Best 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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Fortunate Son is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival

2
1,145 368
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

3
2,502 911
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

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2,250 809
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

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1,750 668
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Baba O'Riley The Who

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907 305
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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

7
1,548 531
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

8
1,695 590
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

9
1,227 401
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks

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2,011 783
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

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1,422 527
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

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3,082 1,245
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Imagine John Lennon

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1,459 495
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

14
911 275
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

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1,833 706
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

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1,336 446
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

17
1,739 608
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

18
1,433 533
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,384 512
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

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2,397 873
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,418 527
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

The Best Songs About Winning, Ranked

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753 239
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Peggy Sue Buddy Holly

23
1,337 447
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

24
1,297 431
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,379 464
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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838 276
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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1,486 557
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

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829 243
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

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1,234 406
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,219 400
I Am a Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel

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2,387 948
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Hey Jude The Beatles

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1,216 399
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
All Shook Up Elvis Presley

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1,603 555
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

34
1,310 437
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

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1,449 493
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

The Best Judi Dench Movies

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1,285 427
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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1,250 413
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Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones

38
1,528 525
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

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1,225 403
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Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

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1,138 368
Search and Destroy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Search and Destroy Iggy & The Stooges

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1,011 317
Time Has Come Today is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers

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1,338 494
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

Secrets You Never Knew About Destiny's Child

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1,110 357
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

44
1,472 503
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

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961 297
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,070 341
Eighteen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eighteen Alice Cooper

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1,303 479
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School's Out Alice Cooper

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1,278 425
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

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1,040 329
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Masters of War Bob Dylan

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1,268 421
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Louie Louie The Kingsmen