500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Rolling Stone Magazine released a list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in November 2004. It represents an eclectic mix of music spanning the past 50 years, and contains a wide variety of artists sharing the spotlight, including Bobby Darin, Madonna, Patsy Cline and OutKast.

The Rolling Stone 500 was compiled by 172 voters comprised of rock artists and well-known rock music experts, who submitted ranked lists of their favorite 50 rock&roll/pop music songs. The songs were then tallied to create the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Topping the list is Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone. The rest of the top ten is made-up of other legendary and influential rock icons and bands. The Rolling Stones grab the #2 position, followed by John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Nirvana, and Ray Charles.

List favorites include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, who appear a combined total of 49 times, making-up almost 10% of the list.

by Kendra Anderson

Check out the links below to find the lyrics to your favorite songs.

# Song Title Artist Name MetroLyrics Views
1 Like A Rolling Stone Lyrics Bob Dylan 172015
2 Satisfaction Lyrics Rolling Stones 205736
3 Imagine Lyrics John Lennon 778400
4 What’s Going On Lyrics Marvin Gaye 112360
5 Respect Lyrics Aretha Franklin 274181
6 Good Vibrations Lyrics Beach Boys 52404
7 Johnny B. Goode Lyrics Chuck Berry 140074
8 Hey Jude Lyrics Beatles 546117
9 Smells Like Teen Spirit Lyrics Nirvana 1090098
10 What’d I Say (Live Berlin) 1962 Lyrics Ray Charles 18842
11 My Generation Lyrics Who 36447
12 A Change Is Gonna Come Lyrics Sam Cooke 870827
13 Yesterday Lyrics Beatles 1572019
14 Blowin’ in The Wind Lyrics Bob Dylan 98607
15 London Calling Lyrics The Clash 82931
16 I Want To Hold Your Hand Lyrics Beatles 831253
17 Purple Haze Lyrics Jimi Hendrix 205088
18 Maybellene Lyrics Chuck Berry 17347
19 Hound Dog Lyrics Elvis Presley 74962
20 Let It Be Lyrics Beatles 554076
21 Born To Run Lyrics Bruce Springsteen 114922
22 Be My Baby Lyrics The Ronettes 443151
23 In My Life Lyrics Beatles 468273
24 People Get Ready Lyrics The Impressions 51571
25 God Only Knows Lyrics Beach Boys 38768
26 A Day In The Life Lyrics Beatles 135413
27 Layla Lyrics Derek And The Dominos 111834
28 (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay Lyrics Otis Redding 150989
29 Help Lyrics Beatles 95062
30 I Walk The Line Lyrics Johnny Cash 117726
31 Stairway To Heaven Lyrics Led Zeppelin 691505
32 Sympathy For The Devil Lyrics Rolling Stones 82333
33 River Deep, Mountain High Lyrics Tina Turner 48208
34 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling Lyrics The Righteous Brothers 111684
35 Light My Fire Lyrics The Doors 155046
36 One Lyrics U2 164814
37 No Woman No Cry Lyrics Bob Marley 150911
38 Gimme Shelter Lyrics Rolling Stones 80086
39 That’ll Be The Day Lyrics Buddy Holly 111596
40 Dancing In The Streets Lyrics Martha And The Vandellas 113752
41 The Weight Lyrics Band 375105
42 Waterloo Sunset Lyrics Kinks 31630
43 Tutti Frutti Lyrics Little Richard 214516
44 Georgia On My Mind Lyrics Ray Charles 119677
45 Heartbreak Hotel Lyrics Elvis Presley 60586
46 Heroes Lyrics David Bowie 186662
47 Bridge Over Troubled Water Lyrics Simon And Garfunkel 160088
48 All Along The Watchtower Lyrics Jimi Hendrix 74591
49 Hotel California Lyrics The Eagles 618148
50 The Tracks Of My Tears Lyrics Smokey Robinson 109912
51 The Message Lyrics Grandmaster Flash 205346
52 When Doves Cry Lyrics Prince 87987
53 Anarchy In The U K Lyrics Sex Pistols 61716
54 When A Man Loves A Woman Lyrics Percy Sledge 108964
55 Louie Louie Lyrics The Kingsmen 88214
56 Long Tall Sally Lyrics Little Richard 159851
57 A Whiter Shade Of Pale Lyrics Procol Harum 484574
58 Billie Jean Lyrics Michael Jackson 255034
59 The Times They Are A-changin’ Lyrics Bob Dylan 181867
60 Let’s Stay Together Lyrics Al Green 357768
61 Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On Lyrics Jerry Lee Lewis 73039
62 Bo Diddley Lyrics Bo Diddley 10982
63 For What It’s Worth Lyrics Buffalo Springfield 155149
64 She Loves You Lyrics Beatles 93011
65 Sunshine Of Your Love Lyrics Cream 94720
66 Redemption Song Lyrics Bob Marley 92602
67 Jailhouse Rock Lyrics Elvis Presley 99838
68 Tangled Up In Blue Lyrics Bob Dylan 42483
69 Crying Lyrics Roy Orbison 86543
70 Walk On By Lyrics Dionne Warwick 201016
71 California Girls Lyrics Beach Boys 70731
72 Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, Pt.1 Lyrics James Brown 5778
73 Summertime Blues Lyrics Cochran Eddie 120210
74 Superstition Lyrics Stevie Wonder 60368
75 Whole Lotta Love Lyrics Led Zeppelin 56590
76 Strawberry Fields Forever Lyrics Beatles 237837
77 Mystery Train Lyrics Elvis Presley 62786
78 I Feel Good Lyrics James Brown 139348
79 Mr. Tambourine Man Lyrics The Byrds 45060
80 I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lyrics Marvin Gaye 65949
81 Blueberry Hill Lyrics Fats Domino 162045
82 You Really Got Me Lyrics Kinks 53083
83 Norwegian Wood (this Bird Has Flown) Lyrics Beatles 18410
84 Every Breath You Take Lyrics The Police 118866
85 Crazy Lyrics Patsy Cline 57322
86 Thunder Road Lyrics Bruce Springsteen 103915
87 Ring Of Fire Lyrics Johnny Cash 689374
88 My Girl Lyrics Temptations 220787
89 California Dreamin’ Lyrics The Mamas & The Papas 74376
90 In The Still Of The Night Lyrics The Five Satins 97790
91 Suspicious Minds Lyrics Elvis Presley 102906
92 Blitzkrieg Bop Lyrics The Ramones 45044
93 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For Lyrics U2 133844
94 Good Golly Miss Molly Lyrics Little Richard 133532
95 Blue Suede Shoes Lyrics Carl Perkins 39199
96 Great Balls Of Fire Lyrics Jerry Lee Lewis 190359
97 Roll Over Beethoven Lyrics Chuck Berry 28208
98 Love And Happiness Lyrics Al Green 157564
99 Fortunate Son Lyrics Creedence Clearwater Revival 75269
100 You Can’t Always Get What You Want Lyrics Rolling Stones 81847
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