For the first time in 17 years, we’ve completely remade our list of the best songs ever. More than 250 artists, writers, and industry figures helped us choose a brand-new list full of historic favorites, world-changing anthems, & new classics. #RS500Songs https://t.co/ujtBt8iIK8— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 15, 2021
Rolling Stone made this list in 2004 and they decided to make a completely new list of the greatest 500 songs of all time. To make this new list they consulted more than 250 artists, musicians and producers. Each of them sent a list of their top 50 songs (ranked) and RS tabulated the results.
Per this site rules I can only post 5 of these choices
415 - Depeche Mode, 'Enjoy the Silence' (1990)
“Enjoy the Silence” was the Top 10 hit that made Depeche Mode into American superstars, propelling their seventh album, Violator, to triple-platinum status. To this day Violator is the most beloved album by critics and fans.
398 - Duran Duran, 'Hungry Like the Wolf' (1982)
“Hungry Like the Wolf” has a deeply glammy mix of electronics and guitars , and was remixed until Americans could hear its charms. The action-packed video, shot in Sri Lanka, became a sensation and helped the song to become a hit.
270 - Nine Inch Nails, 'Closer' (1994)
According to Martin Huxley’s biography of the band, Reznor was not expecting this song to dominate the radio airwaves in 1994. But underneath its industrial grime and “I wanna fuck you like an animal!!!!” wails, the song’s got an infectious, Prince-like funk to it.
94 - Whitney Houston, 'I Will Always Love You' (1992)
Dolly Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You” and reached Number One on the country charts with two different recordings of it. Kevin Costner suggested the song to his Bodyguard co-star Houston, who with the aid of producer David Foster, revamped it as a mighty R&B ballad that became an even bigger hit.
1- Aretha Franklin, 'Respect' (1967)
Otis Redding wrote “Respect” and recorded it for the Stax/Volt label in 1965. But Aretha Franklin took possession of the song for all time with her definitive cover. “Respect” was her first Number One hit and the single that established her as the Queen of Soul.
The rest of the huge list at the Source 1 2
3 4 5 6 7
What do you think of the list?