Like a Rolling Stone (Magazine) – Top 100 Songs

What do you believe are the greatest songs in (relatively recent) history?  Rolling Stone Magazine created their list almost four years ago (December 2004), but I only recently wandered onto it (I should really get out more).  These are not the greatest ROCK songs, mind you, just what Rolling Stone calls the greatest songs.  I’m sure the decision for the top choice on the list (Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan) was influenced by the name of the magazine.

Random thought: I’m not sure why I’ve momentarily wandered from book lists… (I’m sure it’s temporary)

For those of you who commented (thank you) on the last song list I posted:

Daisyfae: Be My Baby is #22, Tears in Heaven didn’t make the top 100.

Stacybuckeye: Beatles hold 10 of the top 100 songs.

Leaving Evangeline: Nirvana is at #9 on this list, Pearl Jam still didn’t make the top 100, nor did Radiohead, Green Day, or Rage Against the Machine.  Good news (dripping with sarcasm, or sarchasm on Sanity Found’s post) is that Michael Jackson is on this list too!  But, we have The Clash at #15.

Beaverboosh: Still no Spinal Tap.

Mssc54: I hope you can remember some of these…

Literate Housewife: U2 is #36 and #93 (not quite reigning supreme, but still…)

Amber: No Pink Floyd.

Britinla: Sorry, none of yours here.

don’stuff: (Hey, that’s me) A Day In The Life by The Beatles is #26 (it’s a crime).

The List:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
  2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine, John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say, Ray Charles
  11. My Generation, The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday, The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling, The Clash
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
  18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be, The Beatles
  21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
  23. In My Life, The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
  26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
  27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
  28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
  29. Help!, The Beatles
  30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire, The Doors
  36. One, U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
  41. The Weight, The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
  43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
  44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes, David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
  48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California, The Eagles
  50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry, Prince
  53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
  54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
  57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You, The Beatles
  65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
  66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
  69. Crying, Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
  78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
  85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl, The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’, The Mamas and The Papas
  90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
  98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones

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10 responses to “Like a Rolling Stone (Magazine) – Top 100 Songs

  1. much better! and ‘stairway’ is down at 31 – about where it belongs. i used to go crazy every year when the local rock station did a “countdown” of the top 100 songs – and that one always ended up number 1. wrong. important song, just not THAT important!

    Good to know you are no longer crazy:)

  2. They have the Beach Boys but no Aerosmith? Good grief. ‘Dream On’ at the very least should have made the list. And, although it’s more recent then most anything on it, Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down ought to have made it as well. And those are just what I consider great songs, not necessarily my favorites.

    No kidding. There were lots of glaring omissions – for example, Radar Love didn’t make this list either. Dream on, or even Walk This Way should have made the list.

  3. I can’t remember exactly what year it was but the Red Hot Chili Peppers were the hot band at the time.

    Our local radio station had a Red Hot Chili Pepper eating contest. My best friend (at the time) won two round trip tickets to San Francisco to see their show.

    It was on New Years Eve at the Cow Palace and t he warm up band was Pearl Jam! Heck I even remember some of that trip. lol

    That would have been a fun concert to attend (from what your friends are probably saying).

  4. Oooh Johnny Cash!!! Heck yeah! And the Sex Pistols too! I’m not sure if they were on the other list…but they shoulda been!

    Oh, and I found a Radiohead song on the other list…just not Top 100.

    🙂

    Well, Radiohead just needs some time to make their way up the list.

  5. Better, much better. You know what song I have been thinking of all day? Twilight Zone by Golden Earring. I don’t know if it’s in the same league as this list, but it’s great fun. I need to download that from somewhere…

    I’d like to hear it.

  6. This might be a good meme to start (do they get started…or are they born?). Someone does their own Top Songs list (prolly not 100..maybe 25) and so on, so forth.

    I think it’s okay to mix up your lists…books…music…movies next, maybe?

    I’ve thought about doing my favorite songs for a Five For Friday. I’ll think up some questions soon and do a meme about music. Thanks for the idea – you must have given birth to it.

  7. Yay! I’m looking forward to it.

  8. I love them all! I had actually forgot some until reading the list. My favs. . . . Imagine, John Lennon and What’s going on; Marvin Gaye. Also, here is a cookie just for you. PLL, CordieB.

    Thanks for the visit and comment, and thanks for the virtual cookie (tasty).

  9. i love you & your band very much

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