If one is to believe the Rolling Stone magazine, some of the best songs in history come from the Rolling Stones such as Paint it Black and Satisfaction. Others will say Roy Orbison, ABBA, Chris Rea or Johnny Cash have the best songs. Vocals, instruments and lyrics all influence the outcome and we are here to explain to you what makes a song such an unforgettable classic.

Our Top Songs Of History List

  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  • Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Why These Are The Best Songs In History

Catchy Tunes

Catchy tunes make a song memorable

That’s exactly it – some of the best songs in history have had a catchy melody. You hear a song once and it immediately grows on you – you want to dance with it, close your eyes and just savour it. It gets stuck inside your head. They are songs that have special instruments like the trombone or piano for instance which inspire and resonate with the listener. A catchy tune brings back memories, it has a music piece in it that gives you goose bumps and causes you to want to learn the music instruments used in the song.

The Lyrics

Meaningful lyrics can make a long term impact

Some songs have lyrics in them that the songwriter has included because it is relatable to their own experiences of life. Certainly people listening to the lyrics, can relate to the song because it connects them to the musician who maybe has had the same life experiences as them. It could be the title of the song or the very first line, as these in themselves, introduce the entire theme of the song, grabbing the listener’s attention. Keeping the lyrics simple and easy to remember encourages interest as well as keeping the entire song short so that the listener doesn’t begin to lose interest.

Something Utterly Unforgettable about the Best Songs in History

There are many best songs in history that 40 or 50 years later are still having their fans listen to them. They are all songs that demand our attention. Songs by Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, CCR, The Beatles and many others have all the best elements – they’re the full package – , from the musicians themselves to their songs – and they’re simply unforgettable.