Spotify Re-Ranked Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time List

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03.24.15 11 Comments
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In 2004, Rolling Stone pissed off a lot of Bloodhound Gang fans by not having “I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks” top the list of the 500 greatest songs of all-time (the honor went to Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”). Six years later, the magazine resubmitted the ranking with 25 new songs, 24 of which were released in the 2000s (the original only had three).

The list has once again been shuffled, although not by Rolling Stone. Spotify “tallied up play counts… to see what songs are favored by audiences today,” which means Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” is now the greatest song ever, followed by MJ’s “Billie Jean,” “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly, “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

That’s for all ages, however. If you only include “millennial” users, well, “Crazy In Love” is still No. 1, but Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” cracks the top five, and MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” appears at No. 9. (It’s worth noting that many artists, like The Beatles, aren’t on Spotify.) TIL: Kids today still love Tracy Chapman, whose “Fast Car” is more popular than any Justin Timberlake jam.

Here’s the general re-ranking, and the 18-to-34 playlist can be found here.

Via Rolling Stone

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