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Every year Virgin Radio fills up the gap between Xmas and New Year by playing the - ahem - top 500 greatest songs of all time, as voted for by the public. Usually the public can be relied upon to vote something predictable like "Imagine" or "Bohemian Rhapsody" into the number one position.
Not this year.
Forget The Beatles! Stand aside, Elvis Presley! Rolling Stones? Pah! Apparently the greatest record ever made in the entire history of anything ever is... wait for it... "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol.
It's a good song, though, even if it does have that miserable twenty/thirtysomething appeal that's likely to bode well with its popularity with Virgin Radio's listener demographic and help push it to No1.
Of course, these things are affected by trends and brief boosts of popularity for various songs. The real test of a song's enduring appeal is how long it can hang around these sorts of polls. I'd be very surprised if "Chasing Cars" even makes the top ten this time next year.
So EV. You thought that Virgin radio Listeners actually knew what the greatest song was. That's very noble of you!
I guess we shouldn't expect anything more (less?) from White Van AM
How can Virgin FM's listeners be so dumb as to vote Snope A Troll as the best song ever? Clearly that accolade belongs to Shakira?
What a ghastly artefact. I think the only song on that whole list that would stand a squeaking chance of making my own personal Top 100 is Romeo And Juliet.
I wasn't expecting a display of musical knowledge - after all, "Imagine" usually wins. It just seems odd that things have shifted away from the norm so suddenly. Reminds me of the poll Radio 1 did in 1988 when the best record ever made was revealed to be "I Owe You Nothing" by Bros.
Soooo. What you are saying is that the real best song ever isn't the one the public vote for!
*Checks to see if a thesis has already been written on this*
There may be a Phd up for grabs on this one!
I'm sure someone has done it. How about Mike Read?
According to Mike Read, the greatest record ever made is "Tell Me I'm Wrong" by Mike Read. Mike! You're wrong!
Do you think that's why he's up for Mayor?
Dunno. Because he's tried everything else to get the public to like him?
Here's a (reasonably) interesting thing: a poll of polls of the best singles of all time. http://www.everyhit.com/bestever.html
It's a bit closer, but I still wouldn't vote for any of the top ten.
Interesting that Stairway made the top twenty despite never being released as a single.
On second examination I tally quite well with the Mojo top one hundred.
And this is a good resource:
What would you say was the greatest record ever made then?
I see no 'Video Killed The Radio Star' and therefore have no faith in everyHit.com.
My personal favourite is Romeo And Juliet by Dire Straits, but that's largely for some sentimental reasons.
I couldn't choose a greatest record: it would be something with the technical brilliance of Zeppelin's 'Four Sticks', the lyrical wittiness of Tom Lehrer's 'Masochism Tango', the soul and beauty of Van Morrison's 'Moondance', the mosh appeal of AC/DC's 'If You Want Blood' and the outright catchiness of Spin Doctors' '2 Princes'. I don't think I've yet come across that song. I suspect I never will.
Right, let's sort this out once and for all: A19091289