893 Essential Songs

893 Essential Songs

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  1. 1.
    Prince: Purple Rain

    Purple Rain

    Prince
    Purple Rain
  2. 2.
    Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Queen
    A Night at the Opera
  3. 3.
    David Bowie: Heroes

    Heroes

    David Bowie
    Heroes
  4. 4.
    John Lennon: Imagine

    Imagine

    John Lennon
    Imagine
  5. 5.
    The Beatles: A Day In The Life

    A Day In The Life

    The Beatles
    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
  6. 6.
    Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Nirvana
    Nevermind
  7. 7.
    Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone

    Like a Rolling Stone

    Bob Dylan
    Highway 61 Revisited
  8. 8.
    Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    Pink Floyd
    Wish You Were Here
  9. 9.
    Bob Dylan: Tangled up in Blue

    Tangled up in Blue

    Bob Dylan
    Blood on the Tracks
  10. 10.
    Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven

    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin IV
  11. 11.
    David Bowie & Queen: Under Pressure

    Under Pressure

    David Bowie & Queen
  12. 12.
    Prince: When Doves Cry

    When Doves Cry

    Prince
    Purple Rain
  13. 13.
    The Beach Boys: God Only Knows

    God Only Knows

    The Beach Boys
    Pet Sounds
  14. 14.
    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter

    The Rolling Stones
    Let it Bleed
  15. 15.
    Foo Fighters: Everlong

    Everlong

    Foo Fighters
    The Colour and the Shape
  16. 16.
    Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah

    Hallelujah

    Jeff Buckley
    Grace
  17. 17.
    Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run

    Born to Run

    Bruce Springsteen
    Born to Run
  18. 18.
    Aretha Franklin: Respect

    Respect

    Aretha Franklin
    I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  19. 19.
    The Beatles: Hey Jude

    Hey Jude

    The Beatles
  20. 20.
    Prince: Let's Go Crazy

    Let's Go Crazy

    Prince
    Purple Rain
  21. 21.
    Marvin Gaye: What's Goin' On?

    What's Goin' On?

    Marvin Gaye
    What's Goin' On?
  22. 22.
    The Clash: London Calling

    London Calling

    The Clash
    London Calling
  23. 23.
    Talking Heads: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

    This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

    Talking Heads
    Speaking in Tongues
  24. 24.
    Bruce Springsteen: Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    Bruce Springsteen
    Born to Run
  25. 25.
    The Band: The Weight

    The Weight

    The Band
    Music from Big Pink
  26. 26.
    The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun

    Here Comes the Sun

    The Beatles
    Abbey Road
  27. 27.
    David Bowie: Space Oddity

    Space Oddity

    David Bowie
    David Bowie
  28. 28.
    The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil

    Sympathy for the Devil

    The Rolling Stones
    Beggar's Banquet
  29. 29.
    Michael Jackson: Billie Jean

    Billie Jean

    Michael Jackson
    Thriller
  30. 30.
    The Beatles: Let It Be

    Let It Be

    The Beatles
    Let it Be
  31. 31.
    Radiohead: Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android

    Radiohead
    OK Computer
  32. 32.
    The Beatles: In My Life

    In My Life

    The Beatles
    Rubber Soul
  33. 33.
    Sam Cooke: A Change is Going to Come

    A Change is Going to Come

    Sam Cooke
    Ain't that Good News
  34. 34.
    David Bowie: Life On Mars?

    Life On Mars?

    David Bowie
    Hunky Dory
  35. 35.
    Earth, Wind and Fire: September

    September

    Earth, Wind and Fire
    Best of Earth Wind and Fire, Vol I
  36. 36.
    Van Morrison: Into the Mystic

    Into the Mystic

    Van Morrison
    Moondance
  37. 37.
    U2: One

    One

    U2
    Achtung Baby
  38. 38.
    Etta James: At Last

    At Last

    Etta James
    At Last!
  39. 39.
    Beastie Boys: Sabotage

    Sabotage

    Beastie Boys
    Ill Communication
  40. 40.
    Otis Redding: (Sittin' on) The Dock Of The Bay

    (Sittin' on) The Dock Of The Bay

    Otis Redding
    Dock of the Bay
  41. 41.
    Johnny Cash: Hurt

    Hurt

    Johnny Cash
    American IV: The Man Comes Around
  42. 42.
    Simon & Garfunkel: The Sounds of Silence

    The Sounds of Silence

    Simon & Garfunkel
    Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.
  43. 43.
    Prince: Kiss

    Kiss

    Prince
    Parade
  44. 44.
    Led Zeppelin: Kashmir

    Kashmir

    Led Zeppelin
    Physical Graffiti
  45. 45.
    Stevie Wonder: Superstition

    Superstition

    Stevie Wonder
    Talking Book
  46. 46.
    Queen: Somebody to Love

    Somebody to Love

    Queen
    A Day at the Races
  47. 47.
    Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World

    What a Wonderful World

    Louis Armstrong
  48. 48.
    U2: Where The Streets Have No Name

    Where The Streets Have No Name

    U2
    The Joshua Tree
  49. 49.
    Pixies: Where is My Mind

    Where is My Mind

    Pixies
    Surfer Rosa
  50. 50.
    Fleetwood Mac: Landslide

    Landslide

    Fleetwood Mac
    Fleetwood Mac
  51. 51.
    The Replacements: Can't Hardly Wait

    Can't Hardly Wait

    The Replacements
    Pleased to Meet Me
  52. 52.
    Led Zeppelin: Ramble On

    Ramble On

    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin II
  53. 53.
    Joni Mitchell: A Case Of You

    A Case Of You

    Joni Mitchell
    Blue
  54. 54.
    Pearl Jam: Black

    Black

    Pearl Jam
    Ten
  55. 55.
    Radiohead: Creep

    Creep

    Radiohead
    Pablo Honey
  56. 56.
    The Smiths: How Soon Is Now?

    How Soon Is Now?

    The Smiths
    Hatful of Hollow
  57. 57.
    Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues

    Folsom Prison Blues

    Johnny Cash
    Live at Folsom Prison
  58. 58.
    Fleetwood Mac: The Chain

    The Chain

    Fleetwood Mac
    Rumors
  59. 59.
    The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    The Beatles
    The Beatles (The White Album)
  60. 60.
    Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime

    Once in a Lifetime

    Talking Heads
    Remain in Light
  61. 61.
    U2: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    U2
    The Joshua Tree
  62. 62.
    Prince: 1999

    1999

    Prince
    1999
  63. 63.
    Brandi Carlile: The Story

    The Story

    Brandi Carlile
    The Story
  64. 64.
    Elton John: Tiny Dancer

    Tiny Dancer

    Elton John
    Madman Across the Water
  65. 65.
    The Cure: Just Like Heaven

    Just Like Heaven

    The Cure
    Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
  66. 66.
    The White Stripes: Seven Nation Army

    Seven Nation Army

    The White Stripes
    Elephant
  67. 67.
    Arcade Fire: Wake Up

    Wake Up

    Arcade Fire
    Funeral
  68. 68.
    Prince: 7

    7

    Prince
    The Love Symbol Album
  69. 69.
    Tom Petty: American Girl

    American Girl

    Tom Petty
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  70. 70.
    Jimi Hendrix: All Along the Watchtower

    All Along the Watchtower

    Jimi Hendrix
    Electric Ladyland
  71. 71.
    Bob Dylan: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

    Bob Dylan
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  72. 72.
    R.E.M.: Nightswimming

    Nightswimming

    R.E.M.
    Automatic for the People
  73. 73.
    Simon & Garfunkel: America

    America

    Simon & Garfunkel
    Bookends
  74. 74.
    Bon Iver: Skinny Love

    Skinny Love

    Bon Iver
    For Emma, Forever Ago
  75. 75.
    Dolly Parton: Jolene

    Jolene

    Dolly Parton
    Jolene
  76. 76.
    Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

    Hallelujah

    Leonard Cohen
    Various Positions
  77. 77.
    U2: With or Without You

    With or Without You

    U2
    The Joshua Tree
  78. 78.
    David Bowie: Starman

    Starman

    David Bowie
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  79. 79.
    The Beatles: Blackbird

    Blackbird

    The Beatles
    The Beatles (The White Album)
  80. 80.
    Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five

    Take Five

    Dave Brubeck Quartet
    Time Out
  81. 81.
    Michael Jackson: Thriller

    Thriller

    Michael Jackson
    Thriller
  82. 82.
    Janis Joplin: Me & Bobby McGee

    Me & Bobby McGee

    Janis Joplin
    Pearl
  83. 83.
    The Replacements: I Will Dare

    I Will Dare

    The Replacements
    Let it Be
  84. 84.
    Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire

    Ring of Fire

    Johnny Cash
    Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
  85. 85.
    The Jayhawks: Blue

    Blue

    The Jayhawks
    Tomorrow the Green Grass
  86. 86.
    Prince: Little Red Corvette

    Little Red Corvette

    Prince
    1999
  87. 87.
    Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb

    Comfortably Numb

    Pink Floyd
    The Wall
  88. 88.
    Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke

    Sir Duke

    Stevie Wonder
    Songs in the Key of Life
  89. 89.
    Oasis: Wonderwall

    Wonderwall

    Oasis
    (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
  90. 90.
    U2: Bad

    Bad

    U2
    The Unforgettable Fire
  91. 91.
    The Who: Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley

    The Who
    Who's Next
  92. 92.
    Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Joy Division
  93. 93.
    Outkast: Hey Ya!

    Hey Ya!

    Outkast
    Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  94. 94.
    Led Zeppelin: When The Levee Breaks

    When The Levee Breaks

    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin IV
  95. 95.
    The Beatles: Something

    Something

    The Beatles
    Abbey Road
  96. 96.
    The Flaming Lips: Do You Realize??

    Do You Realize??

    The Flaming Lips
    Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  97. 97.
    Fleetwood Mac: Dreams

    Dreams

    Fleetwood Mac
    Rumors
  98. 98.
    Pearl Jam: Alive

    Alive

    Pearl Jam
    Ten
  99. 99.
    Public Enemy: Fight the Power

    Fight the Power

    Public Enemy
    Fear of a Black Planet
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