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
2,516 1,048
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Louis Armstrong

2
3,588 1,417
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Simon and Garfunkel

3
2,234 849
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

4
2,998 1,268
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Chuck Berry

5
2,113 870
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The Kinks

6
1,288 498
Turn! Turn! Turn! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

7
1,813 675
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Rolling Stones

8
3,732 1,482
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

9
1,955 735
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Steppenwolf

10
1,693 679
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11
2,746 1,156
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The Beach Boys

12
1,436 516
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

13
4,773 2,074
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John Lennon

14
1,704 629
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

15
2,123 807
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

16
2,213 845
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

17
2,055 845
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Bill Haley and The Comets

18
1,902 714
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley

19
1,928 788
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The Rolling Stones

20
1,807 673
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The Kingsmen

21
1,263 487
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Buddy Holly

22
2,030 767
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jerry Lee Lewis

23
1,422 559
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

24
1,899 775
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The Crickets

25
1,187 412
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Kassie Lanzarotta added Chuck Berry

26
3,691 1,466
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The Beatles

27
1,678 618
Black Dog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added

Led Zeppelin

28
2,417 930
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

29
1,753 650
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Elvis Presley

30
1,020 376
While My Guitar Gently Weeps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

31
1,786 664
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Roy Orbison

32
871 309
Wouldn't It Be Nice? is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beach Boys

33
784 242
I Wanna Hold Your Hand is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

34
783 241
Happy Together is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Turtles

35
1,085 406
Good Golly Miss Molly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Little Richard

36
1,299 503
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Carlos Santana, Santana

37
707 210
Rebel Rebel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
David Bowie

38
1,943 795
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The Rolling Stones

39
2,159 893
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

40
1,870 762
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Alice Cooper

41
1,598 585
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

42
1,297 458
End of the Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

43
1,560 569
I'll Be Your Mirror is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

44
1,631 599
Roll Over Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Chuck Berry

45
1,842 748
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beach Boys

46
2,510 970
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jimi Hendrix Experience

47
1,709 632
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Kinks

48
1,709 632
Cinnamon Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

49
1,543 562
Itchycoo Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Small Faces

50
1,460 527
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked