ONTD Original: Revising Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century (It's Finally Over!)


Miss Hilly, I am tired. Here is the final installment of OP's revision of Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Songs of the Century (so far).

Let us go over the rules once againT:
- the song must have been officially released as a single
- no artist can appear more than two times to allow for genre diversity which OP tried to include
- just because a song isn't considered popular doesn't mean it is not great
- songs were included based on things such as how good the song it, its pop cultural significance, how important the song is to the artists' career. Not every song meets this requirement
- music videos do not play into the ranking as not every single must have a video
- have fun, y'all
- "This was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life... I haven't had a very hard life."


20. Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans”

Whispering, trust fund baby and (former?) cultural appropriator Del Rey spliced her angelic voice in a hip hop time signature that is actually a perfect molding as opposed to trying too hard.

19. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness is the Move”


18. The Walkmen – “Heaven”

The bittersweet sendoff from The Walkmen’s last album is one that is so sweet and endearing and will make you want to hug your best friend. Remember all we fight for…

17. Alicia Keys – “Fallin’”

What she did: THAT!

16. Shakira ft. Alejandro Sanz – “La Tortura”


15. D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”

The real elusive chanteuse made ya momma and auntie cover your eyes while they watched this beautiful one take video of a naked man singing about sex. Ignore the joke about his weight gain because when you make videos and songs like this, you deserve all the snacks.

14. Beyoncé and her husband – “Déjà vu”

When released, critics said it was too similar to "Crazy in Love" but I say they are wrong. Just listen to that vocal delivery, the infectious beat, that energy.

13. Kylie Minogue – “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”

la-la-la-la-la-la la la la…

12. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

The French duo’s homage to the 1970s results in a sweet song that you and your family could enjoy together like an old episode of Soul Train.

11. The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”


10. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

A stripped down pop song lets Adele’s voice shine through and you with the sinking realization that your vocals need to stay in the shower.

9. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”

Co-produced with her former nasty ass partner, Diplo, it’s the perfect karaoke song.

8. Missy Elliot – “Work It”

The rap and visual icon showed us that she wasn’t going away anytime soon and she was still going to conquer.

7. The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”


6. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Do I have to explain this?

5. UGK ft. Outkast – “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)


4. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin’ About You”

OP’s face always scrunches when realizing he’s a member of Odd Future, but his masterful solo work showcases Ocean’s musical diversity and lyrical genius.

3. Solange Knowles – “Losing You”

Another moment of pop perfection delivered by Solange and Dev Hynes.

2. Britney Spears – “Toxic”

Now, do I really have to explain this?

1. Outkast – “B.O.B.”

Yes, the best song of the 21st century so far was made and released in the year 2000, but Andre 3000’s first verse makes you understand why.


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