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Q Magazine’s Top 100 Songs


Q is a British music magazine which has published numerous best-of lists over the years. Below is an exclusive Dave’s Music Database list in which nine different lists from Q have been consolidated into an aggregate list. See sources for individual lists here.

  1. Massive Attack…Unfinished Symphathy (1991)
  2. Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  3. Oasis…Live Forever (1994)
  4. Sex Pistols…God Save the Queen (1977)
  5. New Order…Blue Monday (1983)
  6. The Verve…Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
  7. Blur…Song 2 (1997)
  8. Robbie Williams…Angels (1997)
  9. The Kinks…Waterloo Sunset (1967)
  10. Queen…Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

  11. The Specials…Ghost Town (1981)
  12. U2…One (1992)
  13. Joy Division…Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
  14. Radiohead…Creep (1993)
  15. Underworld…Born Slippy (1995)
  16. Pulp…Common People (1995)
  17. Kate Bush…Wuthering Heights (1978)
  18. The La’s…There She Goes (1989)
  19. Prodigy…Firestarter (1996)
  20. The Undertones…Teenage Kicks (1978)

  21. Black Sabbath…Paranoid (1970)
  22. David Bowie…Heroes (1977)
  23. The Jam…Going Underground (1980)
  24. The Smiths…How Soon Is Now? (1985)
  25. Manic Street Preachers…A Design for Life (1996)
  26. The Beatles…Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
  27. The Beach Boys…Good Vibrations (1966)
  28. Sex Pistols…Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)
  29. Oasis…Wonderwall (1995)
  30. R.E.M….Everybody Hurts (1993)

  31. Stone Roses…Fools Gold (1989)
  32. Eminem with Dido…Stan (2000)
  33. Radiohead…Paranoid Android (1997)
  34. Guns N’ Roses…Sweet Child O’ Mine (1988)
  35. Bob Dylan…Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
  36. Madonna…Like a Prayer (1989)
  37. The Smiths…This Charming Man (1983)
  38. The Clash…London Calling (1979)
  39. The Jam…A Town Called Malice (1982)
  40. Coldplay…The Scientist (2002)

  41. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry…Walk This Way (1986)
  42. John Lennon…Imagine (1971)
  43. The Rolling Stones…(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)
  44. The Beach Boys…God Only Knows (1966)
  45. Bob Marley & the Wailers…No Woman, No Cry (1975)
  46. Manic Street Preachers…Motorcycle Emptiness (1992)
  47. Madonna…Into the Groove (1985)
  48. Marvin Gaye…Sexual Healing (1982)
  49. Eagles…Hotel California (1977)
  50. The Police…Every Breath You Take (1983)

  51. The Who…My Generation (1965)
  52. Depeche Mode…Personal Jesus (1989)
  53. Stevie Wonder…Superstition (1972)
  54. The Beatles…A Day in the Life (1967)
  55. Eminem…My Name Is… (1999)
  56. T-Rex…Get It On (Bang a Gong) (1971)
  57. The Shadows…Apache (1960)
  58. The Beatles…Hey Jude (1968)
  59. Cliff Richard & the Drifers…Move It (1958)
  60. Cornershop…Brimful of Asha (1997)

  61. Lonnie Donegan…Rock Island Line (1956)
  62. OutKast…Hey Ya! (2003)
  63. The Smiths…There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1992)
  64. Amy Winehouse…Rehab (2006)
  65. The Small Faces…Itchycoo Park (1967)
  66. Marvin Gaye…I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)
  67. The Beatles…Let It Be (1970)
  68. The Jimi Hendrix Experience…All Along the Watchtower (1968)
  69. Arctic Monkeys…I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor (2005)
  70. U2…With Or Without You (1987)

  71. R.E.M….Losing My Religion (1991)
  72. Motorhead…Ace of Spaces (1980)
  73. Beyonce with Jay-Z…Crazy in Love (2003)
  74. Abba…Dancing Queen (1976)
  75. Michael Jackson…Billie Jean (1983)
  76. The Beatles…She Loves You (1963)
  77. The Verve…The Drugs Don’t Work (1997)
  78. Led Zeppelin…Kashmir (1975)
  79. The Beatles…Tomorrow Never Knows (1966)
  80. The Rolling Stones…Gimme Shelter (1969)

  81. The Jam…Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (1978)
  82. 10cc…I’m Not in Love (1975)
  83. Soft Cell…Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (1981)
  84. Blur…Parklife (1994)
  85. The White Stripes…Seven Nation Army (2003)
  86. The Beatles…Penny Lane (1967)
  87. Foo Fighters…Monkey Wrench (1997)
  88. Prince…Kiss (1997)
  89. Elton John…Rocket Man (1972)
  90. David Bowie…Life on Mars? (1973)

  91. Gnarls Barkley…Crazy (2006)
  92. Roxy Music…Virginia Plain (1972)
  93. Ike & Tina Turner…River Deep, Mountain High (1966)
  94. Marvin Gaye…What’s Going On (1971)
  95. The Strokes…Last Nite (2001)
  96. Supergrass…Alright (1995)
  97. John Lennon…Working Class Hero (1970)
  98. Lou Reed…Walk on the Wild Side (1973)
  99. The Beatles…Something (1969)
  100. Bruce Springsteen…Born to Run (1975)

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This page last updated April 14, 2011.