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Old May 24, 2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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Beatles fail to make top five songs of past five decades: BBC chart

Mon May 23,2005

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LONDON (AFP) - Hits by the Beatles and their late star John Lennon
failed to make a list of the top five songs of the past five decades
chosen by BBC listeners.

In rating hits back to the 1950s, Radio 2 listeners chose "Angels"
by Robbie Williams, "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys, "Bohemian
Rhapsody" by Queen, "Space Oddity" by David Bowie and "You Really
Got Me" by the Kinks.

"The listeners have voted and the Beatles are out," Radio 2 music
editor Colin Martin said.

Radio 2 held its Songs Of The Decades vote to mark the 50th
anniversary of the Ivor Novello Awards, which take place on Thursday.

Listeners chose from a shortlist of 25 songs selected by an expert
panel of songwriters.

"Angels" was voted the best song of the past 10 years (1995-2004).

"West End Girls" was the top song of 1985-1994, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
of 1975-1984, "Space Oddity" of 1965-1974 and "You Really Got Me" of
1955-1964.

The Kinks' song beat two Beatles hits, "She Loves You and Please
Please Me.

And "Space Oddity" was chosen ahead of the Beatles song "Yesterday."

"Bohemian Rhapsody" won over John Lennon's "Imagine."

"When we asked listeners to select their favorite song from five
decades of great British hits we always thought the Beatles or John
Lennon -- who between them got the most nominations -- would top at
least one of the decades. How wrong we were," Martin said.

"Great songs like "You Really Got Me," "Space Oddity" and "Bohemian
Rhapsody" are regarded as being not just on a par with Lennon and
McCartney, but out in front in their contribution to and influence
on British music," he added.
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Old May 24, 2005, 03:20 AM   #2
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Oh well, can't win them all
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Old May 24, 2005, 03:51 AM   #3
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Oh well, it's just another one of those "lists". It's only a few people's opinion, doesn't bother me too much.
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Old May 24, 2005, 06:29 AM   #4
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OH NO! What are we going to do? They're not on the list!
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Old May 24, 2005, 06:41 AM   #5
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Just an opinion poll...we know the truth
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Old May 24, 2005, 09:11 AM   #6
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Those lists are all subjective, so I would not read too much into this or take it that seriously. It's like those fun polls we have here or those song survivor games we've had, most recently the "hurt/heal" game over in the "Bird" forum.
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West End Girls? The best hit between 1985 and 1994? Who voted for that?
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I never liked West End Girls. I admit being surprised it received votes.

Again, this is all subjective, so I would not take a list like this seriously.
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"West End Girls" was the top song of 1985-1994,
You've gotta be kidding.
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Old May 24, 2005, 03:28 PM   #10
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The Kinks' song beat two Beatles hits, "She Loves You and Please
Please Me.
I bet the votes got split between those two songs and therefore it left the door open for another song. I bet if they'd had I Want To Hold Your Hand on there it might have won.
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I admit that the Kinks beat out two of my favorite Beatle songs!

It all goes back to subjectivity.
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I admit that the Kinks beat out two of my favorite Beatle songs!
LOL, honestly, I like that Kinks song better than either of the Beatles ones it was up against, but I could pick a few Beatles songs I like better than that...ah, it's all subjective anyway. Nice to see my 2nd favorite group pick up a kudo for once though.
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Wow, I had no idea "You Really Got Me" was that old! I would have guessed it was from the early '70s or so.

I'm surprised "Yesterday" was the only Beatles nominee from '65-'74. I think "Hey Jude" would have stood a better chance of winning.
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If it's any consolation...
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation held a contest called "50 tracks" last summer. A couple of pannelists selected songs from the 1930s onwards (I think), made a case for the importance/influence of each, and asked listeners to vote on their favourites. Listeners could also nominate songs the pannelists left out. The pannelists nominated "In My Life:" and "Imagine", and listeners (including me, ha!) nominated MANY other Beatles songs. I tuned in to the last show to hear how the boys had fared, and it turned out that "Imagine" was the run away winner for best song, followed by "In My Life". Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the listening public's fantastic taste!
Gotta love those Beatles, man!
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The songs they mentioned being beat out werent my fav beatle songs anyway. It just annoys me how they're just trying to start something by saying, "oh no! the beatles arent on the list!" geez...
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Well, it΄s just a another stupid poll with voters, who don΄t know any better... We know the truth.

But seriously, West End Girls?!? What a joke!
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Wow, I had no idea "You Really Got Me" was that old! I would have guessed it was from the early '70s or so.
Dude, you gotta come visit me so I can educate you....
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I put little store by these sorts of polls.
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If the Beatles didn't make the top 5, they sure showed everybody else the way, didn't they?
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Yeah. In a manner of speaking, the Beatles played a musical version of "Follow the Leader" and boy, they led and stayed ahead! They are the standard that others aspire to reach (doubtful that will ever happen now...)
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