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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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756 192
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

2
615 167
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience

3
670 165
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

4
727 214
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Over the Rainbow Judy Garland

5
1,038 304
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

6
964 277
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

7
948 270
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

8
1,853 615
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

9
1,635 584
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

10
1,519 538
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Space Oddity David Bowie

11
1,348 422
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

12
896 252
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

13
1,043 309
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

14
516 108
Instant Karma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Instant Karma John Lennon

The Greatest Operas of All Time, Ranked

15
1,025 302
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

16
996 291
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

17
743 192
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Mother's Little Helper The Rolling Stones

18
741 194
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

19
1,229 420
Like A Rolling Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

20
1,060 314
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

21
878 243
Layla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Layla Derek and The Dominos

The Tastiest Trader Joe's Products

22
1,072 319
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

23
1,300 404
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

24
888 249
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

25
1,269 437
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What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

26
1,077 321
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

27
1,063 314
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

28
1,180 360
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

History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
1,017 298
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

30
1,072 319
The House of the Rising Sun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Kassie Lanzarotta added The House of the Rising Sun Eric Burdon & The Animals

31
1,997 670
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

32
1,127 379
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

33
808 220
Time Has Come Today is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers

34
598 161
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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

35
885 248
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Nowhere Man The Beatles

The Greatest Fictional Singers

36
2,461 928
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Imagine John Lennon

37
1,225 378
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

38
1,411 495
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Baba O'Riley The Who

39
1,473 523
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

40
923 263
Search and Destroy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Search and Destroy Iggy & The Stooges

41
1,601 575
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

42
1,217 417
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

43
2,404 906
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

44
1,057 351
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School's Out Alice Cooper

45
1,238 383
Seven Nation Army is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes

46
993 290
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

47
1,146 388
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

48
833 229
Bold As Love is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Bold As Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

49
914 260
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

50
983 321
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys