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

2
2,366 853
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

3
1,457 495
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

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1,357 453
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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Imagine John Lennon

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1,112 352
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

7
1,218 399
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

8
1,264 415
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

10
1,125 361
Search and Destroy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Search and Destroy Iggy & The Stooges

11
813 233
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

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A Day in the Life The Beatles

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1,507 514
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

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Baba O'Riley The Who

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1,288 470
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School's Out Alice Cooper

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2,214 795
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

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736 231
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Black Magic Woman Carlos Santana, Santana

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1,711 593
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

21
1,212 435
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

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825 268
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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1,256 413
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Louie Louie The Kingsmen

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1,211 395
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Waterloo Sunset The Kinks

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1,196 389
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

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1,418 524
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,433 484
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

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1,086 345
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

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Hey Jude The Beatles

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1,443 488
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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1,201 391
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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1,403 518
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

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1,403 518
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

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1,259 413
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

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1,026 320
Masters of War is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Masters of War Bob Dylan

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1,162 376
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

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1,523 519
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

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1,097 350
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

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1,209 394
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Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

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1,134 364
Maybelline is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Maybelline Chuck Berry

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1,324 485
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

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1,318 438
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

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1,908 738
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

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1,118 358
I'll Be Your Mirror is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground

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Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones

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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

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602 173
Good Golly Miss Molly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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1,058 334
Eighteen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eighteen Alice Cooper

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Space Oddity David Bowie