Analysis of Rolling Stone’s ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ List

When it comes to the ‘greatest songs’ and ‘best songs’ of all time, there are countless lists and rankings out there on the Internet. So why does Rolling Stone’s list take the lead among the rest of the rankings? For one, Rolling Stone is one of the most reputed magazines on music there ever was and ever will be. The influence the magazine had on the music community it unmatchable. Also, looking at their list, it is evident that there has been a lot of research that has gone into compiling this list. Rolling Stone magazine has considered the impact each song had had on the pop-culture, the dynamics of music, versatility of lyrics, songs’ commercial success, charting success, and so on. So, it is not inaccurate to title Rolling Stone’s list on ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ as the definitive list of the best songs out there.

Rolling Stone magazine issued a special collectors issue in December 2004. This was an immediate follow-up to their coveted list ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ published in 2003.

The songs list underwent an update in 2010 and 26 new songs were added to the list. The new additions were all songs from the 2000s except for “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. (ranked at #424). The top 25 songs remained unchanged.

Additions to the 2010 Update of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ List

Rank Year Artist/Song
100 2006 Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
118 2003 Beyoncé – Crazy in Love (feat. Jay-Z)
160 2009 U2 – Moment of Surrender
172 2004 Jay-Z – 99 Problems, from The Black Album
194 2007 Amy Winehouse – Rehab, from Back to Black
236 2008 M.I.A. – Paper Planes, from Kala
260 2001 Bob Dylan – Mississippi, from Love and Theft
273 2004 Kanye West – Jesus Walks, from The College Dropout
286 2003 The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army, from Elephant
307 2000 Daft Punk – One More Time
327 2004 Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
345 2000 U2 – Beautiful Day, from All That You Can’t Leave Behind
386 2004 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
412 2007 Rihanna – Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)
424 1994 The Notorious B.I.G – Juicy
432 2004 Green day – American Idiot, from American Idiot
448 2003 50 Cent – In Da Club
466 2001 Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
467 2000 Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’ (feat. UGK)
478 2001 The Strokes – Last Nite, from Is This It
482 2004 Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
484 2002 Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
490 2002 Coldplay – Clocks, from A Rush of Blood to the Head
493 2008 MGMT – Time to Pretend, from Oracular Spectacular
494 2003 R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
497 2002 Bruce Springsteen – The Rising, from The Rising

Removals from ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ List

Rank Year Artist/Song
114 1963 The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron
166 2002 Eminem – Lose Yourself
215 1954 The Chords – Sh-Boom
391 1970 Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
400 1966 Paul Revere & The Raiders – Kicks
406 1996 R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
409 1969 Cream – Crossroads, from Wheels Of Fire
422 1970 The Kinks – Lola, from The Kink Kronikles
428 1966 Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly
442 1957 Little Richard – Keep a Knockin’
450 1967 Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
456 1958 Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
460 1963 The Chiffons – One Fine Day
468 1964 The Stooges – Search and Destroy
469 1971 Carole King – It’s Too Late, from Tapestry
470 1974 Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris, from Court and Spark
471 1980 Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
474 1978 Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove, from One Nation Under A Groove
485 1986 Paul Simon – Graceland, from Graceland
488 1975 Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon, from Fleetwood Mac
491 1966 Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
493 1963 The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me
494 1973 Eagles – Desperado
498 1970 Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia
499 1976 Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town
500 1976 Boston – More Than a Feeling

Below is an analysis of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ list updated in 2010.

Genre of Songs

Rock genre dominates on the list with over 200 songs, followed by Dance and R&B genres.

Year of Release

Out of the 500 songs, 472 songs (94%) belong to the 19th Century, whereas the balance 28 belongs to the 20th Century.

55 songs belong to the 1950s, 174 songs belong to the 1960s, 123 songs belong to the 1970s, 66 songs to the 1980s, 54 songs from the 1990s and 28 songs from the 2000s are present on the list.

Duration of Songs

The three lengthiest songs on the list are “The End” by The Doors, “Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan and “Marquee Moon” by Television, clocking at 11 minutes 42 seconds, 11 minutes 20 seconds and 10 minutes 40 seconds respectively.

The three shortest tracks are “Rave On!” by Buddy Holly running 1:47, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis at 1:52, and Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” clocking 1:53.

Artists with Most Number of Songs

The Beatles sweeps ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ chart with a staggering 23 hits on the list. Second place goes to The Rolling Stones with 14 tracks. Bob Dylan has 12 entries on the chart, closely followed by Elvis Presley with 11 songs.

Linguistic Analysis

According to Alexandre Passant of MDG.io, the most recurring word is “love” with a count of 1,057 times being mentioned across 219 songs. The second most frequent word is “I’m” appearing 1,000 times in 242 songs. The third most popular word is “oh” appearing 847 times across 180 songs.

Check Out Rolling Stone’s ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ List

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

Source: Rolling Stone Magazine

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