Rolling stone updates 500 greatest songs list with new no


*According to science.

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Science has the definitive word on quite a lot of things, but given that it’s is so open to interpretation and taste, music is certainly not one of them.


Despite that, a computer scientist in the University of London has sought to apply a formula to what determines the greatest songs of all time and, in his highly-scientific experiment, he’s come up with a definitive list of the top 50.

According to the Daily Mail, Dr Mick Grierson examined a whole host of songs that appeared in ‘greatest songs of all-time’ lists in newspapers, on music stations like VH1 and in iconic music publications such as Q, NME and Rolling Stone. Indie, Disco, Anthems and Rock, they"re all in there.

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Commissioned by car manufacturer Fiat, who wanted to identify a song they could use to promote the FIAT 500, he also used analytical software in an attempt to put a finger on what exactly made those tunes iconic.

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That involved taking into account factors such as beats per minute, chord variety, lyrical content and eh, timbral variety and sonic variance before arriving at the list you can see below.

We"re certainly not going to argue with number one.

Turns out science doesn’t have a bad taste in music after all.

The Top 50 most iconic songs of all time

Smells Like Teen Spirit - NirvanaImagine - John LennonOne - U2Billie Jean - Michael JacksonBohemian Rhapsody - QueenHey Jude - The BeatlesLike A Rolling Stone - Bob DylanI Can"t Get No Satisfaction - Rolling StonesGod Save The Queen - Sex PistolsSweet Child O"Mine - Guns N" RosesLondon Calling - The ClashWaterloo Sunset - The KinksHotel California - The EaglesYour Song - Elton JohnStairway To Heaven - Led ZeppelinThe Twist - Chubby CheckerLive Forever - OasisI Will Always Love You - Whitney HoustonLife On Mars? - David BowieHeartbreak Hotel - Elvis PresleyOver The Rainbow - Judy GarlandWhat"s Goin" On - Marvin GayeBorn To Run - Bruce SpringsteenBe My Baby - The RonettesCreep - RadioheadBridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & GarfunkelRespect - Aretha FranklinFamily Affair - Sly And The Family StoneDancing Queen - ABBAGood Vibrations - The Beach BoysPurple Haze - Jimi HendrixYesterday - The BeatlesJonny B Good - Chuck BerryNo Woman No Cry - Bob MarleyHallelujah - Jeff BuckleyEvery Breath You Take - The PoliceA Day In The Life - The BeatlesStand By Me - Ben E KingPapa"s Got A Brand New Bag - James BrownGimme Shelter - The Rolling StonesWhat"d I Say - Ray CharlesSultans Of Swing - Dire StraitsGod Only Knows - The Beach BoysYou"ve Lost That Lovin" Feeling - The Righteous BrothersMy Generation - The WhoDancing In The Street - Martha Reeves and the VandellasWhen Doves Cry - PrinceA Change Is Gonna Come - Sam CookeRiver Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina TurnerBest Of My Love - The Emotions