Chi non ha mai sentito parlare del Rolling Stone? Ebbene, per chi non lo sapesse stiamo parlando del periodico statunitense di musica, fondato nel 1967, più famoso del mondo.
Nel novembre 2004 venne pubblicato un articolo davvero speciale: una giuria composta dalla redazione del Rolling Stone e da ben 172 musicisti aveva decretato quali fossero le 500 migliori canzoni di tutti i tempi.

Le 100 canzoni più belle di sempre

La classifica completa prevedeva 500 brani, noi vi mostriamo la lista delle prime 100 posizioni:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan – 1965
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones – 1965
  3. Imagine – John Lennon – 1971
  4. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye – 1971
  5. Respect – Aretha Franklin – 1967
  6. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys – 1966
  7. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry – 1958
  8. Hey Jude – The Beatles – 1968
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana – 1991
  10. What’d I Say – Ray Charles – 1959
  11. My Generation – The Who – 1965
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke – 1964
  13. Yesterday – The Beatles – 1965
  14. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan – 1963
  15. London Calling – The Clash – 1980
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles – 1963
  17. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix – 1967
  18. Maybellene – Chuck Berry – 1955
  19. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley – 1956
  20. Let It Be – The Beatles – 1970
  21. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen – 1975
  22. Be My Baby – The Ronettes – 1963
  23. In My Life – The Beatles – 1965
  24. People Get Ready – The Impressions – 1965
  25. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – 1966
  26. A Day in the Life – The Beatles – 1967
  27. Layla – Derek and the Dominos – 1970
  28. (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding – 1968
  29. Help! – The Beatles – 1965
  30. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash – 1956
  31. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin – 1971
  32. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones – 1968
  33. River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner – 1966
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers – 1964
  35. Light My Fire – The Doors – 1967
  36. One – U2 – 1991
  37. No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley – 1975
  38. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones – 1969
  39. That’ll Be the Day – Buddy Holly – 1957
  40. Dancin’ in the Streets – Martha and the Vandellas – 1964
  41. The Weight – The Band – 1968
  42. Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks – 1968
  43. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard – 1956
  44. Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles – 1960
  45. Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley – 1956
  46. Heroes – David Bowie – 1977
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel – 1970
  48. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix – 1968
  49. Hotel California – The Eagles – 1976
  50. The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson – 1965
  51. The Message – Grandmaster Flash – 1982
  52. When Doves Cry – Prince – 1984
  53. Anarchy in the U.K. – The Sex Pistols – 1977
  54. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge – 1966
  55. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen – 1963
  56. Long Tall Sally – Little Richard – 1956
  57. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum – 1967
  58. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – 1983
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan – 1964
  60. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green – 1971
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis – 1957
  62. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – 1955
  63. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield – 1967
  64. She Loves You – The Beatles – 1963
  65. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream – 1967
  66. Redemption Song – Bob Marley – 1980
  67. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley 1957
  68. Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan – 1975
  69. Crying – Roy Orbison – 1961
  70. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick – 1964
  71. California Girls – The Beach Boys – 1965
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – James Brown – 1966
  73. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran – 1958
  74. Superstition – Stevie Wonder – 1972
  75. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin – 1969
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles – 1967
  77. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley – 1955
  78. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown – 1965
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds – 1965
  80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – 1968
  81. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino – 1956
  82. You Really Got Me – The Kinks – 1964
  83. Norwegian Wood – The Beatles – 1965
  84. Every Breath You Take – The Police – 1983
  85. Crazy – Patsy Cline – 1961
  86. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen – 1975
  87. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – 1963
  88. My Girl – The Temptations – 1965
  89. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas – 1965
  90. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins – 1956
  91. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley – 1969
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones – 1976
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 – 1987
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard – 1958
  95. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins – 1956
  96. Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis – 1957
  97. Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry – 1956
  98. Love and Happiness – Al Green – 1972
  99. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1969
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones – 1969

Successivamente, nel 2010, la classifica venne aggiornata con alcune delle hit degli anni 2000 e venne pubblicato un numero speciale della rivista, distribuita anche in formato speciale per iPad e iPod.
L’unica modifica apportata alla chart delle prime 100 classificate è l’introduzione di Crazy di Gnars Barkley alla posizione numero 100.