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  • Britain's 500 All-Time Favourite Tracks (as at 1992!)

    Back in '92 there was a nationwide poll conducted by Labatt's in partnership with the NME, The Daily Mirror and many local radio stations to find the country's favourite 500 singles/album tracks. It was advertised at the time as the most extensive such poll ever conducted. The results were also published in a book with a write-up on each of the 500 winners by Mike Read.

    I wonder how many of this 500 would make a similar listing today? About half I'd guess...

    500 When You Tell Me That You Love Me - Diana Ross
    499 You To Me Are Everything - Real Thing
    498 Big Area - Then Jericho
    497 Eton Rifles - The Jam
    496 There She Goes - The Las
    495 Sign O The Times - Prince
    494 I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
    493 Step On - Happy Mondays
    492 Elephant Stone - Stone Roses
    491 After the Watershed - Carter USM
    490 Love Your Money - Daisy Chainsaw
    489 White Riot - The Clash
    488 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
    487 Sex Machine - James Brown
    486 Jealous Guy - Roxy Music
    485 Thieves Like Us - New Order
    484 All Cried Out - Alison Moyet
    483 Kingston Town - UB40
    482 Metal Guru - T.Rex
    481 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
    480 Love Shack - B52s
    479 Show Me Heaven - Maria McKee
    478 True Blue - Madonna
    477 Delilah - Tom Jones
    476 Love Like Blood - Killing Joke
    475 Turn It On Again - Genesis
    474 The Look of Love - ABC
    473 Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
    472 What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
    471 Alone - Heart
    470 Michelle - Beatles
    469 Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
    468 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
    467 The Shoop Shoop Song - Cher
    466 The Winner Takes It All - Abba
    465 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
    464 This Old Heart of Mine - Isley Brothers
    463 Anything For You - Gloria Estefan
    462 Being With You - Smokey Robinson
    461 On the Beach - Chris Rea
    460 All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
    459 Eclipse - Pink Floyd
    458 Band on the Run - Wings
    457 Holy Mother - Eric Clapton
    456 Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
    455 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - Beatles
    454 California Dreamin' - Mamas & Papas
    453 Love Of My Life - Queen
    452 When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
    451 No More Heroes - Stranglers
    450 Material Girl - Madonna
    449 Yellow Submarine - Beatles
    448 Dancing in the Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
    447 Somebody to Love - Queen
    446 My Girl - Otis Redding
    445 I'm a Believer - Monkees
    444 Ticket to Ride - Beatles
    443 Easy - Commodores
    442 Samba Pa Ti - Santana
    441 Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
    440 In My Life - Beatles
    439 You Win Again - Bee Gees
    438 Radar Love - Golden Earring
    437 Rave On - Buddy Holly
    436 For Your Babies - Simply Red
    435 Supper's Ready - Genesis
    434 Will You - Hazel O'Connor
    433 Love Me Do - Beatles
    432 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    431 Streets of London - Ralph McTell
    430 I Feel Free - Cream
    429 Desperado - Eagles
    428 Brown Eyed girl - Van Morrison
    427 Someone Saved My Life tonight - Elton John
    426 Baby love - Supremes
    425 Mystify - INXS
    424 The Fly - U2
    423 St Elmo's Fire - John Parr
    422 Invisible Touch - Genesis
    421 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    420 Uncertain Smile - The The
    419 Killer - Adamski
    418 Why - Annie Lennox
    417 Kiss - Prince
    416 I Am the Walrus - Beatles
    415 It's Over - Roy Orbison
    414 Something Got Me Started - Simply Red
    413 Wind of Change - Scorpions
    412 Everlasting Love - Love Affair
    411 Black Magic Woman - Santana
    410 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    409 Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
    408 Money - Pink Floyd
    407 Wherever I Lay My Hat - Paul Young
    406 You're So Vain - Carly Simon
    405 Something - Beatles
    404 Hot Love - T.Rex
    403 Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
    402 Behind the Mask - Eric Clapton
    401 Waterloo - Abba
    400 Change - Lisa Stansfield

    to be continued...

  • #2
    399 Young Girl - Union Gap
    398 New Sensation - INXS
    397 Rain - The Cult
    396 Hand In Glove - Smiths
    395 Some Candy Talking - Jesus & Mary Chain
    394 Paradise City - Guns N Roses
    393 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
    392 We Will Rock You - Queen
    391 A Different Corner - George Michael
    390 I'm Still Waiting - Diana Ross
    389 A Kind of Magic - Queen
    388 Any Dream Will Do - Jason Donovan
    387 Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
    386 Woman in Chains - Tears For Fears
    385 Always and Forever - Heatwave
    384 Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
    383 Touch Me in the Morning - Diana Ross
    382 God Only Knows - Beach Boys
    381 Pinball Wizard - Who
    380 One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson
    379 Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
    378 Enter Sandman - Metallica
    377 The Man With the Child In His Eyes - Kate Bush
    376 Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs
    375 Everyday Is Like Sunday - Morrissey
    374 Like a Hurricane - Neil Young
    373 Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
    372 Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    371 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - Walker Brothers
    370 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
    369 The Unforgettable Fire - U2
    368 Starman - David Bowie
    367 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
    366 Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones
    365 How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
    364 Love On the Rocks - Neil Diamond
    363 One More Night - Phil Collins
    362 Please Please Me - Beatles
    361 Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
    360 Angel Eyes - Wet Wet Wet
    359 Steamy Windows - Tina Turner
    358 Respect - Aretha Franklin
    357 Thorn In My Side - Eurythmics
    356 Jump - Van Halen
    355 The River - Bruce Springsteen
    354 The Queen Is Dead - Smiths
    353 What Do I Get - Buzzcocks
    352 Green and Grey - New Model Army
    351 One Way - Levellers

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    • #3
      350 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight - Jam
      349 Get It On - T.Rex
      348 Tunnel of Love - Dire Straits
      347 Animal - Def Leppard
      346 Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Julie Covington
      345 Apache - Shadows
      344 Need You Tonight - INXS
      343 Let's Stay Together - Al Green
      342 All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
      341 The Young Ones - Cliff Richard
      340 Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
      339 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
      338 Cherish - Kool and the Gang
      337 Bad - Michael Jackson
      336 Angie - Rolling Stones
      335 Avalon - Roxy Music
      334 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran
      333 Say Hello Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell
      332 Caroline - Status Quo
      331 Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
      330 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
      329 The Last Time - Rolling Stones
      328 I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles
      327 Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
      326 Follow You Follow Me - Genesis
      325 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
      324 Suedehead - Morrissey
      323 Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
      322 You Made Me Realise - My Bloody Valentine
      321 Size of a Cow - The Wonder Stuff
      320 April Skies - Jesus & Mary Chain
      319 Real Gone Kid - Deacon Blue
      318 Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
      317 Annie's Song - John Denver
      316 Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Elton John
      315 Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
      314 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
      313 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
      312 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
      311 Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner
      310 In Dreams - Roy Orbison
      309 Wishing Well - Free
      308 It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
      307 Just My Imagination - Temptations
      306 Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
      305 Eight Miles High - Byrds
      304 Big Mouth Strikes Again - Smiths
      303 Come Home - James
      302 One - U2
      301 Whisky in the Jar - Thin Lizzy






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      • #4
        300 White Man in Hammersmith Palais - Clash
        299 Holiday - Madonna
        298 Kayleigh - Marillion
        297 With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
        296 Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me - George Michael & Elton John
        295 Echo Beach - Martha & The Muffins
        294 1999 - Prince
        293 We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard
        292 Daydream Believer - Monkees
        291 I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
        290 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
        289 Never Understand - Jesus & Mary Chain
        288 Marquee Moon - Television
        287 What Difference Does It Make - Smiths
        286 Africa - Toto
        285 Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
        284 Ride On Time - Black Box
        283 Blue Eyes - Elton John
        282 It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
        281 Black or White - Michael Jackson
        280 Faith - George Michael
        279 Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
        278 Shine On - House of Love
        277 Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
        276 Alice - Sisters Of Mercy
        275 The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
        274 Waterfront - Simple Minds
        273 Deeply Dippy - Right Said Fred
        272 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
        271 Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
        270 Uptown Girl - Billie Joel
        269 Like a Virgin - Madonna
        268 Up the Junction - Squeeze
        267 Roxanne - Police
        266 Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
        265 Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
        264 Halfway to Paradise - Billy Fury
        263 San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
        262 Evergreen - Barbra Streisand
        261 Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman
        260 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears For Fears
        259 Loaded - Primal Scream
        258 Rockin' All Over the World - Status Quo
        257 Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
        256 Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie
        255 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
        254 I Want To Break Free - Queen
        253 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
        252 Summer Breeze - Isley Brothers
        251 White Room - Cream

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        • #5
          250 Heart of Glass - Blondie
          249 Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
          248 Complete Control - Clash
          247 West End Girls - Pet Sop Boys
          246 Ride a White Swan - T.Rex
          245 Miss You Nights - Cliff Richard
          244 The Air That I Breathe - Hollies
          243 Lyin' Eyes - Eagles
          242 Goodnight Girl - Wet Wet Wet
          241 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
          240 I Am the Resurrection - Stone Roses
          239 A Day in the Life - Beatles
          238 Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard
          237 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
          236 Waiting For a Girl Like You - Foreigner
          235 Don't You Want Me - Human League
          234 Crazy For You - Madonna
          233 I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
          232 Temptation - New Order
          231 Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks
          230 Cocaine - Eric Clapton
          229 Life On Mars - David Bowie
          228 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
          227 The One I Love - REM
          226 New Rose - Damned
          225 Tower Of Strength - Mission
          224 Ever Fallen in Love - Buzzcocks
          223 Band of Gold - Freda Payne
          222 Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
          221 Love and Affection - Joan Armatrading
          220 God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols
          219 Stand By Me - Ben E King
          218 New York New York - Frank Sinatra
          217 Killer - Seal
          216 Birthday - Sugarcubes
          215 Walk On the Wild Side - Lou Reed
          214 When Doves Cry - Prince
          213 In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
          212 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
          211 Lola - Kinks
          210 If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
          209 Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word - Elton John
          208 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
          207 Killer Queen - Queen
          206 L.A. Woman - Doors
          205 Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
          204 The Long and Winding Road - Beatles
          203 Won't Get Fooled Again - Who
          202 The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
          201 Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello

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          • #6
            200 Two out of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf
            199 Crazy - Patsy Cline
            198 The Road to Hell - Chris Rea
            197 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
            196 London Calling - Clash
            195 That's Entertainment - Jam
            194 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
            193 It Must Be Love - Madness
            192 When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
            191 Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
            190 Living Doll - Cliff Richard
            189 It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
            188 Badge - Cream
            187 An American Trilogy - Elvis Presley
            186 Vapour Trail - Ride
            185 Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
            184 Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen
            183 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
            182 The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
            181 Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
            180 Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
            179 Chain Reaction - Diana Ross
            178 Ben - Michael Jackson
            177 Runaway - Del Shannon
            176 I'm Still Standing - Elton John
            175 These Are the Days Of Our Lives - Queen
            174 Heroin - Velvet Underground
            173 Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
            172 Green Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones
            171 Like a Prayer - Madonna
            170 The Passenger - Iggy Pop
            169 Let's Dance - David Bowie
            168 New Years Day - U2
            167 Private Dancer - Tina Turner
            166 Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
            165 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
            164 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
            163 Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
            162 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
            161 Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
            160 I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
            159 The Love Cats - Cure
            158 Mysterious Ways - U2
            157 Twist and Shout - Beatles
            156 My Generation - Who
            155 White Christmas - Bing Crosby
            154 Vogue - Madonna
            153 No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
            152 Eternal Flame - Bangles
            151 Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley

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            • #7
              150 Get Back - Beatles
              149 Golden Brown - Stranglers
              148 Don't Let Me Down Gently - Wonder Stuff
              147 Temple of Love - Sisters of Mercy
              146 Riders on the Storm - Doors
              145 Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
              144 Crocodile Rock - Elton John
              143 When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
              142 All You Need Is Love - Beatles
              141 Fools Gold - Stone Roses
              140 Jumping Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
              139 Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
              138 Radio GaGa - Queen
              137 She Sells Sanctuary - Cult
              136 Song For Guy - Elton John
              135 Panic - Smiths
              134 Rocket Man - Elton John
              133 Penny Lane - Beatles
              132 Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
              131 The Show Must Go On - Queen
              130 Hello - Lionel Richie
              129 Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
              128 Dancing Queen - Abba
              127 Walk of Life - Dire Straits
              126 Space Oddity - David Bowie
              125 I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
              124 True - Spandau Ballet
              123 Bad - U2
              122 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
              121 Waterloo Sunset - Kinks
              120 Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
              119 Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
              118 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
              117 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
              116 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
              115 Vincent - Don McLean
              114 Music - John Miles
              113 My Girl - Temptations
              112 Run To You - Bryan Adams
              111 Boys Don't Cry - Cure
              110 Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
              109 Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
              108 More Than a Feeling - Boston
              107 True Faith - New Order
              106 Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti
              105 Stay - Shakespear's Sister
              104 Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
              103 Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
              102 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
              101 The End - Doors

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              • #8
                100 Help - Beatles
                099 We Are the Champions - Queen
                098 Woman - John Lennon
                097 The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
                096 Three Times A Lady - Commodores
                095 Atmosphere - Joy Division
                094 Red Red Wine - UB40
                093 More Than Words - Extreme
                092 Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
                091 Wild Thing - Troggs
                090 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
                089 Let It Be - Beatles
                088 The Whole of the Moon - Waterboys
                087 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
                086 If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
                085 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Hollies
                084 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
                083 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
                082 River Deep Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
                081 Purple Rain - Prince
                080 Take My Breath Away - Berlin
                079 Mull of Kintyre - Wings
                078 Heroes - David Bowie
                077 Sit Down - James
                076 Stars - Simply Red
                075 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
                074 In Between Days - Cure
                073 Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
                072 Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                071 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
                070 Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
                069 Tainted Love - Soft Cell
                068 She Loves You - Beatles
                067 Going Underground - Jam
                066 Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
                065 Against All Odds - Phil Collins
                064 Nikita - Elton John
                063 Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
                062 Drive - Cars
                061 Light My Fire - Doors
                060 You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers
                059 Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
                058 Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
                057 Pride - U2
                056 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
                055 Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
                054 Teenage Kicks - Undertones
                053 Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
                052 in The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
                051 Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

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                • #9
                  050 Thriller - Michael Jackson
                  049 Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
                  048 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
                  047 This Charming Man - Smiths
                  046 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
                  045 My Way - Frank Sinatra
                  044 Sailing - Rod Stewart
                  043 Blue Monday - New Order
                  042 Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols
                  041 Daniel - Elton John
                  040 Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
                  039 Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
                  038 Without You - Nilsson
                  037 With or Without You - U2
                  036 Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
                  035 Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
                  034 Vienna - Ultravox
                  033 Yesterday - Beatles
                  032 How Soon Is Now - Smiths
                  031 You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
                  030 American Pie - Don McLean
                  029 Hotel California - Eagles
                  028 Maggie May - Rod Stewart
                  027 House of the Rising Sun - Animals
                  026 The Best - Tina Turner
                  025 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
                  024 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
                  023 I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
                  022 Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
                  021 Losing My Religion - REM
                  020 Careless Whisper - George Michael
                  019 Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
                  018 Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
                  017 I'm Not In Love - 10cc
                  016 A Forest - The Cure
                  015 Your Song - Elton John
                  014 The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush
                  013 All Right Now - Free
                  012 Hey Jude - Beatles
                  011 Sacrifice - Elton John
                  010 The Lady in Red - Chris De Burgh
                  009 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
                  008 Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
                  007 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
                  006 A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum……

                  Anyone care to guess the Top Five?


                  Last edited by Metalweb; Sat March 7th, 2020, 00:27.

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                  • #10
                    005 Candle in the Wind - Elton John
                    004 Imagine - John Lennon
                    003 Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
                    002 Layla - Derek and the Dominoes

                    and, of course...

                    001 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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                    • #11
                      Very interesting list, thanks for posting! 'Bohm Rhap' and 'Imagine' would probably still be in the top 5 if this survey was conducted in 2020.
                      My YouTube Channel - The best songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s

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