Beatles Have More Songs On "500 Greatest" List Than Any Other Artist

The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. From left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon, with Ringo Star on drums.
The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS) Music mavens everywhere will have to put up their dukes as Rolling Stone magazine unveils its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in a special collector's issue.

[The list, an update of an earlier list first compiled in 2004., is sure to have people arguing over which artist or song is better.

But one thing is certain: No one has more songs on the list than the Beatles. With 23 songs, the British band has more songs listed than any other group or solo artist. And this doesn't count solo works by band members - like "Imagine" by John Lennon which was listed in the top 5. These are counted seperately.

Coming in a not-so-close second are The Rolling Stones with 14 tunes on the chart, iuncluding the swagger-driven "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which is number two on the list.

Bob Dylan, whose 1960s anthem "Like A Rolling Stone" topped the list olf 500, had four songs in the top 100.

The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith spoke with Rolling Stone contributing editor Alan Light earlier this week about the top five tunes from the 2010 list.

The Big 5 also includes "Respect" by Aretha Franklin and the socially-aware soul stirrer "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye.

The magazine complies the list to get people thinking and comparing songs, musicians, styles and eras

"It only works when people argue about it," says Light on The Early Show. And argue may well be an understatement.

Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" issue hits newsstands Friday.

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