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Rolling Stone Names 500 Best Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone magazine's 500 best songs of all time has just been released. The judges included Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Berry Gordy, Art Garfunkel,Ozzy Osbourne, Jakob Dylan and someone named Tweedey of a group called Wilco.

Little seems to have changed since the magazine's heyday. It affirms what needed no affirmation, that the 1960s was the pre-eminent decade of rock music, followed far behind by the 1970s.

Drumroll, please, here's the top song of all time:

Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone

Followed by:

The Rolling Stones, Satisfaction

Here's the rest of the top 10:

John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect." "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry, the Beatles' "Hey Jude," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."

Some I would have ranked higher than did the Judges:

21: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run 1975
27: Derek and the Dominos, Layla 1971
28: Otis Redding, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968
32: Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil 1968
38: The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter 1969
41: The Band, The Weight 1968
49: The Eagles, Hotel California 1977

Here's the rest of their top 25:

11: The Who, My Generation 1966

12: Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come 1965

13: The Beatles, Yesterday 1965

14: Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind 1963

15: The Clash, London Calling 1980

16: The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand 1964

17: Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze 1967

18: Chuck Berry, Maybellene 1955

19: Elvis Presley, Hound Dog 1956

20: The Beatles, Let It Be 1970

21: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run 1975

22: The Ronettes, Be My Baby 1963

23: The Beatles, In My Life 1966

24: The Impressions, People Get Ready 1965

25: Beach Boys, The God Only Knows 1966

26: The Beatles, A Day in the Life 1967

27: Derek and the Dominos, Layla 1971

28: Otis Redding, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968

29: The Beatles, Help! 1965

30: Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line 1956

31: Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven 1971

32: Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil 1968

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