Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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"The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone, issue number 963, published 9 December 2004,[1] a year after the magazine published its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".


Decade Number of songs Percentage
1940s 1 0.2%
1950s 72 14.4%
1960s 204 40.8%
1970s 141 28.2%
1980s 57 11.4%
1990s 22 4.4%
2000s 3 0.6%

2010 update

In May 2010, Rolling Stone compiled an updated list which was published in a special issue and in digital form for iPod and iPad applications. The list differs from the 2004 version, with all of the new additions being songs from the 2000s with the exception of "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. which was released in 1994. A total of 26 new songs were added; the entire top 25 remained unchanged, but many songs further down the list saw their rankings change as a result of new songs being added, causing consecutive shifts among the originally listed songs. The highest ranked new entry was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at number 100.

The number of songs from each decade in this updated version is as follows:

Decade Number of songs Percentage
1940s 1 0.2%
1950s 70 14%
1960s 195 39%
1970s 131 26.2%
1980s 55 11%
1990s 22 4.4%
2000s 26 5.2%

U2 and Jay-Z both have two songs added to the list; however, Jay-Z is also featured in an additional two other new songs on the list, "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé and "Umbrella" by Rihanna. The only artist to have two songs dropped from the list is The Crystals, with their "Da Doo Ron Ron" entry at No. 114 being the highest-ranked song to have been dropped.

See also


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  2. "Pete Seeger - American Favorite Ballads" (PDF). Volume 2 (pages 11–12). Smithsonian Folkways. 2009. pp. 27&ndash, 28. Retrieved 2011-12-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Palmer, Robert (1993). Blues Masters Volume 8: Mississippi Delta Blues (liner notes). Rhino Records. p. 8. R2 71130.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Sex and drugs and Rock'n'roll: Analysing the lyrics of the Rolling Stone 500 greatest songs of all time". 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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