My Top 40 Songs from Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (with a limit of one song per artist)

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  • I've narrowed the songs down into groups of 10.
  • In each of these groups the songs are NOT in order of my preference, they're in the order they appear on the Rolling Stone chart.
  • My 10 Favorites

  • 35. Light My Fire, The Doors
  • 38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  • 45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  • 61. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 122. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
  • 150. Eight Miles High, The Byrds
  • 208. Gloria, Them
  • 232. Only the Lonely, Roy Orbison
  • 365. Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers
  • 367. White Room, Cream
  • The next 10

  • 14. Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  • 20. Let It Be, The Beatles
  • 87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  • 92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
  • 176. Don't Worry Baby, The Beach Boys
  • 198. Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix
  • 214. Rockin' in the Free World, Neil Young
  • 327. For Your Precious Love, Jerry Butler and the Impressions
  • 436. Along Again Or, Love
  • 480. Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
  • The next 10

  • 3. Imagine, John Lennon
  • 31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  • 57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
  • 94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
  • 95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
  • 156. The Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
  • 244. Gimme Some Lovin', The Spencer Davis Group
  • 335. Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground
  • 403. C'mon Everybody, Eddie Cochran
  • 466. Runaway, Del Shannon
  • The last 10

  • 102. Be-Bop-A-Lula, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
  • 141. All I Have to Do Is Dream, The Everly Brothers
  • 155. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 274. Somebody to Love, Jefferson Airplane
  • 302. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, Willie Nelson
  • 313. I Put a Spell on You, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • 342. Runaround Sue, Dion
  • 361. Complete Control, The Clash
  • 385. Ohio, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • 468. Search and Destroy, The Stooges
Author Comments: 

All versions are not created equal - My pick is for the rockin' version of Rockin' in the Free World and not for the acoustic version.

Unlike my other lists where I listen to all the songs for a fresh perspective before picking them, I relied on my memory in picking my 40 songs from the list of 500. There's a small percentage of songs... maybe 1% to 2%... that I didn't recognize from the 500, but that's about it.