These all-time rankings are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 (from its launch on Aug. 4, 1958 through Oct. 10, 2015) and Billboard 200 (from Aug. 17, 1963 — when we combined our two leading pop album album charts for stereo and mono releases into one all-encompassing weekly chart — through Oct. 10, 2015) Radio Airplay + Sales Data + Streaming Data = GREATEST OF ALL TIME HOT 100 SONGS. These all-time rankings are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 (from its launch on Aug. 4, 1958 through Oct. 10, 2015) and Billboard 200 (from Aug. 17, 1963 — when we combined our two leading pop album album charts for stereo and mono releases into one all-encompassing weekly chart — through Oct. 10, 2015).
1997 7-inch 45 release of ""/", double A-side by . This article is a of the best-selling . The criterion for inclusion on the list is to have sold at least five million copies worldwide.
The singles listed here were cited by reliable sources from various media, such as , newspapers, magazines, and books.
It is notable that, according to , "" (1942) by is the best-selling worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies. The song recognized as "the best-selling single of all time" was released before the / singles-chart era and "was listed as the world's best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and—remarkably—still retains the title more than 50 years later".
Also, Guinness World Records states that double A-side charity single ""/"" (1997) by , a tribute to the late , is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies", making it the second-best-selling single of all time. The list is split between physical (mainly and ) singles and digitally downloaded tracks which first became available to purchase in the early 2000s.
15 million copies or more Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 1942 50 ""/"" 1997 33 Bing Crosby "" 1935 30 "" 1954 25 "" 1992 20 "" 1960 20 "" 1985 20 "" 1939 19 "" 1977 18 "" 1997 18 "" 1994 16 "" 1991 15 and "" 1978 15 10–14.9 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 1978 14 "" 1991 14 "" 1963 13 "" 1982 13 "" 1949 12.5 "" 1963 12 and "" 1996 12 "" 1978 12 "" 1984 11.7 "" 1998 11 "" 1974 11 "" 1974 11 "" 1943 11 "" 1975 11 "" 1970 10 "" 1976 10 "" 1942 10 "" 1957 10 "" 1996 10 "" 1995 10 "" 1971 10 "" 1966 10 "" 1998 10 "" 1950 10 "" 1954 10 Elvis Presley "" 1956 10 "" 1967 10 "" 1998 10 8–9.9 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 1982 9 "" 1977 9 "" 2001 8.5 "" 1964 8 "" 1997 8 The Beatles "" 1968 8 "" 1985 8 "" 1968 8 "" 1948 8 "" 1999 8 "" 1984 8 "" 1991 8 "" 2004 8 "" 1956 8 "" 1969 8 7–7.9 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source and "" 2002 7.6 "" 1999 7 The Beatles "" 1964 7 "" 1990 7 "" 1978 7 "" 1971 7 "" 2002 7 "" 1967 7 "" 1998 7 "" 1980 7 "" 1964 7 "" 1972 7 "" 1964 7 "" 1996 7 "" 1960 7 6–6.9 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 1982 6.5 "" 1969 6 "" 1976 6 featuring "" 1995 6 Bing Crosby and "" 1943 6 "" 1924 6 featuring "" 1973 6 "" 1970 6 "" 1969 6 "" 1997 6 "" 1957 6 Madonna "" 1990 6 "" 1984 6 "" 1971 6 "" 1970 6 Elvis Presley "" 1956 6 Queen "" 1975 6 "" 1958 6 "" 1970 6 "" 1977 6 Bonnie Tyler "" 1983 6 5–5.9 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 1946 5.7 , , and "" 2001 5.2 "" 1967 5 ABBA "" 1974 5 "" 1927 5 Gene Autry "" 1935 5 The Beatles "" 1963 5 "" 1967 5 Culture Club "" 1983 5 "" 1990 5 "" 1970 5 "" 1967 5 "" 1974 5 The Jackson 5 "" 1970 5 "" 1968 5 "" 1968 5 Jerry Lee Lewis "" 1957 5 "" 1989 5 Madonna "" 1989 5 Ricky Martin "" 1995 5 "" 1977 5 "" 1957 5 "" 2001 5 The Monkees "" 1967 5 "" 1982 5 "" 1970 5 Elvis Presley "" 1960 5 Elvis Presley "" 1961 5 "" 1968 5 "" 1965 5 "" 1958 5 "" 1966 5 "" 1974 5 "" 1971 5 "" 1962 5 15 million digital copies or more Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2017 26.6 featuring "" 2017 24.3 featuring "" 2015 20.9 feat.
"" 2016 20.7 featuring "" 2014 20 "" 2014 19.5 "" 2011 18 "" 2009 15 [ ] "" 2009 15 12–14.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source featuring and "" 2013 14.8 "" 2010 14 [ ] "" 2008 14 [ ] featuring "" 2011 13.9 [ ] "" 2013 13.9 " " 2012 13.5 "" 2015 13.5 and featuring "" 2012 13.4 featuring "" 2013 13.2 & featuring "" 2015 13.1 featuring "" 2011 13 featuring "" 2010 12.8 [ ] "" 2015 12.6 featuring and "" 2016 12.5 "" 2010 12.5 "" 2015 12.3 "" 2013 12.3 "" 2008 12.2 featuring Kesha "" 2009 12 featuring "" 2007 12 10–11.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2015 11.7 and "" 2017 11.5 featuring "" 2013 11.1 feat.
"" 2016 11.1 "" 2010 11 [ ] "" 2014 11 "" 2013 10.9 "" 2015 10.8 featuring "" 2016 10.6 "" 2015 10.4 "" 2010 10.2 featuring "" 2016 10.2 "" 2013 10 "" 2015 10 featuring "" 2010 10 featuring "" 2006 10 "" 2011 10 8–9.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2015 9.9 featuring "" 2013 9.9 "" 2013 9.9 "" 2017 9.7 "" 2009 9.7 featuring "" 2011 9.6 featuring "" 2013 9.6 featuring and "" 2013 9.3 "" 2014 9.2 "" 2012 9.1 featuring "" 2014 9.1 featuring "" 2008 9.1 featuring "" 2014 9 "" 2005 9 "" 2008 8.7 "" 2012 8.6 "" 2014 8.6 "" 2009 8.5 featuring "" 2011 8.4 "" 2017 8.3 "" 2017 8.3 "" 2013 8.3 "" 2014 8.3 "" 2011 8.2 featuring , , and "" 2011 8.2 "" 2015 8.1 featuring "" 2012 8.1 "" 2007 8 featuring , and "" 2014 8 7–7.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2017 7.9 "" 2017 7.9 featuring "" 2013 7.9 "" 2017 7.8 "" 2008 7.7 "" 2008 7.7 "" 2008 7.6 featuring "" 2010 7.4 "" 2010 7.3 "" 2007 7.3 "" 2011 7.2 "" 2012 7.2 "" 2007 7 "" 2009 7 6–6.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2012 6.9 featuring "" 2010 6.9 "" 2010 6.7 "" 2012 6.6 "" 2009 6.6 featuring "" 2007 6.6 "" 2009 6.5 featuring "" 2012 6.5 "" 2011 6.5 "" 2006 6.5 featuring "" 2010 6.4 "" 2008 6.2 "" 2007 6.1 "" 2008 6.1 and "" 2013 6 featuring "" 2014 6 "" 2009 6 featuring "" 2005 6 5–5.99 million copies Artist Single Released Sales (in millions) Source "" 2007 5.9 "" 2007 5.7 "" 2008 5.7 featuring "" 2008 5.7 "" 2007 5.6 featuring "" 2008 5.6 "" 2007 5.5 featuring "" 2012 5.5 "" 2008 5.5 "" 2008 5.5 "" 2012 5.4 "" 2007 5.25 "" 2007 5.2 "" 2007 5.2 "" 2007 5 "" 2005 5 & as Kaoru to Tomoki, Tamani Mook "" 2011 5 "" 2011 5 "" 2012 5 "" 2009 5 "" 2004 5 featuring "" 2010 5 "" 2006 5 "" 2010 5 featuring "" 2005 5 featuring "" 2010 5 The charts of the best-selling singles by year in the world are compiled by the annually since 2007.
These charts were published in their two annual reports, the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers. Both the Digital Music Report and the Recording Industry in Numbers were replaced in 2016 by the Global Music Report.
Units sold include , audio and video , , full track downloads to mobile and, starting in 2013, . All versions of the same song are combined in these charts. Year Single Artist Nationality Sales (in millions) Source 2007 "" Canada 7.3 2008 "" featuring United States 9.1 2009 "" United States 9.8 2010 "" United States 12.8 2011 "" United States 12.5 2012 "" Canada 12.5 2013 "" featuring & United States 14.8 2014 "" United States 13.9 2015 "" featuring United States 20.9 2016 "" featuring & Canada 12.5 2017 "" United Kingdom 26.6 • ^ .
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best singles songs all time playlist - Best R&B Songs of All Time, Best Dance Songs, Party Music
Of course, dancing requires good music. You can't break it down to slow, moody music — unless you've . For the rest of us, a dance party requires upbeat dance tunes. You need songs that . Songs that make you start swaying in your seat. Songs that make you feel like you've got to hit the floor. Right. Now.
1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen It's one of the greatest songs ever made, totally captivating lyrically and extremely innovative musically all due credit to the Queen himself, Freddie Mercury.
Simple put; this is the song with every element required. Not one of the greatest but simply the greatest even if one includes classical music. When the writer of this song, the late Freddie Mercury had come into this studio with "Bohemian Rhapsody", the rest of the band had thought of it foolish, bizarre and odd---but went along with the "Fred thing"---now it is a masterpiece that has withstood time, even more than thirty years old----nothing, and no one has come close to re-creating something so tongue-and-cheek, innovative, and still makes teenagers want to bang their heads and air-guitar while driving.
Simply the best. It Is "foolish, bizarre and odd". Not that there's anything wrong with it. - Billyv It's daring, fun and doesn't fall short of bravado. Simply genius. How on earth is this the sample makes me want to barf - EchoX0 2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin The poetic storytelling nature of Robert Plant's lyrics combined with Jimmy Page's brilliant musical composition places "Stairway To Heaven" as the number one rock song of all time.
Mr. Page's arrangement of a dramatic crescendo type development with the song passing through stages along the way lend to his (and John Paul Jones) influence by classical music. His guitar solo in this song is one of his greatest played with undeniable passion and ease. "Stairway To Heaven" is a legendary song composed and performed by the greatest rock musicians of all time, Led Zeppelin. This is an incredible song! It's so great that it's becoming the theme song for my school's prom. Led Zeppelin is like no other classic.
I wanted to select something from Beatles or something from Radiohead, but this is the best song in Rock history. Fantastic guitar. Great vocals. Amazing lyrics. I listen to this one more than Bohemian Rhapsody and it’s definitely a treasure, but I still think Bohemian Rhapsody is a little better in terms of musical creativity - JoshHarmer25 3 Imagine - John Lennon Hey you!
It is totally incomprehensible that Bohemian Rhapsody is the first. Imagine is the song of all centuries, Queen and John Lennon aren't competitors because John Lennon is god and Queen is just the queen. So Imagine is the first-it's objective reality Do you literally mean that John Lennon is god?
Because, no offense, but that's a bit weird - JaneMoffat Truly inspirational lyrics, to release your per-conceived or ingrained notions of time and space, division of people; those going to heaven vs. The hell-bound. The very best song of love not for one, but for all the people who live as one.
A masterpiece. It's best song, and one with the best lyrics ever. It's message is simple, but at the same very profound. It’s a good song but I can’t act like I’m the smartest person alive and try to dig deeper into it like the super “smart” people that write a lot of crap 4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana I love this song. Nirvana is one of my favourite bands ever!
I really miss Kurt Cobain This isn't even close to being Nirvana's best song, never mind the best song ever. Hell, this is probably one of the worst songs of Nevermind. If everyone would step away from the overplayed Nirvana singles, and look at their great, underrated songs like "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" or "Oh, The Guilt", than a much better Nirvana song would be #4, not Smells Like The Only Nirvana Song You Know...
- Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak Best song ever, we can smell his spirit, laugh out loud (i didn't understand. The best songs smell like going for the best. I love nirvana. NiRVANA NIRVANA NIRVANA! BEST SONG EVER ANYONE CAN LISTEN TO. Nirvana is part of rock's history, and deserves to be remembered from generation to generation. T smells like a perfect made delicious song that deserves to be in this list. Kurt was such a genius. This song has so much between the lines, it's awesome. I will always love NIRVANA.
First time I voted another song.. The song is nice... But after listening this song I have changed by decision... Honestly it's probably one of the most overplayed songs ever, and Nirvana has much better songs. This is the song that made the band popular, and I don't think that it is a bad song, but it is definitely not their best song.
- TurkeySlurp This song makes me want to run naked down the street... And I don't run Naked for just any song.
It's like waking up in Russia lying on a moose rug. Not a good song. Very noisy. 5 One - Metallica Amazing and moving, appealing to fans of thrash, metal in general, even pop fans... you can't help but be swept up in the epicness of it My friend said thrash is trash. That isn't true at all. Thrash is the best type of metal! - Powerfultekin An excellent, powerful, and meaningful song.
I don't even know what else to say, it's too amazing! Metallica is the best. This song really shows what their all about. Darkness imprisoning me all that I see absolute horror I cannot live I cannot die trapped in myself body my holding cell!
Quite possibly my favorite song. - peepsmith 6 Hotel California - Eagles Awesome lyrics with great music makes this song a perfect song I used to hear it more than 20 times a day... such a beautiful song and this was the song that made me die hard fan of eagles The music is so beautiful. The Guitars, the vocals and everything in the song is so beautiful. I first heard this song when I was around 6 years old and I can sing it.
I live in Thailand but I can sing "Welcome to the Hotel California" when I was so young. That's why this song in the best song. Hotel California from the Eagles is one of the best song ever! It's like a hymn where you can sing along and dance!
It's just an incredible song which nearly everybody likes! One of the best! My favourite 7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Great guitar solo, great lyrics, great song Terrible solo, terrible lyrics, terrible song.
I believe that's what you meant. - Stardum One of the best Pink Floyd songs, I ve first heard of this song when I watched movie The Wall so as with the other songs on The Wall, "Comfortably Numb" tells a segment of the story about Pink, the album's protagonist.
This song has to do with Pink's battle to handle the world. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating Pink (verses, sung by Waters) and Pink's thoughts (chorus, sung by Gilmour).
Guilmour and Waters share credits for this song as the music was made by Guilmour and lyrics by Waters. Best song to listen when you are high. The final three minutes of the song is just out of this world Shouldn't it be Dumstar not Stardum?
8 Hey Jude - The Beatles Honestly almost any Beatles song could be on the list! But surely this one is classic. Simply the greatest. No one can help but sing along to the na-na-na-na's of this absolute masterpiece. There's something about it that sends chills down your spine and makes you want to sing along every time.
Great song of all times...love it... 9 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Genius intro and solo by SLASH AWESOME vocals by AXL ROSE Amazing work on rhythm by IZZY Stradlin Badass awesome drummer Steven Adler Cool bass by DUFF,... SIMPLY AMAZING SONG ONE OF THE BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME,... G N'R ROCKS This is my song to my oldest daughter. We danced to it at her sweet 16 - CrimsonLace Are You Kidding me!
That's Probably The Best Song in The History of Hard Rock! :O <3 Slash! It has everything a good rock song should have. An amazing riff, amazing lyrics, chorus and guitar solo. Best song ever created in history! 10 Master of Puppets - Metallica Masterpiece of Metal and music in general. Great vocals, AMAZING solo and easily one of Metallica's best. Top ten in my oppinion. How is one 4TH and this be 49TH!? Master of Puppets is easily the best Metallica song, and it is also the best song known to man.
This song has the best riff ever. The little sissies out there who are voting for Baby by Justin beav- oops, I mean Bieber, you are probably too stupid to withstand the awesomeness of this song and the brilliance of it will blow your guts to Mars.
No one votes for Baby. It is almost at the bottom of the list. Master of Puppets is preceded by other legendary rock songs. - Alkadikce A devilish song, its sure to please your rock lovers, not many are disappointed. Yeah, but where is Ultimate by Denzel Curry!?!?!?! The Newcomers 11 A Day in the Life - The Beatles well, if your tellin' that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the best at the same time u've listened to this song (at least)once, I'm sorry but that's just an opinion - on the other hand, if you say it without listening to this song, your missin' the very best point - so on both ends this is the greatest song of all time!
- heaven You don't get all that you will from this song with one listen! You need like 5. - Songsta41 Beatles is the greatest band and this is their(and "the") greatest song, period - I mean; come on?!
Bohemian Rhapsody? Stairway to Heaven? Well, good choices but if you want a song so badly that has tempo changes and creates a musical orgasm - well listen to it without no waste of time! You won't regret it! :-) - dd369 This song is highly complex, using a simple acoustic guitar to a nightmarish orchestra. Also do not forget about the final E chord at the end, that thing lasted 40 seconds or so.
The vocals are also much better than other Beatles song. Best song ever written and recorded. 12 Fade to Black - Metallica Why the hell isn't this in the top ten?
This belongs among the ranks of stairway to heaven and bohemian rhapsody. - aman28 I agree that this belongs in the top ten, but not around Stairway To Heaven. I know what you're thinking, I'm saying Stairway To Heaven is 'too good' for this song. BUT STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN SUCKS! So this song doesn't belong anywhere near Stairway To Heaven, it belongs way above Stairway To Heaven.
- mmarce445 Most complete song ever, so soft in verse, then the chorus roars out. Features the best solo ever. This song is the essential nature of Metallica, begins with a slow beautiful melody and then it turns heavier as it progresses.
BEST SONG EVER! I want this song to play at my funeral - Nintendonix Up 13 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Along with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Judas Priest's "Painkiller"; HALLOWED BE THY NAME is the best metal song ever! It is stupid that a song with a great intro, a great solo, a great guitar in background, a great voice performance, a great drumming... IS IN THE 27TH PLACE! - rock2metal This is not in the top 100?
(was 119 when I wrote this)this is slow and melodic then a few minutes into the song it has a skull crushing solo that leaves me no doubt that herman lee, no matter how fast he is could never play with as much emotion and precision as adrian smith - cyraxbot Well lucky for you, as it's now number 23 at the time I am posting this comment.
So it's risen through the ranks quite a bit. - Thrash_or_Die This song reminds me why I love music. The progression in the song is superb with an electric riff that you can't get out of your head after your first listen.
The song is about a man facing his mortality and finding a renewed faith in God, it's a beautiful message that reminds me of my late grandma whenever I hear it. With high soaring, engaging vocals; a classic and unforgettable instrumental bridge and a hair-raising outro; this song is and will be on the top of my list for the rest of my life.
I love this song. The guitar, vocals, lyrics, everything about this song is amazing. Def my favourite song of all time. Iron Maiden for life! - CharismaticKat 14 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan This song takes you on a hallucinatory 3rd eye journey, like all these songs do.
Part of it could be about a great beauty. Go on girl, take your chances. Picture her there, on her throne, haughty, naughty, and drunk on herself, as others are.
How could she not? Surrounded by legions of so called friends and admirers. Now picture them there,10 or so odd, years later. Their throne, now a gutter, bloated, lying face down in it. Like so many before. No body will know, that you were a beauty, a sweet sweet beauty, but stone stone cold!
And all your so called legions who cared, your blood is in their mouths. They had a front row seat, to the circus that was your life. But the crowds have dispersed, and the tent must come down. Till the next beautiful circus ( YOU) comes to town.
Because you still have the devil to pay.. And dear God, NO you can never go home again. It wasn't really that great there, at home in the first place. Or you would have stayed there, in the first place. So now, How ... #1 on the rolling stones magazine's top 500 songs of all time... and here its just 29?
Don't be foolish! Lol, and you take Rolling Stone Magazines word for it? They thin Prince is one of the top ten best guitarists ever. And they were the people that said Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were the worst bands ever and should stop making music. - DownFall a masterpiece. how is it possible for one man to write so many classic songs. genius is a well over used word these days, but dylan really is the real deal. It was almost 55 years ago that Bob Dylan walked into Studio A at Columbia Records in New York and recorded “Like a Rolling Stone,” the single greatest song of all time.
The track was on store shelves just a month later, where it shot to Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 (held back only by the Beatles’ “Help! ”) and influenced an entire new generation of rock stars. “That snare shot sounded like somebody’d kicked open the door to your mind,” Bruce Springsteen said when he inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
“When I was 15 and I heard ‘Like a Rolling Stone,’ I heard a guy who had the guts to take on the whole world and who made me feel like I had to too.” 15 November Rain - Guns N' Roses Great song. I love this, I love the awesome guitar solo, the piano, the lyrics, everything about it. - jwileson BEST SONG EVER! "nothing lasts forever, even cold NOVEMBER RAIN! " What the hell? This song should easily be in the first 20 at least... It's a LEGENDARY song! Even riders on the storm not on the list!
Damn surprising It's a combination of bohemian rhapsody and stairway to heaven and the best ballad of Guns N' Roses - ronluna People sleep on the greatness of this song.
number 2 all time for me! 16 Lose Yourself - Eminem I'm not much of a rap lover but no one can disagree that eminems lyrics are superior, not only within rap but in an overall perspective and it's shown through one of the greatest songs, if not the greatest of all time.
True inspiration. Not many hip-hop songs so I decided to vote for this because it's the first rap song I listened it and I liked it and that's why I am an Eminem fan. Good lyrics which helped Eminem become success worldwide with this big hit. Most people remember this song that started his success - savinhiphop4life So what I he doesn't like rap this is best songs not best rap songs but still I think this is the best song ever - simpsondude The sheer lyrical genius of this song deserves a spot in the top ten.
The well renowned course in conjunction with the emotion that Eminem pours into every syllable, truly show the songs true genius.
Sorry, I don't like it. - CharismaticKat 17 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Rivals Stairway to Heaven. It's too meaningful to not be in the top ten. Even though founding member Syd Barrett left the band years earlier, his presence would remain, as "Wish You Were Here" and the later masterpiece, "The Wall, " were about Barrett in some capacity.
The whole song is dedicated to Syd Barrat when he left the band in 1976. It always brings good memories of the band. Bike, See Saw, Inter steller Overdrive, The Gnome Wow. It's a really good song to cry to 18 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd Can't say too much good stuff about this song, there is great guitar, totally playing this at my funeral, and this song is just great just genius great song Lynyrd Skynyrd.
It's the only song that can make the audience sway from east to west for 4 minutes and then fist pump north and south for the next 8! Amazing song, especially the end! I really love this list, it's got so many of my favourite songs on Songs to good to be under Black and White 19 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson definitely should be in the top ten, this song is so timeless it is not funny The damn best song ever...
I do not believe in genius... But this comes damn close to it. Inspiring... Up beat... Classic... And perfect. The only compliment you can give to a perfect song is... That it is perfect "Billie Jean" is a song by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer's sixth solo album, Thriller (1982).
It was written and composed by Michael Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it. There are contradictory claims to what the song's lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that Jackson had fathered one of her twins. Jackson himself, however, stated that "Billie Jean" was based on groupies he had encountered.
The song is well known for its distinctive bassline and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized. - rex.jackson.904 Greatest song ever sang by a god 20 Numb - Linkin Park I wish this was among the top ten.
I love this song so much. 'I've become to deaf, I can't vote this up' Class!... Should have been included in the top 10 list!... Its got the best music! It is really addictive! I've been hearing it every day for years! Simply the best.. Best Linkin Park song. Why is Smells Like Teen Spirit above this? - CharismaticKat 21 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi This song should be included among the top five! Every time I hear this song, it's as if... I was taken back to the 80's where this song first aired and become a word of mouth to this date!
Yah, other songs on the top list could have been great songs too, but nothing can compare for livin' on a prayer for me... This has been the banner song for the Bon Jovi band ever since... I can't believe other people have forgotten the fact that this song surely deserves a recognition... GREATEST SONG FROM THE GREATEST BAND EVER... Bon Jovi is the best singer ever! I love his music!
Rock its point of Bon Jovi! Love Cool song... Livin' on a prayer is really very good... Love it fantastic.. Good... Amazing, not boring yes 22 In the End - Linkin Park There is many reasons that makes me vote for this song. Logically, because it's my favorite song. I have listened to this song many times, and always I feel that it is a masterpiece.
The combination of Chester's and Mike's voices is perfect. They know how to use characteristics of rock and rap, the timing of instrumental is very archietected, and it's lyrics is amazing. By the way, I think modern bands and songs are too disregarded, so I think that this is a way to deconstruct this mentality in Rock's World.
- TheGodOfNewWorld I like Linkin Park this is the greatest rock band of the world I think in the end would be number 1 but burn it down is better than in the end I am shocked burn it down is not in this list what the hell is crawling My favorite song ever. Best Linkin Park song ever. Should be in the top 20. This is Linkin Park's signature song and send them into mainstream success. Due to this Hybrid Theory sold 30 mill. Best song of the new millenia and top 20 song ever.
If you heard it, you know you love it, if you haven't you need to hear it. - yougnr1116 It's an awesome song one of my favourite song of Linkin Park.
This has to be number 1 23 Echoes - Pink Floyd It's THE Pink Floyd song. NOT Comfortably Numb. Everything that would make Floyd famous with TDSOTM was done here, first. Many people think it's boring, but I will argue it's one of the few songs you can play millions of times and STILL find something new in it.
I can't say that about one of the other songs on this entire list. Not one. My only regret is it wasn't recorded with better sound.
Hopefully the 2012 remaster will change that. I can't wait. A long sound of The Pink Floyd experience. Not a song lingering on Syd, meddle was the album that really bridges disjointed Sydless floyd into the masterful legends we know it as now. Personally I have listened to all the songs on the list, things like this and even lower down the pixies are downgraded because people haven't heard it.
Well, you don't need no thought control, but seriously- widen your music tastes. Echoes widened my mind. Orgastic build up of tension- the crescendo's - lead to one of the best choral glissandos in its finale of all time. This song can be interpreted to mean many things and is authentic, meaningful listening.
Personally, its about the creation of the world and constraints within the social world, where everyone has the same basic motivations but for some reason peace isn't achieved, as chaotic dysfunction occurs behind the tranquil roots of nature.
Okay. Now. I see that on this stupid list everyone has chosen their favourite song: MORONS! You have to choose the best song, not your favourite one! Okay well; not to act great, but I got a pretty badass culture about music I started with AC/DC and that s why they re my favourite band, but I recognize they don t make the bet music Then I knew Pink Floyd: I d need days to say all what s to say about this amazing band, but I ll just tell everyone that they make the best music, and when you listen to certain songs you easily realise that Here I say the same thing as Acdc: my favourite song by Pink Floyd is Comfortably Numb (which is still awesome and deserves surely the top 5 at least) for many reasons, but not for this I think it s the best song ever, it just gives me the best feelings I know lots of bands and I listen to a lot of music, but if I must pick up a song I d choose Echoes This goes ahead all the songs of all times of all artists of ...
This list sucks, because technical it's the best thing ever. Except for the beeps in the middle, it's the best thing ever happened to my ears. But the beeps are legendary because, I'm not joking, it's the only musical sound that ever creeps me out hard in the feels.
Almost got a psychosis during a trip and I was too lazy to flash forward. When the song landed again, it felt like I was brought back from crystal meth and LSD fueled Vietnam wars to a castle on rainbow clouds.
It had such a big contrast for me in addition to my reality. Never ever did a song brought me to the edge of reality that way. That's why this song is the best, for me. Cause iets a trip, and makes it a double trip when you're listening to this while tripping. 24 My Immortal - Evanescence This is one of the best songs I have ever listened to... makes me cry. this is the number one song ever for me! best feminine voice in this world... truly an immortal song!
This songs is absolute trash I do not know what you are talking about - Tabor Woo! Evanescence! Best song ever! Followed by Lithium (Evanescence) and Welcome to the black parade (My Chemical Romance) Eminem comes somewhere after that for me!
Another great song from Amy. Can't beat the pain that she pours out. This song is absolutely gorgeous! - Userguy44 25 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence This song gives me the chills every time I hear it and sing it on stage (I'm a singer). Amy Lee has such a powerful and haunting voice. This is what a rock song should sound like ; heavy guitar but yet, so much emotions and drama. It's a classic, I can't believe it is not in the 500 first yet! This is not were this song should be.
This song is the best song that I've ever heard. Amy Lee's voice is the best voice that I've ever heard. It's a beautiful love song. Best song ever! Why is it at 69? It's better than all Linkin Park songs for sure, especially Numb... Not saying I don't like Linkin Park though! This and My Immortal should be in the top 10. Amy is the best and powerful singer ever..
Has such a haunting voice! Beautiful song. Amy Lee is an amazing singer - CharismaticKat 26 2112 - Rush RUSH IS THE MOST TALENTED BAND EVER, but not that popular compared to other supergroups.
I mean, no one knows "Passage to Bangkok", Or "Finding My Way", and those are unbielivably good. Rush will always be the best band. 2112 is just to much of a story, not music. (still is very good though) This is THE greatest song ever composed. By the THE greatest band ever formed on this humble Earth. Hands Down. Once everyone realizes this the world will be a better place. Definitely the greatest masterpiece I've ever heard. This song changes literally a "thing" in your brain. The song's going up and down, smooth and hard, it's like a house that was built completely in a bizarre way : but it holds and it's awesome looking.
It's just brilliant 27 Beat It - Michael Jackson One of the greatest songs of all time, a true Michael Jackson classic. Just can't believe that its on 84, should be at least in top 20. Great music with an awesome guitar by Van Halen. I don't understand why They Don't Care About Us is not in the list The best bit of the song is just beat it because its one of the most intresting sounds to me and has a beautiful continious rhythem in it and that is why I like that song and Michael Jakson isn't the only guy who can make this song work what I like about it is he is a very smart and intelligent man and has written many other cool and sad songs and most of all he is a very smart man.
It just beats it (all songs) 28 American Pie - Don McLean A song that touches the soul and makes you think about today's music in a different way. It is a tribute to a musician who died in a plane crash who Don McLean had looked up to.
It's not literally going against the music of today's era because how would Don know what today is like if he doesn't have a time machine? - STANCAKE I agree this in my opinion was one of the best songs ever made it deserves to be at least in the top 10. It's a classic song that deserves more attention. Defines the moment in history when not only music but also American spirit began to fade. Best song ever 29 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys Take one pure musical genius, give him six months time and way too many drugs, and you get the most amazing song ever to feature a theremin.
Never has a song said so much in such a small space of time Its awesome! That song is revolutionary! Brian Wilson has created one of the most well designed, interesting and detailed piece of music of all time - Good Vibrations. Their song God only Knows is a masterpiece.
Even McCartney hailed it as the best song ever written. I would be inclined to agree - mickyc 30 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones This is certainly the greatest song ever. Not only because of its musical fascination, but also because of its meaning for the society we live in! One of the all-time greats. It beats any other song hands down even rap.
This Song was one of the greatest songs ever it reached number 1 and stayed their for so long This should be way higher. For one of the most iconic songs ever, and one of the songs that shaped rock music into what it is today, how is it only 30 on the list? 31 Let It Be - The Beatles simply the sweetest and best song ever Most beautiful song ever written, period. Everything there is to love about the Beatles is captured in this song!
This is not the greatest song of all time. It's not even the best Beatles song (A Day in the Life comes to mind). It is, however, vastly superior to every song above it, most of which are merely good, and a few of which are absolutely terrible.
It's an iconic classic. 32 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen This one is one of my favorite songs (my favorite songs are written only by Queen). It is so beautiful and whenever I hear it, I'm full of joy and ECSTASY! I'm sure that most people know it and the first time I've heard it, it was in the radio but I didn't know who played it and then I was like 4 or 5 but I started to like it 7 years after I heard it in the radio that is 8 months ago.
I love this osng, I is beautiful! In my honest opinion, Don't Stop Me Now really shows how music should be with the great lyrics, great guitar solo, everything about this song just shows what music is all about.
Most people will say that Bohemian Rhapsody is the best Queen song and best song of all time but I just don't agree. Freddie Mercury's vocals also just amaze me as this wonder makes you just want to sing along to it and jam out to it giving a vibes of happiness.
When I first listened to this song I was so exited as I finally found that one song that will always bring me joy. God, I love this song. The thing that makes this song go from great to amazing in my opinion is Freddy Mercury's pure enthusiasm while singing. I challenge you to find anybody with half the amount of excitement and enthusiasm that Freddy Mercury has for what he does. Other than that, the lyrics are great and the instrumentals are amazing. The guitar solo is amazing and that piano just makes me want to get up and sing along.
Bohemian Rhapsody may be the more common choice but this song is an underrated piece of gold! For me, it’s the best Queen song to ever exist and one of the greatest songs in general.
It’s the audible embodiment of a young puppyâ" extremely energetic, happy and uplifting. Most of Queen’s songs are intended to be amazing rock operas or hard rock but this blurs the line between the two! 33 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day A super song about the troubles and strife of everyday life, capturing perfectly the teenage rebellious-ness.
Really an epic song, and learning all 9 minutes of the lyrics isn't much of a feat, because its so catchy you end up singing it this song is beyond words. Its perfect. If you don't like it. You probably don't understand it. its the modern bohemian rhapsody. just punky. my favourite song of all time.
and to all who think this music is crap. I saw comfortably numb and I knew I would vote it. its beyond feelings. but I know this band have out more into this song than any other song I've ever heard. Amazing song. Rock opera! Dark, poetic, emotional lyrics.
A revolution to today's rock music. One of the greatest songs ever written, in my opinion. Creative music video to match, directed by the talented Sam Bayer. Truly an anthem for this generation of teenagers and troubled youth. A comment on society. 9 minutes of greatness 34 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance I have studied most of the songs on this list.
I sit and make notes hundreds of them. This song has over 140 tracks in it that's different guitars/vocals/drummers/speaking/bells/chimes whatever they have it! It is the most interesting whole song. Bohemian Rhapsody is incredible yes but it's bitty it's good that way but as a whole song this is better. It's beautiful and amazing! I question how the likes of smells like teen spirit is above it it's a good song I admit but it's so repetitive which is a shame because I like it.
Aside from Grohl's drumming it's just the same. Which is a pity. Clearly this song is amazing. Sure... You sit around all day and make notes about a dumb list on the internet. Makes a lot of sense, dude. - torinn818 It is a classic from My Chemical Romance and is one of the bests songs I have ever heard!? I vote for This Song because It is very well rounded and it deserves a higher place on this list. Above Abba, Above Guns N' Roses for sure.. I could never choose a song to be the greatest ever.
There are too many factors. Lyrics, Depth, Beauty, Bad-Assery, Musicianship, Prowess, Originality, Vocals, Difficulty, Accuracy, Uniqueness, Emotion), Revolutionality... The List Goes on and on.
To put Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit in the same competition with Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah is absolutely ludicrous. You can't make John Lennon and Queen fight each other for a better position.
Comparing Tupac and Metallica is like trying to compare apples and Refrigerators. They are just graded on different things.
The Bottom Line is that the best song of all time is whichever song YOU like the most. Absolutely my favorite song of all time. Beautiful music, beautiful lyrics. 35 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Love It So So So So So So So So So So So Much - mneilan I don't see why this is ranked so low.
I guarantee that if you asked Americans if they have heard of this song, I bet at least 95 percent of them would say "yes". The reason why is because it is the best and most recognizable song in history.
If you asked If they have heard of any of the other songs on this list you'd be lucky to get 75 percent of people knowing. This song and all other journey songs were written and sang from their hearts.
It has such a powerful message no other song will ever come close to matching. You have GOT to be kidding me. Don't stop believing is at 48! This is the greatest song of all time. It tells an amazing story of two random people from completely different backgrounds that meet against the odds and fall in love. The message is to never give up, which WAY to many people do these days. Whenever I am thinking about giving up at something, I think of this song and let it get stuck in my head until I force myself to decide otherwise.
The toon is awesome, a way better training theme than the rocky soundtrack. It is a perfect blend of all styles of music. The instrumentals work in harmony with each other like a orchestra to create the amazing music.
The message is overwhelmingly positive. Anything is possible. Humans can do anything we want. Just knowing that we can create this song can convince me of that. This is the Beethoven symphony of the 20th century for gods sake people. It should be way higher. This song is great! It is extremely underrated to be this low. - EchoX0 36 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Not even in the top 100, whats the matter with you people, this is the best song ever made by anyone, let alone Linkin Park.
- lukestheman4 How can any song be better than this one? It's the greatest song ever. You should see the Egocity Chap version of this (ec-breakig the habit) - sagat2010 What the hell, 66? Linkin Park songs should be much higher since they are... were such an amaing band. I love all of there music. - Nevey 37 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley THis is one of the most beautiful songs of all time easily top 3 material Absolutely beautiful. Cohen's lyrics are perfect and Buckley has the voice of an angel.
It's musical perfection. There are a lot of great songs on this list, many of which I absolutely adore (One - Metallica, Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin) but I really can't think of one more deserved to be in the top ten than this masterpiece which will forever immortalize Jeff Buckley, may he rest in peace.
Cohen wrote it but Buckley made it something truly holy. Best song ever no questions asked! it gives me tingles inside every time I listen to it... WHY SO LOW love this song it's a classic harmonically simple but lyrically and dynamics it’s amazing check out Jacob colliers version 38 Dream On - Aerosmith deserves to be number 1 stinks that it isn't though best part is when steven screams DREAM ON This song should be 2nd behind stairway to heaven. its such a great song. simply the best This is definitely one of the greatest songs ever.
Green Day is good, but the jesus of suburbia and homecoming made me think they got the idea of bohemian rhapsody. But dream on is one of my favorite songs of all time - pauler94 Gives me chills, very depressing but a great song 39 Time - Pink Floyd Definitely should among top 20 songs of all time, unmatchable lyrics and of course Pink Floyds music The best Pink Floyd song, tied up with Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Echoes.
- malamJONES Old classic that is a lot better than all the American junk that litter's the top 20 of which I consider to be a cat's course. powerful 40 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd An absolutely hectic song hailing Pink Floyd original head member, Syd Barrett, who mentally went sick and had to be taken away. The entire song, at 20-something minutes, is numbing, whimsical, an horrifying.
As if Van Gogh was putting Starry Starry Night into words. This comment is one of the best thing, I have came across on internet today. Best song from Pink Floyd. Then whish you were here, dogs, etc. Best song of all time. Richard Wrights dreaming synth. Sound, David Gilmour fantastic guitar layers.
Instrumental first 8 minutes is a highlight in modern music. The first 3 minutes is like awaking in the dessert. The last beautiful section...This song of almost half an hour has iT all. Must Be at number 1, then maybe stairway to heaven. This song is heaven on itself. Not just the stairway to iT. And for someone (syd barret) who already is in heaven. Hè listens to iT and is overwhelmed with pride, I'm sure. A true masterpiece. Deserves a place in the top 20 at least. The entire band gave it their all.
Especially David Gilmour. A masterpiece of mankind. 41 Chop Suey! - System of a Down Chop suey it's maybe the greatest creation of System Of A Down.. And one of the greatest music creations ever! Greatest musical song with sad and hateful lyrics. - moose4life19 Honestley this song should be up near the top. Just check out some of the band's other songs you won't be dissapointed.
- SystemFTW I DON’T THINK YOU TRUST...IN...MY...SELF-RIGHTEOUS SUICIDE...I...CRY...WHEN ANGELS DESERVE TO DIIIEEE! I’m a S.O.A.D fan, and yes, this is a great song. But it is very overrated. I like Toxicity, Sugar, Aerials and Chop Suey the best, but a lot of other good songs are hardly paid attention to. Very deep, meaningful lyrics. 42 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day Why isn't this number 1?
THIS IS THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME! You should listen bohemian rhapsody dude, your music knowledge was so low - InsaneRockfan THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! A TOP TEN SONG IS SITTING AT #103! BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS, IN THE END (by Linkin Park), and Enter Sandman (by Metallica) deserve higher spots! Probably not better than wonderwall... But I don't think it deserves to be below in the end. Should be at least in the top 20. - CharismaticKat 43 Tears Don't Fall - Bullet for My Valentine This Song is very very nicae song.
Because this Song has meaningful lyric " Would She hear me, If I called her name Would she hold me, if she knew my shame" Greatest song ever written in my opinion, deserves to be in the top 50.
"Your tears don't fall, they crash around me" Awesome song! Should be in top 10! They rock! They Metal! Keep rocking Bullet For My Valentine! Love you all! You guys are awesome! I don't know anything by this band 44 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses The music and the lyrics are simpatico; together they threaten and thrill you. Even if you can't hear the words the music makes you feel like you are in the jungle and can't get out.
- mgenet seriously people older bands should have all say over any of these (fad bands) a good song like this stood the test of time... and slash is awesome but seriously if you don't think songs like this should be top 10 like wheres ACDC seriously you people do not know what music was really an influence on rock/music itself :-) I speak for all those rock fans who can't I don't consider this an older band at all, but whatever.
I do love this band. - Feirceraven This song is the greatest song in the world because it explains the things people went through during that period. That's why this song should be 1st. - Slasher awesome 45 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Chuck Berry is one of the founders of today's rock n roll. Bands like the Beatles and others based themselves on his songs. This is Chuck Berry's most popular song by far. "Go... Go, Johnny Go, Go... Go, Johnny Go...
" Chuck is the master. This is one of the best songs in history it is number 1 This is true rock n roll 47 Crawling - Linkin Park The most emotive, hard hitting screamer! Deserves a place as a representative of it's genre! This is one of the best songs from Linkin Park I also love Lying from you and Faint This song is the best.
It's true & everyone can relate to it. May be the best song ever - growlbunny 48 Baba O'Riley - The Who Talk about the greatest opening ever, then the power chords come in and it's musical bliss. How is Eminem and Taio Cruz ahead of this? One of the greatest songs ever created an absolute masterpiece!!!! Umm really? Lower than uptown funk and happy? I love those songs but I was expecting this to be in the top 20 even though in my opinion it should be number 1 Top 3 easily. Eminem, Green Day over The Who.
F-ing really? What millennial idiot wrote this. Much of this list is due to fm radio and the supposed ‘classic rock ‘ which never is...motley crew, poison and ac-dc are not classic rock ; they are over played crap. Fed to the masses as if an opioid. The Who is the only band that ever really mattered 49 Stan - Eminem If Stan is in the top 50..
Lose Yourself should be in the top 25 at least! Stan is a good alternative for a HipHop single, but the single Lose Yourself, is way more better, even better then 2Pac's Changes, I don't get this.. Cause this isn't right. This is one of the best songs of all time.
I don't even like rap that much, but Eminem is one of those artists where you can hate rap and still love nearly everything he does. He's that good. This is his masterpiece. All eminem songs should be here laugh out loud... Well not all but stan in top 20, the way I am in top 1 Rock bottom... If you don't like rap then this is it. Just meaningful not superfast. - mikayelmkrtchyan Legendary Song - THICCBOI 50 Demons - Imagine Dragons This song is so beautiful and the lyrics are amazing.
It's a song everyone can relate to; passionate and perfect Imagine dragons is a great band, most of their songs are catchy like Demons, Radioactive, its time etc. The clanking drum-clap, the burbling guitar, the sinister piano, and the burnt vocals come together so perfectly with the stone cold lyrics. - WonkeyDude98 This is 2nd best song ever behind Radioactive, and hopefully sometime soon this dethrones Bohemian Rhapsody, let's go firebreathers!