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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.

  • The Rolling Stones -

    Previously ranked #495.

  • Neil Young - “Rockin’ in the Free World”

    Previously ranked #216.

  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -

    Previously ranked #491.

  • Sly and the Family Stone - “Dance to the Music”

    Previously ranked #225.

  • Alice Cooper - 'I'm Eighteen

    Previously ranked #487.

  • The Clash - “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

    Previously ranked #228.

  • Guns N' Roses -

    Previously ranked #459.

  • AC/DC - “Highway to Hell”

    Previously ranked #258.

  • John Cougar Mellencamp -

    Previously ranked #447.

  • The Troggs - “Wild Thing”

    Previously ranked #261.

  • Deep Purple -

    Previously ranked #434.

  • U2 - “Sunday Bloody Sunday”

    Previously ranked #272.

  • Green Day -

    Previously ranked #432.

  • Jefferson Airplane - “Somebody to Love”

  • Billy Joel -

    Previously ranked #429.

  • Bruce Springsteen - “Born in the U.S.A.”

    Previously ranked #280.

  • Aerosmith -

    Previously ranked #416.

  • David Bowie - “Ziggy Stardust”

    Previously ranked #282.

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd -

    Previously ranked #407.

  • Led Zeppelin - “Black Dog”

    Previously ranked #300.

  • The Police - “Roxanne”

    Previously ranked #398.

  • Rolling Stones - “Street Fighting Man”

    Previously ranked #301.

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - “Ohio”

    Previously ranked #395.

  • Queen - “We Will Rock You”

    Previously ranked #338.

  • The Verve - “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

    Previously ranked #392.

  • Aerosmith - “Walk This Way”

    Previously ranked #346.

  • Pink Floyd - “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2”

    Previously ranked #384.

  • Big Brother and the Holding Company - “Piece of My Heart”

    Previously ranked #353.

  • Cream - “White Room”

    Previously ranked #376.

  • Depeche Mode - “Personal Jesus”

    Previously ranked #377.

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