Rolling Stone updated their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time – its first update in 17 years.
The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, won first place for his version of “Respect”, which was originally recorded by Otis Redding. Second place was “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy.
The magazine noted that its list was created from more than 250 artists, writers and industry figures who took part in a poll of more than 4,000 songs.
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The original Rolling Stone roster arrived in 2004, but a measurable amount of change was evident in the revised roster, with almost half of the new songs on the charts. There is a lot more hip hop, country music, Latin pop, reggae and R&B on the last list. “Hey Ya!” Outkast, for example, placed at No.10, while Kanye West’s âStrongerâ took last place at No.500.
The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac climbed the charts from the 2004 list, demonstrating their songs’ ability to stand the test of time. Current stars Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga were among those who made it to the top 100.
Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was top song in 2004 and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was No. 2.
âMusic is changing so fast, the pace of change in the musical space is incredible,â said Christian Hoard, Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone. told NBC News. âWe focused on having a very diverse electorate, so the list turned out to be much more inclusive, fresher. It reflects what Rolling Stoneis nowadays it’s not (just) classic rock. It’s a broad musical spectrum. “
In the updated list, the 1970s had the most songs. âThese songs resonate with a younger audience,â Hoard said.
The top 20 are listed below, with the full list of the 500 available on the Rolling Stone website.
- 20. Robyn: “Dancing alone”
- 19. John Lennon: “Imagine”
- 18. Prince and the Revolution: “Purple Rain”
- 17. Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- 16. BeyoncÃ©’s feat. Jay-Z: “Crazy in love”
- 15. The Beatles: “I want to hold your hand”
- 14. The Kinks: “Waterloo Sunset”
- 13. The Rolling Stones: “Gimme Shelter”
- 12. Stevie Wonder: “Superstition”
- 11. The Beach Boys: “God only knows”
- 10. Outkast: “Hey yeah!”
- 9. Fleetwood Mac: “Dreams”
- 8. Missy Elliott: “Get Ur Freak On”
- 7. The Beatles: “Strawberry Fields Forever”
- 6. Marvin Gaye: “What’s going on?”
- 5. Nirvana: “Smells like the spirit of a teenager”
- 4. Bob Dylan: “Like a Rolling Stone”
- 3. Sam Cooke: “A change will happen”
- 2. Public enemy: “Fighting power”
- 1. Aretha Franklin: “Respect”