Every Hit Added to Rolling Stone's Top-100 'Greatest Songs' (2023)

These are the songs added to the top 100 of Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in its 2021 update—the first full revision since the original 2004 list.

The publication made a slight update in 2010, adding 25 songs from the 2000s and 1994's "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. Back then, the top 25 remained unchanged.

In September 2021, the music magazine gave the list a total reboot.

Thirty songs from the 2010s were added, and more than half the entries did not feature on either of the two previous editions. Some of the songs in the 2004 top 100 are either out of the list completely.

"Fight the Power" by Public Enemy (1989)

Number 2

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American hip hop group Public Enemy are number 2 in the 2021 Rolling Stone's list after Aretha Franklin's "Respect" who is number 1. "Fight the Power," a song about racism, censorship and civil liberties was written for the soundtrack of Spike Lee's 1989 iconic film Do the Right Thing.

"Get your Freak on" by Missy Elliot (2001)

Number 8

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Rolling Stone says that 'Timbaland delivers an amazing bhangra beat while Missy throws down like some weird-ass cheerleader who knows that the world is listening."

The song is now in the 10 best songs of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Number 9

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The highest entry for a newly added song is "Dreams" by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac at number 9, which was a No. 1 hit in the U.S, back in 1977.

"Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé (2003)

Number 16

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The song that established Beyoncé as the biggest superstar of the century, and a musical powerhouse, was added to the list in the revised 2010 edition.

Rolling Stone says that producer Rich Harrison "constructed the song's beat around a horn sample lifted from the Chi-Lites' 1970 song 'Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So),' but he kept it in the can until he found the right artist to record it."

"Dancing on my Own" by Robyn, (2010)

Number 20

The highest entry for a newly added song from the 2010s is "Dancing On My Own" at number 20.

According to Rolling Stone, the song is "the killer single that elevated her to something approaching voice-of-a-generation status among America's burned-out youth".

"Dancing on My Own" gained momentum in the 2010s and it was part of the soundtrack of a memorable scene in HBO's Girls.

"Runaway" by Kanye West, 2010

Number 25

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"Runaway" is Kanye's musical response to the Taylor Swift controversy (he interrupted her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during her acceptance speech) but it's also a nine-minute personal meditation on failed relationships and public infamy. The song serves as a "toast to the douchebags."

Eleven years ago, no other song compared to "Runaway," and in 2021, Rolling Stone listed the song at number 25 in the greatest songs ever.

"Royals" by Lorde (2011)

Number 30

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"Royals" ranks at number 30 on Rolling Stone's '500 Best Songs of All Time'. When the song about longing for wealth and fame was released, it went straight to number one on the U.S. charts.

"Seven Nation Army" by White Stripes (2003)

Number 36

On Rolling Stone's 2010 updated version of the RS500, the song was listed at No. 286 .In its latest 2021 update, "Seven Nation Army" is listed at number 36.

In 2018 the song was placed at No. 3 in the "100 greatest songs of the 21st century"

"Outkast" by B.O.B. (2000)

Number 39

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André 3000 and Big Boi have said about the song "Everybody's been doing music like they all have the same formula: E = MC2. Outkast was an idea before it was a song".

"Allright" by Kendrick Lamar (2015)

Number 45

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Kendrick Lamar "Alright" was released in the spring of 2015 and the song became very popular with the Black Lives Matter movement, activists all over America could be heard chanting "we gon' be alright".

"Paper Planes" by M.I.A (2008)

Number 46

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"The other songs on the chart were Katy Perry and the Jonas Brothers," said M.I.A. about her hip hop hit, "Then you saw 'Paper Planes,' and it's cool because there's hope."

"Paper Planes" is included in the Rolling Stone '500 Greatest Songs of All Time', and at number two on its 2018 list 'The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far'.

"Idioteque" by Radiohead (2000)

Number 48

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"Idioteque" lyrics can be interpreted in a number of ways given their ambiguity, it makes references to the "Ice Age" and to technological trends whose sole purpose is avarice.

Rolling Stone says that "the band built a quaking glitch-core opus, driven by some of the most genuinely freaked-out vocals Thome Yorke ever delivered. And somehow it still became a monster stadium-rock moment live".

It ranked number 33 on the magazine's 2018 list of "100 Greatest Songs of the Century - So Far" and it is now number 48, in the RS 500.

"Gasolina" by Dady Yankee (2004)

Number 50

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The highest entry not in the English language is "Gasolina" at number 50.

He is now the big 'Daddy' of all the reggaetoneros, but back in 2004 he was one of those who helped reggaeton go global. Rolling Stones says "the Puerto Rican rapper was in San Juan when he heard a man shout, 'Echa, mija, como te gusta la gasolina!"—a playful phrase lobbed at girls who would seek out the sleekest rides to get to parties.!

"Work it" by Missy Elliot (2000)

Number 56

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Ranking at number 56 is "Work it" by American rapper Missy Elliott, her biggest hit. The hip hop song was written by Missy Elliott and her producer Tim Timbaland Mosley.

"All too Well" by Taylor Swift (2012)

Number 69

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At number 69 is Taylor Swift's break-up ballad. "It was a day when I was like a broken human walking to rehearsal, just feeling terrible about what was going on in my personal life," Swift told Rolling Stone, recalling the origins of "All Too Well."

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"Formation" by Beyonce (2016)

Number 73

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The Black Power anthem, opened a debate on culture, racism and politics. It is listed at number 73 in the 500 greatest songs of all time and Rolling Stone also named the video, "the greatest music video of all time" in 2021.

"Common People" by Pulp (1995)

Number 75

New entry at number 75 is this classic from the Britpop heyday. Pulp's "Common People" is a classic of the 90s Britpop culture movement and it was a huge hit in 1995 when it was released. Good songs never get old.

"Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse (2006)

Number 79

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The emotive singing style of Amy Winehouse and the acclaimed lyrics made "Back to Black" a critics and fans favourite.

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 album chart at number 7, and Amy Winehouse became the highest debuting British female artist in the history of the U.S. albums chart.

"Rolling in the Deep" by Adele (2011)

Number 82

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Adele's heartache song "Rolling in the Deep" ranks number 8 on the Rolling Stone list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century."

It was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011 and at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, it won for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

"All my friends" by LCD soundsystem (2007)

Number 87

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Ranking 87 in the list is "All My Friends" by American rock band from Brooklyn, LCD Soundsystem. "All my friends" is a joyful anthem about celebrating all those bad decisions we made, as in the end, they all add up to the book of life.

"International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" by UKG (2007)

Number 91

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and it was number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. In 2021, Rolling Stone listed the song at number 91 in the 500 greatest songs of all time list.

"Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson (2004)

Number 93

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Rolling Stone ranked it at number 482 of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2010, and at number 93 in the latest ranking. "Since U Been Gone" was a commercial hit written by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald who originally wrote it for Pink .

"Wonderwall" by Oasis (1995)

Number 95

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One of Oasis most popular songs and according to the two brothers from Manchester, U.K., the song describes "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself".

Rolling Stone says that the song "earns at least $1 million a year and passed 1 billion Spotify streams in 2020."

At number 95, "Wonderwall" is now one of the 500 greatest songs ever created.

"99 Problems" by Jay-Z (2003)

Number 96

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"If you don't like my lyrics, you can press fast forward, Got beef with radio if I don't play they show. They don't play my hits, well, I don't give a sh**".

But critics did love Jay-Z lyrics so much "99 Problems" came in at No. 2 on Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of the '00s and at No. 172 in the RS500 2010 updated list. In the latest 2021 raking, it is listed at No. 96.

Rolling Stone certainly like your lyrics, Jay-Z.

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