It’s been 17 years since Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” topped Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
This week, Rolling Stone published a new list that has ramped up the conversation about which is the best song ever recorded.
Songs most will agree would end up on such as list — like John Lennon’s “Imagine” or The Temptations’ “My Girl” — are there, but so are some songs that haven’t been around that long. The 2021 version of the list includes artists such as Lil Nas X and The Weeknd.
The new list was compiled from the results of a survey of 250 music artists, journalists and industry figures who were asked to send in a list of their top 50 favorite songs. Nearly 4,000 songs received votes.
More than half of the songs in the 2021 list were not present in the 2004 list. One-third of the top 100 songs were new to the list.
Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was named the top song in the new list. It had been No. 5 in the previous list.
Rounding out the top five in the 2021 list are:
2. Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”
3. Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”
4. Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”
5. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
In 2004, the top five were:
Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”
The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
John Lennon’s “Imagine”
Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”
Franklin’s “Respect” (No. 5) rounded out the top five.
You can check out the new list here.
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