "London Calling" nevertheless represents—on this list, at least, since I only have room for one 'London Calling' song—everything punk can be.

Recommended listening:

The Clash - "Death or Glory" (1979)

The Clash - "Lost in the Supermarket" (1979)

The Clash - "Train in Vain" (1979)

The Clash - "Rock the Casbah" (1982)

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (1982)

#53: "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen

Appears on: 'Born to Run' (1975)

Genre: Rock

Label: Columbia

Written by: Bruce Springsteen

Produced by: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau

“Thunder Road,” shockingly, was never released as a single, which is doubly surprising considering a legal battle with manager Mike Appel would sideline Bruce until 1978’s 'Darkness on the Edge of Town.' Alas, only two singles were released from 'Born to Run,' the title track and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.” Nevertheless, “Thunder Road” remains an incredible opener to one of rock’s great opuses, weaving together ‘50s and ‘60s rock & pop influences to create a feel that’s simultaneously old-timey and timeless.

Recommended listening:

Bruce Springsteen - "Blinded by the Light" (1973)

Bruce Springsteen - "New York City Serenade" (1973)

Bruce Springsteen - "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (1973)

Bruce Springsteen - "Backstreets" (1975)

Bruce Springsteen - "Jungleland" (1975)

#52: "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

Appears on: 'Thriller' (1982)

Genre: Dance-Pop

Label: Epic

Written by: Michael Jackson

Produced by: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones

Pop, funk, dance -- whatever you want to call it, it works. 'Thriller' did too, to the tune of over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson worked with producer Quincy Jones to make music that's as infectious as hell, and it’s safe to say they succeeded.

Recommended listening:

Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (1979)

Michael Jackson - "Beat It" (1982)

Michael Jackson - "Thriller" (1982)

Michael Jackson - "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (1982)

Michael Jackson - "Smooth Criminal" (1987)

#51: "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin

Appears on: 'Led Zeppelin II' (1969)

Genre: Hard Rock

Label: Atlantic

Written by: Led Zeppelin, Willie Dixon

Produced by: Jimmy Page

I really wish more Zeppelin could have made the list, but unfortunately, “Whole Lotta Love” is going to have to stand in for a whole lotta songs—“Heartbreaker,” “Ramble On,” “How Many More Times,” “Immigrant Song,” etc.—on their first three albums.

Recommended listening:

Led Zeppelin - "Heartbreaker" (1969)

Led Zeppelin - "How Many More Times" (1969)

Led Zeppelin - "Ramble On" (1969)

Led Zeppelin - "Immigrant Song" (1970)

Led Zeppelin - "Since I've Been Loving You" (1970)

#50: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Big Joe Turner


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Atlantic

Written by: Charles E. Calhoun

The oldest song on the list, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” was released in April 1954, but it’s still a blast to listen to nearly six full decades after its recording. Rock & roll novices need to incorporate this track into their repertoire. Now.

Recommended listening:

The Dominoes - "Sixty Minute Man" (1951)

Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters - "Money Honey" (1953)

Fats Domino - "Ain't That a Shame" (1955)

Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues" (1955)

Fats Domino - "Blueberry Hill" (1956)

#49: "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy

#49: "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy

Appears on: 'Do the Right Thing' [Soundtrack] (1989)

Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Motown

Written by: Carlton Ridenhour, Eric Sadler, Hank Boxley, Keith Boxley

Produced by: The Bomb Squad

Although “Fight the Power” closed out their third album, 1990’s 'Fear of a Black Planet,' it appeared in Spike Lee’s groundbreaking film 'Do the Right Thing' the year before. At any rate, although “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” remains my favorite PE tune, “Fight the Power” is clearly their finest song.

Recommended listening:

Boogie Down Productions - "South Bronx" (1986)

Public Enemy - "Bring the Noise" (1987)

N.W.A - "Straight Outta Compton" (1988)

Public Enemy - "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (1988)

LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990)

#48: "A Day in the Life"

Appears on: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967)

Genre: Rock

Label: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

A well-reasoned case can be made that “A Day in the Life” belongs in the #1 spot. It is, after all, the crown jewel of the greatest album of all time, 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,' and on a related note, it’s hard to imagine any other song besting it on a list of greatest album closers. But listen to “A Day in the Life” outside the context of 'Sgt. Pepper' and you’ll surely notice that it’s not quite the same; the magic just isn’t there. Nevertheless, it remains a towering achievement.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Eleanor Rigby" (1966)

The Beatles - "Here, There and Everywhere" (1966)

The Beatles - "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1966)

The Beatles - "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (1967)

The Beatles - "With a Little Help from My Friends" (1967)

#47: "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen

Appears on: 'The Kingsmen in Person' (1963)

Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Jerden/Wand

Written by: Richard Berry

Produced by: Ken Chase, Jerry Dennon

I honestly don’t know a single word of this song, and, clearly, neither does the singer. Nevertheless, this song is still tons of fun no matter how many times you have heard it and is another great early rock & roll track.

Recommended listening:

Barrett Strong - "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959)

Chubby Checker - "The Twist" (1960)

The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There" (1963)

The Beatles - "Twist and Shout" (1963)

Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire" (1963)

#46: "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff

Appears on: 'The Harder They Come' [Soundtrack] (1972)

Genre: Reggae

Label: Island

Written by: Jimmy Cliff

Produced by: Jimmy Cliff

Though Bob Marley would later fully embody reggae, the world was first introduced to reggae through the film 'The Harder They Come,' which featured a dynamite lineup of songs by Jimmy Cliff and a handful of other artists on its soundtrack. Marley’s great albums would follow, beginning with 'Catch a Fire' in ’73.

Recommended listening:

Jimmy Cliff - "Many Rivers to Cross" (1969)

The Maytals - "Pressure Drop" (1970)

Jimmy Cliff - "Sitting in Limbo" (1972)

Jimmy Cliff - "You Can Get It If You Really Want" (1972)

The Wailers - "Rasta Man Chant" (1973)

#45: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones


Genre: Rock

Label: London [US] / Decca [UK]

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Produced by: Andrew Loog Oldham

The reason why I always put "Satisfaction" so low on my list—compared to other lists, at least, where it frequently cracks the top five—is because the Stones would produce thoroughly superior work in just a few years. Nevertheless, this song was pretty monumental; it established the Rolling Stones as the band we now know and love after a few years of doing solid but relatively decent work.

Recommended listening:

The Rolling Stones - "Get Off My Cloud" (1965)

The Rolling Stones - "The Last Time" (1965)

The Rolling Stones - "Under My Thumb" (1966)

The Rolling Stones - "Ruby Tuesday" (1967)

The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1968)

#44: "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

Appears on: 'Talking Book' (1972)

Genre: Funk

Label: Tamla

Written by: Stevie Wonder

Produced by: Stevie Wonder

Stevie really had a great run during the early to mid ‘70s, crafting six magnificent albums in a row during a five-year period. Countless songs could be chosen for the Stevie Wonder slot, but for me “Superstition” and “Higher Ground” have always been the standout tracks. Alas, “Higher Ground,” we hardly knew ye.

Recommended listening:

Stevie Wonder - "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (1972)

Stevie Wonder - "Higher Ground" (1973)

Stevie Wonder - "Living for the City" (1973)

Stevie Wonder - "Black Man" (1976)

Stevie Wonder - "Isn't She Lovely" (1976)

#43: "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: RCA

Written by: Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley

Produced by: Steve Sholes, Elvis Presley

Even with its use of obviously primitive recording technology, “Don’t Be Cruel” has a springy step. It’s simply one of Elvis’ best tunes and, frankly, it’s too hard to leave it off the list.

Recommended listening:

Elvis Presley - "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (1954)

Elvis Presley - "Baby, Let's Play House" (1955)

Elvis Presley - "Blue Suede Shoes" (1956)

Elvis Presley - "Love Me Tender" (1956)

Elvis Presley - "All Shook Up" (1957)

#42: "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles


Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Labels: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

The legacy of “Strawberry Fields Forever” has always been somewhat short-changed; it was originally intended for inclusion on 'Sgt. Pepper' but was released beforehand as the second A-side track to the “Penny Lane” single released in February 1967. ('Sgt. Pepper' wasn’t released until June 1). It's hard to know how its placement on 'Sgt. Pepper' might have affected things, but “Strawberry Fields” now stands proudly with “A Day in the Life” as one of the twin towers of the Beatles' ’67 psychedelic peak.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "All You Need Is Love" (1967)

The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus" (1967)

The Beatles - "Penny Lane" (1967)

The Beatles - "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (1968)

The Beatles - "Revolution" (1968)

#41: "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets

Appears on: 'The "Chirping" Crickets' (1957)

Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Brunswick

Written by: Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Norman Petty

Produced by: Norman Petty

I love these old and rock & roll songs. It’s an accident, really, that these songs still hold up after all these years. Unfortunately for rock & roll forefather (and Cricket) Buddy Holly, he didn’t live long enough to see this phenomenon take place. As you may have heard, he died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, at the tender age of 22.

Recommended listening:

Buddy Holly - "Everyday" (1957)

The Crickets - "Not Fade Away" (1957)

Buddy Holly - "Peggy Sue" (1957)

Buddy Holly - "Rave On" (1958)

Buddy Holly - "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (1959)

#40: "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

Appears on: 'Pet Sounds' (1966)

Genre: Baroque Pop

Label: Capitol

Written by: Brian Wilson, Tony Asher

Produced by: Brian Wilson

There are a lot of great songs on 'Pet Sounds'—my favorite is “Caroline, No”—but come on. You know “God Only Knows” has to be the official 'Pet Sounds' representative on the list. Because it has the word “God” in the title—it was the first single in American history that did—and because it’s great.

Recommended listening:

The Beach Boys - "Caroline, No" (1966)

The Beach Boys - "Don't Talk" (1966)

The Beach Boys - "Sloop John B." (1966)

The Beach Boys - "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (1966)

The Beach Boys - "You Still Believe in Me" (1966)

#39: "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Appears on: 'Electric Ladyland' (1968)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Label: Track [US] / Polydor [UK]

Written by: Jimi Hendrix

Produced by: Jimi Hendrix

Blistering doesn't even begin to describe Hendrix's guitar playing on "Voodoo Child," which manages to thrill and enthrall every single listen. 'Electric Ladyland' was also Hendrix's first foray into stereo—yep, his first two albums were in mono, though each received a stereo release with an awful "fake stereo" mix, as well—which adds considerably to the panoramic psychedelia.

Recommended listening:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Bold as Love" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "If 6 Was 9" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Little Wing" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Spanish Castle Magic" (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "You Got Me Floatin'" (1967)

#38: "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Appears on: 'Willy and the Poor Boys' (1969)

Genre: Roots Rock

Label: Fantasy

Written by: John Fogerty

Produced by: John Fogerty

Arguably the greatest of the Vietnam War protest songs to emerge from the 1960s American counter-culture movement, it’s John Fogerty at his impeccable best.

Recommended listening:

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (1970)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Long as I Can See the Light" (1970)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Run Through the Jungle" (1970)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Travelin' Band" (1970)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around the Bend" (1970)

#37: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

Appears on: 'Bridge over Troubled Water' (1970)

Genre: Pop

Label: Columbia

Written by: Paul Simon

Produced by: Roy Halee, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel

This one’s a struggle for me; my favorite S&G song is (easily) “Scarborough Fair / Canticle,” and truth be told, I actually like “The Boxer” and “The Sound of Silence” more than “Bridge over Troubled Water,” which, let’s not kid ourselves, is an excellent song that deserves to make this list.

Recommended listening:

Simon & Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence" (1965)

Simon & Garfunkel - "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" (1966)

Simon & Garfunkel - "America" (1968)

Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. Robinson" (1968)

Simon & Garfunkel - "The Boxer" (1970)

#36: "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Appears on: 'The Message' (1982)

Genre: Old-School Rap

Label: Sugar Hill

Written by: Ed "Duke Bootee" Fletcher, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sylvia Robinson

Produced by: Ed Fletcher, Clifton "Jiggs" Chase, Sylvia Robinson

This old-school rap cut contains everything future rappers and DJs would later expand upon, with instantly memorable lyrics and a spacy synth hook. It took another couple of years for a hip-hop artist to assemble an entire album’s worth of great material—Run-D.M.C.’s self-titled debut ushered in a new school—but “The Message” was the first song to get hip-hop right. Every subsequent hip-hop song owes something to it in some way.

Recommended listening:

The Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight" (1979)

Kurtis Blow - "The Breaks" (1980)

Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force - "Planet Rock" (1982)

Herbie Hancock - "Rockit" (1983)

Mantronix - "Bassline" (1985)

#35: "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke

Appears on: 'Ain't That Good News' (1964)

Genre: Soul

Label: RCA Victor

Written by: Sam Cooke

Produced by: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore

Sam Cooke might have the smoothest voice I have ever heard, which serves him well as far as “A Change Is Gonna Come” is concerned, since neither before nor since has a song about racism gone down so easy.

Recommended listening:

Sam Cooke - "You Send Me" (1957)

Sam Cooke - "Chain Gang" (1960)

Sam Cooke - "Wonderful World" (1960)

Sam Cooke - "Cupid" (1961)

Sam Cooke - "Shake" (1965)

#34: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown

Appears on: 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' (1965)

Genre: R&B

Label: King

Written by: James Brown

Produced by: James Brown

Yet another case of me only allowing one slot for a great artist who deserves several. “Papa” has always been my pick for Brown’s best, though of course the omnipresent “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is also up there. My personal favorite is (of course) “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.”

Recommended listening:

James Brown - "Please Please Please" (1956)

James Brown - "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (1965)

James Brown - "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (1966)

James Brown - "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968)

James Brown - "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" (1970)

#33: "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones

Appears on: 'Ramones' (1976)

Genre: Punk

Label: Sire

Written by: Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone

Produced by: Craig Leon

The song that kick-started the punk revolution. By 1976, rock & roll had grown increasingly indulgent as corporate arena rock flew off the shelves and people packed the stadiums to watch ten-minute guitar solos. In one of the most seismic movements in the history of pop music, punk musicians across the US and UK started crawling into the clubs to make some noise—and people actually showed up to watch them do it.

Recommended listening:

Sex Pistols - "Anarchy in the UK" (1976)

The Clash - "White Riot" (1977)

Ramones - "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (1977)

Sex Pistols - "God Save the Queen" (1977)

Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated" (1978)

#32: "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan

Appears on: 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' (1963)


LABEL: Columbia


PRODUCED BY: John H. Hammond

There are so many great Bob Dylan songs: folk songs, rock songs, early songs, newer songs, short songs, long songs, and everything in between. After considering all of the usual suspects, I decided “Blowin’ in the Wind” is the best representative for the non-“Like a Rolling Stone” Dylan slot. (In composing the list this time around, I was surprised to discover the list doesn’t lose all that much power when Dylan’s input is reduced to just two tracks.)

Recommended listening:

Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (1963)

Bob Dylan - "Masters of War" (1963)

Bob Dylan - "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1964)

Bob Dylan - "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (1965)

Bob Dylan - "Mr. Tambourine Man" (1965)

#31: "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: N/A

Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Produced by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Before John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songwriting partnership became the dominant force of ‘60s popular music, there was Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, who were a hit-making duo in rock & roll’s earliest days. Elvis made their song “Hound Dog”—recorded numerous times by various artists as early as 1953—famous in 1956, and when Presley’s new movie 'Jailhouse Rock' came out the following year, they had a track ready just for him.

Recommended listening:

Elvis Presley - "Hound Dog" (1956)

The Drifters - "There Goes My Baby" (1959)

Ben E. King - "Spanish Harlem" (1961)

Ben E. King - "Stand by Me" (1961)

Donald Fagen - "Ruby Baby" (1982)

#30: "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles

Appears on: 'What'd I Say' (1959)

Genre: R&B

Label: Atlantic

Written by: Ray Charles

Produced by: Jerry Wexler

Ray is another artist that got sort squeezed out except for this one slot. I love a lot of Ray’s songs, but “What’d I Say” is easily the ideal candidate to represent his magnificent body of work.

Recommended listening:

Ray Charles - "I've Got a Woman" (1954)

Ray Charles - "Georgia on My Mind" (1960)

Ray Charles - "Hit the Road, Jack" (1961)

Ray Charles - "I Can't Stop Loving You" (1962)

John Mayall - "What'd I Say" (1966)

#29: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles


Genre: British Invasion

Label: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

If there is a song that encapsulates Beatlemania, this is certainly it. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" didn't appear on 'Please Please Me' or 'With the Beatles,' but it did, however, appear as the first track on the US-only 'Meet the Beatles,' which is now out of print, since the UK versions have become standard in the digital era. Now it can be only found on compilations like '1' and 'Past Masters, Vol. 1.'

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Love Me Do" (1962)

The Beatles - "Please Please Me" (1963)

The Beatles - "She Loves You" (1963)

The Beatles - "Can't Buy Me Love" (1964)

The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)

#28: "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding

Appears on: 'The Dock of the Bay' (1968)

Genre: R&B

Label: Volt

Written by: Steve Cropper, Otis Redding

Produced by: Steve Cropper

How great is this song? “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is one of those songs where the pieces fit together perfectly, plain and simple. (Semantics issue: shouldn’t “pier” be used instead of “dock”? That’s always sort of nagged me, as someone who comes from a Navy family.)

Recommended listening:

Otis Redding - "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" (1965)

Wilson Pickett - "In the Midnight Hour" (1965)

Otis Redding - "Try a Little Tenderness" (1966)

Wilson Pickett - "Mustang Sally" (1966)

Otis Redding - "Tramp" (1967)

#27: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye

Appears on: 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine!' (1968)

Genre: Soul

Label: Tamla

Written by: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong

Produced by: Norman Whitfield

I actually still haven’t bothered to listen to the original Gladys Knight version—Gaye’s cover is so perfect and iconic that I don’t want to spoil that. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 11-minute version is pretty epic though.

Recommended listening:

Marvin Gaye - "Can I Get a Witness" (1963)

Marvin Gaye - "Ain't That Peculiar" (1965)

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1967)

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (1968)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1970)

#26: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers

Appears on: 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (1965)

Genre: Pop

Label: Philles

Written by: Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

Produced by: Phil Spector

Vintage Phil Spector. The Wall of Sound producer worked with a lot of acts throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s mono era, and this is my pick as the finest track from the male artists he worked with. (Keep reading to see where the top female artist places.)

Recommended listening:

The Everly Brothers - "Bye Bye Love" (1957)

The Everly Brothers - "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1958)

The Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown" (1960)

The Righteous Brothers - "Unchained Melody" (1965)

Ike & Tina Turner - "River Deep - Mountain High" (1966)

#25: "Hotel California" by The Eagles

#25: "Hotel California" by Eagles

Appears on: 'Hotel California' (1976)

Genre: Rock

Label: Asylum

Written by: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley

Produced by: Bill Szymczyk

So much has been written and debated about this damn song, which is now firmly embedded in the fibers of American culture, that I hate to really add to the heap. Maybe at some point I’ll write my own take on it where I break the whole thing down line by line, but for now, I’ll say this: regardless of what you may think of it, “Hotel California” remains, close to four decades after its release, one of rock’s grandest epics and a twisted commentary on the rapidly increasing Hollywoodification/corporatization of the music industry during the late ‘70s.

Recommended listening:

Jackson Browne - "Doctor My Eyes" (1972)

Eagles - "Desperado" (1973)

Eagles - "One of These Nights" (1975)

Eagles - "Life in the Fast Lane" (1976)

Jackson Browne - "Running on Empty" (1977)

#24: "The Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Appears on: 'Going to a Go-Go' (1965)

Genre: Soul

Label: Tamla

Written by: William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr.; Warren Moore; Marvin Tarplin

Produced by: Smokey Robinson

Easily one of the best songs to emerge from Motown's mid-'60s hit factory. And Smokey Robinson's voice is impossibly high.

Recommended listening:

The Temptations - "My Girl" (1964)

The Impressions - "People Get Ready" (1965)

The Temptations - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (1966)

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - "The Tears of a Clown" (1967)

The Temptations - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972)

#23: "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes

Appears on: 'Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica' (1964)

Genre: Pop

Label: Philles

Written by: Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich

Produced by: Phil Spector

With apologies to the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” this is the greatest pop song from the Phil Spector era. It’s simple as hell, and I’m not sure it could have survived in a post-British Invasion music landscape—it has that slightly stiff feeling frequently found in music produced from 1959-1963—or that the song could work without Spector’s mono Wall. Yet it’s absolutely infectious, and is perhaps the earliest example of pure pop.

Recommended listening:

The Coasters - "Yakety Yak" (1958)

The Crystals - "Da Doo Ron Ron" (1963)

The Crystals - "Then He Kissed Me" (1963)

The Drifters - "Under the Boardwalk" (1964)

The Ronettes - "Walking in the Rain" (1964)

#22: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

Appears on: 'Nevermind' (1991)

Genre: Grunge

Label: DGC

Written by: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic

Produced by: Butch Vig

You’d have to go all the way back to Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right”—the song that, before there was such a thing as rock and roll in the public consciousness, was deemed too black for white people and too white for black people—to find a song that changed the course of popular music like “Teen Spirit” did. Music enjoyed its most fruitful decade since the ‘60s as the Generation X rebellion brought a sea change in what was popular throughout the ‘90s, as alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic music all enjoyed broader mainstream success.

Recommended listening:

Alice in Chains - "Man in the Box" (1990)

Nirvana - "Come As You Are" (1991)

Pearl Jam - "Black" (1991)

Pearl Jam - "Jeremy" (1991)

Soundgarden - "Jesus Christ Pose" (1991)

#21: "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones

Appears on: 'Beggars Banquet' (1968)

Genre: Rock

Label: London [US] / Decca [UK]

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Produced by: Jimmy Miller

When you listen to “Sympathy for the Devil,” the only appropriate response is to tip your cap and tell the Rolling Stones, “You guys are really good at what you do.”

Recommended listening:

The Rolling Stones - "Street Fighting Man" (1968)

The Rolling Stones - "Midnight Rambler" (1969)

The Rolling Stones - "Moonlight Mile" (1971)

The Rolling Stones - "Shattered" (1978)

The Rolling Stones - "Slave" (1981)

#20: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd

Appears on: 'Wish You Were Here' (1975)

Genre: Acoustic Rock

Label: Columbia [US] / Harvest [UK]

Written by: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Produced by: Pink Floyd

Not the most influential song on the list, but I refuse to let go of this song’s high ranking: it’s too damn good.

Recommended listening:

Pink Floyd - "Echoes" (1971)

Pink Floyd - "Money" (1973)

Pink Floyd - "Time" (1973)

Pink Floyd - "Have a Cigar" (1975)

Pink Floyd - "Welcome to the Machine" (1975)

#19: "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen

Appears on: 'Born to Run' (1975)

Genre: Heartland Rock

Label: Columbia

Written by: Bruce Springsteen

Produced by: Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel

Bruce’s first two albums were commercial duds, and “Born to Run”—the song and the album—was his bid to break out of Asbury Park, his small town coastal New Jersey home. Needless to say, it worked.

Recommended listening:

Bruce Springsteen - "She's the One" (1975)

Bruce Springsteen - "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" (1975)

Bruce Springsteen - "Something in the Night" (1978)

Bruce Springsteen - "Drive All Night" (1980)

Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the U.S.A." (1984)

#18: "All Along the Watchtower" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Appears on: 'Electric Ladyland' (1968)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Label: Reprise

Written by: Bob Dylan

Produced by: Jimi Hendrix

How Hendrix managed to ever envision this extraordinarily explosive cover when he heard Bob Dylan’s acoustic original has boggled my mind for years now. This is truly the master at the top of his game here.

Recommended listening:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Crosstown Traffic" (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Rainy Day, Dream Away" (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" (1968)

#17: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Appears on: 'A Night at the Opera' (1975)

Genre: Rock

Label: Elektra [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: Freddie Mercury

Produced by: Roy Thomas Baker, Queen

Structurally, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is certainly one of the more interesting songs in the pop music canon. This six-minute, hard rock pseudo-opera is also ridiculously fun, no matter how many times you have heard it.

Recommended listening:

Queen - "Killer Queen" (1974)

Queen - "Somebody to Love" (1976)

Queen - "We Are the Champions" (1977)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

Queen - "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980)

#16: "The Weight" by the Band

Appears on: 'Music from Big Pink' (1968)

Genre: Folk Rock

Label: Capitol

Written by: Robbie Robertson

Produced by: John Simon

A great example of how effortless pop used to be. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which part of America this music stems from—which isn't surprising considering the Band’s members are mostly Canadian. As it stands, “The Weight” is a magnificent summation of the best of what American music had to offer to our neighbors to the north.

Recommended listening:

The Band - "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (1969)

Neil Young - "Don't Let It Bring You Down" (1970)

Neil Young - "Southern Man" (1970)

Neil Young - "The Needle and the Damage Done" (1972)

Neil Young - "Old Man" (1972)

#15: "Hey Jude" by The Beatles


Genre: Pop

Label: Apple

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

"Hey Jude" has the power to stop you in your tracks with that majestic coda/fade-out, which, by the way, is longer than the main body of the song. Still, "Hey Jude" remains bittersweet. It's really the last time the band was in any kind of sync—though excellent, 'The White Album' and 'Abbey Road' were more like collections of separate solo visions.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Blackbird" (1968)

The Beatles - "Helter Skelter" (1968)

The Beatles - "Get Back" (1969)

The Beatles - "Oh! Darling" (1969)

The Beatles - "The Long and Winding Road" (1970)

#14: "My Generation" by The Who

Appears on: 'My Generation' [UK] (1965) / 'The Who Sings My Generation' [US] (1965)

Genre: British Invasion

Label: Decca [US] / Brunswick [UK]

Written by: Pete Townshend

Produced by: Shel Talmy

Still an exhilarating listen after all these years. The Who have finer songs and more accomplished work, but nothing in their catalog compares to this bomb of a song.

Recommended listening:

The Who - "I Can't Explain" (1965)

The Who - "I Can See for Miles" (1967)

The Who - "Magic Bus" (1968)

The Who - "Pinball Wizard" (1969)

The Who - "The Seeker" (1970)

#13: "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos

Appears on: 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' (1970)

Genre: Blues Rock

Label: Atco [US] / Polydor [UK]

Written by: Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon

Produced by: Tom Dowd, Derek and the Dominos

The fact that it’s basically two songs hurts it more than it helps it, as far as this ranking stuff goes. I love it to death, but it’s very unlikely it will ever reclaim the top spot on my list. Truly magnificent stuff though.

Recommended listening:

Derek and the Dominos - "Bell Bottom Blues" (1970)

Derek and the Dominos - "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" (1970)

Derek and the Dominos - "Tell the Truth" (1970)

Eric Clapton - "I Shot the Sheriff" (1974)

Eric Clapton - "Tears in Heaven" (1992)

#12: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

Appears on: 'I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You' (1967)

Genre: Soul

Label: Atlantic

Written by: Otis Redding

Produced by: Jerry Wexler

By now I’m sure you have heard the story: “Respect” was originally recorded by a man (Otis Redding), then re-recorded by a woman (Aretha). It was pretty much the signature song of the women’s lib movement. Go Aretha!

Recommended listening:

Aretha Franklin - "Chain of Fools" (1967)

Aretha Franklin - "Do Right Woman - Do Right Man" (1967)

Aretha Franklin - "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (1967)

Aretha Franklin - "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1967)

Aretha Franklin - "Think" (1968)

#11: "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison


Genre: Rock

Label: Monument

Written by: Roy Orbison, Bill Dees

Produced by: Fred Foster

Still one of the definitive guitar licks five decades later. Oh, and Roy Orbison’s voice is amazing.

Recommended listening:

Link Wray - "Rumble" (1958)

Roy Orbison - "Only the Lonely" (1960)

Roy Orbison - "Crying" (1961)

Booker T. & the MGs - "Green Onions" (1962)

Roy Orbison - "In Dreams" (1963)

#10: "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys

#10: "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys

Appears on: 'Smiley Smile' (1967)

Genre: Psychedelic Pop

Label: Capitol

Written by: Brian Wilson, Mike Love

Produced by: Brian Wilson

The Beach Boys followed up 'Pet Sounds', their greatest album, with “Good Vibrations,” their greatest song. Brian Wilson reportedly slaved over this track for months, pasting the song's (noticeable) fragments together from over 90 hours of tape. Brian's tenure as the genius of American pop music was painfully short—mental illness and group tensions sidelined him shortly after "Good Vibrations" was completed—but he did resurrect the abandoned 'Smile' LP,the follow-up to 'Pet Sounds', in 2004 to great acclaim.

Recommended listening:

The Beach Boys - "Heroes and Villains" (1967)

The Beach Boys - "Surf's Up" (1971)

Brian Wilson - "Roll Plymouth Rock" (2004)

Brian Wilson - "Cabin Essence" (2004)

Brian Wilson - "Surf's Up" (2004)

#9: "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Appears on: 'What's Going On' (1971)

Genre: Soul

Label: Tamla

Written by: Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson, Marvin Gaye

Produced: Marvin Gaye

How many songs can claim they changed how an entire industry did their business? Motown’s outdated single factory was history after the public ate up “What’s Going On,” and label president Berry Gordy demanded an album’s worth of material from Gaye.

Recommended listening:

Marvin Gaye - "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" (1971)

Marvin Gaye - "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (1971)

Marvin Gaye - "Right On" (1971)

Marvin Gaye - "Let's Get It On" (1973)

Marvin Gaye - "Sexual Healing" (1982)

#8: "Let It Be" by The Beatles


Genre: Rock

Label: Apple

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

It came at the end of the Beatles’ run but, thankfully, McCartney saved one of his best, most magical, and most touching songs for last.

Recommended listening:

Paul McCartney - "Maybe I'm Amazed" (1970)

Paul & Linda McCartney - "Too Many People" (1971)

Paul McCartney & Wings - "Band on the Run" (1973)

Paul McCartney & Wings - "Jet" (1973)

Paul McCartney & Wings - "Live and Let Die" (1973)

#7: "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

Appears on: 'Let It Bleed' (1969)

Genre: Rock

Label: London [US] / Decca [UK]

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Produced by: Jimmy Miller

Only the Stones can make such dark and apocalyptic content sound so fun and exciting. This song is seriously too good.

Recommended listening:

The Rolling Stones - "Honky Tonk Women" (1969)

The Rolling Stones - "Sway" (1971)

The Rolling Stones - "Wild Horses" (1971)

The Rolling Stones - "Rocks Off" (1972)

The Rolling Stones - "Ventilator Blues" (1972)

#6: "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley


Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: RCA Victor

Written by: Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden, Elvis Presley

Produced by: Steve Sholes

Easily the most awesome Elvis tune; it’s his best rocker and his most heartfelt song, which is a rather wicked combo, for sure.

Recommended listening:

Elvis Presley - "I Love You Because" (1954)

Elvis Presley - "You're a Heartbreaker" (1954)

Elvis Presley - "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (1955)

Elvis Presley - "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (1955)

Elvis Presley - "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (1956)

#5: "Stairway to Heaven"

Appears on: 'Led Zeppelin IV' (1971)

Genre: Rock

Label: Atlantic

Written by: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

Produced by: Jimmy Page

Zeppelin’s subsequent epics would be a tad overblown (“Kashmir”) or a bit flat (“Achilles Last Stand”), but “Stairway” is when all of the pieces fell into place during their magical peak.

Recommended listening:

Led Zeppelin - "Black Dog" (1971)

Led Zeppelin - "When the Levee Breaks" (1971)

Led Zeppelin - "No Quarter" (1973)

Led Zeppelin - "In My Time of Dying" (1975)

Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (1975)

#4: "Imagine" by John Lennon

Appears on: 'Imagine' (1971)

Genre: Rock

Label: Apple

Written by: John Lennon

Produced by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector

“Imagine” perfectly captures the twilight of Silent generation dominance, with a simple yet elegant ode to the passing ideals of the ‘60s as power shifted to the rising Baby Boomers.

Recommended listening:

John Lennon - "God" (1970)

John Lennon - "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" (1970)

John Lennon - "Mother" (1970)

John Lennon - "Well Well Well" (1970)

John Lennon - "How Do You Sleep?" (1971)

#3: "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan

Appears on: 'Highway 61 Revisited' (1965)

Genre: Folk Rock

Label: Columbia

Written by: Bob Dylan

Produced by: Tom Wilson

Both the 'Highway 61 Revisited' album and this, its lead track/single, brought heady folk lyricism and full-blown rock instrumentation together for the first time; it’s the birth of modern rock & roll as we know it.

Recommended listening:

Bob Dylan - "Visions of Johanna" (1966)

Bob Dylan - "All Along the Watchtower" (1967)

Bob Dylan - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (1973)

Bob Dylan - "Idiot Wind" (1975)

Bob Dylan - "Hurricane" (1976)

#2: "Yesterday" by The Beatles

Appears on: 'Help!' (1965)

Genre: British Invasion

Label: Capitol [US] / Parlophone [UK]

Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Produced by: George Martin

"Yesterday" has been covered more than 2,000 times for a reason: it’s simple, effective, and flawless. With “Yesterday,” the Beatles’ early rock & roll juvenilia matured at last. The song is the all-important bridge between those relatively simplistic early days and the sheer genius of the Beatles’ output in the back half of the ‘60s.

Recommended listening:

The Beatles - "Eight Days a Week" (1964)

The Beatles - "Day Tripper" (1965)

The Beatles - "Help!" (1965)

The Beatles - "Ticket to Ride" (1965)

The Beatles - "We Can Work It Out" (1965)

#1: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry

Appears on: 'Chuck Berry Is on Top' (1959)

Genre: Rock & Roll

Label: Chess

Written by: Chuck Berry

Produced by: Little "Bongo" Kraus

Of all of the songs made in the pop music era, none carries more weight than this one. It completely embodies everything rock & roll is, was, and can be.

Recommended listening:

Chuck Berry - "Rock and Roll Music" (1957)

Chuck Berry - "Around and Around" (1958)

Chuck Berry - "Carol" (1958)

Chuck Berry - "Reelin' and Rockin'" (1958)

Chuck Berry - "Sweet Little Sixteen" (1958)

What do you think of the new list? Is it better or worse than the older versions?

Don't agree with my list? Be sure to let me know!

-- Eric

Reader Reaction - Honest Comments Only! 869 comments

letje 6 years ago

Nice one. Still, I think to name the best songs is rather subjective though I certainly agree with a lot of the "nominees". keep it up!

Adam Lawton 6 years ago

I honestly think that the previous version of your list was better. I am not very happy with songs like Free Bird and Bohemian Rhapsody being so low on the list, while a simple pop tune like 'Yesterday' is at #14.

However, it all depends on personal taste, I suppose, and your personal taste is incredibly spread out over several genres of music. A very nice list, certainly better than most.

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EricMack1 6 years ago Author

Hey guys, thanks for commenting.

letje - Very true, this is subjective. Though it's interesting to me that the same handful of songs tend to show up near the top of most people's lists.

Adam - The previous list was a little heavier on classic rock, so if that's what you're into, then yeah, seeing Free Bird and Bohemian Rhapsody in the 30s must be somewhat disappointing since they're two of the best classic rock songs. I guess we have a good faith disagreement about Yesterday. It's kind of a quiet song (if that makes any sense), but I think it was really the first time the Beatles showed any real depth in their songwriting before their writing blossomed on Rubber Soul. FYI, I Want to Hold Your Hand was the last song left off the list, so if this list ever gets expanded to 200 (which it hopefully will), that's going to likely be #101. Stay tuned!

Adam Lawton 6 years ago

I have to admit, Yesterday does show a lot more depth than songs like I Want To Hold Your Hand, so we are agreed in that aspect.

But I suppose the last list was very heavily focused on rock, so this list is a bit of a change. Guess I'm more of a classic rock enthusiast myself :P

And I would look forward to an updated 200 songs list!

Just 1 small request: Please try to include at least 1 more Queen song on the new list? (I am a massive Queen fan). I think there should be 1 more in the top 200, but that's my opinion

Also, maybe more Elton John? And perhaps 'We Are The World'?

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EliteChicagoLim1 6 years ago

Its so beautiful how Eric Clapton describes blues. Loved your lens, great songs.

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mcd3inc 6 years ago

Great list...surprised on some of the levels of the songs...thought MJ was the King?

buat 6 years ago

Thanks for the list=) some of them i never heard before. looking forward to try them.

jspec42 6 years ago

Great list but Johnny Cash wrote "One"

anonymous 6 years ago

well im a big fan of slow rock no argue about that... and if you want i can give you few of the songs i really love

anonymous 6 years ago

Too many options! Way too many - amazes me how despite all those great songs having been made there are still more around the corner - it is like the human mind is capable of near infinite creativity.

amyjoy24 6 years ago

Pretty long list of men... Where are the women? Carole King? Ella Fitzgerald? Etta James? Joni Mitchell? Barbara Streisand? Sarah Vaughn? There is only one female alone, and only one women's group. The other five (yes only 7 in a 100, 2 of which are the SAME band) are singers in a male band. You need to expand your mind, not to be inclusive of women but to be comprhensive of all great music.

anonymous 6 years ago

Long live rabid feminism! :) Just kidding. I agree - although never looked at it that way - perhaps a decent spread would be in order - Lens master knows though! ;)

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EricMack1 6 years ago Author

Love the comments, guys. Keep them coming. Also, give some of the songs you think should be represented on the list a shout out. I appreciate all of the feedback.

amyjoy24: I honestly hadn't thought about the male/female thing. I wasn't intentionally being sexist or anything like that. I'm not biased towards male singers, I just think that, as it happens, the greatest songs happen to have been sung mostly by men. (Bands tend to consist of men, for starters.) There are many, many great songs and artists that I had to leave off the list. I'm still (slowly) working towards expanding the list to 200, which would let me both deepen and broaden the palette of choices available.

jspec42: Johnny Cash's version of "One" is a cover. U2 did the original.

anonymous 6 years ago

Great lens!

Vishenda 6 years ago

Great job! Your really put a lot of effort on this. Love your compilation since I'm a fan of The Beatles.

hexagon 6 years ago

Nice list. I listen to many of them when I was a teenager. (20 years ago)

svarun 6 years ago

I miss Spandau ballet and Duran Duran on this list. Otherwise, great lens :-)

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Grahans LM 6 years ago

Great lens and really nice work!

anonymous 6 years ago

Nice Lens! I Love It!

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pylemountain1 6 years ago

Well, I think my list would be quite different than yours, but that's cool. Nice work!

anonymous 6 years ago

Great lens with lots of variety in the songs, love it

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brittanyshaf 6 years ago

i love imagine!! thanks for making this lens!

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naturegirl7s 6 years ago from Covington, LA

Your list brought back so many old memories of what I was doing when I first heard these songs.

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JakTraks 6 years ago from Chicago area

What a great lens! Took me back a FEW years. Right.

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GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

Great work!

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jenms lm 6 years ago

This is a great list - I have quite a few of these tracks but there are a bunch I need to get.

anonymous 6 years ago

Nice lens, and good tracks as a young un quite a few of them are before my time so I hadn't really heard of them before

anonymous 6 years ago

While I don't agree with the order or ranking of some of the tracks you have listed, this has been a true 'trip down memory lane' for me and has reminded me of songs I had forgotten. Thanks for this lens!

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AliciaAnn89 6 years ago from New York

You compiled an excellent list! I agree with most of your choices. Great lens.

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stacy mcdaniel 6 years ago

So many good songs here. I love just about all kinds of music. Great List!

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Sk8erBoy1 6 years ago

Awesome lens. Those are some awesome songs!

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Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

This is a great list of great songs, but really, it's the greatest songs of the late 20th century, not all time. What of everything that came before 1950 and has survived for hundreds of years, like the Elizabethan madrigals?

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lyuben88 6 years ago

I love those songs. When I say that I mean at least 50 of them. Thanks for making that lens it is awesome...

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Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

Good work. But I Will Vote "Hotel California" For Number 1.

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MyFairLadyah2 6 years ago

Oh, the memories these titles elicit

Took lots of work to list them explicit

anonymous 6 years ago

Ah, I like your choices. Memories.

anonymous 6 years ago

I agree with many of your choices. Great idea for a lens!

JTisHellaGood 6 years ago

Good list! Some songs on there I disagree with, however I only have one question. Why are there no songs from the 21st century? While, yes, the majority of today's music is not good, there are some songs that really deserve to be on here. Just in my own humble opinion.

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PaulaMorgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

love lots of the songs on your list - interesting choices for someone your age though :-)

kt_glasses 6 years ago

Amazing list! I love Imagine, Go Your Own Way and so many others on this list! Thanks for sharing!

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CreativeDevelop 6 years ago

Interesting choice of Stairway. I prefer Jimmy Page's idea that Kashmir is better

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oyningen 6 years ago

Wow, that's a lot of songs :)

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kraji lm 6 years ago

Good work! Nice list of great songs despite I will put on other positions some of them. :)

shannonpatricia 6 years ago

Great collection of songs

shannonpatricia 6 years ago

Great list of songs

anonymous 6 years ago

Wow !!

Apart from taking pains to collect the 100 songs this is a very good collection of melodious songs.

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Ashly Rain 6 years ago

Amazing lens!!! Can't even believe how much effort you put into making this such a high-quality lens. A true labor of love.

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Megal LM 6 years ago

Wow, you really love music. Though, I don't agree with the placement of some of these on the list.

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Magicality LM 6 years ago

There are some charming songs on this list ... Some unexpected also ;-)

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thesuccess2 6 years ago

Hey are you my alter-ego? I agree with nearly all 100 tracks.

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capital44 6 years ago

This is a sound list! I would shuffle the order up a little but otherwise thanks for the trip!

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StaciJansma LM 6 years ago

Nice Lens.

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MrKerouac 6 years ago

Cool lens. Right away I was excited by the Robert Johnson Pic. He was only 27 when he died.

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as2391 6 years ago

Good job on the list!

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svkhereiam1 6 years ago

good list but I can't imagine November Rain is not on the list!

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southpaw23 6 years ago

It's tough since music is a matter of taste. A top 100 for one person would be totally different for another, but there is no doubt lots of thought went into this list! It'd probably be easier to choose with narrower criteria like "top 100 pop songs from the 60s through 80s". My top song would probably be by nat king cole or ella fitzgerald. I love their voices and the arrangements. : )

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pantar 6 years ago

Nice list. Stairway to heaven really rocks. I like all Zeppelin music but this song is my favourite.

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Do-It-Yourselfer 6 years ago

good job on the lens

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card lady 2 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

Some of these songs are my favorites for sure.

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cbessa 6 years ago

And as the years goes by, the list will change.

ChinaAileen 6 years ago

One of the more impressive blogs I have seen. Thanks so much for keeping the internet classy for a change.

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JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

Great collection of information and tips. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your next lens, I will definitely be rating this UP!!! ;)


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glenbrook 6 years ago

Nicely done. I love California Dreamin.

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catherinelovestv 6 years ago

I like Imagine, it always seems to be in everyones top 10

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indigomoth 6 years ago from New Zealand

wonderful list :)

MatthewThomas 6 years ago

Great list. Most of them are my favorites.

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racquetpro 6 years ago

Very very complete list. I especially like "Yesterday", ur number 14

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ArdenBaird LM 6 years ago

Lots of good songs on this list. I will admit that I do not understand everyone's love of "Hotel California" or "Stairway to Heaven."

thePierides 6 years ago

some great songs,

awesome job.

I would have definitely put purple haze up a bit higher but other than that, pretty kick ass

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paperfacets 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

Interesting list. Where are our 80's Favorites?

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emcueto 6 years ago

Very cool lens. But I don't see very many of my favorite 90's songs. Oh, well! =)

anonymous 6 years ago

Impressive list! There are some of my favorites in it!

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Aquavel 6 years ago

Awesome list! Makes me feel 20 years younger too! Well done!

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Grangermdk 6 years ago

Very cool lens

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Antonette13 6 years ago

I really like your list. :)

zapider 6 years ago

Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. this my fave :)

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bewebmarketing 6 years ago

This lens is very cool, but i don't agree with the songs chosen. I don't think Imagine is the best song ever :) For me it's Bohemian Raphsody by Queen :)

ZxonRust 6 years ago

how come there are no Metallica's songs huh?

they are hard rock legends..

and u have missed californicatin of RHCP too..

it is played like a million times more in radio then "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová...

it is a classic.. hall of fame song. and it must be there in greatest songs of all time..

i like ur top 3 though..

they are truly greats.. but u have missed many of legends

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carny 6 years ago

Wow, that's a huge list. There are lots of timeless classics there, but of course when it comes to music you can't please everyone.

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willisx32 6 years ago

oh cool. great lens. Good work. The biggest lens I have seen so far.

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redflea13 lm 6 years ago

Quite a few Beatles songs on the list. They did make a lot of great songs.

lyrictube 6 years ago

Just relax watching music video

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jlshernandez 6 years ago

Music is so subjective. Proud Mary is my favorite especially when Tina Turner sings it. Great list.

pianoguy1 6 years ago

Very nice lense I love a lot of these songs and am trying to learn them on the learn piano by ear.

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kbellez 6 years ago

you've got great songs on here.

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mikerbowman 6 years ago

Wow, what a great list! I appreciate the time you put into these considerations. You are truly a great appreciator of excellent music!

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TeguhAnanto 6 years ago

great list man,check my lenses please!!

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Cupe LM 6 years ago

Very detail lense... I loved

scottalexrudolph 6 years ago

I liked your lens! First I made sure imagine was number one. Very important feature.

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CynzdaReveur 6 years ago

Wow..You must have put so much work in making this lens.. Great job.. This is a really great lens.. Thanks for your list of best tracks..;)

lansed 6 years ago

you've lost that loving feeling.

arguable THE greatest song of all time.

or so ive heard.

didn't notice that on there.

nice list though

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QuestForHozro 6 years ago

Great List!

I'd have gotten Hendrix "And The Wind Blows Mary" in there, and found room for Neil Young's "Helpless" as well. I can understand the choice of "Baba O'Reilly" but would probably choose "Won't Get Fooled Again" if I had to pick just one track by The Who from Who's Next.

When you picked an Orbison song, did you consider "Running Scared"?

Overall I have to give you a lot of credit for a great list!

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ChristopherFranko 6 years ago

your list is so damn laggy its not even funny

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charder 6 years ago

Not sure about the top song, but otherwise I dig the list.

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pboimare 6 years ago

I have to agree with a lot of that list being at least pretty close. I can't help but notice that there is no hip-hop or rap included on there though. All in all, pretty good though.

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JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

This is a pretty good list. But shouldn't the 100 greatest songs of all time include songs from every genre? Otherwise it's really just 100 greatest classic rock songs. But, I still think it's an excellent compilation of songs. Now to go make a playlist...

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dwnovacek 6 years ago

Awesome lens/list. I've got to agree with previous posters, though, not necessarily the best *songs* of all times, but the best of classic rock. Great job!

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theXodus 6 years ago

Quite the collection you have here! Well done...

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EricMack1 6 years ago Author

Hey guys, appreciate all the comments. Keep them coming!

Regarding some recent comments:

1. This isn't just a list of classic rock songs. Read the intro at the top for more info.

2. pboimare: "The Message" (#63) is a hip hop song. The reason why it's the only one on the list is because I didn't feel that the other great hip hop songs have made as great of an impact and, frankly, aren't good enough.

davey_jones16 6 years ago

Hey, good list there, although, slightly confused at the lack of a Bon Jovi song.. you might not be a huge fan, but in my opinion they should have at least 1 song in there somewhere. Other than that the rest are all good choices, well done

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nine sec93lx 5 years ago

Man you really nailed this list, awesome job! You included a few songs that I might not have thought of, but which fit perfectly. There were only a few songs that I didn't recognize on the list.

I can't wait to read your others.

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poloponydesign 5 years ago

I'm youtubing some of my old favorites right now - Great lens!

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cooldiet 5 years ago

Truly hits! Very good choice!

FigNewtonian 5 years ago

Imagine #1? Are you serious? Doesn't even belong on the list.

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surviving-2012 5 years ago

A lot a good songs here. The funny thing about favorite music is that it is extremely personal. Very nice.

jacobphilpott 5 years ago

ace list man enjoyed going through it! I was worried when I had gone through 90 songs and hadn't seen Hotel California yet! Haha

I felt this was a little Michael Jackson dry, Smooth Criminal maybe?

But the one I think you really missed is JOURNEY! Any of their greats, but of course the default answer with Journey would be Don't Stop Believing. Lights and Faithfully would have worked.

Others to think about; Def Leppard, AC/DC, Scorpions, Guns and Roses, Steve Miller Band, Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville

Sorry finally;

Where's Ben E. King Stand By Me!!

haha really though enjoyed the list

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wintersquidoo 5 years ago

i'm blues man, but i'm good man, ^^

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MiseryBusiness519 5 years ago

Great List! Creative Use of the iTunes Module! Thanks for sharing! :)

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ChristopherFranko 5 years ago

david bowie FTW

anonymous 5 years ago

Cool! Thanks.

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kidsandbibs lm 5 years ago

a very cool collection!!

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petermurray 5 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

Awesome list. A lot of the music I grew up with.

mark33650 5 years ago

Awesome List.

marlamarie 5 years ago

excellent list, a favourite for sure!

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ValerieRayne LM 5 years ago

Great list you've put together here. My favorite Fleetwood Mac song is definitely "Never Going Back Again". I want to learn to play that song. And I love your #1 choice!

joshcal7 5 years ago

Good list

anonymous 5 years ago

We will have to agree to disagree. Of course taste and age have a lot to do with it. Great list a lens.

colonelbogey 5 years ago

This is a fine and fairly eclectic 100 greatest songs of all time....even to the papas got a brand new pigbag song AND including Paranoid by Sabbath at No.69 too.

Impossible of course to include everything....but Queen, Joy Division/New Order, B-52s and The Smiths ALL wrote some fabulous and memorable singles...but you have been particularly thin on them....especially Queen who had around 20 top 20 singles in their repertoire....perhaps there is more of the above in the top 200?

Excellent taste in music though, squidoo...Nice one.

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Gloriousconfusion 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Lots of my favorites here

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MikeEssex 5 years ago

Wow, just wow. That must have taken forever! You are a dedicated music fan for sure.

KDimmick 5 years ago

Nice lens

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Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Great lens from someone who obviously knows and loves classic rock!

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MuskyJim LM 5 years ago

Excellent lense about music. favorite for sure.

anonymous 5 years ago

Very, very nice list

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GreenTeaTime 5 years ago

Such an interesting lens

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John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

good list but obviously very personal.Most lists of this type are voted for by hundreds if not thousands of readers or listeners. I envy you the ability to differentiate between #35 and #36 for example. I would never be able to do that. I have lensrolled this to a new lens I have created, all the #1 british hits of 1969. I hope to do a series including, to start with, the years 1960 to 1971. You migt be able to guess my approximate age, LOL

outsource123 5 years ago

I read this lense twice!

juniornay 5 years ago

Great lenss! Keep it up!

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Demaw 5 years ago

You have a lot of great songs on your list. Some of my favorites.

anonymous 5 years ago

Great layout, all the best with this great lens. Love the all time music list.

patel1111 5 years ago

Hi here is great music library and great layout.

Thank You

GrinningFool 5 years ago

Any list that has "The End" By the Doors gets a like from me!

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ashmoon lm 5 years ago

great work, this must have taken some putting together

mrgbigg 5 years ago

needs rush like 2112 or the trees and cover of the rolling stone has to be on there

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McGunn21 5 years ago

Awesome lens!!! We can tell you put a of time into this lens. Keep up the good work!

PropheticMentor 5 years ago

.....way cool.

PapaLeo 5 years ago

Damn good list, sir! But now that the Beatles catalogue is available on iTunes, it's time to update your links.

MrDiego 5 years ago

I love rock music and I like your list, but I have to say that this is so English-American. Where is Edith Piaf for instance "La vie en rose"?, I would agree with the madrigals comment, and include perhaps Thomas Morley. Anybody knows him? my favorite madrigal is John Bennet's "Weep, o mine eyes". Or Janequin's "le chant des oyseaux". Maybe as a recognition of the existence of classical music you could include "Ode to Joy" from Bethoven's ninth symphony. What about a latin american Bolero? My choice "Regalame esta noche" from Roberto Cantoral. Anyone knows who Joan Manuel Serrat is? You would have to include "Mediterraneo" from him...I hope you get curious and listen to some of these suggestions. There are so many more...

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wondersmoke lm 5 years ago

wow u rock!

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Spartak LM 5 years ago

I love the songs! Keep up the good work!

dellgirl 5 years ago

Great list of songs you have here, tons of memorable moments come to mind reading your list! I can tell you love music! This is impressive!

5 stars, thumbs up, and I am joining your fan club.

dmalchow95 5 years ago

Imagine? Really? Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but doesn't deserve to be in top ten, let alone #1?!!? This list is almost perfect except for that one song. It's not really as great as what it may seem. I saw stairway at #2 and was hoping for something that was at least worth being in the top ten to hold #1's spot. Like I said this list is pretty much perfect... except that one song...

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LauraMarie LM 5 years ago

Some great songs here. I love Imagine and Mr Tambourine Man

abertawe 5 years ago

Excellent list but a little Beatles heavy

B_Gollihue 5 years ago

I say well done simply for the time it took to build such a well put together lens. I can't say that I agree with the list as a whole (I doubt any two people would), but I have to admit it's an awesome job.

sig2k30 5 years ago

Greatest Songs all time

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GoodinDevelopme 5 years ago

This is a monster of a list. Great job, nailed it.

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christopherlee lm 5 years ago

Very cool blog Eric, you got a lot of interesting music here, i will be back here again to read some more. I have just created my Len few day ago at >> Hope you can visit mine I have favourited your Len.

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christopherlee lm 5 years ago

@Spartak LM: yep, same here.

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pixelposy 5 years ago

Wow, this lens had to take some hard work. Thanks for sharing a ton of great songs in a fun way.

royeven 5 years ago

what about Terrapin Station by Grateful Dead?

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MirandaBrooks LM 5 years ago

This is an amazing lens, Love Imagine by John Lennon :D

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TyGatti LM 5 years ago

Awesome lens! was not expecting such a comprehensive list!

jime333 5 years ago

Great list - but you missed the most important of all "Rock around the Clock" also the most creative "American Pie"

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Glenn619 5 years ago

Nice lens many of my all time favorites are mentioned as well. nice job

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enigma0430 lm 5 years ago

Nice lens, and great list. Lot of good songs, maybe not the way I would have ranked them, but pretty close!

xMrMojoRisinx7 5 years ago

ok smells like teen spirit should be in the top 10.... 9 or 10. Pearl Jam shouldn't even be on the list like look who is on the list the beatles, john lennon, the eagles, led, and so on and so forth these are bands that were great and were the best in there decade so pearl jam should not be there. Stairway to heaven should be number 1. That's it other than that im good.

AshAffiches 5 years ago

@xMrMojoRisinx7: Dude, no 2 person is the same so you can't expect your taste to match his opinions where songs are concerned. This is impossible so make your own lens?

sustainableartist 5 years ago

Nice mixture of old and new! Baba O'Riley <3 Ditto for Falling Slowly. Classic!

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Krafick 5 years ago

Very nice lens with Imagine in 1st place. Peace will overcome.

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MTLwordsmith 5 years ago

Good collection. Really glad to see the shoutouts to some of the oldies!

chidchan 5 years ago

Great Lens! The Beatles is no.1.

Positivevibestechnician 5 years ago

you have some great material here i had to lensroll it into my music lens. Tahnk's

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tobejim 5 years ago

Some great songs here... not sure about my top 100 but certainly some real classics!

samsons1 5 years ago

I agree on some of your choices; of course - it's a personal thing...

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WebIsFun 5 years ago

So many favorites are listed here!

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tigerheartlegend 5 years ago

I totally agree with this list.

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Titia 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

Great list of songs, don't know them all though. I've feathered this lens on my music lens. One suggestion: I would get rid of that spam comment somewhere below.

blueangel85 5 years ago

Very good list !

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lasertek lm 5 years ago

I like this list! My all time favorite songs that made the list include Bridge over Troubled Water, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hotel California & Imagine.

ActionMan_INC 5 years ago

Let me first say GREAT LIST... now let me next say where is "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Crossroads"??? and this kind of list just doesn't seem complete with out Steve Winwood. It makes me wonder if you were feelin alright when you made it. And in my humble opinion i would have put "THE WEIGHT" in the top ten and removed a few Beatles songs. Not that the Beatles arnt great but this list is a little to beatles friendly.

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CHalloran LM 5 years ago

great listing.... glad to see david bowie there, although i would give him a higher ranking :-) nice lens!

hershel01 5 years ago

Gosh so many of these I had forgotten about, thanks for sharing and bringing back memories, great lens.

flashkid 5 years ago

wow. That's a huge list. And "Johnny B Goode"... brought back childhood memories

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lynnrdavis 5 years ago

Awesome list!!! I had forgotten about many of these songs. Great job!

orlandoguy 5 years ago

Great picks in your top 100 songs. Although I would like to see some new age music though.


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rob-hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

Your list is pretty well spot on. Good collection of great music.

cecepswp 5 years ago

Wow...great listing! Btw, I didn't see the Carpenters on the list....

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JeremiahStanghini 5 years ago

I love having three Beatles' songs in the top 10!

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jvalentine1043 5 years ago

Did I miss something? Does one of the top selling recording artist of all time Michael Jackson only have 1 song on here? He is in the same conversation as Elvis and the Beatles and he only has one. Did I count that wrong?

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RascalO 5 years ago

This is an awesome list, great job, love it!

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techjunkie11 5 years ago

Great list! I have found some new fav's from it!

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mrniceguy11 5 years ago

Great list. I'm adding you to my lensroll on a few of my lenses right now.

mrsphillips200 5 years ago

I like your list overall, but you need to have more 80's music (I see no New Wave songs). Also, I would say that you need less Cream and more MJ. Lastly, I would add Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day. Still, I love your list. I am current;y working on my own list. I would love your opinion when I am done.

sorrybutitstrue 5 years ago

#70 is reggae just sayin'

mexx88 5 years ago

great list! hope these songs never die

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Milamber52 LM 5 years ago

awesome list; thumbs up!

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TurtleDog70 5 years ago

Cool list! Some of those songs I hear all the time and practically take for granted, but still great stuff. Thanks for posting!

nousdementor 5 years ago

Best songs of all time..

nice work on lens..:)

MaysCash 5 years ago

No Johnny Cash? No John Mellencamp? No Neil Diamond? No Billy Idol? No Duran Duran? No Sex Pistols? Wow.

rachelmoffet 5 years ago

I didn't see Skid Row, but if any of their songs were on here and I just didn't see them then right on!

Bandokilla 5 years ago

100 Greatest Songs

zslwork 5 years ago

i have downloaded several songs like this and i found many are not worthy so i wish this should be the one which win and may be accessible all the time

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@zslwork: just get the link right from here

aakashmittal92 5 years ago

nice list

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Kathryn002 5 years ago

Fantastically comprehensive list.

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Jkak 5 years ago

great list! i've been looking for something like this.. thanks :)

DebtHarassmentLawyer 5 years ago

Nice lense. Thanks for the memories.

mrsphillips200 5 years ago

Pretty good list, but you're missing Good Riddance by Green Day, My GIrl by The Tempations, and Earth Angel by The Penguins. Also, Hey Jude and Born To Run are a little high if you ask me, but overall, it's a good list.

nizarrr 5 years ago

good work man

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Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Great list of songs. I like everyone else could add a few, but this is your selection and it is a good one. There are some memories for me here. Thanks.

vohraaish 5 years ago

nice list.. though Im not familiar with some songs, it does have some of my favorites :)

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Philippians468 5 years ago

what a great list of songs you have here! great work! cheers

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muyenp lm 5 years ago

great list, though I'm not familiar with most of the songs here

GrahamCurwen 5 years ago

This is a great list. it must have been hard to put them in some sort of order! I love to listen to music when I am working on our Kleeneze business and have a lot of thes songs on my ipod. Will have to have a look for them. Thanks for spending the time to produce this.

fishingadv 5 years ago

Great one collection of old songs......

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oktalBlizzard 5 years ago

Great work!

Thank you for organising all this music into one place!


nahid2k 5 years ago

great work .... thanks for such a labor.

itsmegian 5 years ago

i agree with the no. 1 spot... it really is the best song ever

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Joyce Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

A fascinating list. A few thoughts for pondering: I am almost 60 years old and as a five-year-old I recall seeing Little Richard perform live. (My brother was a teenager in the mid-'50s) My definition of class rock varies from yours. Its height was from the mid to late 60s. With some exceptions, not much of importance was happening in the '70s -- with the obvious exceptions of your first two selections and some others such as Dire Straights. Frankly, I would have put Stairway to Heaven as number one. And somewhere on this list I'd have put Duran Duran's Rio. A wonderful lens. Loved your inclusion of Eric Clapton's quote re: the blues.

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Joyce Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

P.S. I was afraid that I may have come across as smug or something in my earlier comment. I just want to say that it is fascinating to see how two people from two different generations can view a musical genre from separate vantage points. Again, a great lens. Keep it up, Keep it up, Eric.

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EricMack1 5 years ago Author

Nah, no worries. Regarding the classic rock debate, the term "classic rock" is used only to describe a radio format, and classic rock stations never play anything from the '50s. People have a tendency to use "classic rock" and "rock and roll" interchangeably, which I consider to be incorrect.

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bboy131 lm 5 years ago

I love a lot of these songs. Great choices for any music lover. Great lens!

roofingsteve 5 years ago

Great 100 list. I've been searching for 'new' old songs to download and you gave me some great ideas. How did I ever forget about Lennon's Imagine, LOL. I've been searching around and found some good top 100 songs in 2011, but it's nice to have some oldies in my playlist.


anonymous 5 years ago

Great lens. Thank you much.

anonymous 5 years ago

Great collection of songs you have here. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous 5 years ago

This is a nice list of songs, but this is definitely not a top 100 best songs ever, if it were it would SUCK, no ofense, it is just my opinion...

anonymous 5 years ago

Remind me of my childhood. :P I really U2's song.

gigalisa 5 years ago

When I saw the title of your lens, it intrigued me. After seeing # 100 I immediately pressed 'end' to find out which songs was 1 & 2. The page took a while to load & I impatiently tried to imagine (lol) what song would be considered 'the greatest'. I negatively thought it would be something new & what I would deem as crap. But, I was wrong. I still get misty hearing Imagine & Stairway is my personal #1. I can't comment on the rest of the list, since I jumped to the end (or the beginning). Just wanted to say thanks, for starting off my day with a smile.

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JaySing 5 years ago

Oh've gone and done something great. Excellent lens.

anonymous 5 years ago

Great list of songs! Blessings from a SquidAngel!

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fefe42 5 years ago

I never thought about listening to the blues but your comments have me interested. I listen to music of different genres and just like good music. Much of the music that's popular today is terrible.

Also, it's great that the Beatles are now on iTunes! :)

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fefe42 5 years ago

@anonymous: I think everyone would have their own unique list of the best 100 songs, and not agree with other lists.

xxleafsfanxx 5 years ago

Bohemian Rhapsody should be #1, not #34

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Vintervarg LM 5 years ago

@xxleafsfanxx: I would place "Stairway to Heaven" as N1 :-)

At least it is N1 in the list of best rock music songs of all times.

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phoenix76 5 years ago from WNY

Nice lens --- so much great music!!! Many of my favorites made your list, and I totally agree with your #1, "Imagine" gives me chills every time I hear it. I like that you included The Swell Season too!!! :)

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JanezKranjski 5 years ago

There is nothing I would add to this list. Great list.

kcbacon 5 years ago

Wow, there have been some phenomenal songs written. This is a great list. There are a few songs on here that while iconic, I would never consider as one of the top 100 greatest songs of all time. In my opinion for a song to be one of the greatest of all time, it has to be timeless, meaning relevant and still listened to today. There are many songs on this list that don't meet this criteria. Regardless, it is a great list.

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RollinJ1 5 years ago

i think everyone give Imagine too much credit. yes it's a great song and top 5 for sure, but i just don't think it deserves the number 1 spot. good list overall though

SVimes 5 years ago

The top 100 even though it has some great music listed. So many great songs are missing. Everyone has their own top 100. But you can't exclude certain songs with looking at the artist listed here. Without the influence of some of the legendary blues, jazz, gospel and any other genre of music that gave the future artists to start writing or singing, join their first band. But then again this is your top 100, thank you for sharing and reminding me off some songs I haven't heard in a very long time.

Imagine is a good song. Maybe not number 1, but in the top 10, perhaps.

GG9687 5 years ago

Bohemian Rhapsody, my #1. great list though!

Sarasota 5 years ago

great list! but, where is Johnny Cash? :-)

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mattseefood lm 5 years ago

Good list! Lots of classics :)

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OrganicMom247 5 years ago

Classic music is the best. I love the song Imagine, and so I'm glad it's the #1 song. :)

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almu007 5 years ago

Great list, a little disappointed there is no Journey, but I guess not everyone appreciates their greatness ;)

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paulbags 5 years ago

great list - love most of them

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lbos114 5 years ago

Imagine number one! The irony in that is I couldn't put a list like that together... but John Lennon imagine is on the top of my list "classic rock" this will be lensrolled to that lens just as soon as its featured :)

kingtekrin 5 years ago

The Tracks of my tears definitely belongs in this list. , thanks for adding it

justchris 5 years ago

You've got a picture of Robert Johnson on the top of the page and no blues in your list. You have a long prologue and yet you have no idea what good music is. you sir are a pretentious fuck. While some of these songs belong in there place, the vast majority are ill placed or undeserving. All together this list is a disgarce to the internet and all people who use it...... And you're a sell out to to the coorporate machine (itunes) and that's not very rock and roll.

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CherrrieB 5 years ago

I enjoyed the list. At least you went to the trouble to create one. Thanks for sharing.

Chris_Green 5 years ago

Interesting list. You gave yourself a hard task with this idea, and any individual's list would always provoke debate as it is subjective and we all have our own opinions. Although personally I would HAVE to say American Pie and Sweet Child o' Mine, amongst others, would have to be in any top 100. Good try though

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dbzfreak lm 5 years ago

I never heard any of these songs but i will start now. I will listen to Imagine first.

anonymous 5 years ago

This is great. Thanks for makng this lens. True music

anonymous 5 years ago

wow.. some song i can recognize but else i'm never know..

anyway, this a great list..

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marruma 5 years ago

I don't know most of these songs but I like the whole idea of your lens :)

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very cool

anonymous 5 years ago

Nice Lens! That reminded of some songs I hadn't heard for years! Thanks...

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VANILLAREY LM 5 years ago

Good collection. Bohemian Rhapsody and Pretty Woman is my favorite. I still have to check other songs on this list. Such lists makes it easy for people looking for good songs.

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achraf lm 5 years ago

many of these songs reminds me of old good time. Thank you so much for this great lens!

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Hi there,really nice job.

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hysongdesigns 5 years ago

good list! I still listen to about 30 of those you listed and have a few original LP albums ;-)

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Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

Great list! It's hard to argue with the bands and music listed in the top twenty, and your lists reminds me of a few songs that are missing from my personal Top 10 List.

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auxpwr lm 5 years ago

Heck of a list you have here, good job.

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dawngibson lm 5 years ago

This is a great list! It covers such a wide variety of tunes.

dogme84 5 years ago

wow! top 100

good work

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johnlfa 5 years ago

Good to see Bob Marley on the list!

billinil24 5 years ago

Great list! Naturally I don't agree 100% and there are a few bands missing altogether that I would have in here, it is a list with good variety and good choices!

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sonydhiman 5 years ago

Great list of songs!! I really liked it :) Good work

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ellagis 5 years ago

I totally agree with you about the first place, as it's my favourite song too. We could talk about the following positions.... but, of course, as you said, it's personal.

solutum 5 years ago

wow impressive list of songs!

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Ian Lauder 5 years ago from Redmond, WA

Now I want to go create a playlist of all these selections, great job on this list.

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webcodez lm 5 years ago

Wowa, you did WORK. Great lens, exactly what I was looking for, greatly helpful to expand my music base with more great music :). Thanks for putting so much effort in creating this lens and sharing!

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webcodez lm 5 years ago

Oh btw, I'm missing the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this list! They certainly DO belong in there if not more than once.

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pedalboards 5 years ago

Great list, though "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys is a serious omission... though to each his own.

Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

Great lens.seems like you have really bended your lens to create such a beauty.Songs like Stairway to heaven and Comfortably numb are just great.Bt i always preferred Smells Like Teens Spirit By Nirvana.Got a new music list.Shall get busy listening to these.

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Have2Cruise LM 5 years ago

Great lens! A few of these songs I haven't heard of before but most of them I have. Brought back many memories!

anonymous 5 years ago

What a FAB lens. I am not good with knowing dets about bands, etc. But, I know songs, what I like etc., and scrolling through your list was a joy :) Great compilation and congrats for having the most comprehensive list of 100 greatest songs I've ever seen :)

anonymous 5 years ago

PS: I'm totally bookmarking this for future reference, thanks again :)

CartoonGirl 5 years ago

What a playlist! Fantastic lens and compilation, so many great songs on here!

PaddyBrennand 5 years ago

Some wicked songs, however three I would personally include are: Iggy Pop - The Passenger/ Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy/ Primal Scream - Loaded.

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anticloud 5 years ago

Wow! Thanks for putting this lens together. You did some amazing work on it!

wayne_luvinlife 5 years ago

I love anything to do with Blues and Classic Rock, however no list is complete especially blues without Stevie Ray Vaughn. But I grew up with rock'n'roll playing, living and breathing the music. For not having grown up with it, you have definitely done your home work ! Peace and keep the faith...Shine On!

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anonymous 5 years ago

Love the list!!

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AQuintinSmith 5 years ago from Paradise on Earth

Nice I am bookmarking this one.

anonymous 5 years ago

some songs are my favorite.

anonymous 5 years ago

Some great songs here!!

TopTenLists 5 years ago

love lots of these songs!

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LadyCharlie 5 years ago

wonderful memories...great lens

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ManagersMagazine 5 years ago

Hi! Nice lens, missing any video though! =)

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anaamhussain 5 years ago

Most of the songs are my favorite. Thanx a bunch :) great lens!

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Fignewton37 5 years ago

I agree with most of your choices. Great lens. Lots of work. Thanks for the songs.

cr00059n 5 years ago

You've really done a great job. These songs are all on my list. Great!

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whyamiwealthy 5 years ago

excellent selection! i agree that "with or without you" by U2 should be part of the top 100! great rigor on this one :)

MusicHeroes 5 years ago

I agree with some of your selected songs, but I'd certainly put some Jimi Hendrix songs a lot higher, same for RHCP. But that's I guess about personal taste, otherwise you did a great job overall on the lens!

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Alana-r 5 years ago

Some really excellent classics in there, would change the order up a bit myself but you got a lot of the classics in there, great list and lens

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pnmusiclist lm 5 years ago

Very classic... indeed

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ckoehler lm 5 years ago

With all the great music out there this is an impossible task. You did a great job though.

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jc91583 5 years ago

Good list of songs. I guess what's best is all matter of opinion really. I could survive on a deserted island with some water and this playlist on portable player.

fuddyduddy 5 years ago

This is a really great list. I'm not 100% sure I would have Imagine as #1, although I can't think of a suitable alternative to be honest :)

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Great list, lots of thought went into this, i'm going to listen to the list in your sequence, Thanks...

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kwj 5 years ago

This list is spot on Eric, some of my all time favourites too. I'm glad you gave Hotel California a shout!

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Asinka 5 years ago

Great list, has a lot of my favorite ones ....

sokre07 5 years ago

great list, I would add soldier of fortune, but that's my call ;)

RobCan 5 years ago

Terrific list. I'm getting ready to do a music oriented lens of my own and this was a great help! Thanks.

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Mosoma 5 years ago

Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

doodlepoodle18 5 years ago

Great list...woulda added some Guns 'n Roses personally

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creditscoreexpert 5 years ago

I grew up listening to Classic Rock and all. Yes of course I think I'm an expert. It is my expert opinion that you totally blew it be not adding Tool into your top 100. Many Tool songs should make this list.

anilsaini 5 years ago

great lens

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brando87 5 years ago

I honestly clicked on this just for the intro photo of Robert Johnson. I'm a little disappointed that none of his songs made your top 100, but good lens none the less.

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bosieboy 5 years ago

I have tried so many times to come up with a list of my all time faves like this but find it impossible. Just when you think your done, you remember another great track! I've gotta say that a lot of the above would be on my list too! Great lens +1 from me.

stephanieelizabeth 5 years ago

Wow, you sure did your research!

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Padaneis 5 years ago

Great research lens! I would have added "As time goes by" from Casablanca...but that's obviously matter of taste! Bests

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HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

I spent my teen years listeining to many of these songs and they always bring me to a higher ground. It's good to see this list written down.

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TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

Good work. You can never make everyone 100% happy, but you've got a lot of great one on here.

msarc1 5 years ago

How long did you do this lens? This lens is awesome!

anonymous 5 years ago

My favorite is Ain't No Sunshine. classic.

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adamfrench 5 years ago

Impressive lens, thumbs up

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow, what an amazing lens. It must have taken you forever to complete it. Thanks for taking the time to compile this huge list.

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CaliforniaGrown 5 years ago

I can really appreciate the time you must have spent putting this lens together. That said, I really think you should bump up Prince's Purple Rain song to at LEAST the top 20. Also, I didn't see Lenni Williams' song Because I love you.. which happens to be the best love song of all time. I'm telling you.. you should google it. Long song, and he crys through most of it.. and it is amazing.

Great lens! I enjoyed it :)

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klopcic 5 years ago

What a great and useful list of songs. You really take some time to do this. Thanks! It will be very helpful for me, when searching for some great songs to listen.

peppervel 5 years ago

great list!

free-spotify-premium 5 years ago

Think you gotta add some Adele to this list!

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donatetimeshares 5 years ago

This is a very informational lens! Good job!

anonymous 5 years ago

this is the costco of music, 'thumbs up' from me to you.

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Aaronsky 5 years ago

I enjoy the song of "Yesterday" by The Beatles ,it's very nice.

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elliotaaron 5 years ago

great lens

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modernchakra 5 years ago

Great idea to put your favorite songs together... I am inclined now to write 100 songs more toward the recent generation.... Amazing list. Thank you!

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food monkey 5 years ago

wow, great lens!!

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PrairieFire 5 years ago

Great list! the top ten are definitely well picked, its good to see people who appreciate the good stuff!

aquarian_insight 5 years ago

Wow, a truly amazing lens - lots of my all time faves in there, and some I had even forgotten about! Shame on me. Thank you!

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There are some great songs here! Time to update my playlist...

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STGrichDT 4 years ago

Great lens, one commet though... Where is Steve Miller Band? You forgot them in your top 20. Jet airliner, the joker, take the money and run, fly like an eagle, jungle love.... All great hits!

srb57 4 years ago

This is probably one of the best music lists i've seen in a while! I'd probably move around a few songs and i second STGrichDT's comment, but very cool!! A few of my favorites i was sad not to see: I'm on Fire (Springsteen), Simple Man (Skynyrd), Neil Young, Boston, Kansas, Thorogood.

blackironchandelier 4 years ago

sweet nice post

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nigel7725 4 years ago

A great lens! Many of your choices are my favorites too.

anonymous 4 years ago

haha! a truly amazing list of music! thank you

anonymous 4 years ago

there're pretty good songs here:) great list..

HuntAndFishGuides 4 years ago

Good list, but One by U2 at #9?? Overrated in my opinion.

anonymous 4 years ago

excellent list, at least 80% love everybody, Thanks

meschmie 4 years ago

I don't hate the list but I think mine would be a little different. Thanks for sharing it!

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Michael-Legge 4 years ago

Cool lens, I would say a lot of those would make my top 100 list as well. Being a Canadian though it would have to add in some Neil Young

anonymous 4 years ago

Music makes the world go round - 'tis good for the soul!

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TEAhug 4 years ago

Nice lens, love me some Chuck Berry

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Wow! I really enjoyed this lens. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

Some perfect picks; some not so perfect. Still a very useful lens. Thanks.

revenue4u 4 years ago

I reviewed your list and it was a wonderful trip down Memory Lane. Squidliked. Great lens.

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Todayhaspower LM 4 years ago

Wow...nice list. Of course, I would change a few things but that's what makes music so enjoyable; it reaches us each differently.

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TheBaseballCoach 4 years ago

Wow you have alot here on this lens

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I totally love your lens!

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flycatcherrr 4 years ago

Wow, what a great playlist. I'm with you on about 90% of the songs, though we might quibble about the order. ;)

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TheNupps 4 years ago

Awesome list!

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wow, I love voodoo child by jimi hendrix

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A great lense.

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reaphavok 4 years ago from Illinois

great lens! glad you pulled this together!

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StyleEstate LM 4 years ago

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uktvbrackets lm 4 years ago

nice lens. some great tracks here

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fenz28 lm 4 years ago

IMAGINE! I completely agree :)

luvhammers 4 years ago

id switch a few round but really great lens.

baby-strollers 4 years ago

awesome lens. best list ever. John Lennon forever .. Thanks for sharing .

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lilblackdress lm 4 years ago

All I can say is wow. Lots of great info here. And the song list is amazing.

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nyclittleitaly 4 years ago

Imagine a great song

GiselleToner 4 years ago

Good Compilation, nice to see Pink Floyd here, they are my favorite band. Thanks for sharing

Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

Awesome list. I was delighted to see Bohemian Rhapsody on there as well as some of my all time favorites by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix.

apollosan 4 years ago

this is such a great thing to know 'There are a lot of earlier rock and roll and blues songs that didn't used to make the list that I think are of much higher quality than I used to believe and were highly influential in shaping the sound of rock and roll. Yeah, there's still a lot of those classic rock songs on the list, but is that really a surprise? Some of them are just too good to leave off."..keep it up... background check

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steveko 4 years ago

Funny how I know almost all of these songs. Great lens.

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jwill88 4 years ago

Interesting choice indeed

jimmyworldstar 4 years ago

Good list, I like how you included old rock and roll along with other forms through the 50s to 90s. I have to say though that most of those are already well recognized, it'd be interesting to have a list made of lesser known songs.

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John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

I do think this is a very good lens and may well represent the best ROCK songs ( and must have taken some effort to compile) but very sorry, the list cannot be said to represent the best songs of all time. Great lens, shame about the title, LOL.

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vkumar05 4 years ago

Great Collection. Thanks for sharing.

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vkumar05 4 years ago

Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

booklover2 4 years ago

I must say you have pretty good taste when it comes to music. :)

CodyMD 4 years ago

u2 at #9..absurd

bryanjohns 4 years ago

old songs always in my heart. 1 like from me for this great lens.

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SecondHandJoe LM 4 years ago

Oh my god, how did David Bowie get in there. And you have more than one Simon and Garfunkel and no Zappa?? Something's wrong here!!! lol Had fun thanks!

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emmakeynes 4 years ago

Need more Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon!

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RandomChuck 4 years ago

Numbers 86, 73, 69, 68, 47, 41, 24, 8, 3, 2. I'm sure there's more, but that's all I got for now. :) Nice lens.

Edutopia 4 years ago

Good list. Like any list there is some things on there that I wouldn't agree with but also like any list take with a grain of salt and all.

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NeverTooLate2012 4 years ago

What an awesome lens! Thanks for all the hard work.

ekogde 4 years ago

Great lens..I love Hotel California!

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Steph Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

What a fabulous list! Many of my favorites included here. I enjoyed your story as well. Thank you. Will look at the Alternatiive Rock list now...

Brizzio 4 years ago

as a music pro. I am always taking the pulse of the public , which is how I ended up here.

I jazz want say good job ! caught several of what I too consider major milestones that change everything that comes after for performers and the listening public alike ... also coming from a jazz corner I might have looked into the P.Butterfield , Tower of Power, Rufus or some Blood Sweat & Tears influences on the music mainline ... Thanks for your efforts. B.

apollosan 4 years ago

this is such a great list....i really like imagine.........

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Lorymer 4 years ago

Excellent list & work! My favorite all time song is Hotel California, Eagles.

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baseballbrains lm 4 years ago

What a list! Nicely done, I made a list recently called The Best Sports Songs Ever, check it out. It's not 100 songs, but it's a few of the greatest songs associated with sports. There's a few of the same artists on my list, Bruce Springsteen is one of them. Keep up the good work.

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PBJasen 4 years ago

Fabulous list & great lens!

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livinglargeandh 4 years ago

What a great idea for a page. I really like your suggestions/collection and the way you set this up.

anonymous 4 years ago

I always find it extremely hard to make top 100 music lists like this due to the fact that I always seem to love each and every song. I'm sure it was just as tough for you. Solid list of music.

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chrisssy 4 years ago

Great lens, I agree with about 80% but I enjoyed it

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alexaa7x 4 years ago

very good list! agree with a bit but some i disagree :)

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navalava lm 4 years ago

Imagine is not really my no.1, but I agree with most of it. It was fun reading it, thanks for sharing.

mankiboy 4 years ago

@HalloweenRecipes: Great info. I love those songs.

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Drummer 4 years ago

Awesome list! Sure, I might have a few different songs, but your list is great!

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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

Great choices!

AllNamesWereOccupied 4 years ago

I do not know how anyone can put U2 in their top 10, other than that, well it is your list.

My list would contain more Dire Straits.

apollosan 4 years ago

this is really a great thing to know "I grew tired of classic rock, since classic rock really is just '70s era rock music, with some exceptions from the '60s and '80s. While the term "rock and roll" includes rock music from the mid-'50s to the end of the '80s, classic rock is actually much more specific, focusing almost entirely on guitar-driven rock music from 1970s."...more power

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MindPowerProofs1 4 years ago

I enjoy most of your choices. It is hard for me to make a top 100 list of my favorites. Thanks for sharing

squirrelmunk14 4 years ago

Here comes the sun, come together, dont stop believin, eye of the tiger,hard days night,help,sweet home alabama

zackjohnson3423 4 years ago

extremely narrow list. contains many songs from few artists and completely neglects other massive hits...absolutely brutal

guy-henry 4 years ago

No list is gonna please everyone. The nitpickers should quit bitching and make their own list.

cbhackler 4 years ago

I don't want to be "that guy" but bohemian rhapsody should be in the top five, that is the most beautiful song ever made.

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CraftaholicVete 4 years ago

Awesome list, nevertheless where they are, they are great songs that we should never lose. There were a few I didn't know, but overall, it is a great list. I am glad you made it. Although, I think the song" Used to Love you" by John Legend and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele should be added.

apollosan 4 years ago

this is such a wonderful thing to know "So I made a list of my own, comprised mostly of classic rock songs and some other favorites from different genres. But the emphasis was, for the most part, on what commonly can be heard on classic rock radio"..more power

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bwet 4 years ago

what a wonderful lists of songs! gotta check some of them out as I've never heard of them before.

anonymous 4 years ago

I like this list of songs although the order is all wrong. It's a great mix of music that makes an effort to cover a variety of artists and eras. Kudos to you, Eric.

Everyone slants things a little differently so here's how I'd reshape the same group of songs:

Links to Some of My Other Pages#100: "Heroes" by David Bowie#99: "I Fought the Law" by Bob...#98: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bi...#97: "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra..#96: "Mr. Tambourine Man" by T...#95: "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Spencer Davis Group.#94: "For What It's Worth" by...#93: "Fortunate Son" by Creede...#92: "You Can't Always Get What You...#91: "White Rabbit" by Jeffers...#90: "California Dreamin'" by...#89: "Let's Stay Together" by...#88: "Higher Ground" by Stevie...#87: "Purple Haze" by The Jimi...#86: "Losing My Religion" by R...#85: "The Boxer" by Simon &...#84: "Fire and Rain" by James...#83:"96 Tears" by ? & Mysterians #82: "Go Your Own Way" by Flee...#81: "Baba O'Riley" by The Who#80: "Everyday People" by Sly...#79: "Sixty Minute Man" by The...#78: "Falling Slowly" by Glen...#77: "I Got You (I Feel Good)"...#76: "Smokestack Lightnin'" by...#75: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has...#74: "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis...#73:"Rock and Roll" by Mott the Hoople #72:"Tobacco Road" by the Nashville Teens #71: "Free Fallin'" by Tom Pet...#70: "Redemption Song" by Bob...#69: "Paranoid" by Black Sabba...#68: "Superstition" by Stevie...#67: "The End" by The Doors#66: "With or Without You" by...#65: "Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkle..#64: "Boom Boom" by John Lee H...#63: "The Message" by Grandmas...#62: "Louie Louie" by The King...#61: "London Calling" by The C...#60: "Sultans of Swing" by Dir...#59: "Shake, Rattle and Roll"...#58: "Somebody to Love" by Jef...#57: "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Stills & Nash #56: "Purple Rain" by Prince a...#55: "Blowin' in the Wind" by...#54: "Thunder Road" by Bruce S...#53: "Tutti Frutti" by Little...#52: "Billie Jean" by Michael...#51: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction...#50: "Maybellene" by Chuck Ber...#49: "The Times They Are A-Changin'...#48: "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)&...#47: "Dancing Days" by Led Zeppelin#46: "Proud Mary" by Creedence...#45: "Light My Fire" by The Do...#44: "God Only Knows" by The B...#43: "The Weight" by The Band #42: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps&...#41: "Black" by Pearl Jam#40: "Dancing in the Street" b...#39: "I Still Haven't Found What I'...#38: "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Sky...#37: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the...#36: "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddle...#35: "Won't Get Fooled Again"...#34: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Qu...#33: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag&qu...#32: "The Tracks of My Tears"...#31: "You Really Got Me" by Th...#30: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"...#29: "Hound Dog" by Elvis Pres...#28: "In My Life" by The Beatl...#27: "Sunshine of Your Love" b...#26: "Sympathy for the Devil"...#25:"House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals #24:"Day in the Life" by the Beatles #23: "Be My Baby" by The Ronet...#22: "My Generation" by The Wh...#21: "That'll Be the Day" by T...#20: "What'd I Say" by Ray Cha...#19: "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob...#18: "Good Vibrations" by The...#17: "All Along the Watchtower"...#16: "Wish You Were Here" by P...#15: "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elv...#14: "Yesterday" by The Beatle...#13:"Daytripper" by the Beatles .#12: "White Room" by Cream #11: "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy...#10: "Respect" by Aretha Franklin #9: "One" by U2 #8:"Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkle.#7: "Hey Jude" by the Beatles #6: "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles#5: "Like a Rolling Stone" by...#4: ""Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye...#3: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck...#2: "Rock and Roll" by Le...#1: "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones

(A few minor changes with a few additions--you got to have Frank in there somewhere and "Hotel California" is definitely out. The Dude would have wanted it that way.

anonymous 4 years ago

Hi Eric enjoyed your list..........attempted to list them all on a Ipod playlist from my own collection........Managed to have 78 of the 100........realised the gaps missing in my own collection mainly 50-60s stuff....shortly to be filled you can forget what great iconic music came from Rock and Roll !!!!

I could add a few to your 100 but on a whole it makes good listening

Cheers paul

anonymous 4 years ago

thats a pretty cool list you got there.

faye durham 4 years ago

What a wonderful list of great music! Thanks for organizing these classic songs.

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TLStahling 4 years ago

Love your song list. My all time favorite "Dream On" is #73 on your list. People like different songs for different reasons, but you've listed some of greatest ever.

anonymous 4 years ago

Good list but terrible choice for number 1 compared to others on there, come on man

jinggaberseri 4 years ago

i love jhon lennon song.

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livinglargeandh 4 years ago

Ha. Visiting again. Quite a list.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Asshole write a song better than imagine then talk like a hitch unfilled then shut it

anonymous 4 years ago

I would have put "Wish You Were Here" first, kept "Stairway To Heaven" second, and "Sympathy For The Devil" third.

"Little wing" by Jimi Hendrix would have to be on there somewhere

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1 word awesome.

anonymous 4 years ago

Amazing songs! I loved them :)

anonymous 4 years ago

only problem, where is johnny cash?

apollosan 4 years ago

that was really good...Thanks for sharing this... tenant background check

anonymous 4 years ago

Gangsta's Paradise

anonymous 4 years ago

three little birds bob marley?

Debrascorpio 4 years ago

Unusual Nuber one pic.. Where is Elvis?

Debrascorpio 4 years ago

Where is it?

anonymous 4 years ago

What! No 10cc?

anonymous 4 years ago

this is your opinion and im ok with it i just completely disagree in sevral areas. more pink floyd, Eric Clapton sang Layla, and i didnt see any bad company.

anonymous 4 years ago

I would have added November Rain but still a decent list

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anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Eric Clapton was the front man of Derek and the Dominoes...

anonymous 4 years ago

No King Crimson :(

And only two Pink Floyd songs, ignoring Echoes and Shine on You Crazy Diamond ;l

anonymous 4 years ago

Excellent list!

anonymous 4 years ago

'imagine' by lennon is your #1 song of all time?!... could you rationalize your pick?

anonymous 4 years ago

" Imagine' REALLY? that beats Stairway in what way?

anonymous 4 years ago

Imagine.............really? Just how is it better than Stairway? Listens? Oh and Chuck Berry at number 3? He could barely play guitar and this is a 3 chord ditty..

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Yep, the "Derek and the Dominos" label will throw off the casual Clapton fan. . .

anonymous 4 years ago

You are musically illiterate if you pan this list, and you're overtly optimistic if you believe it's perfect. You can't possibly create a universal list that covers the greatest songs of all time. These types of things are 'for fun' or 'informational'; I have no problems with this list, because it is based on personal opinion. My opinion differs as does every other person who reads this post. So, be realistic when it comes to this kind of list. You will never be satisfied with one until you make your own, so please, be my guest to back up your criticism with work. As far as this specific list is concerned, it hits many high points in music, but obviously, many are going to be left out as well. I love many of the songs on the list, however, and I am always happy to see people promoting music from decades past. In my opinion, I have a very difficult time deciding on what my favorite songs are or even, what the greatest songs are (which are different questions, entirely). How can you possibly decide on the greatest songs by artists like: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, etc.. There are simply too many great songs by these types of artists to decide on any sort of "best song" standard. The only song I will list, from my personal opinion, that is missing is "American Pie" by Don Mclean. I just love that song from start to finish... Other than that, there are a lot of great songs here. Good work. Maybe, I'll make my own list someday. . .

anonymous 4 years ago

@cbhackler: you should be that guy we all should be that guy it is the greatest song of all time. i still can't understand how the press to this day don't give queen there much deserved respect.

Bohemian Rhapsody is better lyrically and Musically than any song on this list.

i understand that its a matter of opinion but come on 34!!

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Missing from this list: Louis Armstrong - Stardust & Bill Kenny & The Ink Spots - If I Didn't Care

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: How is your comment to my post even slightly relevant...I'm trolling? I wrote one post on this subject. That is all.

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JaySing 4 years ago

Great list. You should run a radio station lol. I am almost always disapointed by top song lists, but yours is great - well done.

anonymous 4 years ago

Journey- Dont stop believing? Its the only one of these songs you would hear every night at a pub or bar and the number one karaoke song. If everyone wants to sing it wouldnt you call it influential?

anonymous 4 years ago

Terrible wheres the maiden

anonymous 4 years ago

sweet child o mine should be there

anonymous 4 years ago

Not even ONE Rush song? Im very disappointed. Couldve do without one of the 4 Jimi songs.....although I am a fan.

anonymous 4 years ago

Paradise By The Dashboard Light deserved to be in there.

anonymous 4 years ago

stairway to heaven is #1. hands down the greatest song ever. and I would put bohemian rhapsody at 2.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Dude, that song isn't even known in Europe. I only know it cause I was a foreign exchange student in USA

anonymous 4 years ago

Piano Man by Billy Joel should be on here.

anonymous 4 years ago

You've got some great tunes on this list, followed by a ton of absolute nuttiness. You've missed so many classics it's unreal. Not a single Bee Gees song. No Billy Joel. No ABBA. Rod Stewart. Elton John. Harry Chapin. Blue Rodeo. Dave Matthews. Gordon Lightfoot. Chicago. Journey. Don McLean. Cat Stephens. Jethro Tull. Incredible String Band. Neil Diamond. Radiohead.

It's insanity.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: It should..... Oh and welcome to the jungle..........peace my niggass

anonymous 4 years ago

Everly Brothers?

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: "ditty" Ha Ha. Good one!

anonymous 4 years ago

What about "We Will Rock You" ro "We are the Champions" from Queen??? :(

anonymous 4 years ago

why are there no smiths songs??????

luccakareem 4 years ago

@anonymous: you have made them even worse, you didn't add scorpions or metallica and where's iron maiden

anonymous 4 years ago

Where is Bon Jovi?

anonymous 4 years ago

Although I think Bohemian Rhapsody should definitely be in the top 3, your list is much better than Rolling Stone Magazines list ;-)

anonymous 4 years ago

it depresses me more than i can say that there is only one song released in my entire lifetime on this whole list. I know that most of the music produced now is awful and soulless but there has to be some good modern music around.

anonymous 4 years ago

"Girl from Ipanema" should be in here. Jazz music gets the cold shoulder all the time.

anonymous 4 years ago

This song "one" by U2 is not a big song. "Good vibrations" and "Yesterday" should be hbe higher.

anonymous 4 years ago

Eric, you've put together a pretty strong list. I won't criticize specific songs that are here or not here. That strikes me as silly - it is your opinion so you can put what you want on the list! I will nit-pick that it is a misnomer to call it "The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time" when the earliest song ("Sixty Minute Man") on the list is from 1951. What, there was no music before that?

I faced a similar dilemma when compiling hundreds of best-of lists for a project a couple years ago. I ended up narrowing the field and calling the resulting book "The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999." My list and yours have 39 songs in common. You can check out that list on my blog:

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: If you're looking for a list of more recent songs, check this one out:

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looniestlove lm 4 years ago

wow these are a long list, but thanks for sharing, I do not know some of the songs but I guess it is worth to check out sometime...great and informative lens...

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sunny saib 4 years ago

.'.livin' life in peace, yu hu ooo..'

great list.. n fair ranking.. :) though i never rate a favorite over another.. still..

anonymous 4 years ago

Hey, Eric: A lot of great songs in here. Pretty much a typical "classic rock" station playlist. But "all time" covers a lot of territory, so I appreciate your disclaimer at the top that you used "classic" rock as your starting point. A few carps: Like radio programmers' "high rotation" lists, it's heavily weighted in favor of singles that got a lot of airplay. "For What It's Worth" is not only not the best Buffalo Springfield song, it's not even the best song on the first album--but it IS the best known. "The Boxer" is a good song, but it's more like #85 on a "Best of Simon & Garfunkel" list. Also, nobody who's listened to any amount of blues-rock or even Bo Diddley would pick "Bo Diddley" for any best of list. Better than "Mona"? Better than "Who Do You Love"? Please. Finally, there's a substantial prejudice in favor of white boys. I'm not saying you haven't represented women and blacks, but I would suggest that, even within the confines of a classic rock playlist, you've seriously under-represented them.

anonymous 4 years ago

Best list I've ever seen or should I say closest to what I would consider what my list would be. Great job!

anonymous 4 years ago

where does the song sweet child o mine go. it was the biggest hit.

anonymous 4 years ago

Michael Jackson Thriller! Where is it?

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: "One" was huge at the time, and kind of makes up for the lack of more U2 (and REM) songs on the list. "Comfortably Numb" should have been top 10. Good collection of songs, though.

anonymous 4 years ago

noooo you have to put a day in life( by the beatles ) over let it be

anonymous 4 years ago

no acdc poor list

anonymous 4 years ago

No QUEEN this list sucks

anonymous 4 years ago

Good to see someone that puts a song other then Stairway to Heaven at the top of the list.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Exactly

anonymous 4 years ago

I would just like to say that regarding your list overall.....I kindly disagree, sir.

anonymous 4 years ago

Freebird should be higher and there should be some Clapton

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for your list. I found it while

looking for the 100 greatest songs ever *written*, a whole different idea from what seems to be the 100 best recordings. I could wish you'd listed the songwriters as well as the performers, but pssht, anybody who cares can look them up.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: What do you call Bohemian Rhapsody?

anonymous 4 years ago

how the f%^k is bohemian rhapsody at number 34.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Great!

anonymous 4 years ago

this list is retarted

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