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 December 9, 2004,[1] a year after the magazine published its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".


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2010 update[edit]

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 25 new songs were added, the entire top 25 remained unchanged, however further down the list of 500, many songs have changed their ranking as a result of insertion of new songs causing consecutive shifts among the originally listed songs. The only new entry among the top 100 was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at number 100.

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

DecadeNumber of songsPercentage

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 songs dropped from the list is The Crystals, two of whose tracks were omitted in the updated list.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". 2004-12-09. Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Pete Seeger - American Favorite Ballads" (PDF). Volume 2 (pages 11–12). Smithsonian Folkways. 2009. pp. 27–28. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. ^ Palmer, Robert (1993). Blues Masters Volume 8: Mississippi Delta Blues (liner notes). Rhino Records. p. 8. R2 71130. 
  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. 

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