Curious what the 10 most popular songs of all-time are? We all have that one song, or more than one for that matter, that we will always love or that is stuck in our mind, regardless of how many times we listen to it or how long it has been since we first heard it. Wondering which are the most popular songs of all-time? Well, we have compiled a list which attempts to pinpoint the 10 greatest songs in history.
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But how can one judge a single song’s popularity? With a music album, you can simply check sales figures, but you cannot exactly buy a song (at least before the advent of iTunes and similar services), so this particular indicator becomes irrelevant in this case. Rolling Stone, probably the biggest and most famous magazine in the music industry, attempted to come up with a list containing the 500 greatest songs in history, for which it used the input of more than 170 musicians, industry personnel, and critics. Out of this very comprehensive countdown, we have chosen to present you with the top 10.
You may not agree with all the choices in our countdown as music, after all, is a matter of personal taste, but you cannot deny that each and every one of the songs featured in the top ten have represented, and continue to, milestones in the music industry.
On the following pages you can check out what are ten most popular songs of all time.
No. 10: Ray Charles – What’d I Say
Writer: Ray Charles
Recorded: February 1959
Released: July 1959
Genre: Rhythm & Blues
Producer: Jerry Wexler
No. 9: Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Writers: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl
Recorded: May 1991
Released: September 1991
Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock
Length: 5:01 – album version. 4:30 – single version
Producer: Butch Vig
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