Consequence of Sound Unveils its 100 Greatest Songs Ever

By on September 25, 2012

This week, Consequence of Sound marks its fifth anniversary with a week long celebration of music, culminating with the unveiling of its 100 Greatest Songs Ever! Six decades of music are represented within the feature, from Kraftwerk and John Coltrane to Missy Elliott and Daft Punk.
“Two years ago, we put together a similar list, only for albums. I insisted that ‘lists have become synonymous with identity,’ and that our top album picks ‘summarize[d] where we [stood] with our views on music,'” CoS Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman wrote in a letter introducing the list. “I’d like to think – actually, I know – we’ve changed for the better since then. Our collective minds are different, we’re listening to a wider spectrum of artists, and we’re a little more hip to certain facets that were alien to us back in 2010.
“The best in music should move and inform us: emotionally, physically, or spiritually. The truly memorable stuff influences change. Whether it hits us instantaneously or it takes years to apply, these are tracks worthy of everyone’s time and patience. They may not foretell where things are heading next, but they’ll undoubtedly offer some context as to what the hell’s going on today.”
Check out the full Top 100 Songs Ever list at Consequence of Sound. Also, read through the full letter from Roffman, along with an essay by Adam Kivel digressing on a song’s worth in today’s digital age.
CoS Turns 5: Top 100 Songs Ever is presented by Margaritaville.
01. The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
02. Talking Heads – “Once In a Lifetime”
03. Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone”
04. Michael Jackson – “Man in the Mirror”
05. The Beatles – “A Day in the Life”
06. The Velvet Underground – “Sister Ray”
07. The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
08. Aretha Franklin – “Respect”
09. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”
10. Radiohead – “Idioteque”
11. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
12. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
13. Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”
14. The Knife – “Heartbeats”
15. Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”
16. Bruce Springsteen – “Jungleland”
17. Otis Redding – “Try a Little Tenderness”
18. Bob Dylan – “Shelter from the Storm”
19. Prince – “When Doves Cry”
20. Kate Bush – “Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)”
21. Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
22. Pulp – “Common People”
23. The Beatles – “Tomorrow Never Knows”
24. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
25. John Coltrane – “A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgment”
26. Beastie Boys – “Shadrach”
27. The Who – “My Generation”
28. Neutral Milk Hotel – “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”
29. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
30. Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along The Watchtower”
31. Patti Smith Group – “Rock N Roll Nigger”
32. Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”
33. The Clash – “London Calling”
34. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”
35. Daft Punk – “One More Time”
36. The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”
37. The Replacements – “I Will Dare”
38. Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”
39. Talking Heads – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
40. The Stooges – “Search and Destroy”
41. Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
42. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
43. David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
44. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
45. N.W.A. – “Fuck Tha Police”
46. Madonna – “Like a Virgin”
47. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”
48. Can – “Halleluhwah”
49. Metallica – “One”
50. Pavement – “Summer Babe (Winter Version)”
51. The Who – “Baba O’Riley”
52. Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
53. Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”
54. Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”
55. Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are a-Changin'”
56. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
57. Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back in Town”
58. Black Flag – “Rise Above”
59. Television – “Marquee Moon”
60. Nick Drake – “Pink Moon”
61. The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
62. Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
63. U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name”
64. OutKast – “B.o.B”
65. The Velvet Underground & Nico – “Waiting for the Man”
66. Portishead – “Roads”
67. Chuck Berry – “Johnny B. Goode”
68. Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne”
69. The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
70. Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”
71. Björk – “Army of Me”
72. James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
73. The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
74. The Smiths – “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side”
75. Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
76. Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
77. Sly and the Family Stone – “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
78. Run-D.M.C. – “Rock Box”
79. Fleetwood Mac – “The Chain”
80. Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater”
81. Wu-Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
82. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
83. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – “The Message”
84. Sufjan Stevens – “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
85. My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow”
86. The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
87. PJ Harvey – “Down By the Water”
88. Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”
89. Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”
90. Pixies – “Hey”
91. Funkadelic – “One Nation Under A Groove”
92. Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”
93. Devo – “Uncontrollable Urge”
94. Underworld – “Born Slippy .NUXX”
95. Sleater Kinney – “Dig Me Out”
96. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “From Her To Eternity”
97. A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario”
98. Kraftwerk – “Autobahn”
99. Sonic Youth – “Teen Age Riot”
100. Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight”
Consequence of Sound (CoS) is a Chicago-based online music publication devoted to the ever growing and always thriving worldwide music scene. Since its inception in 2007, CoS has reported on all of music’s breaking news, reviewed thousands of albums, hyped new artists and cracked highly anticipated lineups for music festivals across the globe. With a committed staff of just over 50 writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers, CoScontinues to successfully push its way ahead of the engaging and highly competitive new media market, drawing over 3.5 million impressions monthly.

Consequence of Sound is also the home of the long-form writing site
Aux.Out. and the vlogging series Rock It Out! Blog.
Consequence of Sound was crowned’s Best Music Blog of 2010 and Technorati’s Most Influential Music Blog, is featured on Metacritic and  Time Entertainment , and is an exclusive partner of IndieClick.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.