Some of these songs have gone down in the history books for breaking records and reaching new heights. Others might have been terribly received by critics, but are still adored by the masses to this day. There might even be a few underrated goodies that you’ve never heard of.
We took the songs with the highest ratings, biggest sales, most awards, and top ranks on radio charts and included them alongside some of our newsroom’s favorite picks to create a definitive list of the 100 songs everyone should listen to in their lifetime.
Here they are, in no specific order.
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“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
This epic is 31st on Rolling Stone’s list of “500 greatest songs of all time.” It’s also named the number three greatest rock song of all time by VH1.
“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included this heavy metal song in its list of “500 songs that shaped rock and roll.“
“Beautiful Day” by U2
The song won three Grammy Awards in 2001 — record of the year, song of the year, and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal.