Top 10 Best Songs Ever (Actual Stats)

So I took data from several places to get what is the top 10 best songs ever. So far, I am drawing from these resources:

+ Billboards Top 100 (Based on sales)

+ YouTube Top 10 (Based on views)

+ (Based on self-report)

+ (Based on forums opinons)

+ Rollingstone (Based on inter-rating between musicians)

+ (Based on forum ratings)

+ iTunes (Based on Downloads… but see note below)

If you have additional resources to take into considerations, please let me know! I took the top 10 songs ever as their frequency appearing on these lists. Needless to say, there’s a lot of ties. However, to quell the ties, I then took into count the frequency of being in the top 10 of the lists to break the ties. Here are the results:


10: “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

9: “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

8: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

7: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

6: “Hotel California” by the Eagles

5: “Let it Be” by the Beatles

4: “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

3: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

2: “Hey Jude” by the Beatles


1: “Imagine” by John Lennon

However, despite this, the number one song to have ever made the most money and sales (and apparently still growing) is:

“Twist” by Chubby Checker


I drew upon iTunes most download mp3’s but the interesting thing to note with iTunes download top downlaods in comparison with the others is that their top charts have next to no overlap. For example, iTunes most downloaded song is “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, but this song does not appear on any other top list. This clearly demonstrates a generation gap in the acquisition of songs. However, it is good to note that the YouTube view count does reflect fairly with the others.

What do you think…?



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