Dylan song voted 'greatest of all time'

The Bob Dylan classic, Like a Rolling Stone, has been voted the greatest song of all time.

The Bob Dylan classic, Like a Rolling Stone, has been voted the greatest song of all time.

The folk legend’s 1965 hit topped a list in Rolling Stone Magazine, which also featured tunes by The Beatles and The Who.

The Fab Four and the Rolling Stones account for most songs on the list, chosen by 172 artists including Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello and K D Lang.

The Dylan hit was followed by the Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and John Lennon’s Imagine.

Aretha Franklin got plenty of Respect, coming in at number five with her chart topper.

She is followed by the Beach Boys with Good Vibrations and then Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode.

The Beatles get their first entry at number eight with Hey Jude – bound to spark debate over whether the tune is the best ever Beatles number.

Just behind the Beatles is Nirvana, with Smells Like Teen Spirit the only offering from recent years in the top 20.

The list proves that the 60s was really the decade that made music.

More than 200 of the tunes were penned in the swinging sixties, and 144 were written the following decade.

The 1980s, known for glam rock and bad fashion, could offer just 55 songs.

From the current decade there were only three songs.

Eminem’s Lose Yourself reached number 166, and the controversial rapper also came in at number 290 with Stan.

OutKast’s memorable hit from last year, Hey Ya, came in at number 180.

Here are the top 20 songs from Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time:

:: Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan

:: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones

:: Imagine, John Lennon

:: What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

:: Respect, Aretha Franklin

:: Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys

:: Johnny B Goode, Chuck Berry

:: Hey Jude, The Beatles

:: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

:: What’d I Say, Ray Charles

:: My Generation, The Who

:: A Change is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke

:: Yesterday, The Beatles

:: Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan

:: London Calling, The Clash

:: I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles

:: Purple Haze, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

:: Maybellene, Chuck Berry

:: Hound Dog, Elvis Presley

:: Let It Be, The Beatles

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