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So, What Was ‘Rolling Stone’ Thinking When We Made Our New 500 Greatest Songs List?

New episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast dives into the making of the list and the songs in the top 20

Aretha Franklin performs on stage in 1970 in the United States. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)Aretha Franklin performs on stage in 1970 in the United States. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

Aretha Franklin performs on stage in 1970 in the United States.

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Rolling Stone’s brand-new list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time got the whole world talking (including Carson Daly, who was super-mad about a perceived lack of classic rock). On the new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, we begin what will become a multi-part discussion of the list.

Brittany Spanos, Rob Sheffield and Jon Dolan join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion, which explains some of the logistics behind the list (it was assembled via a vote by over 250 people!), and delves into the reaction to it, digs into its differences from the 2004 version, before going song by song through the top 20.

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