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Neville Staple with Vic Minett

Neville Staple with Vic Minett

Which 2-Tone classic got your vote?

Discover which songs made up the top ten 2-Tone tracks as voted for by you.

After weeks of nominations and votes, we have finally come up with a definitive top 10 of 2-Tone tracks as voted for by you.

2-Tone vote result

2-Tone vote result

We compiled a top ten of tracks released on the Coventry-based 2-Tone label, which pioneered the ska revival of the late 70s and early 80s, which was revealed on a special show hosted by Vic Minett.

The full top 10 2-Tone chart is below with a little trivia about each song. See if you agree or disagree with the result.

Pauline Black of The Selecter

Pauline Black of The Selecter

10 Tears of a Clown - The Beat

This clever cover of the Smokey Robinson classic was The Beat's first chart hit, making the Top 10 in 1979 backed by the b-side Ranking Full Stop. The Beat went on to dent the UK singles charts several times but never on 2-Tone. They stayed for one single only before moving to Arista records.

9 On My Radio - The Selecter

The first official single release by The Selecter, On My Radio sold 250,000 copies and reached number eight in the UK charts. The song was released on the back of the 2-Tone tour and famously it saw Pauline Black and co appear on the same Top of the Pops bill as Madness and The Specials.

8 Missing Words - The Selecter

The band's last single on the 2-Tone label, it got to number 23 in 1980 and was promoted by a video - a rare thing back in the 2-Tone days. The track originally appeared on the Too Much Pressure album but was remixed for its release as a single.

7 Night Boat to Cairo - Madness

Night Boat to Cairo wasn't released as a single on 2-Tone but qualifies for our poll as it appeared on the soundtrack to the cult movie Dance Craze, which followed the 2-Tone bands on tour. When the compilation was released in the US, however, no Madness tracks appeared.

6 Message to You Rudy - The Specials

Another all-time classic, The Specials covered the Dandy Livingstone hit and with the help of master trombone player Rico made the song their own. It made number 10 back in 1979 backed by the terrific Nite Club. One of the best B-sides of all time?

5 The Prince - Madness

Jerry Dammers offered the Londoners the chance to release one single with 2-Tone and this was the result, an absolute belter that was based on the classic Earthquake. On the flip side were Madness and My Girl, songs that became better known as the Nutty Boys continued their stratospheric career.

4 The Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom

Another song that only qualifies because it was included on the Dance Craze album as it wasn't released as a single on the 2-Tone label. Mirror and the Bathroom made number four in 1980.

3 Too Much, Too Young - The Specials

Many of you tried to have the Too Much, Too Young EP as one choice - and that's cheating! Anyway, Too Much, Too Young was the main track on the EP and was simply one of the best songs of all time. It soared to number one in the UK, the first chart topper for 2-Tone, and for fact fans was recorded live at Tiffany's and The Lyceum in London.

2 Ghost Town - The Specials

Back in 1981, Ghost Town summed up what was happening in the country in a hugely succinct fashion. One of the ultimate protest songs, it came as a massive contrast to the Royal Wedding that was happening at the time in 1981. It was also the last single from The Specials and the last number one for the 2-Tone label.

1 Gangsters - Special AKA

Gangsters made history as the first release on the 2-Tone label and it also vies for the position of one of the best singles of all time. It was first released on a limited pressing through indie label Rough Trade before Chrysalis stepped in and snapped up The Specials and 2-Tone, released the single with a new sleeve and turned it into a top six hit.

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