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List: Top Ten Greatest Songs Of All Time

Date: November 2004

Source: Rolling Stone magazine

Base: Based on votes by 172 musicians, critics, and industry figures chosen by the magazine's editors.

Notes: This top ten is based on a top 500 songs list composed by Rolling Stone. Out of the top 500, 357 were created by US atists, 117 by UK artists, 10 from Canada and 8 from Ireland. The list included just one song not in English (La Bamba by Ritchie Valens) and only three songs from the 21st century. The oldest song on the list was Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone" from 1948 (ranked #459). The only other song from the 1940s was Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from 1949 (#111). The most recent was OutKast's 2003 hit "Hey Ya!" (#180) - the other songs from the current millennium being "Lose Yourself" and "Stan" by Eminem. The Beatles were the most represented musical act with 23 songs on the list, followed by The Rolling Stones (14 entries), Bob Dylan (12 entries), Elvis Presley (11 entries), The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix (seven entries each) and Chuck Berry, U2, James Brown, Prince, Led Zeppelin and Sly & The Family Stone all with six entries each.

Three songs made it onto the list twice under different artists:
"Blue Suede Shoes," by Carl Perkins (1956; #95), covered by Elvis Presley (1956; #423)
"Mr. Tambourine Man," by Bob Dylan (1965; #106), covered by The Byrds (1965; #79)
"Walk This Way," by Aerosmith (1975; #336), remade with Run-D.M.C. (1987; #287)


Song / Artist


"Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan


"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones


"Imagine" by John Lennon


"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye


"Respect" by Aretha Franklin


"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys


"Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry


"Hey Jude" by The Beatles


"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana


"What'd I Say" by Ray Charles

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