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Music: The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List [2021]

Rolling Stone has released an updated list of their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, for the first time in 17 years.

Bob Dylan‘s “Like A Rolling Stone,” which was #1 on the 2004 list, has dropped to #4, and the list is now topped by Aretha Franklin‘s “Respect,” which came in at #5 in 2004. Public Enemy‘s “Fight the Power” is now #2, hopping up all the way from #322 on the 2004 list. Missy Elliott, who wasn’t represented on the 2004 list at all, now cracks the top 10 with “Get Ur Freak On.” The highest-ranking song that hadn’t been released yet in 2004 is Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own,” coming in at #20. The Beatles appear three times in the top 25, more than any other artist on the Rolling Stone 500.

Here’s the Top 100:

100. Bob Dylan, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ 1963
99. Bee Gees, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ 1977
98. The Beatles, ‘In My Life’ 1965
97. Patti Smith, ‘Gloria’ 1975
96. Jay-Z, ’99 Problems’ 2003
95. Oasis, ‘Wonderwall’ 1995
94. Whitney Houston, ‘I Will Always Love You’ 1992
93. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Since U Been Gone’ 2004
92. Little Richard, ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’ 1958
91. UGK feat. Outkast, ‘Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)’ 2007
90. Aretha Franklin, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ 1967
89. The Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’ 1968
88. Guns N’ Roses, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 1987
87. LCD Soundsystem, ‘All My Friends’ 2007
86. The Rolling Stones, ‘Tumbling Dice’ 1972
85. Prince, ‘Kiss’ 1986
84. Al Green, ‘Let’s Stay Together’ 1971
83. Bob Dylan, ‘Desolation Row’ 1965
82. Adele, ‘Rolling in the Deep’ 2011
81. The Velvet Underground, ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ 1967
80. Ray Charles, ‘What’d I Say’ 1957
79. Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’ 2006
78. The Four Tops, ‘Reach Out (I’ll Be There)’ 1967
77. The Modern Lovers, ‘Roadrunner’ 1976
76. Johnny Cash, ‘I Walk the Line’ 1956
75. Pulp, ‘Common People’ 1996
74. Leonard Cohen, ‘Hallelujah’ 1984
73. Beyoncé, ‘Formation’ 2016
72. The Beatles, ‘Yesterday’ 1965
71. Tracy Chapman, ‘Fast Car’ 1988
70. Elvis Presley, ‘Suspicious Minds’ 1969
69. Taylor Swift, ‘All Too Well’ 2012
68. Chic, ‘Good Times’ 1979
67. Bob Dylan, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ 1975
66. Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ 1970
65. Earth, Wind, and Fire, ‘September’ 1978
64. Ramones, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ 1976
63. Dolly Parton, ‘Jolene’ 1974
62. U2, ‘One’ 1992
61. Led Zeppelin, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ 1971
60. Kate Bush, ‘Running Up That Hill’ 1985
59. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, ‘The Message’ 1982
58. The Band, ‘The Weight’ 1968
57. Sly and the Family Stone, ‘Family Affair’ 1971
56. Missy Elliott, ‘Work It’ 2000
55. Madonna, ‘Like a Prayer’ 1989
54. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, ‘The Tracks of My Tears’ 1965
53. The Beach Boys, ‘Good Vibrations’ 1966
52. Donna Summer, ‘I Feel Love’ 1977
51. Dionne Warwick, ‘Walk on By’ 1964
50. Daddy Yankee feat. Glory, ‘Gasolina’ 2010
49. Lauryn Hill, ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ 1998
48. Radiohead, ‘Idioteque’ 2000
47. Elton John, ‘Tiny Dancer’ 1972
46. M.I.A., ‘Paper Planes’ 2008
45. Kendrick Lamar, ‘Alright’ 2015
44. Michael Jackson, ‘Billie Jean’ 1982
43. The Temptations, ‘My Girl’ 1965
42. Bob Marley and the Wailers, ‘Redemption Song’ 1980
41. Joy Division, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ 1980
40. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ 1968
39. Outkast, ‘B.O.B.’ 2000
38. Otis Redding, ‘(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay’ 1967
37. Prince and the Revolution, ‘When Doves Cry’ 1984
36. The White Stripes, ‘Seven Nation Army’ 2003
35. Little Richard, ‘Tutti-Frutti’ 1955
34. James Brown, ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’ 1966
33. Chuck Berry, ‘Johnny B. Goode’ 1958
32. Notorious B.I.G., ‘Juicy’ 1994
31. The Rolling Stones, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 1965
30. Lorde, ‘Royals’ 2011
29. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, ‘Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang’ 1992
28. Talking Heads, ‘Once in a Lifetime’ 1980
27. Bruce Springsteen, ‘Born to Run’ 1975
26. Joni Mitchell, ‘A Case of You’ 1971
25. Kanye West feat. Pusha T, ‘Runaway’ 2010
24. The Beatles, ‘A Day in the Life’ 1967
23. David Bowie, ‘Heroes’ 1977
22. The Ronettes, ‘Be My Baby’ 1963
21. Billie Holiday, ‘Strange Fruit’ 1939
20. Robyn, ‘Dancing on My Own’ 2010
19. John Lennon, ‘Imagine’ 1971
18. Prince and the Revolution, ‘Purple Rain’ 1984
17. Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 1975
16. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, ‘Crazy in Love’ 2003
15. The Beatles, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ 1963
14. The Kinks, ‘Waterloo Sunset’ 1967
13. The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’ 1969
12. Stevie Wonder, ‘Superstition’ 1972
11. The Beach Boys, ‘God Only Knows’ 1966
10. Outkast, ‘Hey Ya!’ 2003
09. Fleetwood Mac, ‘Dreams’ 1977
08. Missy Elliott, ‘Get Ur Freak On’ 2001
07. The Beatles, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ 1967
06. Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s Going On’ 1971
05. Nirvana, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ 1991
04. Bob Dylan, ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ 1965
03. Sam Cooke, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ 1964
02. Public Enemy, ‘Fight the Power’ 1989
01. Aretha Franklin, ‘Respect’ 1967

Read the full list with commentary on each pick HERE.

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