Time Announces Top 100 Songs List


By Daniel Gates



The editors at Time magazine have selected what they consider the 100 best songs ever… with a few caveats.

No artist was allowed to appear more than once (hence, titans like The Beatles and Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson have a single entry apiece), the list is restricted to English-language pop tracks, and “all time” goes back only as far as Time‘s founding in 1923.

Also: Time doesn’t rank the 100 songs.

Still, it’s a pretty interesting list, and will definitely spark some debate.

Check out the (chronological) selections – which online radio platform Pandora is streaming – below!


Janelle Monae – “Tightrope”

Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”

Outkast – “Hey Ya!”

Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”

Kanye West – “Gold Digger”

Lil Wayne – “Georgia… Bush”

LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”

Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”


Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Pet Shop Boys – “Being Boring”

Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Richard Thompson – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”

A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario”

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

Tupac Shakur – “California Love (Remix)”

Pulp – “Common People”

Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”


Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

George Jones – “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

New Order – “Blue Monday”

Prince – “Kiss”

Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

Lucinda Williams – “Pineola”

Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”

Madonna – “Borderline”


The Melodians – “Rivers of Babylon”

James Brown – “Get Up (I Feel like Being a) Sex Machine”

Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song”

Black Sabbath – “Iron Man”

Joni Mitchell – “A Case of You”

The Who – “Baba O’Riley”

Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”

Dolly Parton – “Jolene”

Big Star – “September Gurls”

Bonnie Raitt – “Angel from Montgomery”

Fela Kuti – “Zombie”

Bruce Springsteen – “Thunder Road”

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”

Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive”

David Bowie – “Heroes”

Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

Peter Tosh – “Equal Rights”

Parliament – “One Nation Under a Groove”

Velvet Underground – “Rock & Roll”

Loretta Lynn – “Coal Miner’s Daughter”


Bob Dylan – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Patsy Cline – “Crazy”

Roy Orbison – “Crying”

The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”

The Beatles – “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”

Astrud Gilberto – “The Girl from Ipanema”

The Supremes – “Where Did Our Love Go?”

The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”

Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”

Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

Big Mama Thornton – “Ball ‘n’ Chain”

Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”

Crosby, Stills and Nash – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”

Otis Redding – “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)”

Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues”


Les Paul – “How High the Moon”

Kitty Wells – “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock”

Odetta – “Take This Hammer”

Frank Sinatra – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Chuck Berry – “Johnny B. Goode”

Ray Charles – “What’d I Say”


Woody Guthrie – “This Land Is Your Land”

Lena Horne – “Stormy Weather”

The Andrews Sisters – “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

Spike Jones – “Der Fuehrer’s Face”

Bing Crosby – “White Christmas”

Betty Hutton – “It Had to Be You”

Mahalia Jackson – “Move On Up a Little Higher”

Hank Williams – “Cold, Cold Heart”

Ella Fitzgerald – “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Doris Day – “Sentimental Journey”


Ethel Merman – “I Got Rhythm”

Cab Calloway – “Minnie the Moocher”

Duke Ellington – “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”

Louie Armstrong – “Star Dust”

Fred Astaire – “Cheek to Cheek”

Ray Heatherton – “Where or When”

Judy Garland – “Over the Rainbow”


Al Jolson – “My Mammy”

Bessie Smith – “St. Louis Blues”

Paul Robeson – “Ol’ Man River”

The Carter Family – “Wildwood Flower”

That’s Time‘s list.

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