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Encyclopedia > The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. It was chosen based on votes by 172 musicians, critics, and industry figures. This article is about the magazine. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As with similar previous lists from Rolling Stone, such as The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, this new list proved to be controversial. Reading through the list, one of the first things that meet the eye is the complete bias towards American and British artists: out of the 500 songs, 357 are from the US and 117 from the UK; the third most represented Country is Canada with 10 entries, then Ireland with 8. The list includes only one song not sung in English: "La Bamba" (#345), by Ritchie Valens (an American-borne singer). Another common criticism is that, much as the earlier list of 500 greatest albums did, it leans towards the 1960s and 1970s, at the expense of newer artists and even newer genres such as rap, and ignoring all music that existed before the late 1940s.[citation needed] The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... La Bamba is a traditional song created in the Mexican state of Veracruz over 300 years ago. ... Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), better known as Ritchie Valens, was a pioneer of rock and roll and was a Mexican-American with Yaqui American Indian roots born in Pacoima, California [1], became the first Mexican American rock and roll star. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ...


The list has 202 songs from the 1960s and 144 from the 1970s, yet only 55 songs from the 1980s, 24 songs from the 1990s, and just three songs from the 21st century. The oldest song on the list is Muddy Waters "Rollin' Stone" from 1948 (ranked #459). The only other song from the 1940s is Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from 1949 (#111). The most recent is OutKast's 2003 hit "Hey Ya!" (#180) — one of only three songs from the new millennium, the other two from Eminem. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 or 1913 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the father of Chicago blues. ... Rollin Stone is the name of a 1948 Muddy Waters blues song which famously inspired the name of the band The Rolling Stones. ... Hiram Hank King Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, who has become an icon of country music and Rock n Roll, and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. ... Im So Lonesome I Could Cry is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. ... OutKast is an American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hey Ya! is a 2003 number-one single recorded by André 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast, released on LaFace Records. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and occasional actor. ...


With 23 songs on the list, The Beatles are the most represented musical act. They are followed by The Rolling Stones (14 entries); Bob Dylan, who also topped the list with "Like a Rolling Stone", (12 entries); Elvis Presley (11 entries); The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix (seven entries each); and Chuck Berry, U2, James Brown, Prince, Led Zeppelin, and Sly & The Family Stone (six entries each). The Beatles were a highly influential English rock band from Liverpool. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Music sample: Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone ( file info) — 30 seconds (of 6:10) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Link title James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... Prince changed his stage name into an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, but took up the name Prince again in 1999. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album) Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, and are one of the most successful groups in popular music history. ... Sly & the Family Stone were an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ...


When the article ran in the 2004 issue, musicians Brian Wilson, Tom Morello, Brandon Boyd, Solomon Burke, James Hetfield, ?uestlove, Ray Manzarek, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ozzy Osbourne and Maya Ford all were featured in a column each about their personal ten favorite songs. Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942, in Hawthorne, California) is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys (of which he is also a founding member and the main producer, composer, and arranger). ... Thomas Baptist Morello or Tom Morello (born May 30, 1964) is an American guitarist. ... Brandon Charles Boyd (born February 15, 1976) is the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Incubus. ... Solomon Burke (born March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a soul and country music pioneer and member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... ?uestlove (pronounced Questlove) is the stage name of Ahmir Khalib Thompson, born January 20, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an African-American musician, DJ, Journalist, and record producer, best known as the drummer for hip-hop band The Roots. ... Raymond Daniel Manzarek or Manczarek (b. ... Saul Hudson, better known to the world as Slash, was one of the guitarists of hard rock band Guns N Roses. ... Billy F. Gibbons (born 16 December 1949), nicknamed the Reverend Willie G, is best known as the guitarist for that Little Ol band from Texas, ZZ Top. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... The Donnas is the name of an all-female rock band. ...


Three songs made it onto the list twice under different artists:

For other uses of Blue Suede Shoes, see Blue Suede Shoes (disambiguation). ... Carl Perkins Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that evolved at Sun Records in Memphis in the early 1950s. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Mr. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... This article is about the Aerosmith/Run-D.M.C. song. ... Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, often regarded as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. ... Run-DMC is a famous hip hop crew founded by Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) and includes Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels, all from Hollis, Queens. ...

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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...

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