The AU Review’s 101 Greatest Songs of All Time: Part Three – 50 to 26

And this week in our countdown of the 101 Greatest Songs of All Time, we reach the illustrious Top 50, as voted by our contributors. Where last week, we saw some classic compositions by some of pop and rock music’s legends mix in with the likes of Sia and Gotye, this week sees some iconic musical gifts from BowieThe Beatles and Fleetwood Mac sidle up alongside Kanye WestArcade Fire and Santigold as we charge towards the top end of our list.

Of West’s entry in the countdown at #49 with “Jesus Walks”, Nicole Wedding describes her reasoning behind pitting it as her Number One:

“This was the first Kanye track I fell in love with. At the time, I was struck by the composite of sounds – a military order to march, gospel choir and snares – but looking back, I think what I’m most impressed by is the honesty of it. Yes, it’s an intensely personal look at his relationship with God (something that remains controversial), but like all of Ye’s music, it works because it always feels a lot more like an expression of universal struggles than a conversion narrative.”

On the other end of the musical spectrum, Bruce Springsteen‘s 1975 smash single “Born To Run” also proved popular with our team, landing the #39 spot. As Michael Lean notes, its anthemic quality provided a musical escape for many.

“‘In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream’, so opens Springsteen’s anthem for suburban escape that launched the hopes and dreams of lower and middle class youths across the world. Springsteen spent almost six months getting it right, tracking the guitar 11 times – all the hard work was worth it to produce the most uplifting rock song of all time.”

Hit play on the playlist below and check the rest of the list out!

 THE AU’S 101 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME: 50 – 26

50-db

50. David Bowie – “Life on Mars?”

49-kanye

49. Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”

48-tvotr

48. TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”

47-fleetwood

47. Fleetwood Mac – “Rhiannon”

46-jimi

46. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along the Watchtower”

45-arcadefire

45. Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”

44jb

44. Jeff Buckley – “Grace”

43rc

43. Ray Charles – “Georgia On My Mind”

42echo

42. Echo & The Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon”

41sant

41. Santigold – “Disparate Youth”

40bs

40. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”

39kate

39. Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill”

38bowie

38. David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”

37ma

37. Massive Attack – “Teardrop”

36aretha

36. Aretha Franklin – “Respect”

35black

35. The Beatles – “Blackbird”

34wh

34. Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know”

33sc 33. Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

32ef

32. Ella Fitzgerald – “Smooth Sailing”

31trs

31. The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

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30. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

29ta 29. Tori Amos – “Winter”

28 28. Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”

27ts 27. Tupac – “Keep Ya Head Up”

26 26. The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

 

To find out what else has made our list so far, check out Part One HERE and Part Two HERE. We’ll be revealing what songs have made the Top 25 next week!

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