This article was last modified on June 5, 2007.


Top 500 Songs Ever Recorded

In response to Matt Patterson’s Top 500 songs, here’s mine (a work in progress):

  1. Fergie — “Fergalicious”
  2. Daler Mehndi — “Tunak Tunak Tun”
  3. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories — “Stay”
  4. They Might Be Giants — “She’s An Angel” (greatest love song ever)
  5. Cake — “Building a Religion”
  6. Toto — “Africa” (but the Pyrogenesis cover is better)
  7. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — “I Hate Myself For Loving You”
  8. New Order — “Bizarre Love Triangle”
  9. No Use For A Name — “Chasing Rainbows”
  10. Elvis Presley — “Suspicious Minds” (also like the Michelle Branch cover)
  11. Cake — “Sheep Go To Heaven”
  12. Young MC — “Bust a Move”
  13. Nerf Herder — “Siegfried and Roy” (2nd greatest love song ever)
  14. Genesis — “Land of Confusion”
  15. Bee Gees — “Tragedy”
  16. Rick Springfield — “Jessie’s Girl”
  17. Butthole Surfers — “Dracula From Houston”
  18. Crazy Town — “Butterfly”
  19. Dropkick Murphys — “Shipping Up To Boston”
  20. Bright Eyes — “Falling Out of Love at This Volume”
  21. Finger Eleven — “One Thing”
  22. Daft Punk — “Better, Harder, Faster, Stronger”
  23. The Gourds — “Gin and Juice”
  24. Mandy Moore — “Turn The Clock Around”
  25. Nerf Herder — “Nose Ring Girl”
  26. The Muffs — “You Suck”
  27. Human League — “Don’t You Want Me Baby”
  28. A Perfect Circle — “Pet”
  29. Bad Religion — “Punk Rock Song (German)”
  30. Styx — “Lorelei”
  31. Abba — “S.O.S.”
  32. Def Leppard — “Two Steps Behind”
  33. Abba — “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
  34. Chicago — “Look Away”
  35. Abba — “Waterloo”
  36. Murray Head — “One Night in Bangkok”
  37. Air Supply — “Every Woman in the World”
  38. They Might Be Giants — “Another First Kiss”
  39. Andy Dick — “The Jews Are Out Today”
  40. The Trammps — “Disco Inferno”
  41. Apollo 440 — “Stop the Rock”
  42. Crystal Method — “Name of the Game”
  43. The B-52s — “52 Girls”
  44. Chicago — “You’re the Inspiration”
  45. Babble — “Chale Jao”
  46. Oingo Boingo — “Dead Man’s Party”
  47. Bad Religion — “Infected”
  48. Chicago — “You’re the Inspiration”
  49. Green Day — “Paper Lanterns”
  50. Bangles — “Hazy Shade of Winter”
  51. Ted Nugent — “Fred Bear”
  52. Bangles — “Walk Like an Egyptian”
  53. The Donnas — “Take It Off”
  54. Beatles — “Octopus Garden” (Ringo Starr rules)
  55. DVDA — “Trapper Song”
  56. Beck — “Devil’s Haircut”
  57. Vandals — “My Girlfriend’s Dead”
  58. KMFDM — “Anarchy (Skold Mix)”
  59. Big Dumb Face — “Mighty Penis Laser”
  60. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By a Make-Believe Lover”
  61. Blink 182 — “Fuck a Dog”
  62. Vandals — “Idea For a Movie”
  63. Samantha Fox — “Touch Me”
  64. Blue Oyster Cult — “Godzilla”
  65. KMFDM — “Megalomaniac”
  66. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — “Sexy Sucker”
  67. Crystal Method — “Trip Like I Do” (also the Filter remix)
  68. Bodies Without Organs — “Sunshine in the Rain”
  69. Wilson Phillips — “Hold On”
  70. Home Grown — “She’s Anti”
  71. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — “International Sin Set”
  72. Body Count — “Body Count’s In the House”
  73. KMFDM — “Glory”
  74. Bon Jovi — “Runaway”
  75. Smashing Pumpkins — “X.Y.U.”
  76. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult — “I Live For Drugs”
  77. C. W. McCall — “Convoy”
  78. MxPx — “Party, My House, Be There”
  79. The Cure — “Lovesong”
  80. Dead Milkmen — “Big Time Operator”
  81. The Darkness — “Get Your Hands Off My Woman (Motherfucker)”
  82. Michelle Branch — “Love Me Like That (ft. Sheryl Crow)”
  83. Millencolin — “The Ballad”
  84. Deftones — “7 Words”
  85. Presidents of the United States of America — “Back Porch”
  86. Den Gale Pose — “Spaendt Op Til Lir”
  87. Skold — “Neverland”
  88. Depeche Mode — “Somebody”
  89. Mike and the Mechanics — “All I Need Is A Miracle”
  90. Dr Hook and the Medicine Show — “Cover of the Rolling Stone”
  91. Oingo Boingo — “Weird Science”
  92. Duran Duran — “Notorious”
  93. Juvenile — “Back That Ass Up”
  94. E-40 — “U and Dat Booty”
  95. Enrique Iglesias — “One Night Stand”
  96. Rammstein — “Feuer Frei”
  97. Echo and the Bunnymen — “The Killing Moon”
  98. The Outfield — “Your Love
  99. Electric Hellfire Club — “Very Groovy Boots”
  100. Bryan Adams — “All For Love (with Sting and Rod Stewart)”
  101. Enrique Iglesias — “Escape” and “Don’t Turn Out the Lights”
  102. Rasputina — “The Mayor”
  103. Erasure — “Little Respect”
  104. PJ Harvey — “Naked Cousin”
  105. Europe — “The Final Countdown” (also the techno version and the instrumental version)
  106. Beastie Boys — “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
  107. Evanescence — “Going Under”
  108. Fiona Apple — “Fast As You Can”
  109. Chumbawamba — “Amnesia”
  110. Faith No More — “We Care A Lot”
  111. Bloodhound Gang — “Mope”
  112. Fenix TX — “Fortunate Son”
  113. Rasputina — “Wicked Dickie”
  114. Fiona Apple — “Criminal”
  115. Cypress Hill — “Rock Superstar”
  116. Flaming Lips — “Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots”
  117. Skinny Puppy — “Rodent”
  118. Genesis — “No Son of Mine”
  119. Ludacris — “Area Codes” (John Mayer cover is better)
  120. Gogol Bordello — “Not a Crime”
  121. Gwen Stefani — “Hollaback Girl” (this song is bananas)
  122. Hall and Oates — “I Can’t Go For That”
  123. Lords of Acid — “Rover Take Over”
  124. Green Day — “American Idiot”
  125. David Hasselhoff — “Looking For Freedom”
  126. Guttermouth — “Lipstick”
  127. Wham! — “Wake Me Up Before You Go”
  128. Hall and Oates — “Kiss on my List”
  129. Gwen Stefani — “Rich Girl”
  130. Tenacious D — “Dio”
  131. Joe Jackson — “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”
  132. Happy Campers — “I Finally Wrote A Love Song”
  133. Gogol Bordello — “Go Revolutions”
  134. Herbie Hancock — “Rock It”
  135. Atom and His Package — “Punk Rock Academy”
  136. Tenacious D — “Rock Your Socks”
  137. Hog — “You and Me”
  138. They Might Be Giants — “Hall of Heads”
  139. Home Grown — “All That You Have”
  140. Hall and Oates — “Out of Touch”
  141. The Hush Sound — “Wine Red (Tommie Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Retouch)”
  142. Tenacious D — “Tribute”
  143. Less Than Jake — “Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore”
  144. Jamiroquai — “Canned Heat”
  145. Sugar Ray — “10 Seconds Down”
  146. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack — “High”
  147. Me First and the Gimme Gimmies — “Crazy”
  148. Lollipop Lust Kill — “Everything, I”
  149. Johnny Cash — “One Piece at a Time”
  150. Nine Inch Nails — “The Becoming”
  151. Journey — “Separate Ways”
  152. Kelly Clarkson — “Because of You”
  153. Me First and the Gimme Gimmies — “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
  154. Wheatus — “Lemonade”
  155. Juno Reactor — “Pistolero (Radio Edit)”
  156. Bryan Adams — “The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You”
  157. Lordi — “Chainsaw Buffet”
  158. Kelis — “Milkshake”
  159. The Proclaimers — “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
  160. Kelly Clarkson — “Since U Been Gone”
  161. Violent Femmes — many songs (“Gone Daddy Gone”, “Dance MF Dance”, “Kiss Off”, “Add It Up” and even “Blister in the Sun”)
  162. L7 — “Shit List”
  163. Lordi — “Blood Red Sandman”
  164. Snog — “Hey, Christian God”
  165. Lindsay Lohan — “Over”
  166. Falco — “Rock Me Amadeus”
  167. Live — “I Alone”
  168. Mindless Self-Indulgence — “Kill the Rock”
  169. No Use For a Name — “Coming Too Close”
  170. Lordi — “Would You Love a Monsterman?”
  171. Rammstein — “Stripped”
  172. MC Hawking — “What We Need More of is Science”
  173. Ministry — “N.W.O.”
  174. Michael Jackson — “Man in the Mirror”
  175. Mindless Self-Indulgence — “Harry Truman”
  176. Jewel — “Standing Still”
  177. Meco — “Star Wars Theme”
  178. Lollipop Lust Kill — “Knee Deep in the Dead”
  179. Ministry — “Thieves”
  180. Men Without Hats — “The Safety Dance”
  181. The Four Tops — “Bernadette”
  182. Mindless Self-Indulgence — “I Hate Jimmy Page”
  183. Michael Jackson — “Smooth Criminal”
  184. Huey Lewis — “Walking on a Thin Line
  185. Ministry — “Revenge”
  186. Snog — “Real Estate Man”
  187. Missing Persons — “Destination Unknown”
  188. Frank Zappa — “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes”
  189. Monifah — “Touch It”
  190. Nirvana — “D7”
  191. Morris Day and the Time — “Jungle Love”
  192. Oakenfold — “Switch On”
  193. Mindless Self Indulgence — “Straight to Video”
  194. Mr. Big — “To Be With You”
  195. Nine Inch Nails — “Only”
  196. Rob Zombie — “Demon Speeding”
  197. Nerina Pallot — “Everybody’s Gone to War”
  198. Oakenfold — “Set It Off”
  199. Huey Lewis — “Hip to Be Square”
  200. New Order — “Blue Monday”
  201. Orgy — “Opticon”
  202. The B-52s — “Mesopotamia”
  203. Nine Inch Nails — “Into the Void”
  204. Wheatus — “Freak On”
  205. Oakenfold — “Sex N Money”
  206. Bad Religion — “Struck a Nerve”
  207. Orgy — “Dissention”
  208. The Clash — “Rock the Casbah”
  209. Outhere Brothers — “I Want to #### You”
  210. Huey Lewis and the News — “I Want a New Drug”
  211. Outkast — “The Way You Move”
  212. The Gap Band — “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”
  213. Parry Gripp — “Mucho Cafeino, Pico Dinero”
  214. Primus — “Mr. Knowitall”
  215. Peter Gabriel — “In Your Eyes”
  216. The B-52s — “Private Idaho”
  217. Pat McCurdy — “Screw You”
  218. MC5 — “Kick Out the Jams”
  219. Pet Shop Boys — “West End Girls”
  220. Primus — “Tommy the Cat (ft. Tom Waits)”
  221. Protein — “Slightly Bitchy Philosopher Dream Chick Meets The Insecure Martian Prophet”
  222. Everclear — “El Distorto de Melodica”
  223. Peter Gabriel — “Salisbury Hill”
  224. Prodigy — “Their Law”
  225. The Network — “Hungry Hungry”
  226. Phil Collins — “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”
  227. Protein — “Maybe the World Isn’t Round”
  228. Less Than Jake — “Where The Hell Is Mike Sinkovich?”
  229. Primus — “Professor Nutbutter”
  230. Atom and His Package — “Possession (Not the One By Danzig)”
  231. Prodigy — “Breathe”
  232. Wheatus — “Teenage Dirtbag”
  233. Protein — “Lemonade”
  234. Gerardo — “Rico Suave”
  235. Pseudo Echo — “His Eyes”
  236. Phil Collins — “Sussudio”
  237. Rage Against the Machine — “Take the Power Back”
  238. Everclear — “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom”
  239. Rammstein — “Mein Herz Brent”
  240. Less Than Jake — “The Ghosts of Me and You”
  241. Screeching Weasel — “Cool Kids”
  242. Local H — “PJ Soles”
  243. Seal — “Crazy”
  244. Paula Abdul — “Straight Up”
  245. Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys — “Mr. Jig”
  246. The Dead Milkmen — “Punk Rock Girl”
  247. Simon and Garfunkel — “Sound of Silence”
  248. Frank Zappa — “Joe’s Garage”
  249. Stabbing Westward — “Violent Mood Swings”
  250. Men at Work — “Down Under” (especially acoustic)
  251. Sugarhill Gang — “Apache”
  252. Everclear — “Normal Like You”
  253. Supertramp — “Bloody Well Right”
  254. Local H — “Back in the Day”
  255. Suzanne Vega — “Tom’s Diner”
  256. The Toadies — “Possum Kingdom”
  257. System of a Down — “Violent Pornography”
  258. Tool — “Eulogy”
  259. Skinny Puppy — “Sleeping Beast”
  260. They Might Be Giants — “Ondine”
  261. Mylo — “Destroy Rock and Roll”
  262. Tommy James — “Crimson and Clover”
  263. Type O Negative — “Everyone I Love is Dead”
  264. Frank Zappa — “Dancin’ Fool”
  265. Tool — “Aenima”
  266. Winger — “Seventeen”
  267. Traveling Wilburys — “Tweeter and the Monkey Man”
  268. Local H — “President Forever”
  269. Wesley Willis — “They Threw Me Out of Church”
  270. Type O Negative — “Everything Dies”
  271. Apollo 440 — “Tears of the Gods”
  272. Vandals — “Girls Turn 18 Every Day”
  273. Mylo — “Paris Four Hundred”
  274. Weather Girls — “It’s Raining Men”
  275. Wesley Willis — “I Whupped Mighty Thor’s Ass” (and many more)

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2 Responses to “Top 500 Songs Ever Recorded”

  1. Katie-wolf Says:

    Very nice. . .especially number 3. . .it makes me want to go listen to it now. . .

    [Gavin notes: by “number 3”, Katie is referring to They Might Be Giants’ “She’s An Angel”, which may not be in third by the time this list is completed.]

  2. Jimmy Says:

    i gave you the benefit of the doubt for about 2 minutes, giving your posts some thought. then i saw your music list with fergie at No. 1 and all credibility was revoked.
    i would shut down your site if i could.

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