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
1,999 849
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Louis Armstrong

2
1,239 495
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The Beatles

3
1,494 615
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The Beatles - The Beatles

4
717 252
While My Guitar Gently Weeps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

5
4,172 1,871
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John Lennon

6
3,327 1,475
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The Beatles

7
509 135
She Loves You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Beatles

8
2,559 1,116
Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

9
4,089 1,833
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Led Zeppelin

10
2,040 804
Somebody to Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

11
2,061 814
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

12
3,118 1,276
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Simon and Garfunkel

13
1,815 768
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The Kinks

14
2,648 1,159
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Chuck Berry

15
3,326 1,368
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The Beatles

16
3,290 1,352
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

17
2,108 835
Immigrant Song is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Led Zeppelin

18
2,197 875
Light My Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

19
2,286 991
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The Who

20
1,160 462
Voodoo Chile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

21
924 351
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22
2,409 1,050
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The Beach Boys

23
511 137
Happy Together is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Turtles

24
1,877 800
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The Beach Boys

25
1,691 655
Won't Get Fooled Again is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

26
1,693 656
White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Jefferson Airplane

27
1,560 651
I Get Around is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
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28
1,859 792
Behind Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

29
613 182
White Room is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Cream

30
1,719 668
Born to Be Wild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Steppenwolf

31
1,037 405
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Carlos Santana, Santana

32
1,886 741
Bad Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

33
1,833 718
Paint It Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Rolling Stones

34
854 319
Good Golly Miss Molly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Mark Lanzarotta added Little Richard

35
1,611 621
People Are Strange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Doors

36
1,231 454
I Can See for Miles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

37
1,811 709
Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

38
1,515 579
I Wanna Be Sedated is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

39
1,515 579
All Day and All of the Night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

40
949 364
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The Beatles

41
1,244 460
Break On Through (to the Other... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked

42
1,444 548
Suzie Q is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Creedence Clearwater Revival

43
529 166
Wouldn't It Be Nice? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beach Boys

44
1,430 542
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Beatles

45
1,198 440
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The Rolling Stones

46
1,632 631
For What It's Worth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
Buffalo Springfield

47
1,566 602
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The Kingsmen

48
1,466 558
Waterloo Sunset is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Kinks

49
1,366 514
Eight Miles High is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs of All Time, Ranked
The Byrds

50
1,802 767
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Bill Haley and The Comets