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The 31 Greatest Songs From Beginning To End

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us a song that's perfect from start to finish, and they did NOT disappoint! Here are the legendary results.

1. "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance

Reprise Records

"'Welcome to the Black Parade' is truly an anthem for the ages."

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2. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

Arista Records

"There's nothing more perfect than 'I Will Always Love You.' Then again, Dolly Parton is a lyrical genius — her songs always tell stories."

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3. "Toto" by Africa

Columbia Records

"'Africa' by Toto is such a fun song. It always brings a smile to my face even though I don't understand it all lol."

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4. "Someone Like You" by Adele

XL Recordings

"So many of her songs are beautifully written, but this one perfectly captures that sad, but great moment when you are ready to let go and move on from heartbreak."

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5. "Ex-Factor" by Lauryn Hill

Ruffhouse/Columbia Records

"The bridge brings me to tears even now, and I have been happily married for 10 years. It's raw, honest, and vulnerable."

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6. "Redbone" by Childish Gambino

Glassnote Records

"'Redbone' by Childish Gambino is PURE ear gold."

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7. "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley

Columbia Records

"It's such a beautiful, emotional song and his voice is amazing!"

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8. "Purple Rain" by Prince and The Revolution

Warner Bros.

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9. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

Columbia Records/Epic Records

"'My Heart Will Go On' is AMAZING! Celine Dion's voice is powerful perfection, and the emotion she puts into the words when she performs it live is even better."

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10. "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

MTV

11. "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift

Big Machine Records

"This song is perfect from start to finish, especially the lyrics, 'And you call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest.'"

sparksfly89

12. "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.

Warner Bros. Records

"I have loved many songs, but when it comes to choosing one favorite of all time, I always go for this one. There's just something about the melody and the lyrics that no other song has been able to beat for me, at least for now."

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13. "Seasons of Love" from Rent

Sony Pictures Releasing

"It's a perfect song about life, loss, and friendship."

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14. "Fix You" by Coldplay

Parlophone Records

"'Fix You' by Coldplay has a great build-up, a great climax, and a great message."

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15. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

Elektra Records

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16. "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse

Island Records

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17. "Listen" by Beyoncé

Paramount Pictures

"From start to finish, this song is absolute perfection! I sing it at the top of my lungs EVERY TIME!"

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18. "Dancing Queen" by ABBA

Polar Music

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19. "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Tamla/Motown Records

20. "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles

Columbia Records/Erskine

"This song makes you feel things lyrically and the build-up to the end is just transcendent. Not to mention his gorgeous voice — it's all magical."

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21. "Goodbye Earl" by Dixie Chicks

Monument Records

"It's an oldie, but it's such an empowering song about two best friends working together to take down an abusive husband."

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22. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

Columbia Records

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23. "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King

Ode/A&M Records

"Whenever I listen to 'You've Got A Friend," it feels like someone is giving me a warm hug. This song is my personal reminder that everything is going to be OK, especially when you have good people in your orbit. Carole King is the queen of writing perfect music!"

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24. "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna

MTV

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25. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

Warner Bros.

26. "Satisfied" from Hamilton

Atlantic Records

"'Satisfied' sung by Renée Elise Goldsberry is PERFECT. From the rhythm to the lyrics, to the repetition of the word 'satisfied' that clearly leaves us unsatisfied. Who could ever top that?"

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27. "Space Oddity" by David Bowie

Mercury Records

28. "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

Tamla/Motown

"Nothing will EVER beat it."

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29. "Both Sides, Now" (2000s version) by Joni Mitchell

Reprise Records

30. "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Tuff Gong

"This song soothes my soul every time I listen to it."

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31. And "Fallingwater" by Maggie Rogers

Debay/Capitol Records

"'Fallingwater' has a solid beat throughout the song, incredible vocals, and beautiful lyrics. Seeing Maggie Rogers perform it live is an unreal experience!"

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