Rolling Stone created some major buzz today (September 15) with the release of an updated version of their “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.
The first version of the list was released in 2004, a time when “…the iPod was relatively new, and Billie Eilish was three years old.” With that in mind, Rolling Stone reached out to a wide variety of music figures, from artists to industry professionals to journalists, “to give the list a total reboot.”
Rolling Stone notes, “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.”
Of course, with that in mind, that means there are many songs from the 2004 version that are no longer on the 2021 version. Which tracks didn’t make the cut this time around? Scroll below to view just 30 songs that are no longer on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list and where they ranked on the list in 2004.