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Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songs

According to their 2021 list Guess the artists of the top 100 songs
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Song
Artist
100
'Blowin' in the wind'
Bob Dylan
99
'Stayin' Alive'
Bee Gees
98
'In My Life'
The Beatles
97
'Gloria'
Patti Smith
96
'99 Problems'
Jay-Z
95
'Wonderwall'
Oasis
94
'I Will Always Love You'
Whitney Houston
93
'Since U Been Gone'
Kelly Clarkson
92
'Good Golly, Miss Molly'
Little Richard
91
'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)'
UGK
90
'(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'
Aretha Franklin
89
'Hey Jude'
The Beatles
88
'Sweet Child O' Mine'
Guns N' Roses
87
'All My Friends'
LCD Soundsystem
86
'Tumbling Dice'
The Rolling Stones
85
'Kiss'
Prince
84
'Let's Stay Together'
Al Green
83
'Desolation Row'
Bob Dylan
82
'Rolling in the Deep'
Adele
81
'I’m Waiting for the Man'
The Velvet Underground
80
'What'd I Say'
Ray Charles
79
'Back to Black'
Amy Winehouse
78
'Reach Out (I'll Be There)'
The Four Tops
77
'Roadrunner'
The Modern Lovers
76
'I Walk the Line'
Johnny Cash
75
'Common People'
Pulp
74
'Hallelujah'
Leonard Cohen
73
'Formation'
Beyonce
72
'Yesterday'
The Beatles
71
'Fast Car'
Tracy Chapman
70
'Suspicious Minds'
Elvis Presley
69
'All Too Well'
Taylor Swift
68
'Good Times'
Chic
67
'Tangled Up in Blue'
Bob Dylan
66
'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
Simon and Garfunkel
65
'September'
Earth, Wind, and Fire
64
'Blitzkrieg Bop'
Ramones
63
'Jolene'
Dolly Parton
62
'One'
U2
61
'Stairway to Heaven'
Led Zeppelin
60
'Running Up That Hill'
Kate Bush
59
'The Message'
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
58
'The Weight'
The Band
57
'Family Affair'
Sly and the Family Stone
56
'Work It'
Missy Elliott
55
'Like a Prayer'
Madonna
54
'The Tracks of My Tears'
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
53
'Good Vibrations'
The Beach Boys
52
'I Feel Love'
Donna Summer
51
'Walk on By'
Dionne Warwick
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Song
Artist
50
'Gasolina'
Daddy Yankee
49
'Doo Wop (That Thing)'
Lauryn Hill
48
'Idioteque'
Radiohead
47
'Tiny Dancer'
Elton John
46
'Paper Planes'
M.I.A.
45
'Alright'
Kendrick Lamar
44
'Billie Jean'
Michael Jackson
43
'My Girl'
The Temptations
42
'Redemption Song'
Bob Marley and the Wailers
41
'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
Joy Division
40
'All Along the Watchtower'
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
39
'B.O.B.'
Outkast
38
'(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay'
Otis Redding
37
'When Doves Cry'
Prince and the Revolution
36
'Seven Nation Army'
The White Stripes
35
'Tutti-Frutti'
Little Richard
34
'Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag'
James Brown
33
'Johnny B. Goode'
Chuck Berry
32
'Juicy'
Notorious B.I.G.
31
'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'
The Rolling Stones
30
'Royals'
Lorde
29
'Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang'
Dr. Dre
28
'Once in a Lifetime'
Talking Heads
27
'Born to Run'
Bruce Springsteen
26
'A Case of You'
Joni Mitchell
25
'Runaway'
Kanye West
24
'A Day in the Life'
The Beatles
23
'Heroes'
David Bowie
22
'Be My Baby'
The Ronettes
21
'Strange Fruit'
Billie Holiday
20
'Dancing on My Own'
Robyn
19
'Imagine'
John Lennon
18
'Purple Rain'
Prince and the Revolution
17
'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Queen
16
'Crazy in Love'
Beyonce
15
'I Want to Hold Your Hand'
The Beatles
14
'Waterloo Sunset'
The Kinks
13
'Gimme Shelter'
The Rolling Stones
12
'Superstition'
Stevie Wonder
11
'God Only Knows'
The Beach Boys
10
'Hey Ya!'
Outkast
9
'Dreams'
Fleetwood Mac
8
'Get Ur Freak On'
Missy Elliott
7
'Strawberry Fields Forever'
The Beatles
6
'What’s Going On'
Marvin Gaye
5
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Nirvana
4
'Like a Rolling Stone'
Bob Dylan
3
'A Change Is Gonna Come'
Sam Cooke
2
'Fight the Power'
Public Enemy
1
'Respect'
Aretha Franklin
27 Comments
+3
Level 71
Aug 22, 2022
This is a pretty good, comprehensive list overall, but it flabbergasts me that they chose the Leonard Cohen version of "Hallelujah" over the Jeff Buckley one. Buckley's version is objectively better. Also, it's not as though they have an aversion to covers, otherwise they wouldn't put down Whitney Houston for "I Will Always Love You." Anyways, that's just my gripe with the list; great quiz though!
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Level 95
Dec 8, 2022
I disagree; Buckley's cover is subjectively better. I very much prefer Cohen's version myself, but I know many, if not most, prefer Buckley's cover.
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Level 45
Dec 8, 2022
A very close call, but when I want to listen to Hallelujah I play the Cohen version. Also I think a nod is given to the original when the original performer also wrote the song. I haven't looked through the list enough to prove that theory, though.
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Level 78
Mar 26, 2023
All Along the Watchtower is a cover as well. Bob Dylan originally wrote and recorded it, but the Jimi Hendrix version is on the list.
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Level 95
Jul 31, 2023
Dylan liked Hendrix's version far more than his own having gone on record saying "It was Jimi's song, I just wrote it." In the liner notes of his album Biograph, he says "I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this {All Along the Watchtower} and ever since he died I've been doing it that way... Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."

This has no bearing on the subjective choice with respect to which version is better, just an interesting factoid.

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Level 50
Aug 22, 2022
Rolling Stones' not Rolling Stone's
+6
Level 77
Dec 8, 2022
I’m pretty sure it’d be the Rolling Stone’s list. It’s Rolling Stone Magazine, not Rolling Stones Magazine.
+6
Level 72
Aug 23, 2022
When I first opened this quiz I got really confused. What do you mean "guess the artist?" Wouldn't all of the answers be "The Rolling Stones??" Oh, THAT Rolling Stone.
+1
Level 66
Aug 1, 2023
It wasn't until this comment that I realised this list wasn't by the band the Rolling Stones... Thought Gasolina was a very leftfield choice from Jagger...
+2
Level 72
Aug 23, 2022
Could you accept "Robinson" instead of having to type out Smokey Robinson and the Miracles?
+4
Level 35
Dec 8, 2022
Might as well have "F The Police" at number one. 50 years from now people are going to look really stupid trying desperately to stay on the "right" side of history.
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Level 45
Dec 8, 2022
I couldn't have put it better myself. Kudos.
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Level 74
Apr 18, 2024
Really fantastic song, really, regardless of political beliefs. It’d probably make my top 100 list if I made one.
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Level 45
Dec 8, 2022
lEt'S rEpResEnT tHe PeOpLe said the magazine bought out by Penske Media Corporation.
+5
Level 59
Mar 26, 2023
My god there are some garbage songs on that list. Taylor Swift? Lorde?? What has the world come to?
+1
Level 69
Mar 28, 2023
pure heroine is probably top 5 most influential albums among gen z and taylor swift is arguably the most successful artist of this century.
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Level 36
Jul 7, 2023
just another example of how bad this century has been for music!
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Level 71
Jul 31, 2023
I’d highly encourage you to listen to all too well as it isn’t like the rest of taylor’s bland pop songs at all.
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Level 85
Apr 18, 2024
Hmm, I like Swift, but that song is basically the most overused chord sequence in pop on loop. It's become a meme it's so unoriginal. (Funny that the Rolling Stone write up says "She ad-libbed lyrics over chords she had written..."). It's a lot blander than much of her other work imo.
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Level 74
Jul 31, 2023
Nice quiz. I scored 81/100, but I honestly have not heard of most of the songs that I missed. Or I guessed other versions, like with "Gloria". I tried Them, Van Morrison, Laura Branigan, no good. Well, I still had fun, thanks!
+3
Level 52
Jul 31, 2023
What a politically created crap filled list. 50 of these songs are garbage.
+2
Level 74
Apr 18, 2024
Upset about only having 6 on the list?
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Level 35
Apr 18, 2024
More like upset that they encompass the top spots of a list where The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash ect. are barely mentioned. The top songs are nowhere in the same solar system as being good as anything those bands mentioned above have EVER produced, yet this "magazine" is reaching to put them in spots they clearly don't deserve to be in to look "edgy" and for attention. If you're okay being fed bullshit all the time, than go ahead and think it's okay. Anyone with a functioning brain or set of properly working eyes can see right through the BS.
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Level 74
Apr 18, 2024
um sir were you talking to me I was making a joke about their username

^ yours checks out too

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Level 63
Mar 14, 2024
Interesting that Starship's 'We Built This City' wasn't on the list.
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Level 65
Apr 18, 2024
thank the lordy ;)
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Level 73
Apr 18, 2024
Lorde, Dr Dre or Robyn over any Pink Floyd or Metallica songs? Good joke