Music is one of the strongest powers in the world. It can make you laugh, and in the very next second it can make you shed a tear; it can elevate your mood or throw you into a fit of despair.
Today, we bring to you 10 greatest songs of all time! These songs come from different eras and belong to different genres of music. Here’s the list:
#10. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zepplin
Led Zepplin’s 8-minute masterpiece, “Stairway To Heaven” with its spectacular acoustic intro and imaginative lyrics, turns into furious guitar solo towards the end, has the English rock band at its finest. Even though the song was never commercially released in the US, it became the most requested song on the radio here.
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#9. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Undoubtedly the best song of Queen by far, “Bohemian Rhapsody” became an overnight hit. The suite moves from an intro to a ballad segment followed by a hard rock section and a coda but does not feature any chorus. At the time, it was allegedly the most expensive single ever made.
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#8. Hey Jude – The Beatles
Inspired by the five-year-old son of John and Cynthia Lennon, Julian, the song was written by Paul McCartney while he was driving to Cynthia’s place after their divorce. The song broke several records at the time and was called one of the greatest singles of all time by Billboard as well as The Rolling Stones.
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#7. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
In an interview, Bruce Springsteen admitted that he wanted to make the greatest record he’d ever heard of with “Born To Run”. While it may not be the greatest, it is certainly among the few. Did you know that this four-and-a-half-minute song took three and a half months to get edited?
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#6. Smells Like a Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Owing to Kurt Cobain’s slurred voice and nonsensical lyrics, no one understands what exactly the band wanted to convey with this song but the people were quick to buy it once they heard it on the radio. It was the lead single of Nirvana’s second album and marked the arrival of the band into the mainstream.
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#5. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye spread the message of peace with “What’s Going On”.The record, which was earlier rejected for being a non-commercial, became one of Gaye’s biggest successes. The song is also listed as the fourth greatest song of all time by The Rolling Stones magazine. It essentially redefined Marvin Gaye in the R&B world.
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#4. Yesterday – The Beatles
This tune, which began in a dream, went on to become one of the most covered songs of all time. Paul McCartney, who wrote the song, believes he must have plagiarized the melody subconsciously since it came so easy to him. The performance by Paul with an acoustic guitar and string quartet is considered by many as his first solo record.
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#3. Imagine – John Lennon
John Lennon was a peace activist and that is reflected in his song 'Imagine' which went on to become the most popular theme of his songs. One morning, the English singer, songwriter sat on the piano beside his wife, Yoko Ono and turned his thoughts into a song, which went on to become an anthem.
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#2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Satisfaction became an instant success, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a whopping 14 weeks. Keith dreamed of the riff of the song one night, woke up and went back to sleep after recording it on a cassette. The song became the sound of the generation and made The Rolling Stones what they are.
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#1. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan, among the most well-known names in music, has given uncountable hits but this 1963-hit from his second studio album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is something special. The singer wrote the song about peace, freedom, and war when he was just 21. As a matter of fact, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994.
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Vote for your favorite rock band of all time below. And, if you feel we missed out on any track that should have been on this list, then do mention it in the comments section.
Though it's missing from the list, but, GNR is my all time favorite!