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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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2,708 1,068
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Imagine John Lennon

2
2,626 1,039
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

3
1,952 688
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

4
1,779 678
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

5
2,095 745
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

6
1,615 607
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

7
1,296 428
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

8
2,233 801
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

9
1,350 449
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

10
2,129 830
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Hey Jude The Beatles

11
1,259 457
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

12
1,529 521
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

13
1,331 487
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets

14
1,298 429
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

15
1,222 441
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

16
1,201 432
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

17
1,131 363
Louie Louie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Louie Louie The Kingsmen

18
1,286 469
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

19
1,496 510
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

20
408 90
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Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel

21
1,126 362
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

The Best Songs About Winning, Ranked

22
1,178 383
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

23
1,058 335
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

24
1,013 317
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

25
786 254
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26
742 235
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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

27
1,250 455
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

28
990 308
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Nowhere Man The Beatles

All Queen Albums Ranked Best To Worst

29
1,378 464
Seven Nation Army is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes

30
1,191 389
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

31
1,442 490
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

32
1,158 416
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School's Out Alice Cooper

33
1,252 457
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Brown Sugar The Rolling Stones

34
1,075 343
I Am a Rock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel

35
1,134 367
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield

The Best Judi Dench Movies

36
1,186 388
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

37
1,083 384
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added I Get Around The Beach Boys

38
1,285 428
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

39
1,054 335
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young & Crazy Horse

40
979 339
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41
1,550 587
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Baba O'Riley The Who

42
1,163 379
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

Secrets You Never Knew About Destiny's Child

43
751 213
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Kassie Lanzarotta added Come as You Are Nirvana

44
1,042 330
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

45
1,160 378
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

46
1,117 361
Honky Tonk Woman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones

47
1,107 357
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

48
1,233 408
Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Blackbird The Beatles

49
985 308
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Eight Miles High The Byrds

50
1,084 348
Only the Lonely is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison