Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"

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This isn’t restricted to singles only, the folks at RS picked some album tracks.

GREG’S NOTE: I’ve re-edited this list to try and make sure I’m using the same version as what’s on other lists such as the Country 500, Dave Marsh’s 1001 Greatest singles, RIAA Hall of Fame etc. That way, you’ll get correct "credit" for hearing a song on all 3 lists. This MAY mean that some things you have consumed get unchecked…sorry about that.

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  1. 1.
    Like a Rolling Stone (single)
    by Bob Dylan

  2. 2.
    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (single)
    by The Rolling Stones

  3. 3.
    Imagine (single)
    by John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band

  4. 4.
    What's Going On (single)
    by Marvin Gaye

  5. 5.
    Respect (single)
    by Aretha Franklin

  6. 6.
    Good Vibrations (single)
    by The Beach Boys

  7. 7.
    Johnny B. Goode (single)
    by Chuck Berry

  8. 8.
    Hey Jude (single)
    by The Beatles

  9. 9.
    Smells Like Teen Spirit (single)
    by Nirvana

  10. 10.
    What'd I Say? [Pt. 1] (single)
    by Ray Charles

  11. 11.
    My Generation (single)
    by The Who

  12. 12.
    A Change is Gonna Come (single)
    by Sam Cooke

  13. 13.
    Yesterday (single)
    by The Beatles

  14. 14.
    London Calling (single)
    by The Clash

  15. 15.
    Blowin' in the Wind (single)
    by Bob Dylan

  16. 16.
    I Want to Hold Your Hand (single)
    by The Beatles

  17. 17.
    Purple Haze (single)
    by Jimi Hendrix

  18. 18.
    Maybellene (single)
    by Chuck Berry

  19. 19.
    Hound Dog (single)
    by Elvis Presley

  20. 20.
    Let It Be (single)
    by The Beatles

  21. 21.
    Born to Run (single)
    by Bruce Springsteen

  22. 22.
    Be My Baby (single)
    by The Ronettes

  23. 23.
    In My Life (single)
    by The Beatles

  24. 24.
    People Get Ready (single)
    by The Impressions

  25. 25.
    God Only Knows (single)
    by The Beach Boys

  26. 26.
    A Day in the Life (song)
    by The Beatles

  27. 27.
    Layla (single)
    by Derek & The Dominos

  28. 28.
    (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay (single)
    by Otis Redding

  29. 29.
    Help! (single)
    by The Beatles

  30. 30.
    I Walk the Line (single)
    by Johnny Cash

  31. 31.
    Stairway to Heaven (song)
    by Led Zeppelin

  32. 32.
    Sympathy for the Devil (single)
    by The Rolling Stones

  33. 33.
    River Deep - Mountain High (single)
    by Ike & Tina Turner

  34. 34.
    You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' (single)
    by The Righteous Brothers

  35. 35.
    Light my Fire - Doors (single)
    by The Doors

  36. 36.
    One (single)
    by U2

  37. 37.
    No Woman, No Cry (single)
    by Bob Marley & the Wailers

  38. 38.
    Gimme Shelter (single)
    by Rolling Stones

  39. 39.
    That'll Be the Day (single)
    by Buddy Holly & the Crickets

  40. 40.
    Dancing in the Street (single)
    by Martha & The Vandellas

  41. 41.
    The Weight (single)
    by The Band

  42. 42.
    Waterloo Sunset (single)
    by The Kinks

  43. 43.
    Tutti Frutti (single)
    by Little Richard

  44. 44.
    Georgia on my Mind (single)
    by Ray Charles

  45. 45.
    Heartbreak Hotel (single)
    by Elvis Presley

  46. 46.
    Heroes (single)
    by David Bowie

  47. 47.
    Bridge Over Troubled Water (single)
    by Simon & Garfunkel

  48. 48.
    All Along the Watchtower (song)
    by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  49. 49.
    Hotel California (single)
    by The Eagles

  50. 50.
    The Tracks of my Tears (single)
    by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

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Created by M5rzb on Aug 14, 2006.


YES!! — 2 years ago

Finally ticked off the last song today. It took me ages, though I think it was worth it. :)

DONE! — 6 years ago

Ticked off “Into the Mystic”,“Cortez the Killer” and “William, it was Really Nothing” today. Only 9 songs were truly cringeworthy with me feeling strongly most were well worth the time :)

Thanks — 6 years ago

Thanks for making this list. Can’t tell you how much pleasure it’s bringing me to give these songs a concentrated listen!

Untitled — 7 years ago

Walk This Way by Aerosmith is on the list twice.

I've listened to them all... — 7 years ago

Bar one; The Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’, simply cannot find it. Damn being at 99%

I'm on to it — 7 years ago

Doing them one at a time right now. Well, how else would I do it? :)

i've got them! — 7 years ago

It took me so long to complete this.It became an obsession!BUt these songs are worth it

Untitled — 7 years ago

Is there an easy way to make a list? This is going to take forever.

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