The change to Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is a big one. There’s a new number one.
Aretha Franklin’s version of Respect, which is originally performed by Otis Redding, has now been agreed upon to be the greatest song of all time according to Rolling Stones. Public Enemy’s Fight the Power takes number two, while others were completely bumped off the list, like Neil Young’s Rockin In The Free World, The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go, AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, and many others.
This change to the number one spot has not happened in 17 years. The list, which originated in 2004, has been revised and now even includes more hip hop, country music, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B. Kanye West’s Stronger bottoms the list of the Greatest Songs of All Time at 500.