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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Fortunate Son is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival

2
3,425 1,430
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Imagine John Lennon

3
1,581 561
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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2,226 903
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Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry

5
2,768 1,050
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A Day in the Life The Beatles

6
1,366 473
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Paint It Black Rolling Stones

7
3,257 1,356
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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin

8
1,576 615
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God Only Knows The Beach Boys

9
2,682 1,018
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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2,525 957
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The Sound of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

11
945 336
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience

12
1,229 418
Black Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Black Dog Led Zeppelin

13
1,609 574
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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1,081 358
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Kassie Lanzarotta added Come as You Are Nirvana

15
2,646 1,090
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Hey Jude The Beatles

16
1,680 604
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane

17
1,859 681
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Light My Fire The Doors

18
1,456 516
Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley

19
1,896 693
Purple Haze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix Experience

20
1,729 623
Seven Nation Army is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes

21
1,443 507
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf

22
856 294
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Black Magic Woman Carlos Santana, Santana

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1,049 380
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Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival

24
940 301
The Times They Are A-Changin' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,452 512
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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1,347 470
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Only the Lonely Roy Orbison

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1,462 566
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Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

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1,106 407
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1,770 641
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin

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1,446 560
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That'll Be The Day The Crickets

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1,871 746
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Space Oddity David Bowie

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1,154 430
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Pretty Woman Roy Orbison

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2,009 811
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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

34
1,410 494
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,317 456
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,570 561
Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis

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1,281 440
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Suzie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival

38
1,389 485
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
People Are Strange The Doors

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1,541 600
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You Really Got Me The Kinks

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1,430 552
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School's Out Alice Cooper

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1,551 606
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

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1,369 477
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Louie Louie The Kingsmen

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1,609 578
Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Hound Dog Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

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1,711 619
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) The Rolling Stones

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1,359 473
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Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones

46
2,094 849
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles

47
1,314 456
All Shook Up is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
All Shook Up Elvis Presley

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1,216 415
Dancing Days is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Dancing Days Led Zeppelin

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639 199
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Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel

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1,596 627
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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and The Comets