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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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645 126
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

2
627 142
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What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

3
1,045 290
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Space Oddity David Bowie

4
601 112
The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added The Unknown Soldier The Doors

5
1,209 349
The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

6
1,588 485
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

7
740 184
End of the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The End The Doors

8
763 191
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

9
746 185
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

10
1,576 480
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Imagine John Lennon

11
1,510 457
A Day in the Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
A Day in the Life The Beatles

12
886 235
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

13
852 223
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Aqualung Jethro Tull

14
1,041 290
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

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15
1,009 280
Bridge Over Troubled Water is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel

16
711 174
Dancing Days is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Dancing Days Led Zeppelin

17
944 257
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

18
1,290 379
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Hey Jude The Beatles

19
795 203
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks

20
1,039 290
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

21
951 260
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

22
1,314 388
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

23
778 197
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

24
719 176
Baby Blue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Baby Blue Badfinger

25
1,064 299
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Baba O'Riley The Who

26
904 242
Seven Nation Army is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes

27
702 170
Substitute is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Substitute The Who

28
639 125
Bold As Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Bold As Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

29
831 216
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

30
657 154
Eighteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eighteen Alice Cooper

31
813 211
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

32
1,114 317
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

33
911 246
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

34
881 234
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

35
906 243
Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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36
735 182
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

37
920 248
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

38
732 181
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

39
802 206
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

40
619 119
Black Dog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Black Dog Led Zeppelin

41
701 170
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42
729 180
Maybelline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Maybelline Chuck Berry

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436 77
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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799 205
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School's Out Alice Cooper

45
810 209
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

46
709 173
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

47
737 183
I'll Be Your Mirror is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground

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877 233
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

49
1,028 287
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

50
692 167
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds