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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Can you name the 500 greatest songs of all time according to Rolling Stone?
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Rank
Artist
Song
1
Aretha Franklin
Respect
2
Public Enemy
Fight the Power
3
Sam Cooke
A Change Is Gonna Come
4
Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone
5
Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit
6
Marvin Gaye
What's Going On
7
The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever
8
Missy Elliott
Get Ur Freak On
9
Fleetwood Mac
Dreams
10
Outkast
Hey Ya!
11
The Beach Boys
God Only Knows
12
Stevie Wonder
Superstition
13
The Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter
14
The Kinks
Waterloo Sunset
15
The Beatles
I Want to Hold Your Hand
16
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Crazy in Love
17
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
18
Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain
19
John Lennon
Imagine
20
Robyn
Dancing on My Own
21
Billie Holiday
Strange Fruit
22
The Ronettes
Be My Baby
23
David Bowie
Heroes
24
The Beatles
A Day in the Life
25
Kanye West feat. Pusha T
Runaway
26
Joni Mitchell
A Case of You
27
Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run
28
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
29
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg
Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
30
Lorde
Royals
31
The Rolling Stones
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
32
Notorious B.I.G
Juicy
33
Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode
34
James Brown
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
35
Little Richard
Tutti-Frutti
36
The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army
37
Prince and the Revolution
When Doves Cry
38
Otis Redding
(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay
39
Outkast
B.O.B
40
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
All Along the Watchtower
41
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
42
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Redemption Song
43
The Temptations
My Girl
44
Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
45
Kendrick Lamar
Alright
46
M.I.A
Paper Planes
47
Elton John
Tiny Dancer
48
Radiohead
Idioteque
49
Lauryn Hill
Doo Wop (That Thing)
50
Daddy Yankee
Gasolina
51
Dionne Warwick
Walk on By
52
Donna Summer
I Feel Love
53
The Beach Boys
Good Vibrations
54
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
The Tracks of My Tears
55
Madonna
Like a Prayer
56
Missy Elliott
Work It
57
Sly and the Family Stone
Family Affair
58
The Band
The Weight
59
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The Message
60
Kate Bush
Running Up That Hill
61
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
62
U2
One
63
Dolly Parton
Jolene
64
Ramones
Blitzkrieg Bop
65
Earth, Wind, and Fire
September
66
Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
67
Bob Dylan
Tangled Up in Blue
68
Chic
Good Times
69
Taylor Swift
All Too Well
70
Elvis Presley
Suspicious Minds
71
Tracy Chapman
Fast Car
72
The Beatles
Yesterday
73
Beyoncé
Formation
74
Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah
75
Pulp
Common People
76
Johnny Cash
I Walk the Line
77
The Modern Lovers
Roadrunner
78
The Four Tops
Reach Out (I'll Be There)
79
Amy Winehouse
Back to Black
80
Ray Charles
What'd I Say
81
The Velvet Underground
I'm Waiting for the Man
82
Adele
Rolling in the Deep
83
Bob Dylan
Desolation Row
84
Al Green
Let's Stay Together
85
Prince
Kiss
86
The Rolling Stones
Tumbling Dice
87
LCD Soundsystem
All My Friends
88
Guns N' Roses
Sweet Child O' Mine
89
The Beatles
Hey Jude
90
Aretha Franklin
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
91
UGK Feat. Outkast
Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
92
Little Richard
Good Golly, Miss Molly
93
Kelly Clarkson
Since U Been Gone
94
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You
95
Oasis
Wonderwall
96
Jay-Z
99 Problems
97
Patti Smith
Gloria
98
The Beatles
In My Life
99
Bee Gees
Stayin' Alive
100
Bob Dylan
Blowin' in the Wind
Rank
Artist
Song
101
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Maps
102
Chuck Berry
Maybelline
103
Alanis Morissette
You Oughta Know
104
The Jackson 5
I Want You Back
105
David Bowie
Life on Mars?
106
The Rolling Stones
Sympathy for the Devil
107
Wu-Tang Clan
C.R.E.A.M
108
The Cure
Just Like Heaven
109
Sly and the Family Stone
Everyday People
110
The Beatles
Something
111
Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road
112
R.E.M.
Losing My Religion
113
Stevie Wonder
Higher Ground
114
Britney Spears
Toxic
115
Etta James
At Last
116
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
It Takes Two
117
Aretha Franklin
I Say a Little Prayer
118
Radiohead
Creep
119
Marvin Gaye
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
120
X-Ray Spex
Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
121
The Beatles
Let It Be
122
The Impressions
People Get Ready
123
Talking Heads
This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
124
Buddy Holly
That'll Be the Day
125
Sex Pistols
Anarchy in the U.K.
126
George Michael
Freedom! '90
127
TLC
Waterfalls
128
Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love
129
Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Hold On, We're Going Home
130
Martha and the Vandellas
Dancing in the Street
131
Ben E. King
Stand by Me
132
Eric B. and Rakim
Paid in Full
133
Journey
Don't Stop Believin'
134
Tina Turner
What's Love Got to Do With It
135
The Beatles
She Loves You
136
Otis Redding
Try a little Tenderness
137
Ariana Grande
Thank U, Next
138
Blondie
Heart of Glass
139
Madonna
Vogue
140
Bob Marley and the Wailers
No Woman No Cry
141
Rod Stewart
Maggie May
142
George Jones
He Stopped Loving Her Today
143
The Clash
London Calling
144
The Rolling Stones
Jumpin' Jack Flash
145
Outkast
Ms. Jackson
146
James Taylor
Fire and Rain
147
Fats Domino
Blueberry Hill
148
Led Zeppelin
Kashmir
149
Elton John
Rocket Man
150
Green Day
Basket Case
151
The Shirelles
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
152
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Proud Mary
153
Rick James
Super Freak
154
Howlin' Wolf
Spoonful
155
The Strokes
Last Nite
156
The Kingsmen
Louie Louie
157
Sonic Youth
Teenage Riot
158
The Meters
Cissy Strut
159
The Who
Baba O'Riley
160
R.E.M.
Nightswimming
161
Madonna
Into the Groove
162
Nick Drake
Pink Moon
163
Fleetwood Mac
Landslide
164
Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man
165
Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
166
Mott the Hoople
All the Young Dudes
167
Eminem
Lose Yourself
168
Dusty Springfield
Son of a Preacher Man
169
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
American Girl
170
The Five Satins
In the Still of the Night
171
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
172
Nina Simone
Mississippi Goddam
173
Television
Marquee Moon
174
R.E.M.
Radio Free Europe
175
The Flamingos
I Only Have Eyes for You
176
The Kinks
You Really Got Me
177
Van Halen
Jump
178
Billie Eilish
Bad Guy
179
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
180
Lou Reed
Walk on the Wild Side
181
The Byrds
Eight Miles High
182
Simon and Garfunkel
The Sounds of Silence
183
Stevie Wonder
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
184
Sinéad O'Connor
Nothing Compares 2 U
185
Michael Jackson
Beat It
186
The Staple Singers
I'll Take You There
187
Bob Dylan
Subterranean Homesick Blues
188
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Little Wing
189
David Bowie
Space Oddity
190
N.W.A.
Fuck tha Police
191
Bobbie Gentry
Ode to Billie Joe
192
Geto Boys
Mind Playing Tricks on Me
193
The Rolling Stones
Wild Horses
194
PJ Harvey
Rid of Me
195
Patsy Cline
Crazy
196
James Brown
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
197
Ann Peebles
I Can't Stand the Rain
198
Marvin Gaye
Sexual Healing
199
Aerosmith
Dream On
200
David Bowie
Changes
Rank
Artist
Song
201
Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire
202
Elton John
Your Song
203
Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
204
David Bowie
Young Americans
205
Britney Spears
...Baby One More Time
206
Glen Campbell
Wichita Lineman
207
Rage Against the Machine
Killing in the Name
208
Hole
Doll Parts
209
Don Henley
Boys of Summer
210
Funkadelic
One Nation Under a Groove
211
U2
With or Without You
212
Boston
More Than a Feeling
213
The Rolling Stones
Paint It, Black
214
Steely Dan
Deacon Blues
215
Mobb Deep
Shook Ones, Pt. II
216
Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock
217
Stevie Nicks
Edge of Seventeen
218
Wilson Pickett
In the Midnight Hour
219
Tom Petty
Free Fallin'
220
New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle
221
Ike and Tina Turner
River Deep, Mountain High
222
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
223
Eminem feat. Dido
Stan
224
Derek and the Dominos
Layla
225
Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now
226
The Smiths
There is a Light That Never Goes Out
227
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fortunate Son
228
Beyoncé
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On it)
229
Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land
230
The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man
231
Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
232
The Who
My Generation
233
Deee-Lite
Groove Is in the Heart
234
The Supremes
You Keep Me Hangin' On
235
New Order
Blue Monday
236
Bill Withers
Lean on Me
237
Hank Williams
Your Cheatin' Heart
238
Aaliyah
Are You That Somebody?
239
Big Star
September Gurls
240
Backstreet Boys
I Want It That Way
241
Digital Underground
The Humpty Dance
242
Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire
243
The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby
244
Pavement
Summer Babe (Winter Version)
245
Beastie Boys
Sabotage
246
Faces
Ooh La La
247
Joni Mitchell
River
248
N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton
249
Joan Jett
Bad Reputation
250
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Purple Haze
251
Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive
252
Parliament
Flash Light
253
Willie Nelson
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
254
The Supremes
Stop! In the Name of Love
255
Loretta Lynn
Coal Miner's Daughter
256
Metallica
Master of Puppets
257
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Heat Wave
258
Gil-Scott Heron
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
259
Neil Young
Heart of Gold
260
The Wailers
Get Up, Stand Up
261
Curtis Mayfield
Pusherman
262
Paul Simon
American Tune
263
Dolly Parton
Coat of Many Colors
264
Marvin Gaye
Let's Get It On
265
The Replacements
Left of the Dial
266
Augustus Pablo
King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
267
Drake feat. Rihanna
Take Care
268
The Isley Brothers
Shout (Parts 1 and 2)
269
The Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
270
Nine Inch Nails
Closer
271
Procol Harum
A Whiter Shade of Pale
272
Thin Lizzy
The Boys Are Back in Town
273
Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly With His Song
274
Al Green
Love and Happiness
275
Randy Newman
Sail Away
276
Buzzcocks
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
277
Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
278
Toots and the Maytals
Pressure Drop
279
Radiohead
Karma Police
280
The Beatles
Penny Lane
281
Clipse
Grindin'
282
INXS
Never Tear Us Apart
283
Ray Charles
Georgia on My Mind
284
Leonard Cohen
Suzanne
285
Destiny's Child
Say My Name
286
ABBA
Dancing Queen
287
AC/DC
You Shook Me All Night Long
288
The Funky 4+1
That's the Joint
289
Bruce Springsteen
Atlantic City
290
Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris
Yeah!
291
Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight
292
A Tribe Called Quest
Can I Kick It?
293
Alice Cooper
School's Out
294
The Velvet Underground
Sweet Jane
295
The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again
296
Bikini Kill
Rebel Girl
297
The Beach Boys
Wouldn't It Be Nice
298
Bruce Springsteen
Jungleland
299
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I Put a Spell on You
300
The B-52's
Rock Lobster
Rank
Artist
Song
301
Bob Seger
Night Moves
302
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
303
TLC
No Scrubs
304
Kraftwerk
Trans-Europe Express
305
The Police
Every Breath You Take
306
Aretha Franklin
Chain of Fools
307
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy
308
Liz Phair
Divorce Song
309
Bill Withers
Ain't No Sunshine
310
The Doors
Light My Fire
311
The Eagles
Hotel California
312
Isaac Hayes
Walk on By
313
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
The Tears of a Clown
314
The Stooges
I Wanna Be Your Dog
315
John Coltrane
Pt. 1 - Acknowledgement
316
The Shangri-Las
Leader of the Pack
317
Bob Dylan
Visions of Johanna
318
Big Mama Thornton
Hound Dog
319
Tears for Fears
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
320
2Pac
California Love
321
U2
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
322
Neil Young
After the Gold Rush
323
Everly Brothers
All I Have to Do Is Dream
324
Billy Joel
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
325
Iggy Pop
Lust for Life
326
Rilo Kiley
Portions for Foxes
327
Mary J. Blige
Real Love
328
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Under the Bridge
329
Bad Bunny
Safaera
330
The Notorious B.I.G.
Big Poppa
331
The Marvelettes
Please Mr. Postman
332
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
Umbrella
333
The Temptations
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
334
The Grateful Dead
Ripple
335
Marshall Jefferson
Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)
336
Hall and Oates
She's Gone
337
Cher
Believe
338
Black Sabbath
Paranoid
339
Prince
1999
340
The Clash
(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
341
The Monkees
I'm a Believer
342
Chuck Berry
Promised Land
343
The Doobie Brothers
What a Fool Believes
344
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
345
Carole King
It's Too Late
346
BTS
Dynamite
347
Elvis Presley
Heartbreak Hotel
348
Roxy Music
Virginia Plain
349
The Zombies
Time of the Season
350
John Prine
Angel From Montgomery
351
Jorge Ben
Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)
352
Ice Cube
It Was a Good Day
353
Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
354
Michael Jackson
Rock With You
355
Thelma Houston
Don't Leave Me This Way
356
Cheap Trick
Surrender
357
Taylor Swift
Blank Space
358
Patti Smith
Because the Night
359
Fugees
Killing Me Softly With His Song
360
Prince
Little Red Corvette
361
Jimmy Cliff
Harder They Come
362
Kacey Musgraves
Merry Go 'Round
363
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Could You Be Loved
364
The Grateful Dead
Box of Rain
365
Sex Pistols
God Save the Queen
366
The Crystals
Da Doo Ron Ron
367
Frank Ocean
Thinkin Bout You
368
Soundgarden
Black Hole Sun
369
The Cars
Just What I Needed
370
Buddy Holly
Peggy Sue
371
Elton John
Bennie and the Jets
372
Bonnie Raitt
I Can't Make You Love Me
373
Drake
Hotline Bling
374
William DeVaughn
Be Thankful for What You Got
375
The Drifters
Up on the Roof
376
Merle Haggard
Mama Tried
377
The Cure
Pictures of You
378
The Killers
Mr. Brightside
379
D'Angelo
Untitled (How Does It Feel)
380
Fountains of Wayne
Radiation Vibe
381
The Slits
Typical Girls
382
Fiona Apple
Paper Bag
383
Childish Gambino
Redbone
384
Cardi B, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny
I Like It
385
Diana Ross
I'm Coming Out
386
The Kinks
Lola
387
New York Dolls
Personality Crisis
388
DMX
Party Up (Up In Here)
389
Pretenders
Brass in Pocket
390
Metallica
Enter Sandman
391
Eric Church
Springsteen
392
Coldplay
Fix You
393
James Brown
Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)
394
Jeff Buckley
Grace
395
Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force
Planet Rock
396
Elvis Costello
Alison
397
Public Enemy
Bring the Noise
398
Duran Duran
Hungry Like the Wolf
399
Sylvester
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
400
David Bowie
Station to Station
Rank
Artist
Song
401
Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way
402
Bill Withers
Lovely Day
403
Rufus and Chaka Khan
Ain't Nobody
404
Kiss
Rock and Roll All Nite
405
Selena
Amor Prohibido
406
Run-DMC
Sucker MC's
407
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Bird
408
Cat Stevens/Yusuf
Father and Son
409
Foo Fighters
Everlong
410
Allman Brothers Band
Whipping Post
411
Wilco
Heavy Metal Drummer
412
Neneh Cherry
Buffalo Stance
413
Them
Gloria
414
Blondie
Dreaming
415
Depeche Mode
Enjoy the Silence
416
Pearl Jam
Alive
417
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk
418
Booker T. and the MG's
Green Onions
419
Mariah Carey
Fantasy
420
The Mamas and the Papas
California Dreamin'
421
The Smiths
How Soon Is Now?
422
Craig Mack feat. Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage
Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)
423
Fiona Apple
Criminal
424
Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
No Diggity
425
Muddy Waters
Mannish Boy
426
Nicki Minaj
Super Bass
427
Sugar Hill Gang
Rapper's Delight
428
Harry Styles
Sign of the Times
429
Queen and David Bowie
Under Pressure
430
Pete Rock and CL Smooth
They Reminisce Over You
431
Prince
Adore
432
Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues
433
Pet Shop Boys
West End Girls
434
Ramones
Sheena is a Punk Rocker
435
Rush
Limelight
436
Carly Rae Jepsen
Call Me Maybe
437
Lucinda Williams
Passionate Kisses
438
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
Savage (Remix)
439
Celia Cruz
La Vida Es un Carnaval
440
Alicia Keys
If I Ain't Got You
441
Miranda Lambert
The House That Built Me
442
Motörhead
Ace of Spades
443
Fall Out Boy
Sugar, We're Goin Down
444
50 Cent
In Da Club
445
T Rex
Cosmic Dancer
446
Bruce Springsteen
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
447
The Beatles
Help!
448
Erykah Badu
Tyrone
449
Blue Öyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
450
Neil Young
Powderfinger
451
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert
Bad and Boujee
452
Toto
Africa
453
Missy Elliott
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
454
Sister Nancy
Bam Bam
455
Jefferson Airplane
White Rabbit
456
Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness
457
Bon Jovi
Livin' on a Prayer
458
Beck
Loser
459
Sade
No Ordinary Love
460
Steel Pulse
Klu Klux Klan
461
Roy Orbison
Crying
462
Van Morrison
Into the Mystic
463
John Lee Hooker
Boom Boom
464
Joni Mitchell
Help Me
465
Daft Punk feat. Pharell Williams
Get Lucky
466
Luther Vandross
Never Too Much
467
Nirvana
Come as You Are
468
Mazzy Star
Fade Into You
469
Dixie Chicks
Goodbye Earl
470
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Midnight Train to Georgia
471
The Animals
The House of the Rising Sun
472
Peter Gabriel
Solsbury Hill
473
Tammy Wynette
Stand by Your Man
474
Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up
475
Janet Jackson
Rhythm Nation
476
Kris Kristofferson
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
477
The Go-Gos
Our Lips Are Sealed
478
Juvenile feat. Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh
Back That Azz Up
479
Santana
Oye Como Va
480
Biz Markie
Just a Friend
481
Robert Johnson
Cross Road Blues
482
Lady Gaga
Bad Romance
483
The Four Tops
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
484
Weezer
Buddy Holly
485
Azealia Banks
212
486
Lil Wayne
A Milli
487
Solange
Cranes in the Sky
488
The Weeknd
House of Balloons
489
The Breeders
Cannonball
490
Lil Nas X
Old Town Road
491
Guns N' Roses
Welcome to the Jungle
492
Miles Davis
So What
493
The Pixies
Where Is My Mind?
494
Cyndi Lauper
Time After Time
495
Carly Simon
You're So Vain
496
Harry Nilsson
Without You
497
Lizzo
Truth Hurts
498
Townes Van Zandt
Pancho and Lefty
499
The Supremes
Baby Love
500
Kanye West
Stronger
4 Comments
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2022
Need more time
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Level 54
Feb 16, 2023
Please change "Mind Playing Trick on Me" to "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
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Level 46
Mar 26, 2024
I didn't bother to take the quiz because nothing after 1996 deserves to be there
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Level 46
Mar 26, 2024
Kanye, Beyonce and Jay z Don't belong there..