What is the greatest song of all time? Is it even possible to answer that question? Well, many have tried, and there is a thriving argument and debate around the songs that been selected as No. 1 by different outlets and individuals.

Curious what songs have been selected as the best ever? See below for a few of the songs that have topped different lists that purport to have selected the greatest song of all time.

Different people have different tastes in music, right? So, you’ll note if you’re a country fan that there’s no country song listed as No. 1, though George Jones’ He Stopped Loving Her Today could make a great argument. There’s also no jazz, no classical, no religious music. The songs that the so-called experts have chosen as the best ever are popular pop and rock songs from the 20th century. Don’t like it? You could always make your own list …


4 Different Options for Greatest Song of All Time

Search around for the greatest song of all time, and you’ll find no shortage of lists. Here’s a look at three of the most prominent lists and the songs that they deem No. 1 — plus a recommendation of my own.


The Twist by Chubby Checker (Billboard)

This list is based on metrics, and Chubby Checker’s The Twist is No. 1 on the list because it topped the charts twice. Now, an objective music enthusiast here in the 21st century would not choose The Twist as the greatest song of all time. That said, it appears The Twist is the best performing song of all time.


Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin (Ranker)

Here’s a list that’s based on popular opinion. That is, what song do the masses think is the best ever? And it’s not too much of a surprise to see that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is No. 1.

Stairway to Heaven is undoubtedly a great song, and it’s the tune that many a young guitar enthusiast first learned to play. In fact, Stairway to Heaven has become so highly regarded and so popular as to be a bit of a cliché. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the masses would choose it as their favorite.


Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan (Rolling Stone)

Ah, now here come the true experts. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked the best songs of all time, and Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone checked in at No. 1. It’s hard to argue with a Bob Dylan song claiming the top spot, and, among Bob Dylan songs, it’s hard to argue with Like a Rolling Stone.


Let Down by Radiohead (Me)

Everyone has their own opinion, right? Well, mine says that Radiohead’s Let Down is the greatest song of all time. I don’t even like Radiohead all that much. But Let Down is such a glimpse into the human condition as to be startling and unforgettable. Haven’t heard it? Check it out below.


Final Thoughts on the Greatest Song of All Time

I hate to undermine this post, but this is really a silly question isn’t it: What is the greatest song of all time? Music is wonderful and vast, and you could conceivably recommend hundreds of different songs for the top spot, everything from Amazing Grace to With or Without You. And that’s part of the fun isn’t it?

So, now it’s your turn. Let us know your favorite song in the comments section below, or send us a message via our contact page.