Tunes by Dylan, Nirvana, Beatles in top 10 of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine’s new “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list

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Rolling Stone has published a brand-new list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time — it’s first since 2004 — and among the top-ranked tunes are classic recordings by rock artists including Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac.

Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which topped the 2004 tally, is #4 on the new list, followed at #5 by Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The other rock songs in the top 10 are The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” at #7 and Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” at #9.

Also ranked high on the list are The Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” at #11, The Rolling Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter” at #13, The Kinks‘ “Waterloo Sunset” at #14, The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at #15, Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at #17, John Lennon‘s “Imagine” at #19, David Bowie‘s “Heroes” at #23, and the Fab Four’s “A Day in the Life” at #24.

Topping Rolling Stone‘s new list of all-time greatest songs is Aretha Franklin‘s classic 1967 version of Otis Redding‘s “Respect,” moving up from #5 on the 2004 tally.

Rolling Stone‘s ranking was determined by more than 250 artists, musicians, producers, music industry figures, critics and journalists, who all submitted in their top 50 choices, which the magazine then tabulated. More than half of the songs on the new list weren’t present on the 2004 list.

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