30 Best Songs of all Time

What are the top 30 Songs of all Time? The 30 most iconic songs of all time


  1. 1 Imagine- John Lennon

    This is the song of all centuries; it was written by John Lennon and was one of the greatest musical gifts given by him to the world. It was released in the U.S in October 1971, and then it was released in 1975 in the U.K.

  2. 2 Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

    This song became famous as an anthem for an apathetic generation. Nirvana is a part of history, and this song deserves to be remembered from generation to generation. This song was the greatest hit of the band and has been declared platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

  3. 3 Hey Jude- The Beatles

    This was the biggest hits by The Beatles, and it stayed at number one for nine weeks and was one of their longest songs of 7 minutes and 11 seconds. It was also the top-selling singles of 1968 in various countries like the U.K, Canada, the U.S, and Australia.

  4. 4 Yesterday- The Beatles

    It was their most famous ballad, ranked third on BMI's list of Top 100 songs of the century. It also holds a world record of most recorded songs of all time, plus it had 1186 versions after seven years of its release.

  5. 5 What’d I Say’- Ray Charles

    This song has been the most excellent feel-good song in rock and roll. People loved its ummmmh, unnnnh tune because of this; it became the best top 10 songs sung by Charles.

  6. 6 Johnny B. Goode- Chuck Berry

    This is one of the best rock and roll songs of all time about the democracy of fame in pop music. It was a massive hit in 1958 and was a semi-autobiographical song about an illiterate country boy who plays the guitar just like ringing a bell.

  7. 7 Respect- Aretha Franklin

    This song was written and recorded in 1965 by Otis Redding for the Volt label. But Aretha Franklin turned this song into an anthem after two years. This song has also earned two Grammy Awards in 1968 and was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.

  8. 8 Blowin’ in the wind- Bob Dylan

    This song is said to be Dylan's first significant composition as it became a famous protest song. It was first released in 1962, but Paul and Mary turned it into a massive hit in 1963, and in 1964 this song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

  9. 9 God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

    This was one of the greatest songs of the 1960s; Brian Wilson and Tony Asher wrote it. This song was also one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll by the Rock and Roll of Fame. 

  10. 10 People Get Ready- The Impressions

    It is one of the most famous songs of The Impressions, which was written by Curtis Mayfield. This song was said to be warrior music and was also said that this is one song that one could listen to while you prepare to go into a battle. (See 10 Most Difficult Guitar Songs)

  11. 11 Be My Baby- The Ronettes

    Even the pioneers like The Beatles and Brian Wilson says that it is one of their favorite songs. This song features a full orchestra and a young Cher on backing vocals. This song was rehearsed several times by Phil Spector, and Ronnie Bennett and 42 takes were taken before the song was finally released.

  12. 12 Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen

    This song was released in 1975 and is said to be the most ambitious song by Bruce. This song is of four and a half minutes, but it took almost three and a half months to cut. This song was his first global release, and he said that by this song, he wanted to make the most exceptional rock record I have ever heard.

  13. 13 In My Life- The Beatles

    This song was released in 1965 and was written by Jon Lennon and Paul McCartney. The former himself says that as per him, it was his first real major piece of work. This song arose from a journalist's challenge, asking them to write a few songs on their life. Then the lyrics were changes by Lennon, and this song came up.

  14. 14 Let It Be- The Beatles

    Paul McCartney started writing this song in 1968 when the Beatles were falling apart. The inspiration for this song was given by his late mother, who gave him some words of advice. This song became a major hit and was the last single released by the bank before they announced their split.

  15. 15 Gimme Shelter- The Rolling Stones

    Richards wrote this song in just 20 minutes, but it made a big impact. It was sung by Merry Clayton, who justified the lyrics by her melodic voice. Richard also said that after the last take of this song, his guitar fell apart.

  16. 16 No Woman, No Cry- Bob Marley

    The original version of this song was released in 1974, but the most remembered version is the live version, recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London on July 17, 1975, sung by Natty Dread. Bob gave the song credit to his childhood friend Vincent Tata Ford, to help keep Ford’s Kingston soup kitchen running.

  17. 17 One- U2

    This was the third song of their album "Achtung Baby," which was released in November 1991. This song was one of the most moving single ever; it became a wedding favorite song, but this was not what the band had in mind while making this song.

  18. 18 Light My Fire- The Doors

    This song was released in 1967, and it held number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This song is majorly responsible for taking the career of The Doors to next level. 

  19. 19 ‘River Deep- Mountain High’- Ike and Tina Turner

    This song was written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry. The producer of this song was Spector, and as per her, this was one of the best songs by Ike and Tina Turner. People loved this song, and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

  20. 20 Help- The Beatles

    Lennon, the writer of this song, said that most people who heard this song think that it is just a fast rock and roll song, but I was crying out for help. This song was released in 1965. In an interview with Playboy in 1980, he said that he does not remember that when he wrote this song. (See 15 Best Eminem Songs)

  21. 21 Layla- Derek and the Dominos

    Eric Clapton, the writer of this song, was so impressed by Nizami Ganjavi's "The Story of Layla and Majnun" that he wrote a song based on it. This song is always remembered as one of the best rock songs of all time. This song was very close to Eric’s heart and said that “It was the heaviest thing going on at the time.”

  22. 22 Hound Dog- Elvis Presley

    This song became a massive hot even before Elvis Presley sang as it was a hit for R&B singer Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton, but its Presley version was ranked number 19on the Rolling Stone Top 500. On June 5, he sang Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show, and it became a sensation.

  23. 23 Purple Haze- The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    This song was written by Jimi Hendrix and was released in 1967 as the second single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This song is said to have one of the unforgettable opening riffs in rock.

  24. 24 I want to hold your hand- The Beatles

    This song was released in 1963 and was another big hit song of The Beatles. This song hit number one in the States on February 1, 1964. While writing this song, The Beatles said that they want to be the topper most of the poppermost, and this is what they became after the release of this song.

  25. 25 My Generation- The Who

    The guitarist of the band, Pete Townshend, wrote this song. This song became one of the most memorable songs of the group as the people loved it and was at 13th place on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. 

  26. 26 I walk the line- Johnny Cash

    Johnny wrote this song when he was with the Air Force in Germany, years before he could have even thought of entering a studio. He decided to record this song in 1965, but then he realized that its original tape is damaged. Then he created its different versions, and it became No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

  27. 27 Sympathy for the Devil- The Rolling Stones

    This song was released in 1968 and was from the album Beggars Banquet. It was a big hit but was also in controversy for its lyrics, but people still loved its music.

  28. 28 Waterloo Sunset- The Kinks

    This song was written and produced by Ray Davies in February 1968. He said that the lyrics of this song were very perosnal. It was just like an extract from a diary nobody was allowed to read. This song was a big hit.

  29. 29 La Bamba- Ritchie Valens

    This song is one of the best-known songs from the early rock ‘n’ roll era.

  30. 30 Rebel Rebel- David Bowie

    This song is said to be the farewell song of Bowie to the glam rock movement. Its highest U.S chart position was No.16. 


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