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List Rules The best songs of all time, regardless of genre.

Everyone always wants to know what are the best songs of all time, so it's only fair to get as many people to weigh in as possible. To that end, music lovers have voted for their favorite songs of all time, from the earliest recordings to the latest radio hits. For this list, we’re not looking for the best-selling singles or even the most streamed songs.

What people really want to know is simply what are the most popular and best songs of all time. So even if you think Rick Astley’s seminal hit Never Gonna Give You Up is the best song ever, it’s allowed. But we do have to question your sanity.

Both ensemble performances by bands and solo performances are allowed, along with covers and remixes. And really, that’s for the best because the original singer may not have been the best. But to find out which version is truly better, let’s see which one is higher on the rankings.

If you’re more interested in a particular subgenre, then you’ll want to check out these lists of the best rap, drum and bass, cartoon theme songs, Christmas songs, and rock instrumentals of all time. For a more all-inclusive list however, regardless of genre, then look no further than this page. This ranking cares not about genre.

So go ahead and vote for what you think are the best songs of all time. If you don’t see your favorite song listed, simply add it for others to vote on. If you’re not sure if a particular song is on the list, use the search box to find out. So without further delay, vote for the best songs of all time below!

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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

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850 163
The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

3
843 161
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

4
1,097 230
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Imagine John Lennon

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791 147
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

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1,089 226
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

7
960 192
Hey Jude is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hey Jude The Beatles

8
823 156
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

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859 166
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Baba O'Riley The Who

10
700 123
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

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1,143 244
A Day in the Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
A Day in the Life The Beatles

12
655 110
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

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641 105
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Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds

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776 142
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Space Oddity David Bowie

15
729 129
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

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943 189
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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703 123
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

18
713 126
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

19
559 85
Lather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Lather Jefferson Airplane

20
624 101
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
All Shook Up Elvis Presley

21
660 111
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

22
671 114
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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645 107
Search and Destroy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Search and Destroy Iggy & The Stooges

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762 139
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

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664 112
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

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674 115
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

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760 138
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

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754 137
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

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618 100
Substitute is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Substitute The Who

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724 129
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

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887 174
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

32
579 90
Carpet Crawlers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Carpet Crawlers Genesis

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744 135
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

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741 134
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

35
663 113
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

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626 103
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

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547 82
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Masters of War Bob Dylan

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592 94
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

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603 97
End of the Night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The End The Doors

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651 110
I Am a Rock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel

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702 124
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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625 103
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

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738 134
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Aqualung Jethro Tull

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610 99
Oh No is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Oh No The Mothers of Invention

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610 99
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

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632 105
Dancing Days is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Dancing Days Led Zeppelin

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632 105
Maybelline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Maybelline Chuck Berry

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665 114
Burning of the Midnight Lamp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Kassie Lanzarotta added Burning of the Midnight Lamp The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix, The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Sweet Inspirations

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831 160
Bridge Over Troubled Water is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel

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628 104
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse