Being considered as one of the most popular songs of all time is an amazing accomplishment. Millions of songs have been recorded and released for the world to enjoy. But only a few seem to appear on about every “The Most Popular Songs” list. From Rock-N-Roll to Rhythm & Blues, songs have had a huge impact on our everyday lives. They have made us smile, and they’ve made us cry. They have given us a good laugh, and they’ve comfort us when needed. Here’s a list of the top 25 most popular songs of all time including original music videos and rare live performances.
#25 - Most Popular Songs of All Time is Beautiful Day by U2. Released in 2000, It was the first single from their All That You Can’t Leave Behind album. Beautiful Day is played at a tempo of 136 beats per minute in a 4/4 time signature.
#24 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel. The song was written by Paul Simon and released as a single in 1968. With the help of Mrs. Robinson, the duo won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.
#23 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. The song was the first single on the original soundtrack to the movie 8 Mile in 2002. “Lose Yourself” went on to be the first rap song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
#22 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “American Pie” by Don McLean. The song is a spin-off of “The Day the Music Died”, which is a portrayal of the 1959 plane crash that tragically took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bobber.
#21 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley. “Heartbreak Hotel” was the best-selling song in 1956 and was the first song to sell a million copies. The song is based on a lonely man who committed suicide by jumping from a hotel window.
#20 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan. The revolutionary track is a combination of different music elements, the unique voice of Bob Dylan and the straight-forward question in the chorus, “How Does it Feel?”.
#19 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. The song was the first and biggest hit from the iconic rock band. Kurt Cobain’s legacy will remain undoubtedly for eternity thanks to this 1991 smash hit.
#18 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. The second single on Bon Jovi’s 1986, Slippery When Wet album, Livin’ on a Prayer has become the band’s signature song.
#17 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Hey Ya!” by Outkast. Written and produced my Andre 3000, “Hey Ya!” was on the 2003 album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
#16 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was released in 1965. The song is based on sexual frustration and the exploitation, mainly in America.
#15 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. It was the first Billboard hit by the group. The song was unique due to its backwards playback of guitar runs. Cash once stated “I wrote the song backstage one night in 1956.”
#14 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Changes” by Tupac. At least 15 other songs have the same title, but Tupac’s remains one of the greatest songs in history. The song tackles many issues that were prevalent during that time (1992) including racism, police brutality and drugs.
#13 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “One” by Metallica. Written in 1987 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, the song wasn’t released until 2 years later. One was Metallica’s 3rd single on their … And Justice for All album.
#12 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Purple Haze” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. “Purple Haze” was considered the “drug song” of the 60′s. The song appeared on their 1967 album, Are You Experienced.
#11 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Hotel California” by the Eagles. The album, was the Eagles most successful, selling 16 million in the United States alone. Even though it’s one of the greatest songs, it lost album of the year to Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors”.
#10 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles. Released in 1959, the song broke Ray Charles into the mainstream. Ray Charles was 27 years old at the time he wrote “What’d I Say”
#9 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. The song was actually recorded by Willie Mae Thornton in 1952. Elvis Presley’s remake in 1956 has gone down as not only the most popular version but also one of the greatest songs ever.
#8 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “No Women, No Cry” by Bob Marley. Many people say Bob Marley wrote the song but there have been credible claims that “No Women, No Cry” was actually written by Vincent Ford who at the time, ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown.
#7 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. The song was featured on Jackson’s sixth album, Thriller in 1982. Considered one of the most decorated songs in history (multiple awards, commercials, the moonwalk etc.), “Billie Jean” will forever be a classic.
#6 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in, “Stairway to Heaven” was released in 1971. Even though it’s one of the greatest, the song took 2 years (1973) to really gain popularity and worldwide success.
#5 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. This hit song came out in 1967. Though, originally released by Otis Redding in 1965, Franklin’s version (completely different) has become anthem-like song all over the world.
#4 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “November Rain” by Gun’s N’ Roses. Written by Axl Rose, “November Rain” was released on their 1992 album, Use Your Illusion I. At 9 minutes long, it’s the second-longest song on the album.
#3 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Free Bird” by Lynard Skynyrd. This song is always the last song played during there live concerts. The track has become somewhat of a comical gesture for concert-goers because they often scream “Free Bird” as a request to play the song, no matter the musician or genre of music.
#2 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. Dubbed by many as the “most sexually-charged song ever”, “Let’s Get It On” was recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1973.
#1 – Most Popular Songs of All Time is “Yesterday” by The Beatles. A song that has over 1,600 cover version and performed over seven million times in the 1900′s alone. Paul McCartney came up with the entire melody one night in his dream. After waking, McCartney rushed to the piano so he wouldn’t forget, what is now considered, the greatest song of all time!