Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Is this just fantasy?

Like a bunch of Gibraltarians using the democratic process to say what they think people want to hear, once again the British People have voted Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of a poll.

This time, it's Radio 2's Number 1 Chart, celebrating fifty years of the Top 10. But once you get past the stinkingly obvious top three - Bo Rap, Imagine, Hey Jude, the chart gets a little more interesting. Bridge Over Troubled Water is at four, and while dying this year accounts for My Sweet Lord and George Harrison at five, the rest of the ten is made up with A Whiter Shade of Pale, House of the Rising Sun, Dancing Queen, Good Vibrations and Under Pressure. Kate Bush is at 11 with Wuthering Heights; joint 22nd is Steve Harley (Make Me Smile) and Rod Stewart (Maggie May). Ian Dury's Rhythm Stick is at fifty.

There's been some comment that there isn't very much recent in the chart, but then - its Radio 2 listeners, so you'd expect a certain level of rear-view mirror voting. Oddly, the most recent record in the list is by Elvis, who makes thirty-nine with A Little Less Conversation. Newest track is Can't Get You Out of My Head by Kylie.

On the whole, it's a pretty impressive list - some of the songs may be so over-familiar now they stink, but at least only having 960-odd songs to choose from seems to have focused the voter's minds a bit more than usual in these matters.

More interesting is the celebrities choices. Tori Amos has plumped for Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones; Alison Moyet has chosen Wuthering Heights. Damon Gough selects You're The One That I Want. Most amusing of all is Tony Robinson, not because he chose Doris Day but, because no matter how long he's a member of the Labour Party NEC, he'll always be Tony Robinson (Baldrick).

The chart on the Radio 2 website doesn't look permanent, so there's a copy of the listing here and the celebs choices can be found here.

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