Who doesn’t love a good list? Before social media, they, were one of the best ways to start an argument. Now they are a great way to encourage conversation, which is technically exactly what Rolling Stone got when they released their newly updated Top 500 Songs list.
They do this from time to time, and let’s be honest: it’s mostly to generate clicks. A few years ago they created an uproar when Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” took over the top spot on their Top Albums list. Lots of people went to the Rolling Stone website that day, and so it was a big success. They basically admit this tactic in the introductory paragraph:
“In 2004, Rolling Stone published its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s one of the most widely read stories in our history, viewed hundreds of millions of times on this site. But a lot has changed since 2004; back then the iPod was relatively new, and Billie Eilish was three years old. So we’ve decided to give the list a total reboot.”
The new list definitely has some changes, such as the additions of Kanye, Lady Gaga, and Lizzo. The aforementioned Eilish shows up with “Bad Guy” coming in at #178! Rolling Stone explains: “More than half the songs here — 254 in all — weren’t present on the old list, including a third of the Top 100.”
Not to give away the milk for free, but for the sake of talking about their choices, the Top Ten is as follows:
10. Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”
9. Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”
8. Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On”
7. The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”
6. Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”
5. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
4. Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”
3. Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”
2. Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power”
1. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
I’m sure you have an opinion on this list because just about everyone does. Especially on Twitter.
Lorde over MJ?
the fact that Lorde’s “Royals” is ranked higher than Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” alone is enough to burn this entire list into the goddamned sediment pic.twitter.com/7kK09r1ANl
— M.queen9 (@Mari___lord) September 15, 2021
Somebody loves classic rock:
Call me a boomer but it feels like putting Gasolina by Daddy Yankee higher than Hey Jude, Stairway to Heaven, and Good Vibrations is bait.
— Ben (@OughtaBeBen) September 15, 2021
Somebody hates modern music:
When ‘Call Me Maybe’ or ‘Super Bass’ are ranked higher than any song by The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, or Peter Gabriel, then clearly the ranking system is pretty arbitrary. At most this is a list of the average opinions of one specific group of people.
— J. Ash Bowie (@JAshBowie) September 16, 2021
All eyez off him:
you dont have a tupac song in the top 50.
the list is invalid.
— . (@FutureNBA0wner) September 15, 2021
Whoever put this list together should be laughed at and shunned for eternity.
— Kevin (@forensictoxguy) September 15, 2021
Never change the internet. Or Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs List. People don’t like it when you do!