The 10 best songs in history, according to the new Rolling Stone ranking (and which is the first in Spanish)

A Beatles song was voted one of the top 10 of all time by Rolling Stone.  (GETTY IMAGES)

A Beatles song was voted one of the top 10 of all time by Rolling Stone. (GETTY IMAGES)

For the new selection, the American publication says that it summoned more than 250 artists, musicians and producers, as well as critics and journalists of the music industry.

“Each one sent a ranked list of their top 50 songs, and we tabulated the results,” the magazine explains.

In total, they chose about 4,000 songs and from there came the list of 500, predominantly hip-hop, country moderno, indie rock, reggae y R&B.

Of the new 500 songs selected, solo there are three themes of music in Spanish and one from portuguese. The rest are songs in English, most of them released in the United States.

“The result is a broader and more inclusive vision of pop, music that continues to rewrite its history with each beat,” says the publication.

Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin’s Respect tops the list compiled by Rolling Stone.

Top 10

Of the 10 songs voted the best of all time, eight are classics from the last century.

  1. Respect, de Aretha Franklin (1967)
  2. Fight the power, de Public Enemy (1989)
  3. A change is gonna come, de Sam Cooke (1964)
  4. Like a rolling stone, de Bob Dylan (1965)
  5. Smells like a teen spirit, from Nirvana (1991)
  6. What’s going onby Marvin Gaye (1971)
  7. Strawberry fields forever, de The Beatles (1967)
  8. Get ur freak on, de Missy Elliott (2001)
  9. Dreams, de Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  10. Hey ya!, the Outcast (2003)

By telling the story behind Respect, Rolling Stone highlights that the song “catalyzed rock & roll, gospel and blues to create the soul music model that artists are still looking for today ”.

“In his 1999 memoirs, Franklin wrote that the song reflected ‘the need of the average man and woman on the street, the businessman, the mother, the fireman, the teacher; everyone wanted respect. ‘ We still do, ”he adds.

The first in Spanish on the list

The songs in Spanish were not among the most named by the musicians and experts in charge of the selection.

This despite the fact that Rolling Stone ensures that the list contains “more” Latin pop among the genres of the new ranking.

Daddy Yankee and his 2010 song “Gasoline” is in the post 50, the song in Spanish that reached the highest on the list.

“Daddy Yankee unleashes his dizzying verses with so much power that the song feels like it could catch fire at any moment, even decades later,” he highlights.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee achieved the most popular music video on YouTube in 2019, with his song “Calma”.

In a distant place 351 the song is coming African Spearhead (Umbabarauma), by the legendary Brazilian musician Jorge Ben.

Then the queen of tex-mex, Selena, appears in the post 405 with your theme “Forbidden love”.

The queen of Cuban salsa Celia Cruz with his song “Life is a party” reached the position 439.

And finally the Mexican-American musician Santana appears on the site 479 with “Hey, how is it going”, the famous song composed by Tito Puente.

BBC Mundo

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