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Top Ten Songs Of All Time


I want to know the songs you guys consider the 10 best ever. So to to get the ball rolling:

1) Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
2) The Beatles - Strawberry Fields
3) Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
4) The Smiths - Ask
5) The Clash - London Calling
6) Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
7) Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
8) The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
9) Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis
10) Guns N Roses - Sweet Child Of Mine

I didn't put more than one of any artist /group in the top 10 because many of them have done a lot of great songs. Ie you could make the top 10 all Dylan or Beatles if you wanted too.

Songs that just missed out on mine are:

John Lennon - Imagine
R.E.M - Man On The Moon
Duran Duran - Rio
The Verve - Bitersweet Syphony
Bruce Springsteen - Born to run
Blur - Parklife
Ben E King - Stand By Me
The Who - My Generation
U2 - With or without you
The Libertines - Dont Look Back Into The Sun

Good luck..........


These are just my favourites. I wouldn't say they should be considered the best songs.

In no particular order.
Gimme shelter - Rolling Stones
Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
Civil War- Guns N Roses
Break On Through- The Doors
Fade To Black- Metallica
Cemetary Gates-Pantera
Sweet Chid of Mine- Guns n Roses
Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin
Vodoo Child- Jimi Hendrix
My My Hey Hey - Neil Young

Other bands that were close include

The Beatles
Alice Cooper
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Black Sabbath
Allman Brothers Band


Classic thread...good topic. However, top 10 is probably too long after about 15 posts so i'll give you 5.

Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Rocket Man - Elton John
God only knows - The Beach Boys


Classic thread...good topic. However, top 10 is probably too long after about 15 posts so i'll give you 5.

Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Rocket Man - Elton John
God only knows - The Beach Boys


Heroin - The Velvet Underground
The Call Up - The Clash
Tired of Being Alone - Al Green
The Dead Part of You - American Music Club
Leave Me Alone - New Order
Mystic Eyes - Them
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Halloween - Dream Syndicate
He Got Game - Public Enemy
The Sweetest Punch - Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach

I'm not making a claim for these as the top songs of all time, they are just ten of my favorites.


You mention tom petty in the 'nearly' category. I think you have a point.


Also in no particular order. Bit of an ecletic mix and hope I don't sound any less masculine cos' of some of the choices!

Yesterday - The Beatles
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns'N'Roses
Drugs Don't Work - The Verve
Smack Ya Bitch Up - The Prodigy
All Saints - Never Ever
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Most of them have some sort of significance in my life, especially All Saints and The Verve. Could have chosen 10-15 tracks from The Beatles and another 3-4 from Guns'N'Roses. Pick WTHJ cos' I've been playing a lot of GTA on the XBox recently!

Merry Christmas Guys an' Gals


What do you mean? Do you like or dislike Petty? Tom Petty is in my top three for bands. He has so many excellent songs but I don't think any single song of his belongs in my top ten. Refugee, breakdown and Free fallin are probably in my top twenty. I am constantly changing what I'm listening to so it's hard to pick just ten.


Youre right too many to list for a top ten but wait.. no Hendrix yet??

1.Are You Experienced?- Jimi Hendrix
2.Black Dog Led- Zeppelin
3.One Love- Bob Marley
4.Sunshine Of Your Love-Cream
5.Feelin' Alright-Traffic
6.ok, ok, Yesterday-Beatles
7.Wish You Were Here-Pink Floyd
8.I CAnt Get No,(Satisfaction)-Rolling Stones
9.Jump-Van Halen

of course this will change tommorow.. but these are what ran thru my mind when on this post..


Free Bird-LS
In My Life-Beatles
Surfin Safari-Beach Boys
My Girl-Temps
Train in Vain-Clash
Ramblin Man-Allman Brothers
Brothers in Arms-Dire Straits
Baba O'Reiley-Who

Just My .02


In no particular order:

With or Without You - U2
Glycerine - Bush
Hero of the Day - Metallica
Every Breathe You Take - The Police
Come Together - The Beatles
Lean On Me - The Temptations
You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones
Dream On - Aerosmith
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
Let Her Cry - Hooties and the Blowfish


I can't believe I forgot Skynard.


Sugar Magnolia - Grateful Dead
A Day In The Life - The Beatles
Supersonic - Oasis
Street Fighting Man - Rolling Stones
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Angry Again - Megadeth
Punch You In The Eye - Phish
Unchained - Van Halen
Best Of Whats Around-Dave Matthews
Rockin In The Free World - Neil Young


I'm surprised no ones said hells bells by ACDC.

  1. Like a virgin by Madonna
  2. Baby one more time by Britney Spears
  3. Bye Bye Bye by N'SYNC
  4. I want it thataway by Backstreet Boys
  5. Black or white by Michael Jackson
  6. Mandy by Barry Manilow
  7. Get this party started by Pink
  8. Genie in a bottle by Christina Aguilera
  9. Irresistible by Jessica Simpson
  10. Boyfriend by Ashlee Simpson

There you have it, the top ten songs of all time.



in no particular order:
1. unchained - van halen
2. angel of death - slayer
3. pyramid song - radiohead
4. am i evil - metallica (never heard the original by diamondhead...i think)
5. elderly woman behind a counter in a small town - pearl jam
6. rv - faith no more
7. tired of sex - weezer
8. seven nation army - white stripes
9. song for the deaf - queens of the stone age
10. paper bag - fiona apple


here are some of my favorites, in no particular order

burden in my hand - soundgarden
where are you - our lady peace
thunderstruck - ac/dc
party hard - andrew wk
tom sawyer - rush
hey hey what can i do - led zeppelin
hurt - nine inch nails
bullet with butterfly wings - smashing pumpkins
the guess who - no sugar tonight
slither - velvet revolver


no order

Guns and Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Metallica - One
Pantera - WALK
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotions
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Iced Earth - Melancholy
Hendrix - Along the Watchtower
Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama
Marylin Manson - Beautiful People
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody


Jimi Hendrix - Manic Depression
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Radiohead - Karma Police
Santana - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Dave Matthews Band - Spoon
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Part II
Coldplay - Clocks
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious


Spoonful - Cream
Bad Company - Bad Company
Welcome to the Jungle - GNR
Jeff's Boogie - Jeff Beck
The Eggplant that ate Chicago - Norman Greenbaum
Return of the Son of the Monster Magnet - Mothers of Invention
Horny Slum Godess from the Lower East Side - The Fugs
Don't Eat Yellow Snow - Frank Zappa
Anything by Stevie Ray Vaughn
Maggott Brain - Funkadelic
VooDoo Child with a Slight Return - Jimi Hendrix
Sympathy For The Devil - The Stones