The List That Trumps All Other Lists – The Top 50 Songs Ever

Yeah, yeah. There are lots of list of the best songs. But this list is different. Why? Because we actually did the research. The list isn’t based on some guy’s opinion. We compared the major lists of best songs and compiled the data and used real formulas. We took the top lists from Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Top Tens, Top 40 Weekly, the Top 50 Most Iconic Songs, and UK Official Charts.

That’s right, this list is scientific. So here you go, the actual top 50 songs ever recorded. Oh, and we found rare photos of the artists to make it more fun.

We recommend staying until the end to listen to our playlist based on all these top 50 songs. Enjoy!

50. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

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Released in 1964, “A Change Is Gonna Come” was inspired by personal events in Cooke’s life, mainly an event in which he and his entourage were turned away from a whites-only motel in Louisiana. Cooke felt compelled to write a song that reflected his struggle and of those around him. The song contains the refrain, “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.” Clearly, Cooke was hopeful.