VOTE The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked  

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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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499 122
Ring of Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Johnny Cash

2
750 227
Sympathy for the Devil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones

3
2,944 1,253
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The Beatles

4
2,857 1,120
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Simon and Garfunkel

5
1,046 391
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The Beatles

6
3,805 1,646
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John Lennon

7
797 278
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Mark Lanzarotta added The Beatles

8
3,102 1,225
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The Beatles

9
2,319 970
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

10
2,248 938
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The Beach Boys

11
2,477 1,042
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Chuck Berry

12
1,760 716
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The Beach Boys

13
2,974 1,171
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

14
1,257 487
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Elvis Presley

15
1,747 652
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

16
1,636 606
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

17
1,738 708
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

18
1,875 708
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience

19
2,094 801
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jimi Hendrix Experience

20
3,660 1,584
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Led Zeppelin

21
970 357
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Buddy Holly

22
1,860 701
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

23
1,688 628
Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

24
757 260
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Simon and Garfunkel

25
2,055 784
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

26
1,583 637
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The Crickets

27
1,078 369
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

28
1,344 528
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Roy Orbison

29
1,605 593
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Steppenwolf

30
2,112 879
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The Who

31
1,659 616
The House of the Rising Sun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Kassie Lanzarotta added Eric Burdon & The Animals

32
1,599 645
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The Rolling Stones

33
1,299 508
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34
1,730 705
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Bill Haley and The Comets

35
1,710 696
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The Kinks

36
1,549 570
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Buffalo Springfield

37
1,499 549
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The Kingsmen

38
1,207 466
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Creedence Clearwater Revival

39
1,912 725
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones

40
1,611 597
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

41
578 179
While My Guitar Gently Weeps is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

42
1,474 589
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beach Boys

43
1,467 536
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Roy Orbison

44
1,598 592
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

45
1,166 408
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

46
1,634 663
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The Rolling Stones

47
1,763 663
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

48
1,315 472
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

49
1,458 533
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

50
1,081 410
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Jimi Hendrix Experience