Rolling Stone’s goes woke and shunts Bob Dylan and John Lennon down top 500 song list for Aretha


2004

1. Bob Dylan – ‘Like a Rolling Stone’  

2. The Rolling Stones – ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

3. John Lennon – ‘Imagine’

4. Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going on’

5. Aretha Franklin – ‘Respect’

6. The Beach Boys – ‘Good Vibrations’

7. Chuck Berry – ‘Johnny B. Goode’

8. The Beatles – ‘Hey Jude’

9. Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

10. Ray Charles – ‘What’d I Say’

11. The Who – ‘My Generation’

12. Sam Cooke – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’

13. The Beatles – ‘Yesterday’

14. Bob Dylan – ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

15. The Clash – ‘London Calling’

16. The Beatles – ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’

17. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Purple Haze’

18. Chuck Berry – ‘Maybellene’

19. Elvis Presley – ‘Hound Dog’

20. The Beatles – ‘Let it Be’

21. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born to Run’

22. The Ronettes – ‘Be my Baby’

23. The Beatles – ‘In My Life’

24. The Impressions – ‘People Get Ready’

25. The Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows’

26. Otis Redding – ‘(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay’

27. Derek and the Dominos – ‘Layla’

28. The Beatles – ‘A Day in the Life’

29. The Beatles – ‘Help!’

30. Johnny Cash – ‘I Walk the Line’  

2021

1. Aretha Franklin – ‘Respect’ (+4) 

2. Public Enemy – ‘Fight the Power’ (First time on list)

3. Sam Cooke – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ (+9)

4. Bob Dylan – ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ (-3)

5. Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (+4)

6. Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’ (-2)

7. The Beatles – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (First time on list)

8. Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (First time on list)

9. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Dreams’ (First time on list)

10. Outkast – ‘Hey Ya’ (First time on list)

11. The Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows’

12. Stevie Wonder – ‘Superstition’

13. The Rolling Stones – ‘Gimme Shelter’

14. The Kinks – ‘Waterloo Sunset’

15. The Beatles – ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’

16. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z – ‘Crazy in Love’

17. Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 

18. Prince and the Revolution – ‘Purple Rain’

19. John Lennon – ‘Imagine’

20. Robyn – ‘Dancing on My Own’

21. Billie Holiday – ‘Strange Fruit’ 

22. The Ronettes – ‘Be my Baby’

23. David Bowie – ‘Heroes’

24. The Beatles – ‘A Day in the Life’

25. Kanye West feat. Pusha T – ‘Runaway’

26. Joni Mitchell – ‘A Case of You’

27. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born to Run’

28. Talking Heads – ‘Once in a Lifetime’

29. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg – ‘Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang 

30. Lorde – ‘Royals’

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