Rolling Stone Releases Their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Presented by Apple Music, Rolling Stone has released their 500 greatest songs of all time list for the first time in 17 years. 

Rolling Stone magazine has released their 500 greatest songs of all time list for the first time since 2004, which is now viewable on their website. Over 250 artists, writers and industry figures contributed to choosing a brand new list. 

17 years ago, music streaming services were a lot different and artists like Billie Eilish were just three years old. That being said, Rolling Stone magazine decided to give the list a complete reboot. According to Rolling Stone, the new version of the list was constructed by a poll of more than 250 artists including Angelique Kidjo to Zedd, Sam Smith and Megan Thee Stallion, along with other well-known artists in the music industry and critics.  

The updated list contains more hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae and R&B compared to the 2004 list, which consisted of more early rock and soul.  

Legendary hits like Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing),” The Temptations’ “My Girl,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” made it in the top 50.  

Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” made it as number one on the 500 list.  

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