500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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Bill Withers, 'Lean on Me'

208. Bill Withers, 'Lean on Me'

Writer: Withers
June '72, Sussex
19 weeks; No. 1

Growing up as one of six kids in the coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Withers learned a lot about helping family and neighbors when they needed you. After a dislocating move to L.A., the bonds he built with co-workers manufacturing airplane toilets reminded him of the tightknit community he'd left back home, providing the inspiration for the plain-spoken "Lean on Me," his biggest hit.

Appears on: Lean on Me (Sony)

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