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

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677 74
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

3
666 72
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

4
686 76
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

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816 103
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Hey Jude The Beatles

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577 56
I Got a Right is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Kassie Lanzarotta added I Got a Right Iggy and The Stooges 

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666 73
The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

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598 61
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

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848 110
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Imagine John Lennon

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628 66
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

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739 88
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

12
719 84
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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622 65
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

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673 75
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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693 79
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

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698 80
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

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661 73
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

18
666 74
Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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588 59
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832 108
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

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603 62
Search and Destroy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Search and Destroy Iggy & The Stooges

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608 63
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

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618 65
Baby Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Baby Blue Badfinger

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623 66
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

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723 86
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

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607 63
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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612 64
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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591 60
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds

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683 78
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

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580 58
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

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585 59
Summertime Blues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Summertime Blues Blue Cheer

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585 59
Ramble Tamble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Ramble Tamble Creedence Clearwater Revival

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585 59
The Witch's Promise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Witch's Promise Jethro Tull

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585 59
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

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667 75
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677 77
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

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677 77
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

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547 52
Carpet Crawlers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Carpet Crawlers Genesis

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595 61
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

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631 68
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

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579 58
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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691 80
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Aqualung Jethro Tull

43
615 65
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks

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589 60
Bone Machine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bone Machine The Pixies

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557 54
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

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620 66
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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620 66
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

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507 45
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Masters of War Bob Dylan

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635 69
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

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599 62
I Am a Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel