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
479 138
And the Wind Cries Mary is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

2
349 79
Happy Jack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Who

3
509 132
Get Off My Cloud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones

4
400 103
Commotion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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Creedence Clearwater Revival

5
1,126 439
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Carlos Santana, Santana

6
611 178
Happy Together is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Turtles

7
661 223
Wouldn't It Be Nice? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beach Boys

8
404 105
Ooby Dooby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roy Orbison

9
539 147
Play With Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Rolling Stones

10
738 259
A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

11
1,312 482
Time Has Come Today is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Chambers Brothers

12
825 271
You're Gonna Lose That Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

13
1,795 690
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

14
1,557 587
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

15
2,222 875
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

16
1,312 481
The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Doors

17
1,397 518
Substitute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Who

18
1,133 405
End of the Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

19
666 201
Carrie Anne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Hollies

20
1,452 542
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

21
1,438 536
Baby Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Badfinger

22
2,805 1,222
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Chuck Berry

23
539 146
Rebel Rebel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
David Bowie

24
2,010 784
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

25
572 160
La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Ritchie Valens

26
951 359
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The Who

27
1,656 631
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Rolling Stones

28
1,649 628
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The Kingsmen

29
938 353
Good Golly Miss Molly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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30
1,407 523
Eighteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Alice Cooper

31
1,738 726
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The Crickets

32
2,243 961
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Louis Armstrong

33
1,621 616
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Roy Orbison

34
1,872 725
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jerry Lee Lewis

35
2,222 877
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

36
1,614 613
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

37
1,933 817
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The Kinks

38
1,712 714
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Alice Cooper

39
4,472 2,001
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John Lennon

40
573 161
That's All Right is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley

41
672 204
Hey Joe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jimi Hendrix Experience

42
1,997 847
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The Beach Boys

43
3,324 1,356
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Simon and Garfunkel

44
2,537 1,099
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The Beach Boys

45
1,314 483
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

46
750 238
Riders on the Storm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

47
1,977 838
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

48
2,322 921
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

49
1,254 457
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

50
1,277 467
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The Rolling Stones