25 Greatest Songs of All Time

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#'54 Oct | "Mr. Sandman" — The Chordettes

Genres Barbershop Music, Traditional Pop
Writer Pat Ballard
Producer Archie Bleyer
Length 2:22
Label Cadence

#'55 Dec | "Folsom Prison Blues" — Johnny Cash

Genres Rockabilly, Rock And Roll
Writer Johnny Cash
Producer Sam Phillips
Length 2:50
Label Sun

#'65 Jun | "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" — The Rolling Stones

Genres Rock, Hard Rock
Writer Jagger/Richards
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
Length 3:45
Labels London (Us), Decca (Uk)

#'65 Jul | "Like a Rolling Stone" — Bob Dylan

Genre Folk Rock
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Tom Wilson
Length 6:13
Label Columbia

#'66 Dec | "The Ecstasy of Gold" — Ennio Morricone

Genres Film Score, Western
Writer Ennio Morricone
Producer Ennio Morricone
Length 3:22
Labels Emi America, Capitol Records

#'67 Jan | "Light My Fire" — The Doors

Genre Psychedelic Rock
Writers Jim Morrison, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
Lengths 7:06 (Album Version), 2:52 (Single Version), Live versions preferred
Label Elektra

#'67 Mar | "Heroin" — the Velvet Underground

Genre Experimental Rock
Writer Lou Reed
Producer Andy Warhol
Length 7:12
Label Verve

#'69 Sep | "Come Together" — the Beatles

Genre Blues Rock
Writer Lennon–Mccartney
Producer George Martin
Length 4:19
Label Apple

#'69 Oct | "21st Century Schizoid Man" — King Crimson

Genres Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Writers Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian Mcdonald, Peter Sinfield
Producer King Crimson
Length 6:45 (Live in Mexico City, '96 / '99), 7:20 (Album Version)
Label Island

#'75 Oct | "Bohemian Rhapsody" — Queen

Genres Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Pop
Writer Freddie Mercury
Producers Roy Thomas Baker, Queen
Length 5:55
Labels Emi (Uk), Elektra (Us)

#'76 Feb | "Blitzkrieg Bop" — Ramones

Genre Punk Rock
Writers Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone
Producer Craig Leon
Length 2:12
Label Sire/Abc

#'77 Feb | "Marquee Moon" — Television

Genre Post-Punk
Writer Tom Verlaine
Producers Andy Johns, Tom Verlaine
Length 9:58, 10:40 (Re-issue without fadeout, Rel. '89)
Label Elektra

#'77 Aug | "Lust for Life" — Iggy Pop

Genres Garage Rock, Punk Rock
Writers Iggy Pop, David Bowie
Producer David Bowie
Length 5:12
Label Rca

#'77 Sep | "Psycho Killer" — Talking Heads

Genres New Wave, No Wave, Art Pop
Writers David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth
Producers Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn
Length 4:19
Label Sire

#'79 Jun | "California Über Alles" — Dead Kennedys

Genre Punk Rock
Writer Jello Biafra & John Greenway
Producer Dead Kennedys
Length 3:26 (Single Version), 3:03 (Album Version, Rel. '80 Sep, re-recorded)
Labels Alternative Tentacles (Us), Fast Product (Uk)

#'79 Sep | "Rapper's Delight" — The Sugarhill Gang

Genres Old-School Hip Hop, Disco, Funk
Writers The Sugarhill Gang, Sylvia Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Grandmaster Caz
Producer Sylvia Robinson
Length 14:35 (Album Version), 6:30 (12" Short Version), 3:55 (Single Version)
Label Sugar Hill

#'79 Oct | "Transmission" — Joy Division

Genre Post-Punk
Writers Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner
Producer Martin Hannett
Length 3:38
Label Factory

#'79 Dec | "London Calling" — the Clash

Genre Post-Punk
Writer Joe Strummer And Mick Jones
Producer Guy Stevens
Length 3:18
Label Cbs 8087

#'82 Jul | "The Message" — Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Genres Old School Hip Hop, Electro
Writers Edward G. Fletcher, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sylvia Robinson, Clifton "Jiggs" Chase
Producers Edward G. Fletcher, Sylvia Robinson
Length 7:10
Label Sugar Hill

#'86 Oct | "Raining Blood" — Slayer

Genre Thrash Metal
Writers Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King
Producers Rick Rubin, Slayer
Length 4:14
Label Def Jam

#'91 Sep | "Smells Like Teen Spirit" — Nirvana

Genres Grunge
Writer Nirvana
Producer Butch Vig
Lengths 5:01 (album version), 4:36 (single version)
Label Dgc

#'92 Nov | "Wake Up" — Rage Against the Machine

Genres Rap Metal, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal
Writers Tim Commerford, Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk
Producers Garth 'Gggarth' Richardson, Rage Against The Machine
Length 6:04
Label Epic

#'97 Feb | "Song 2" — Blur

Genres Alternative Rock, Punk Rock
Writers Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree
Producer Stephen Street
Length 2:02
Label Food

#'97 Jun | "Smack My Bitch Up" — The Prodigy

Genres Big Beat, Techno
Writers Liam Howlett, Cedric Miller, Trevor Randolph, Maurice Smith, Keith Thornton
Producer Liam Howlett
Length 4:45 (Edit), 5:43 (Album Version)
Labels Xl, Maverick, Sony

#'02 Nov | "Hurt" — Johnny Cash

Genres Alternative Rock, Acoustic Rock, Country
Writer Trent Reznor
Producer Rick Rubin
Length 3:38
Labels American, Lost Highway



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