Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll"

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An unordered list of 500 songs, created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Museum curator James Henke, according to the hall, "compiled the list with input from the museum’s curatorial staff and numerous rock critics and music experts." The songs are found in kiosks at the hall, containing songs from the 1920s through the 1990s.

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  1. 1.
    After Midnight (single)
    by Eric Clapton

  2. 2.
    Ain't that a Shame - Fats Domino (single)
    by Fats Domino

  3. 3.
    Ain't Too Proud to Beg (single)
    by The Temptations

  4. 4.
    All Along the Watchtower (song)
    by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  5. 5.
    All I Have to Do is Dream (single)
    by Everly Brothers

  6. 6.
    All Right Now (single)
    by Free

  7. 7.
    All the Young Dudes (single)
    by Mott the Hoople

  8. 8.
    Tom Petty - American Girl (song)
    by Tom Petty

  9. 9.
    American Pie - Don McLean (single)
    by Don McLean

  10. 10.
    ?
    Am I Asking Too Much - Dinah Washington (single)
    by Dinah Washington

  11. 11.
    Anarchy in the U.K. (single)
    by Sex Pistols

  12. 12.
    Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (single)
    by Pink Floyd

  13. 13.
    Aqualung (single)
    by Jethro Tull

  14. 14.
    At the Hop (single)
    by Danny & The Juniors

  15. 15.
    ?
    Authority song (single)
    by John Cougar Mellencamp

  16. 16.
    ?
    Autobahn (single)
    by Kraftwerk

  17. 17.
    Baba O'Riley (song)
    by The Who

  18. 18.
    Baby, I Need Your Lovin' (single)
    by The Four Tops

  19. 19.
    Baby Please Don't Go (single)
    by Big Joe Williams

  20. 20.
    Back in Black (single)
    by AC/DC

  21. 21.
    Ball 'n' Chain - Big Mama Thornton (single)
    by Big Mama Thornton

  22. 22.
    Bang a Gong [Get it On] (single)
    by T. Rex

  23. 23.
    Be My Baby (single)
    by The Ronettes

  24. 24.
    Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (single)
    by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps

  25. 25.
    Beat It (single)
    by Michael Jackson

  26. 26.
    ?
    Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil (song)
    by Midnight Oil

  27. 27.
    Been Caught Stealing (song)
    by Jane's Addiction

  28. 28.
    Bennie and the Jets - Elton John (single)
    by Elton John

  29. 29.
    ?
    Big Boss Man (single)
    by Jimmy Reed

  30. 30.
    ?
    Big Girls Don't Cry (single)
    by The 4 Seasons

  31. 31.
    Biko
    by Peter Gabriel

  32. 32.
    Billie Jean (single)
    by Michael Jackson

  33. 33.
    Black Magic Woman (single)
    by Santana

  34. 34.
    Blank Generation (single)
    by Richard Hell & The Voidoids

  35. 35.
    Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan (song)
    by Bob Dylan

  36. 36.
    ?
    Blue Moon-Marcels (single)
    by Marcels

  37. 37.
    Blue Suede Shoes (single)
    by Carl Perkins

  38. 38.
    ?
    Blue Yodel No. 9 - Jimmie Rodgers (song)
    by Jimmie Rodgers

  39. 39.
    Blueberry Hill (single)
    by Fats Domino

  40. 40.
    ?
    Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (single)
    by Bo Diddley

  41. 41.
    Bohemian Rhapsody (single)
    by Queen

  42. 42.
    ?
    Bony Maronie (single)
    by Larry Williams

  43. 43.
    A Change is Gonna Come (single)
    by Sam Cooke

  44. 44.
    A Day in the Life (song)
    by The Beatles

  45. 45.
    A Teenager In Love (single)
    by Dion And The Belmonts

  46. 46.
    Boogie Chillun (single)
    by John Lee Hooker

  47. 47.
    Book of Love - The Monotones (single)
    by The Monotones

  48. 48.
    ?
    Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker (single)
    by John Lee Hooker

  49. 49.
    Born to Be Wild (single)
    by Steppenwolf

  50. 50.
    Born to Run (single)
    by Bruce Springsteen

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Suprised — 2 years ago

No Status Quo, no Ska P, no Georges Thorogood, no Scorpion, No Bette Midler, no Electric Light Orchestra, no Iggy Pop, no the Knack.

Unknown in US ?


#144 — 5 years ago

That linked to the album instead of just a single. I fixed it.


bah

Untitled — 5 years ago

The Weight by The Band was on twice, so I took off this one….

Also added California Girls (#69), which was missing.


#150 — 6 years ago

Replaced this one which was linked to the full album to a new entry for the song only.

EDIT:

Link was pointing to Galaxie 500 album? Fixed it again…


#132 — 6 years ago

Swapped the Young Rascals that was there for a different link that’s on several lists already and had picture.


#131 — 6 years ago

Swapped the Little Richard that was there for a different link that’s on several lists already and had picture.


#26 — 6 years ago

Swapped out the one that was there (full LP by Big Joe Williams) to just the single.


#368 — 6 years ago

Swapped out the one that was there (full LP by Billy Ward and the Dominoes) to just the single.


#411 — 6 years ago

Swapped out the one that was there (full LP by Etta James) to just the single.


#432 — 6 years ago

Swapped out the one that was there (full LP by BB King) to just the single.



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