Songs The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules The best songs of all time, regardless of genre.

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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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3,200 1,395
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

2
5,058 2,255
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John Lennon

3
3,820 1,559
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Simon and Garfunkel

4
3,174 1,386
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Chuck Berry

5
3,869 1,581
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The Beatles

6
2,595 1,031
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

7
2,738 1,185
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The Who

8
1,769 675
Black Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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Led Zeppelin

9
2,127 832
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jerry Lee Lewis

10
2,580 1,027
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin

11
2,894 1,260
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The Beach Boys

12
2,771 1,201
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Louis Armstrong

13
2,628 1,050
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jimi Hendrix Experience

14
2,553 1,018
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

15
1,566 643
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The Beatles

16
2,521 1,002
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones

17
1,328 532
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Johnny Cash

18
2,331 921
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

19
2,602 1,040
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

20
1,128 439
While My Guitar Gently Weeps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

21
2,398 950
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

22
2,193 934
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The Kinks

23
1,687 699
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Roy Orbison

24
2,139 910
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Bill Haley and The Comets

25
1,664 633
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