Last week, Rolling Stone published an updated version of its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. The previous incarnation was published in 2004. About the list: In 2004, Rolling Stone published its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s one of the most widely read stories in our history, viewed hundreds of millions of times on this site. But a lot has changed since 2004; back then the iPod was relatively new, and Billie Eilish was three years old. So we’ve decided to give the list a total reboot. To create the new version of the RS 500 we convened a poll of more than 250 artists, musicians, and producers — from Angelique Kidjo to Zedd, Sam Smith to Megan Thee Stallion, M. Ward to Bill Ward — as well as figures from the music industry and leading critics and journalists. They each sent in a ranked list of their top 50 songs, and we tabulated the results. Nearly 4,000 songs received votes. Where the 2004 version of the list was dominated by early rock and soul, the new edition contains more hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B. More than half the songs here — 254 in all — weren’t present on the old list, including a third of the Top 100. The result is a more expansive, inclusive vision of pop, music that keeps rewriting its history with every beat. How this thread will work: We will discuss one song a day, starting at #500 and ending with #1 If conversation moves too slowly/too quickly, we can adjust the pacing as we go on All opinions are welcome, but please keep them specific to the song being discussed; conversations about the list as a whole should stay on the existing thread Borrowing from Ted Lasso, let me ask that we follow the lead of Walt Whitman: "Be curious, not judgmental." This is an opportunity for discovering new music and having conversation about why this particular song made it into the top 500 of the nearly 4,000 songs listed on individual ballots, which puts them in the top 12-13% of all songs that were named by voters. That alone makes them worthy of respectful consideration, even if they vary wildly from our own tastes. Also, feel free to share other recommendations for artists mentioned as they come up. There aren't that many artists who have multiple songs, but if you're worried about talking about a song that will show up later, you can preview the entire list to find out. Let's get started!