Critic Picks 100 Greatest Songs Ever

Hits from David Bowie, Beatles make top 10
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2016 12:01 PM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2016 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The '70s, man. Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick is out with his picks for the 100 greatest songs of our time, though he admits it's a rather personal list that's heavy on that particular decade. The criteria: A great song evokes "ideas and emotions" and assumes "a kind of intrinsic life of its own," McCormick says. Here's his top 10:

  1. Life On Mars?, David Bowie (1971)
  2. Let It Be, The Beatles (1970)
  3. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan (1975)
  4. Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  5. Lola, The Kinks (1970)
  6. Redemption Song, Bob Marley (1979)
  7. Saint James Infirmary, Louis Armstrong (1928)
  8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland (1939)
  9. I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra (1956)
  10. Everybody Hurts, REM (1993)
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