The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’ published in November 2004. It was chosen based on votes by 172 musicians, critics, and industry figures.

My second new years resolution was to go through each song in reverse order ( No. 500 right throught to No. 1) and list here as I finished listening to each one.

500. More Than a Feeling, Boston
499. The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
498. Rainy Night in Georgia, Brook Benton
497. Buddy Holly, Weezer
496. Miss You, The Rolling Stones
495. Shop Around, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
494. Desperado, The Eagles
493. Then He Kissed Me, The Crystals
492. Running on Empty, Jackson Browne
491. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Dusty Springfield
490. Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones
489. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
488. Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win), Fleetwood Mac
487. Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters
486. How Soon Is Now?, The Smiths
485. Graceland, Paul Simon
484. I Love Rock ‘N Roll, Joan Jett
483. Just Like Heaven, The Cure
482. I’m Eighteen, Alice Cooper
481. Young Americans, David Bowie
480. Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
479. Lady Marmalade, Labelle
478. White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
477. Super Freak, Rick James
476. I Want to Know What Love Is,Foreigner
475. Sabotage, Beastie Boys
474. One Nation Under a Groove, Funkadelic
473. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, Aretha Franklin
472. Where Did Our Love Go, The Supremes
471. On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
470. Free Man in Paris, Joni Mitchell
469. It’s Too Late, Carole King
468. Search and Destroy, The Stooges
467. Welcome to the Jungle, Guns n’ Roses
466. Runaway, Del Shannon
465. Surrender, Cheap Trick
464. Standing in the Shadows of Love, The Four Tops
463. Rain, The Beatles
462. Respect Yourself, The Staple Singers
461. Kiss, Prince
460. One Fine Day, The Chiffons
459. Rollin’ Stone, Muddy Waters
458. Soul Man, Sam and Dave
457. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker, Ramones
456. Stagger Lee, Lloyd Price
455. All Apologies, Nirvana
454. My Sweet Lord, George Harrison
453. Paradise City, Guns n’ Roses
452. Cupid, Sam Cooke
451. The Twist, Chubby Checker
450. By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell
449. Penny Lane, The Beatles
448. Heroin, The Velvet Underground
447. Leader of the Pack, The Shangri-Las
446. Pressure Drop, Toot and the Maytals
445. Come As You Are, Nirvana
444. I Got You Babe, Sonny and Cher
443. I Shot the Sheriff, Bob Marley and the Whailers
442. Keep a Knockin’, Little Richard
441. Come Go With Me, The Del-Vikings
440. Push It, Salt-n-Pepa
439. Pink Houses, John Cougar Mellencamp
438. I Wanna Be Your Dog, The Stooges
437. Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley
436. Alone Again Or, Love
435. Beast of Burden, The Rolling Stones
434. Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett
433. Ramble On, Led Zeppelin
432. Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight and the Pips
431. Ain’t It a Shame, Fats Domino
430. White Man in Hammersmith Palais, The Clash
429. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Solomon Burke
428. Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
427. New Year’s Day, U2
426. Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple
425. William, It Was Really Nothing, The Smiths
424. Tumbling Dice, The Rolling Stones
423. Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis Presley
422. Lola, The Kinks
421. Piano Man, Billy Joel
420. It’s Your Thing, The Isley Brothers
419. Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang, Dr. Dre
418. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Crosby, Stills and Nash
417. Fuck tha Police, N.W.A.
416. The Boys of Summer, Don Henley
415. I Can’t Help Myself, The Four Tops
414. Young Blood, The Coasters
413. The Girl Can’t Help It, Little Richard
412. Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry
411. I Feel Love, Donna Summer
410. Monkey Gone to Heaven, Pixies
409. Crossroads, Cream
408. Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith
407. In Bloom, Nirvana
406. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly
405. We’ve Only Just Begun, The Carpenters
404. Visions of Johanna, Bob Dylan
403. C’mon Everybody, Eddie Cochran
402. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Sly & the Family Stone
401. Tonight’s the Night, The Shirelles
400. Kicks, Paul Revere and the Raiders
399. Enter Sandman, Metallica
398. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
397. (Don’t Fear) the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
396. Thirteen, Big Star
395. Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand), The Shangri-Las
394. Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley
393. Summer in the City, The Lovin’ Spoonful
392. O-o-h Child, The Five Stairsteps
391. Band of Gold, Freda Payne
390. Baby I Need Your Loving, The Four Tops
389. Just My Imagination, The Temptations
388. Roxanne, The Police
387. Tiny Dancer, Elton John
386. I Know You Got Soul, Eric B and Rakim
385. Ohio, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
384. Ticket to Ride, The Beatles
383. Whipping Post, The Allman Brothers Band
382. Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve
381. Tell It Like It Is, Aaron Neville
380. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
379. Radio Free Europe, R.E.M.
378. Pride (In The Name of Love), U2
377. Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles
376. Fake Plastic Trees,Radiohead
375. Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Pink Floyd
374. Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Chuck Berry
373. Wonderful World, Sam Cooke
372. Marquee Moon, Television
371. I Can’t Explain, The Who
370. The Wind Cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix
369. I’m A Man, Bo Diddley
368. Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode
367. White Room, Cream
366. How Deep Is Your Love, The Bee Gees
365. Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers
364. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
363. The Letter, The Box Tops
362. All You Need Is Love, The Beatles
361. Complete Control, The Clash
360. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
359. Got My Mojo Working, Muddy Waters
358. Nowhere to Run, Martha and the Vandellas
357. Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix
356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Eurythmics
355. Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
354. Watching the Detectives, Elvis Costello
353. Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton
352. All Shook Up, Elvis Presley
351. The Great Pretender, The Platters
350. The Locomotion, Little Eva
349. Spanish Harlem, Ben E. King
348. That Lady (Part 1 and 2), The Isley Brothers
347. Candle in the Wind, Elton John
346. California Love, Dr. Dre and 2Pac
345. La Bamba, Ritchie Valens
344. Piece of My Heart, Big Brother and the Holding Company
343. Jim Dandy, Lavern Baker
342. Runaround Sue, Dion
341. The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff
340. Baba O’Riley, The Who
339. You Keep Me Hanging On, The Supremes
338. Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney
337. Beat It, Michael Jackson
336. Walk This Way, Aerosmith
335. Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground
334. Wild Horses, The Rolling Stones
333. Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum
332. Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan
331. I Can’t Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt
330. We Will Rock You, Queen
329. That’s the Way of the World, Earth, Wind and Fire
328. The End, The Doors
327. For Your Precious Love, Jerry Butler and the Impressions
326. Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, James Brown
325. Good Lovin’, The Young Rascals
324. Baby Love, The Supremes
323. Dancing Barefoot, Patti Smith Group
322. Fight the Power, Public Enemy
321. Cortez the Killer, Neil Young
320. Heartbreaker, Led Zeppelin
319. School’s Out, Alice Cooper
318. Alison, Elvis Costello
317. Many Rivers to Cross, Jimmy Cliff
316. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
315. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, The Animals
314. Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd
313. I Put a Spell on You, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
312. In Dreams, Roy Orbison
311. Wake Up Little Susie, The Everly Brothers
310. Iron Man, Black Sabbath
309. What’s Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
308. Lonely Teardrops, Jackie Wilson
307. Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
306. That’s Entertainment, The Jam
305. Say It Loud — I’m Black and Proud, James Brown
304. With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles
303. Ruby Tuesday, The Rolling Stones
302. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, Willie Nelson
301. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Rod Stewart
300. Like a Prayer, Madonna
299. Sign ‘O’ the Times, Prince
298. One Way or Another, Blondie
297. Heart of Gold, Neil Young
296. Get Up, Stand Up, Bob Marley and the Wailers
295. Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones
294. Black Dog, Led Zeppelin
293. Tired of Being Alone, Al Green
292. Train in Vain, The Clash
291. She’s Not There, The Zombies
290. Stan, Eminem featuring Dido
289. Can’t Buy Me Love, The Beatles
288. Money (That’s What I Want), Barrett Strong
287. Walk This Way, Run-DMC & Aerosmith
286. Summer Babe, Pavement
285. Smoke Stack Lightning, Howlin’ Wolf
284. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding?, Elvis Costello and the Attractions
283. Call Me, Blondie
282. Help Me, Joni Mitchell
281. You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder
280. Ain’t No Sunshine, Bill Withers
279. Chapel of Love, The Dixie Cups
278. Pictures of You, The Cure
277. Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie
276. I’ll Take You There, The Staple Singers
275. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
274. Somebody to Love, Jefferson Airplane
273. Something, The Beatles
272. Sweet Little Sixteen, Chuck Berry
271. Sloop John B, The Beach Boys
270. He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones
269. Roadrunner, The Modern Lovers
268. Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
267. Personality Crisis, New York Dolls
266. Walking in the Rain, The Ronettes
265. Tighten Up, Archie Bell and the Drells
264. Sail Away, Randy Newman
263. He’s a Rebel, The Crystals
262. Ooo Baby Baby, Smokey Robinson
261. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
260. Oh, What a Night, The Dells
259. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley
258. I Can See for Miles, The Who
257. Wild Thing, The Troggs
256. Paranoid Android, Radiohead
255. Heart of Glass, Blondie
254. Highway to Hell, AC/DC
253. All the Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople
252. Money Honey, The Drifters
251. Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin
250. Paranoid, Black Sabbath
249. Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin
248. Rappers Delight, The Sugarhill Gang
247. Hot Fun in the Summertime, Sly and the Family Stone
246. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher, Jackie Wilson
245. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Band
244. Gimme Some Lovin’, The Spencer Davis Group
243. Love Shack, The B-52’s
242. Rocket Man, Elton John
241. Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone
240. Son of a Preacher Man, Dusty Springfield
239. The Wanderer, Dion
238. I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline
237. Planet Rock, Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force
236. Everyday, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
235. I Got a Woman, Ray Charles
234. I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better, The Byrds
233. We Gotta Get Out of This Place, The Animals
232. Only the Lonely, Roy Orbison
231. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
230. Just Like a Woman, Bob Dylan
229. Mannish Boy, Muddy Waters
228. Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
227. Fire and Rain, James Taylor
226. Moondance, Van Morrison
225. Hoochie Coochie Man, Muddy Waters
224. Good Times, Chic
223. Dance to the Music, Sly and the Family Stone
222. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
221. Walk on the Wild Side, Lou Reed
220. Walk Away Renee, The Left Banke
219. Spoonful, Howlin’ Wolf
218. Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker
217. Jolene, Dolly Parton
216. Do You Believe in Magic, The Lovin’ Spoonful
215. Sh-Boom, The Chords
214. Rockin’ in the Free World, Neil Young
213. Your Cheatin’ Heart, Hank Williams
212. 1999, Prince
211. Caroline, No, The Beach Boys
210. 96 Tears, ? and the Mysterians
209. In My Room, The Beach Boys
208. Gloria, Them
207. Bye Bye Love, The Everly Brothers
206. Reach Out, I’ll Be There, The Four Tops
205. Lean On Me, Bill Withers
204. Try a Little Tenderness, Otis Redding
203. Positively 4th Street, Bob Dylan
202. Come Together, The Beatles
201. Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order
200. Loser, Beck
199. Flash Light, Parliament
198. Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix
197. Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis Presley
196. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N’ Roses
195. Maybe, The Chantels
194. Peggy Sue, Buddy Holly
193. There Goes My Baby, The Drifters
192. Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell
191. Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
190. Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan
189. Stayin’ Alive, The Bee Gees
188. Who’ll Stop the Rain,Creedence Clearwater Revival
187. Back in Black, AC/DC
186. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), Aretha Franklin
185. Desolation Row, Bob Dylan
184. Please Please Me, The Beatles
183. The Thrill Is Gone, B.B. King
182. Save the Last Dance for Me, The Drifters
181. Green Onions, Booker T. and the MG’s
180. Hey Ya!, Outkast
179. Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division
178. September Gurls, Big Star
177. Free Fallin’, Tom Petty
176. Don’t Worry Baby, The Beach Boys
175. I Fought the Law, The Bobby Fuller Four
174. Paint It, Black, The Rolling Stones
173. God Save the Queen, The Sex Pistols
172. Dream On, Aerosmith
171. Dancing Queen, Abba
170. Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
169. Losing My Religion, R.E.M.
168. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, The Temptations
167. Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye
166. Lose Yourself, Eminem
165. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
164. Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash
163. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
162. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor
161. I Can’t Stop Loving You, Ray Charles
160. Bring the Noise, Public Enemy
159. I’m Waiting for the Man, The Velvet Underground
158. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley and His Comets
157. I Only Have Eyes for You, The Flamingos
156. The Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
155. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
154. Rave On, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
153. A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles
152. Foxey Lady, Jimi Hendrix
151. Earth Angel, The Penguins
150. Eight Miles High, The Byrds
149. Cathy’s Clown, The Everly Brothers
148. Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
147. Lust for Life, Iggy Pop
146. Rock Lobster, The B-52’s
145. Everyday People, Sly and the Family Stone
144. I Wanna Be Sedated, The Ramones
143. Purple Rain, Prince
142. Please, Please, Please, James Brown
141. All I Have to Do Is Dream, The Everly Brothers
140. Kashmir, Led Zeppelin
139. I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles
138. Family Affair, Sly and the Family Stone
137. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
136. Your Song, Elton John
135. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles
134. In the Midnight Hour, Wilson Pickett
133. Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who
132. Who Do You Love, Bo Diddley
131. With or Without You, U2
130. Maggie May, Rod Stewart
129. Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf
128. Rock & Roll Music, Chuck Berry
127. Changes, David Bowie
126. Shake, Rattle & Roll, Big Joe Turner
125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow, The Shirelles
124. Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
123. It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, James Brown
122. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
121. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
120. I Want You Back,The Jackson 5
119. Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac
118. Shout (Parts 1 and 2), The Isley Brothers
117. Take Me to the River, Al Green
116. Honky Tonk Women, The Rolling Stones
115. You Send Me, Sam Cooke
114. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home), The Crystals
113. Up on the Roof, The Drifters
112. That’s All Right, Elvis Presley
111. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now), Otis Redding
109. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
108. Little Red Corvette, Prince
107. Not Fade Away, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
106. Mr. Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan
105. The Boxer, Simon and Garfunkel
104. Living for the City, Stevie Wonder
103. Hot Stuff, Donna Summer
102. Be-Bop-A-Lula, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix
100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones
99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
89. California Dreamin’, The Mamas and The Papas
88. My Girl, The Temptations
87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
69. Crying, Roy Orbison
68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
64. She Loves You, The Beatles
63. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
60. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
52. When Doves Cry, Prince
51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
49. Hotel California, The Eagles
48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
46. Heroes, David Bowie
45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
41. The Weight, The Band
40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
36. One, U2
35. Light My Fire, The Doors
34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
33. River Deep – Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
29. Help!, The Beatles
28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
23. In My Life, The Beatles
22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
20. Let It Be, The Beatles
19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
15. London Calling, The Clash
14. Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan
13. Yesterday, The Beatles
12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
11. My Generation, The Who
10. What’d I Say, Ray Charles
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
4. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
3. Imagine, John Lennon
2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan

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