While the world of recorded music is filled with hidden treasures, some songs are universally loved. These gems have remained popular throughout the years, even as perhaps newer music temporarily grabbed the limelight.
The best songs become musical touchstones, embedded so deeply in our culture that it’s impossible to imagine a world without them. Aside from the rare detractor, these are the tracks that unite us when we hear them, the ones that excite a similar reaction from all — “oh, I love this one” — no matter how many times we hear them.
By creating an index based on sales from Recording Industry Association of America, Billboard performance, number of cover versions, and recognition among music fans, 24/7 Wall St. has determined the 100 absolute best songs of all time.