Monday, May 30, 2005


Doubtless Virgin Radio's Top 100 British Songs vote was meant to attract publicity and new listeners to the network; the plan, though, has backfired with a top ten that confirms everything you suspect about the station - lumpen, blokeish, predictable, cloth-eared:

1. Oasis - Wonderwall
2. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
4. The Beatles - Let It Be
5. John Lennon - Imagine
6. Police - Every Breath You Take
7. The Jam - Going Underground
8. Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
9. Robbie Williams - Angels
10. The Stranglers - Golden Brown

Apart from The Jam, it's not even the best single by the artists involved - good god, if you're going to claim that Oasis have made the greatest British record of all time, and it's not Live Forever?

The unifying theme of most of the top 10 seems to imply that Virgin listeners are easily impressed by the mock-heroic. Nearly all the top ten songs they've chosen have that air of misplaced self-importance that could easily be mistaken for an epic scale.

Also interesting: the chart managed just three female artists - Kate Bush at 16; Yazoo at 73, and the Eurythmics at 93. And they thought Five Live was Radio Bloke.


Simon said...

Never mind Real Music Virgin Radio - what's going on in the last couple of paragraphs of that report? Are they suggesting Oasis shouldn't be allowed to be number one if Wonderwall didn't make it?

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Good point - in a week when we have the number one we have, it's not really a good time to be suggesting that sheer weight of sales should outweigh a popular vote...

Anonymous said...

Mind you, it is amusing to see the quality of the records that kept/knocked Oasis off the top of the charts!

At least The Who's "Substitute" was kept off by The Small Faces' "All Or Nothing"

Or something like that...

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