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Which jams were added to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list — and which ones were cut?

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After 17 years of new music being released and celebrated, Rolling Stone reconsidered its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time to include some of the "newer" songs over the last nearly two decades.

Rolling Stone first announced the greatest 500 songs of all time back in 2004, with "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan taking the top spot. Now, the top song on its updated list is "Respect" by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Even though both of the songs to grace the top spot came out before 2004, it shows how music taste can change over the last several years, as newer music icons like Zedd, Sam Smith and Megan Thee Stallion helped curate the music magazine's updated list.

For those worried newer songs take up the chart, don't worry — 449, or 89.8% of the songs — were released before 2004.

With more hip-hop, Latin pop, reggae and R&B, over half of the list includes songs that didn't appear in the original 2004 list. Here are some of the most notable songs to make the list, those that got the cut and the most recent songs to be added to the G.O.A.T. list.

There's a new No. 1: Rolling Stone updates 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list with big changes.

New Editions

The list includes a variety of new songs, both released before and after 2004. An example is "Stronger" by Kanye West coming in at 500, which was released in 2007. "Dancing on My Own" by Robyn in 2010 is the top-rated song from the 2010s. Here are some other songs that were added to the list:

497. "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo, 2017

494. "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, 1983

444. "In Da Club" by 50 Cent, 2003

419. "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey, 1995

405. "Amor Prohibido" by Selena, 1994

436. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, 2012

384. "I Like It" by Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, 2018

332. "Umbrella" by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z, 2007

303. "No Scrubs" by TLC, 1999

228. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" by Beyoncé, 2009

114. "Toxic" by Britney Spears, 2003

50. "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee, 2010

32. "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G, 1994

30. "Royals" by Lorde, 2011

25. "Runaway" by Kanye West feat. Pusha T, 2010

16. "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z, 2003

10. "Hey Ya!" by Outkast, 2003

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Songs removed

With over half of the list including new additions, that means some notable ones had to be removed. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers had the highest ranking in 2004 (No. 34) but didn't make it in on the 2021 list. Here are other songs that didn't make the cut, and what they ranked in 2004:

"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, No. 54

"Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard, No. 56

"Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" by Jerry Lee Lewis, No. 61

"For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" by Buffalo Springfield, No. 63

"The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan, No. 59

"Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash, No. 164

"Do you Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful, No. 216

"Highway to Hell" by AC/DC, No. 254

"Walk This Way" by Run-DMC feat. Aerosmith, No. 287

"One Way or Another" by Blondie, No. 298

"We Will Rock You" by Queen, No. 330

"Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode, No. 368

"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, No. 398

"Piano Man" by Billy Joel, No. 421

"I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, No. 484

Most Recent Songs

Some songs didn't need additional time to cement their legendary status. Here are the six songs that were released in 2019 or later:

490. "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, 2019

438. "Savage (Remix) by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, 2020

346. "Dynamite" by BTS, 2020

329. "Safaera" by Bad Bunny, 2020

178. "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish, 2019

137. "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande, 2019

The winner of the most recent song to make the updated list? "Dynamite" by BTS, which was released on Aug. 21, 2020.

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jordan_mendoza5.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list: Songs added, cut

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