There are so many great songs out there that coming up with the top 10 greatest songs is always going to be a little controversial. However that said there are still several songs that are considered in the majority of top ten greatest songs lists and that get more acclaim than others, and it’s arguably possible to make a list that includes most of these. Here we will look at the top 10 greatest songs based on extensive online research but in no particular order.
10. Bohemian Rhapsody
For it’s sheer ambition, its indelible place in pop culture, and for its pomp and grandeur, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one of the top 10 songs of all time. It also makes the top 10 for being a song that spans genres meaning that all generations can enjoy it. Interestingly Freddy Mercury admitted to not knowing what any of it meant…
Imagine by John Lenon is one of the most moving songs in the world, and it’s also one of the most anthemic ensuring that it has closed out many a club. It also has a positive message and that again helps to make it one of the top 10 greatest songs of all time.
8. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
A favorite of many, Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a beautiful analogy and an equally beautiful song and one that proves fitting for many occasions. Of course it is the Simon and Garfunkel version that makes our list of top 10 greatest songs.
7. My Way
Any list of the top 10 greatest songs of all time would have to have Sinatra in there somewhere, and what better song to represent him than ‘My Way’. One of the most poplar Karaoke songs but also a great anthem for individuality.
6. Johnny B Goode
Chuck Berry is responsible for many of the other artists on this list having provided them with inspiration. It is fitting then that his most recognizable hit be included in the top 10 greatest songs of all time and in so many of these lists.
5.(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones have become a part of pop culture which is a testament to their great music. While the three note riff of Satisfaction is perhaps their most popular hit, many others such as ‘Paint it Black’ make a lot of lists of the top 10 greatest songs of all time.
4. Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan almost defies his genre and certainly defies his era, and this 1965 hit does both too. At over six minutes long, and using a rocky organ riff, it was only released after being accidentally leaked and finding success that way. It has been considered revolutionary
3. It’s Now or Never
Elvis is another legend of music and this is perhaps his most powerful ballad about love and desperation is deserving of this spot in the top 10 greatest songs. It sold over 25 million copies when it was released and was an inspiration for many more artists.
2. Hey Jude
The Beatles are perhaps the most inspirational pop band in the world, and while many of their songs regularly make lists of the top 10 greatest songs, it is Hey Jude that graces the most and that has the most memorable chorus and most epic feel.
1. Billie Jean
We’ve had an appearance from the king of rock and roll, and with Billie Jean so too can the king of pop make an entrance. This highly memorable tune is recognizable from the moment the riff begins and is an absolute club classic. It’s also a clever fusion of genres and the song that perhaps can best encapsulate Jackson’s music.