19. John Lennon: "Imagine"
18. Prince and the Revolution: "Purple Rain"
17. Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
16. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z: "Crazy in Love"
15. The Beatles: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
14. The Kinks: "Waterloo Sunset"
13. The Rolling Stones: "Gimme Shelter"
12. Stevie Wonder: "Superstition"
11. The Beach Boys: "God Only Knows"
10. Outkast: "Hey Ya!"
9. Fleetwood Mac: "Dreams"
8. Missy Elliott: "Get Ur Freak On"
7. The Beatles: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
6. Marvin Gaye: "What’s Going On"
5. Nirvana: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
4. Bob Dylan: "Like a Rolling Stone"
3. Sam Cooke: "A Change Is Gonna Come"
2. Public Enemy: "Fight the Power"
1. Aretha Franklin: "Respect"
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"Respect" at number one is a virtue-signalling joke. Great song but it doesn't beat out all the others, plus one of the problems with the old list was that it was too '60s- and '70s-centric.
Never heard any Public Enemy or, as far as I know, Sam Cooke. Public Enemy at #2 overall throws a bone to the woke. Never even heard of Robyn.
"Teen Spirit" is okay, not top-five material
I guess you had to have been there. Same with "Get Ur Freak On". I was there for "Hey Ya". It's okay; millennials with fond memories probably made it top-ten. Eh, I don't really have problems except for its place in the rankings.
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is *the* iconic early-Beatles song, but it sucks and is the second-highest Beatles song on the list? A lot of these seem to be historical-interest and I don't really have a problem with that. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is probably Queen's legit best song and, for me, at least, defies overplayèdness.
"Imagine" eww yuck yuck. So many things wrong with that song but it's one of the biggest whipping boys in music so I'll leave it there.
Never liked Prince. "Crazy in Love" isn't awful, but isn't top-20 material.