Secondo l'introduzione della lista, al di sopra di 250 “artisti, scrittori e personaggi del settore” sono stati reclutati per partecipare a un sondaggio di quasi 4,000 canzoni per rideterminare quale sia il top 500 siamo. L'elenco originale è stato creato in 2004 and the industry has seen a great deal of change since then.
The coveted first spot goes to Aretha Franklin for her version of “Rispetto,” originally recorded by Otis Redding. The song has recently seen a surge in popularity following the Queen of Soul’s recently rilasciato biopic of the same name.
The second spot on the list goes to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.”
Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” (No. 3), Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” (No. 4) and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (No. 5) round out the top 5.
The updated list still puts classic acts like The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac in its higher spots, but the top 50 now contain entries from newer acts like Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Robyn – all of whom scored high spots for songs released after the original’s publication.
Other newer acts honored by the new list include pop sensation Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Il fine settimana, Lady Gaga e altro ancora.
Infatti, the top five is noticeably different this time around, come il 2004 versione put “Like a Rolling Stone” in the No. 1 slot while The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (No. 2), John Lennon’s “Imagine” (No. 3), Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (No. 4) and Franklin’s “Rispetto” (No. 5) rounded out the top five.