Songs 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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1
4,414 1,982
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John Lennon

2
2,212 951
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Louis Armstrong

3
2,201 873
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin

4
724 228
Riders on the Storm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

5
3,458 1,423
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

6
1,240 497
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

7
2,708 1,185
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

8
3,285 1,347
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Simon and Garfunkel

9
1,103 433
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Carlos Santana, Santana

10
1,909 812
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The Kinks

11
594 172
She Loves You is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Beatles

12
2,184 866
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

13
3,462 1,425
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The Beatles

14
1,987 781
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

15
1,591 608
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

16
2,775 1,218
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Chuck Berry

17
2,300 918
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

18
1,601 612
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Roy Orbison

19
1,692 710
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Alice Cooper

20
1,769 686
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

21
1,913 749
Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

22
1,851 722
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jerry Lee Lewis

23
1,558 594
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley

24
1,133 448
Turn! Turn! Turn! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

25
1,983 780
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

26
1,970 841
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The Beach Boys

27
1,432 539
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

28
1,714 662
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley

29
1,385 566
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The Beatles

30
593 172
Happy Together is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Turtles

31
1,714 721
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The Crickets

32
1,651 691
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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33
3,482 1,551
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The Beatles

34
1,630 626
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The Kingsmen

35
1,518 577
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

36
1,481 612
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37
1,593 610
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

38
1,328 494
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

39
919 348
Good Golly Miss Molly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Little Richard

40
1,636 629
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Rolling Stones

41
1,773 689
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

42
1,467 555
Maybelline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Chuck Berry

43
1,953 834
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

44
1,388 519
Eighteen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Alice Cooper

45
1,872 796
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Bill Haley and The Comets

46
1,711 662
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

47
1,293 479
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

48
1,292 480
Time Has Come Today is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Chambers Brothers

49
2,191 872
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

50
2,506 1,094
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The Beach Boys