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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1
4,885 2,214
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Led Zeppelin

2
4,185 1,752
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The Beatles

3
3,164 1,407
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Louis Armstrong

4
5,507 2,512
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John Lennon

5
4,268 1,790
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

6
4,131 1,864
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The Beatles

7
4,190 1,755
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Simon and Garfunkel

8
2,981 1,322
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The Who

9
2,800 1,144
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

10
3,536 1,585
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

11
3,430 1,535
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Chuck Berry

12
2,824 1,156
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones

13
2,817 1,153
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin

14
1,833 782
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Roy Orbison

15
2,093 835
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

16
908 313
La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Ritchie Valens

17
2,082 900
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The Rolling Stones

18
1,902 751
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

19
2,067 893
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Alice Cooper

20
1,988 789
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Rolling Stones

21
2,342 1,023
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The Kinks

22
1,201 484
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The Who

23
2,530 1,028
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

24
1,788 701
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Chuck Berry

25
1,948 837
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