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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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2,440 918
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Imagine John Lennon

2
1,393 494
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Baba O'Riley The Who

3
1,687 558
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

4
1,202 413
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

5
1,976 665
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

6
961 277
I Am a Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel

7
1,376 435
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

8
340 48
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Mark Lanzarotta added Ballad of a Teenage Queen Johnny Cash

9
727 190
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

10
1,586 571
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

11
1,828 610
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

12
1,163 356
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

13
1,002 294
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

14
609 144
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Kassie Lanzarotta added Come as You Are Nirvana

The Greatest Operas of All Time, Ranked

15
925 264
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

16
1,458 518
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

17
1,159 356
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

18
1,604 579
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

19
1,209 373
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

20
1,039 308
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

21
724 187
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

The Tastiest Trader Joe's Products

22
501 102
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Kassie Lanzarotta added Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry

23
981 286
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

24
505 123
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Peggy Sue Buddy Holly

25
1,249 433
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What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

26
2,381 904
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

27
879 247
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

28
1,219 377
Seven Nation Army is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes

History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
1,063 319
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

30
931 267
Maybelline is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Maybelline Chuck Berry

31
961 280
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
All Shook Up Elvis Presley

32
1,110 374
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

33
1,059 316
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

34
1,330 420
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

35
818 224
Bold As Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Bold As Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Greatest Fictional Singers

36
944 272
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

37
759 201
Surf's Up is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Surf's Up The Beach Boys

38
983 287
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

39
1,940 720
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Hey Jude The Beatles

40
875 246
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

41
1,043 347
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School's Out Alice Cooper

42
1,278 401
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

43
903 257
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

44
1,133 386
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

45
1,021 302
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

46
1,012 299
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

47
1,026 304
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

48
861 241
Layla is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Layla Derek and The Dominos

49
970 317
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

50
1,499 537
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Space Oddity David Bowie