VOTE 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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2,602 985
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

2
2,875 1,097
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

3
1,307 449
Layla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Layla Derek and The Dominos

4
2,165 876
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

5
1,949 783
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Baba O'Riley The Who

6
2,737 1,133
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Hey Jude The Beatles

7
2,071 839
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

8
3,370 1,421
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

9
1,609 635
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

10
2,294 942
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

11
1,474 526
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

12
3,513 1,490
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Imagine John Lennon

13
1,347 475
(Don't Fear) The Reaper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

14
1,675 610
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

15
1,515 545
The House of the Rising Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Kassie Lanzarotta added The House of the Rising Sun Eric Burdon & The Animals

16
1,910 712
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

17
1,950 792
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Space Oddity David Bowie

18
1,447 519
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

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1,594 634
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

20
1,391 545
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Aqualung Jethro Tull

21
1,202 459
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Pretty Woman Roy Orbison

22
1,328 471
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

23
1,766 657
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

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1,018 376
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I Walk The Line Johnny Cash

25
1,507 547
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

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1,505 599
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

27
1,602 643
Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,379 495
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

29
1,376 541
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

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1,708 692
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What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

31
1,257 444
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Nowhere Man The Beatles

32
1,457 530
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

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1,111 421
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Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley

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1,539 618
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

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1,638 662
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

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1,158 443
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1,484 593
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

38
1,579 583
Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Blackbird The Beatles

39
422 92
Whole Lotta Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin

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1,268 495
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Let It Be The Beatles - The Beatles

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1,411 513
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Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones

42
2,752 1,085
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,068 368
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Mother's Little Helper The Rolling Stones

44
1,088 376
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,954 746
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

46
1,057 363
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,629 663
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

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1,281 459
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

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1,580 641
Bridge Over Troubled Water is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel

50
1,365 496
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked