Recently, a friend of mine heard a song and averred, "This is one of my top fifty favorite songs ever made." Well that got me thinking. What are my favorite 50 songs ever made? Well, here they are. Only there's a couple of rules in order to evoke discussion (which won't happen, but I'll do it anyway). First of all, so my list doesn't comprise solely of ABBA, The Beatles, Garbage and Michael Jackson, I limited it to one song per group/singer. Second, in order for all my readers to be familiar with the songs listed, I removed some more obscure songs that might make the list (Res, SoulDecision, Travis). So here's what's left, in no particular order.

50 Cent - In Da Club

ABBA - Dancing Queen

Aretha Franklin - Respect

The B-52s - Love Shack

The Beatles - Hey Jude

The Bee-Gees - Stayin' Alive

Billy Idol - White Wedding

Blind Mellon - No Rain

Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen

Elton John - Tiny Dancer

Eminem - Lose Yourself

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)

Garbage - Stupid Girl

George Michael - Freedom

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

Guns N Roses - Sweet Child'O Mine

Haddaway - What is Love

Irene Cara - What a Feelin'

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

Madonna - Like a Prayer

Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

Nelly - Hot in Herre

Nine Inch Nails - Closer

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems

NSync - Bye Bye Bye

Oasis - Wonderwall

Outkast - Hey Ya

Phil Collins - The Air of the Night

The Police - Every Breath You Take

Prince - Purple Rain

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca

REM - Losing My Religion

Santana f. Rob Thomas - Smooth

Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson

Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life

U2 - With or Without You

Usher f. Ludacris - Yeah

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

The Wallflowers - One Headlight