Songs of the Year, 1949-2022
These are the songs of each year as selected by Rolling Stone. The magazine was first published in 1967. By at least 1977, the magazine was selecting a “song of the year” annually. Prior to that, the songs of the year listed below were determined by the song with the highest ranking based on an aggregate of multiple best-of lists (see resources at bottom of page) over the years.
You can also see the result of the aggregate as a list of Rolling Stone’s top 200 songs).
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First posted 4/15/2019; last updated 12/5/2022.