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All Top Ten Lists Music Best Songs of All Time A song is a musical composition performed by a human voice. It may include popular songs produced by professional singers, musical numbers from films, or modern renditions of traditional songs.
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- "The Twist" by Chubby Checker. The Chubby Checker dance sensation reached number one on the chart twice – first in 1960, and then again two years later.
- "Smooth" by Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) (1999) by on YouTube.
- "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin (1959) by on YouTube.
- "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) (2015) by on YouTube.
Methodology: The Greatest of All-Time 60th Anniversary Billboard Hot 100 Songs and Artists rankings are based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through July ...
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- Imagine’ — John Lennon. Voted second by the Ranker community and third by Rolling Stone, John Lennon’s “Imagine” is worthy of our top spot. First released in the U.S. in October 1971 and in the U.K.
- Hey Jude’ — The Beatles. It’s the best song of all time, according to thousands of Ranker voters, and it comes in at No. 8 on the Rolling Stone list.
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ — The Rolling Stones. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” deemed by Rolling Stone to be the second-best song of all time, gave The Rolling Stones their first U.S. No. 1, and despite being initially restricted to pirate radio stations in the U.K.
- Yesterday’ — The Beatles. The Beatles’ most famous ballad was voted third-best by the Ranker community and 13th by Rolling Stone. It was also ranked third on BMI’s list of the Top 100 Songs of the Century and was voted the best song of the 20th century in a 1999 BBC Radio 2 poll of music experts and listeners.
To that end, music lovers have voted for their favorite songs of all time, from the earliest recordings to the latest radio hits. For this list, we’re not looking for the best-selling singles or even the most streamed songs. What people really want to know is simply what are the most popular and best songs of all time.
- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, 'Shop Around' Writers: Berry Gordy, Robinson. Producer: Gordy. Released: Dec. '60, Tamla. 16 weeks; No. 2. Robinson thought Barrett Strong should record "Shop Around," but Gordy persuaded Smokey that he was the right man for the song.
- Weezer, 'Buddy Holly' Writer: Rivers Cuomo. Producer: Ric Ocasek. Released: Aug. '94, DGC. 21 weeks; No. 18. In the early 1990s, Cuomo had an awkward girlfriend who was routinely picked on.
- The Rolling Stones, 'Miss You' Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. Producers: The Glimmer Twins. Released: May '78, Rolling Stones. 20 weeks; No. 1. The Stones were in Toronto, rehearsing for their classic gigs at the El Mocambo Club, when Jagger, jamming with R&B legend Billy Preston, came up with "Miss You."
- Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising' Writer: Springsteen. Producer: Brendan O'Brien. Released: July '02, Columbia. 11 weeks; No. 52. Springsteen wrote the track about 9/11, taking the viewpoint of a firefighter entering one of the Twin Towers ("Can't see nothin' in front of me …") before unleashing the gospel-tinged chorus.
- “White Christmas” ~ 52 million copies sold. Released in: 1942. Written by: Irving Berlin. Main genre: Classic Christmas Pop. Most successful version sung by: Harry Crosby (a.k.a.
- “Shape of You” ~ 42 million copies sold. Released in: 2017. Written by: Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac & Johnny McDaid. Main genre: Pop. Most successful version sung by: Ed Sheeran.
- “Despacito” ~ 38 million copies sold. Released in: 2017. Written by: Luis Rodriguez, Ramon Ayala & Erika Ender. Main genre: Latin Pop. Most successful version sung by: Luis Rodriguez (a.k.a.
- “Candle in the Wind” ~ 33 million copies sold. Released in: 1997. Written by: Elton John & Bernie Taupin. Main genre: Pop. Most successful version sung by: Elton John.
The Greatest of All-Time Billboard Hot 100 Songs and Artists rankings are based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through July 21, 2018). Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least.
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