Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Top 100 Songs of All Time

Originally posted 5/28/2008. Updated 3/9/2019.

I have compiled more than 100 lists in a database of well over 10,000 songs. Sources include the Rock and Roll, Country, and Blues Hall of Fames and every song to hit number one on Billboard magazine's pop, country, R&B, adult contemporary, album rock, and modern rock charts. Every song that hit the top of the U.K. charts or made Your Hit Parade is in the database. Also included is each Grammy Award-winning song and every tune that has sold over a million copies. There are lists from magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin and music video channels MTV and VH1. By assigning points to songs for appearing on different lists, I ranked every song in the database. Based on those rankings, these are the top 100 songs of all-time.

  1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
  2. We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets (1954)
  3. Hey Jude - The Beatles (1968)
  4. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (1965)
  5. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (1992)
  6. Every Breath You Take - The Police (1983)
  7. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (1982)
  8. Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (1956)
  9. Imagine - John Lennon (1971)
  10. Alexander’s Ragtime Band…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1911)

  11. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (1956)
  12. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (1968)
  13. Night and Day - Fred Astaire (1932)
  14. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (1939)
  15. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel (1970)
  16. Respect - Aretha Franklin (1967)
  17. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1975)
  18. Good Vibrations...The Beach Boys (1966)
  19. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1991)
  20. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (1956)

  21. Hotel California - Eagles (1977)
  22. In the Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
  23. I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (1963)
  24. Stayin’ Alive...The Bee Gees (1977)
  25. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose) - Elton John (1997)
  26. My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin (1927)
  27. Yesterday - The Beatles (1965)
  28. Stardust - Artie Shaw (1941)
  29. Swanee…Al Jolson (1920)
  30. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding (1968)

  31. Cheek to Cheek…Fred Astaire (1935)
  32. Over There…American Quartet (1917)
  33. Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (1938)
  34. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)…Ethel Waters (1933)
  35. Layla - Derek and the Dominos (1970)
  36. Let It Be - The Beatles (1970)
  37. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams (1991)
  38. (Oh) Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (1964)
  39. St. Louis Blues…Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925)
  40. Whispering…Paul Whiteman (1920)

  41. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (1965)
  42. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin (1971)
  43. American Pie - Don McLean (1971)
  44. Stand by Me - Ben E. King (1961)
  45. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Righteous Brothers (1964)
  46. Hey Ya!...OutKast (2003)
  47. April Showers…Al Jolson (1922)
  48. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)…Billy Murray (1906)
  49. Let Me Call You Sweetheart…Peerless Quartet (1911)
  50. It’s a Small World After All – Disneyland Chorus (1964)

  51. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin (1959)
  52. The Way You Look Tonight…Fred Astaire (1936)
  53. Dancing Queen...Abba (1976)
  54. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (1997)
  55. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)…Haydn Quartet (1904)
  56. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (1964)
  57. Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N' Roses (1988)
  58. Pennies from Heaven…Bing Crosby (1936)
  59. All the Things You Are…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
  60. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1908)

  61. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page (1950)
  62. Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (1967)
  63. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (1990)
  64. I Love Rock and Roll...Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
  65. Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
  66. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
  67. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry (1949)
  68. I Will Survive...Gloria Gaynor (1978)
  69. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)…Al Jolson (1913)
  70. Sentimental Journey…Les Brown with Doris Day (1945)

  71. Ain’t Misbehavin’…Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929)
  72. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (1967)
  73. Give My Regards to Broadway…Billy Murray (1905)
  74. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson (1942)
  75. A-Tisket, A-Tasket…Ella Ftizgerald with Chick Webb (1938)
  76. Moonlight Bay…American Quartet (1912)
  77. Peg O’ My Heart…The Harmonicats (1947)
  78. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957)
  79. Paper Doll…The Mills Brothers (1942)
  80. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (1965)

  81. Ol’ Man River…Paul Robeson (1928)
  82. The Twist - Chubby Checker (1960)
  83. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry (1958)
  84. By the Light of the Silvery Moon…Billy Murray with Haydn Quartet (1910)
  85. Body and Soul…Coleman Hawkins (1940)
  86. When You Wish Upon a Star…Cliff Edwards (1940)
  87. What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)
  88. Superstition - Stevie Wonder (1972)
  89. Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)
  90. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis…Billy Murray (1904)

  91. Till We Meet Again…Henry Burr with Albert Campbell (1919)
  92. Tea for Two - Art Tatum (1939)
  93. Near You…Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947)
  94. In the Good Old Summertime…Haydn Quartet (1903)
  95. I’ll Never Smile Again…Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra (1940)
  96. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)…Vaughn Monroe (1949)
  97. Suspicious Minds...Elvis Presley (1969)
  98. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
  99. When Doves Cry - Prince (1984)
  100. It Had to Be You…Isham Jones (1924)

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3 comments:

  1. This list is almost 11 years old, shouldn't it be updated?

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    1. Thanks! I really love your lists because they open me up to so much more music.

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