December 3, 2023

What Are The Best Songs of All Time?

What Are The Best Songs of All Time?

Greatest Songs Of All Time

We are sure that you love music, like so many millions of people across the world.  Have you ever wondered which songs are the top-sellers, the most popular songs of all time, that span genre the songs that don’t seem to ever sound old or boring?  We’ve compiled a list of the best songs of all time.  You may also wonder how the top songs’ list is generated? It’s based on quite a few different metrics and interestingly one of the biggest metrics used is science.  A computer scientist at the University of London used a formula to work out the greatest songs of all time, using the lists found in newspapers, from radio stations’ data and also by extracting information from the biggest-selling music publications, so perhaps this is the definitive list!  Either way, we bet there are a few of your best songs ever on this list that you’d love to have in your music collection.  To find out more about the 500 greatest songs of all time simply click on this list

Best Songs Ever – Taken from the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Before we move onto our list, it isn’t always easy to verify this type of information because some music is so old (but still extremely popular) that there’s not as much tracking available for sales. Of course, it’s much easier to track music today and with big statistic companies like Nielsen, data relating to today’s music is reliable but there was very little, if nothing, back in the 1930s and 1940s. 

You’re probably thinking but surely there wasn’t anything that great back then?  We’ll dispel that myth right now – songs like Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was a top-seller and maybe not by today’s standards, but that’s because the data wasn’t collected. What we do know is that before the White Christmas movie was screened, the song had already sold 100 million copies and it’s been covered so many times that other versions have reached over 400 million copies sold.  We’d reckon that would probably be very high up in the top ten if the data had been there and whenever you Google the White Christmas melody, you’ll find it always appears in the 500 greatest songs of all times. There are probably plenty of others that deserve that status, we obviously can’t list every single song.  

Different Countries Have Different Musical Taste

Also, let’s not forget that different countries have different favorites. So one country’s 500 greatest songs of all time will be different to another. For example, in the UK, the greatest song of all time is Elton John’s Candle in the Wind (double single) which topped the charts back when Princess Diana died in 1997 for weeks on end and it’s still the best-selling double-single of all times in the UK.  People also have different musical taste in other countries.  So, what’s hot in the USA might be distinctly lukewarm in Australia.

This list definitely gives you a guide to the all-time great songs, and we’ve also included links to the vocalists’ Instagram pages, in case you want to follow their journey on social media.  

The Most Popular Song Ever – Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit!

So, who wrote one of the most popular songs of all time?  Well, it looks like Nirvana.  The 90s band consistently appears in the top 500 greatest songs of all time. Another best song of all time has to be Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen but look at the list below and see what you think.

Top Ten Songs of All Time

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (Instagram Released in 1991.
  2. Imagine – John Lennon (Instagram Released in 1971.
  3. One – U2 (Instagram Released in 1991.
  4. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (Instagram Released in 1982.
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (Instagram Released in 1975.
  6. Hey Jude – The Beatles (Instagram Released in 1968.
  7. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (Instagram Released in 1965.
  8. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – Rolling Stones (Instagram Released in 1965.
  9. God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols (Instagram  Released in 1977.
  10. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (Instagram  Released in 1987.

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