As of December 2015, statistics compiled by "Rolling Stone" magazine list the top 10 songs of all time, including Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect." These rankings are based on airplay, copies sold and weeks on Billboard charts.
Bob Dylan wrote "Like a Rolling Stone," and Tom Wilson produced it. The song was released in July 1965 and quickly made its way to the top of the charts, where it remained for 12 weeks. Dylan was 24 years old when he wrote the hit, and "Rolling Stone" magazine also reports that Dylan and organist Al Kooper have said the song was written quite haphazardly with no real plan and no composed music, yet still came together to form one of the most iconic songs of all time.
Marvin Gaye produced "What's Going On?" himself, but co-wrote it with Renaldo Benson and Al Cleveland. The song was released in February 1971 and spent 13 weeks on Billboard's charts, where it reached the number two spot. Gaye wrote the song as a reminder for people to seek peace and understanding, ironically during tumultuous times in his own life. Gaye's plea is arguably known, through chart rankings and sales, as his most popular song of all time.