Another List of the Greatest Songs of All Time

Everyone loves lists, right?  They’re especially good for generating traffic to websites and boosting the ailing circulation of dead tree publications.

See what you make of this list compiled by The NME of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  I’ll start you off with the top 20.

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  3. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
  4. How Soon is Now? – The Smiths
  5. Last Nite – The Strokes
  6. Common People – Pulp
  7. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys
  8. Blue Monday – New Order
  9. Be My Baby – Ronettes
  10. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  11. Eleanor Rigby – Beatles
  12. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  13. Live Forever – Oasis
  14. God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  15. Heroes – David Bowie
  16. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  17. A Day in the Life – Beatles
  18. Hey Ya! – OutKast
  19. Heart of Glass – Blondie
  20. Girls and Boys – Blur

Meanwhile, Vintage Vinyl News has some interesting comments about the definition of “song.”  You can read them here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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