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This quiz list contains in-depth quizzes on the first 57 songs in Rolling Stone magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2004)," originally published in December of 2003. The magazine updated its list in 2021 with many new songs, but this list follows the original rankings. Most of the quizzes are written by me, but I've added a few from other authors.

List created by player skylarb.

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2.
  Song by Song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at number two on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" is the Rolling Stones with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Learn more about this popular song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
619 plays
3.
  Song by Song: "Imagine"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at #3 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is John Lennon's "Imagine." Learn a bit more about the song through this quiz.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
630 plays
4.
  Song by Song: "What's Going On"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of the fourth greatest song of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Oct 28 20
Average
skylarb
Oct 28 20
352 plays
5.
  Song by Song: "Respect"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz takes a look at the popular and often covered 1960s soul song "Respect."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
509 plays
6.
  Song by Song: "Good Vibrations"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at number six on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" is the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." Test your knowledge of the song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
439 plays
7.
  Song by Song: "Johnny B. Goode"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at number seven on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" is "Johnny B. Goode." Learn a bit more about the song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
340 plays
8.
  Hey Jude!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the great song 'Hey Jude', how much do you know about the creation and history of this legendary song? Have fun!
Tough, 10 Qns, number98, Jan 10 20
Tough
number98
Jan 10 20
3566 plays
9.
  Song by Song: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rolling Stone magazine rated Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" one of the greatest songs of all time. Test your knowledge of the song, or learn more about it.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
371 plays
10.
  Song by Song: "What'd I Say"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of this song by Ray Charles or learn a bit more about it.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
249 plays
11.
  Song by Song: "My Generation"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"My Generation" was ranked number 11 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Test your memory of this Who hit.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
342 plays
12.
  Song by Song: "A Change Is Gonna Come"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn more about this affecting Sam Cooke song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
258 plays
13.
  Song by Song: "Yesterday"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rolling Stone magazine dubbed "Yesterday" one of the greatest songs of all time. Take a dive into this famous tune.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
571 plays
14.
  Dylan Song By Song: "Blowin' In the Wind"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
An all-around look at Bob Dylan's popular song "Blowin' in the Wind."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Sep 22 04
Average
skylarb
1826 plays
15.
  Song by Song: "London Calling"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of The Clash's "London Calling."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
200 plays
16.
  Song by Song: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The number 16 song on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" is the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Test your knowledge of this song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
523 plays
17.
  Song by Song: "Purple Haze"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of the song that ranks 17th on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
271 plays
18.
  Song by Song: "Maybellene"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of this rocking Chuck Berry song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
197 plays
19.
  Song by Song: "Hound Dog"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about this song, which Rolling Stone ranked the 19th "greatest song of all time" in 2004?
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
294 plays
20.
  'Let It Be' : Story Of A Song   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be" Test your knowledge of this great Beatles song.
Tough, 10 Qns, darksplash, May 21 09
Tough
darksplash
2334 plays
21.
  Song by Song: "Born to Run"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz takes a dive into Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
391 plays
22.
  Song by Song: "Be My Baby"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at number 22 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 "Greatest Songs of All Time" is "Be My Baby." Learn more about this pop R&B song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
304 plays
23.
  Song by Song: "In My Life"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this song by the Beatles.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
532 plays
24.
  Song by Song: "People Get Ready"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"People Get Ready" is a gospel-R&B ballad that has made numerous lists of "great songs." Learn more about this famous musical work.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
288 plays
25.
  Song by Song: "God Only Knows"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rounding out the top 25 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 "Greatest Songs of All Time" list is the Beach Boys with "God Only Knows." Dig deeper into this Top 40 hit.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
386 plays
26.
  Song by Song: "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn a little more about this popular song, which Rolling Stone magazine rated as the 26th greatest song of all time on its 2004 list.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
416 plays
27.
  Song by Song: "Layla"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this popular Eric Clapton song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
344 plays
28.
  "A Day In The Life": Words and Background   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"A Day In The Life" is my all-time favorite Beatles song. Because the lyrics are so introspective and personal, it is also one of their least covered songs. I humbly offer this quiz in celebration of those beautifully written, very profound lyrics.
Average, 10 Qns, gretas, Oct 24 10
Average
gretas
10153 plays
29.
  Song by Song: Help!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into one of the most popular Beatles' songs.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
563 plays
30.
  Song by Song: "I Walk the Line"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this popular hit by Johnny Cash.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
274 plays
31.
  Anatomy of a Song: "Stairway To Heaven"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just how much do you know about Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway To Heaven"? Pit yourself against 10 questions about the song and/or associated facts. Song #3 in the 'Anatomy' series.
Average, 10 Qns, FussBudget, Dec 22 06
Average
FussBudget
6070 plays
32.
  Anatomy of a Song: "Sympathy for the Devil"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz on the song by the Rolling Stones, featured on their classic 1968 album "Beggars Banquet". This quiz will include questions on lyrics and information related to the song. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, BlueCheer, Oct 19 08
Average
BlueCheer
1383 plays
33.
  Song by Song: "River Deep - Mountain High"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn more about this soulful hit, which is considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
225 plays
35.
  Song by Song: "Light My Fire"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Coming in at number 35 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the Greatest Songs of All Time is "Light My Fire" by the Doors. Learn a bit more about this song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
287 plays
36.
  One   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
U2's "One" is often misunderstood. Listeners often focus on a few lines only and decide the song is uplifting. However, the song seems to be about something different. Can you answer these questions about the song's lyrics?
Easier, 10 Qns, alaspooryoric, Jun 13 14
Easier
alaspooryoric
258 plays
37.
  Song by Song: "No Woman, No Cry"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into the Bob Marley song Rolling Stone magazine named the 37th greatest song of all time on its 2004 list.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
183 plays
38.
  Song by Song: "Gimme Shelter"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Explore the Rolling Stones song that Rolling Stone magazine ranked among the 50 greatest songs of all time on its 2004 list.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
340 plays
39.
  Song by Song: "That'll Be the Day"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this popular Buddy Holly song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
255 plays
40.
  Song by Song: "Dancing in the Street"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Test your knowledge of this Motown classic.
Easier, 15 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
586 plays
41.
  Anatomy of a Song: "The Weight"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just how much do you know about The Band's classic "The Weight"? Pit yourself against 10 questions about the song and/or associated facts. Song #12 in the 'Anatomy' series. All quotes in the answers are derived from www.songfacts.com.
Average, 10 Qns, FussBudget, Jun 10 05
Average
FussBudget
2835 plays
42.
  Song by Song: "Waterloo Sunset"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Waterloo Sunset" the 42nd greatest song of all time on its 2004 list. Test your knowledge of this song by the Kinks, or learn a little more about it.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
250 plays
43.
  Song by Song: "Tutti Frutti"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dip into this toe-tapping hit.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
204 plays
44.
  Song by Song: "Georgia on My Mind"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz digs into a well-known standard that has been popular across R&B, soul, country, and pop genres.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Oct 16 20
Average
skylarb
Oct 16 20
306 plays
45.
  Song by Song: "Heartbreak Hotel"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn more about this popular song, which Rolling Stone magazine ranked #45 on its 2004 list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
273 plays
46.
  Song by Song: "Heroes"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this critically acclaimed Bowie song.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
302 plays
47.
  Dylan Song By Song: "All Along the Watchtower"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A look at the lyrics, allusions, context, and meaning of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Sep 22 04
Average
skylarb
1070 plays
48.
  Song by Song: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz surveys the context, lyrics, and covers of the Simon & Garfunkel song "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Average, 15 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
471 plays
49.
  Welcome to the Hotel California!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
I'm sure just about everyone has heard this very famous Eagles song and I'm sure just about everyone enjoys it. This is how I would tell the story of one of the best classic rock songs of all time...
Very Easy, 20 Qns, sassy111, Feb 18 24
Very Easy
sassy111
Feb 18 24
17841 plays
50.
  Song by Song: "Tracks of My Tears"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rounding out Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the top 50 greatest songs of all time is "The Tracks of My Tears." Learn about this emotional R&B song.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
300 plays
51.
  "The Message" Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"The Message" was the number 51 greatest song on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Learn a bit more about it.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
169 plays
52.
  Song by Song: "When Doves Cry"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"When Doves Cry" made Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Test your knowledge of this Prince hit.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
294 plays
53.
  Song by Song: "When a Man Loves a Woman"   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dig into this popular R&B hit, ranked number 53 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the greatest songs of all time.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 05 21
316 plays
54.
  Song by Song: "Louie Louie"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"Louie Louie" was listed as the 54th greatest song of all time on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs. How much do you know about this R&B hit?
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 12 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 12 21
228 plays
55.
  Song by Song: "Long Tall Sally"   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of this early rock and roll hit.
Easier, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 05 21
Easier
skylarb
Nov 05 21
183 plays
56.
  Song by Song: "Anarchy in the U.K."   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn more about this famous song by the Sex Pistols.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Oct 26 21
Average
skylarb
Oct 26 21
154 plays
57.
  Song by Song: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge of one of Procol Harum's most popular songs.
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Nov 07 21
Average
skylarb
Nov 07 21
192 plays

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