Rolling Stone updated its list of the 500 greatest songs of all-time – its first update in 17 years.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, took home the top spot for her version of “Respect,” which was originally recorded by Otis Redding. Snagging second place was Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.”
The magazine noted that its list was created from over 250 artists, writers and industry figures who participated in a poll of over 4,000 songs.
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Rolling Stone’s original list came in 2004, but a measurable amount of change was evidenced in the revised list, with nearly half the songs new to the ranking. There’s far more hip hop, country music, Latin pop, reggae and R&B in the latest list. Outkast’s “Hey Ya!,” for instance, checked in at No. 10, while Kanye West’s “Stronger” took the final spot at No. 500.
The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac rose in rankings from the 2004 list, showcasing their songs’ ability to stand the test of time. Current stars Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga were among those to surge into the top 100.
“Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan was the top song in 2004 and The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was No. 2.
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