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Gary Crowley

Gary Crowley aka Lord Crowley of Pop

London's Top 40 Artists

Pistols in shock slide! Kirsty MacColl is top female! Announcing the results of your nominations for the capital's leading musical talent, as featured in Lord Crowley's special Easter Bank Holiday show...

On Bank Holiday Easter Monday, Lord Crowley's 94.9FM radio show was a special four hour-long celebration of London's top 40 artists - as voted for by Online readers and BBC London listeners.

Joe Strummer of The Clash

Joe Strummer: the legacy lives on

We asked for the names of your favourite bands and artists from London and the Home Counties, and we invited you to nominate your top three or give us the names of one or two favourites.

The response was overwhelming, says the show's producer Jim Lahat, with over 2,000 of you taking part in our unofficial survey. We did stipulate London, mind, which ruled out one participant who voted for... Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and the Human League!

So here's how the results pan out in our table of the capital's leading and best-loved musical figures. We've added Jim Lahat's comments on the winners and runners-up.

1. The Clash

"The ultimate London band, with songs about Hammersmith and Brixton to mention but a few. No surprise they got to the top spot."

2. David Bowie

"A bit of a surprise, but being such a massive international star, you'd expect the Brixton boy to achieve a high ranking."

3. Ian Dury & The Blockheads

"Ian Dury was a Londoner through and through. Perhaps the real surprise is how high he comes in our table, considering he never achieved the massive record sales of the likes of the Kinks or the Stones."

The Sex Pistols outside Buckingham Palace

Who'd have thought they'd slip to no 11?

The rest of the top ten:

4. The Kinks
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Who
7. Madness
8. The Jam
9. Squeeze
10. The Small Faces

The next ten:

11. The Sex Pistols
12. The Faces
13. T.Rex/ Marc Bolan
14. Aswad
15. Billy Bragg
16. The Pogues
17. Chas & Dave
18. Soul II Soul
19. Kirsty MacColl
20. Hawkwind

Siouxsie Sioux

The Bromley girl makes it to no 24

The final runners and riders:

21. Blur
22. Elvis Costello
23. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
24. Siouxsie & The Banshees
25. Light Of The World
26. Matt Monro
27. Graham Parker
28. Dusty Springfield
29. Joe Brown
30. George Michael
31. Queen
32. The Damned
33. St. Etienne
34. The Stranglers
35. The Cure
36. X-Ray Spex
37. Spandau Ballet
38. Kate Bush
39. Nick Lowe
40. The Action

last updated: 22/02/2008 at 16:08
created: 06/04/2006

Have Your Say

Over to you now. Tell us what you think of these rankings by using the space below...

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john brennan
Sad to see no listing for THUNDER

Wandique - Brazil
I just loved Kate Bush is in but she deserves more.

I think that Boy George should have been on this list. He is an awesome talent.


Mr Nash
Madness been at it for 30 years and are as good as ever

...Granted, there's THE JAM in the number 08 spot, but it seems likely that PAUL WELLER should at least be in the TOP 20???

Julián Veiga Machado - Rocha, URUGUAY
I am very pleased that MattMonro was remembered!

Ian Drury but no Joy Division please!

Mike Voytek - USA
Shame on all of you....NO BEATLES? George Michael over the Fab Four, what has this world come to.They should be at the top of the list followed by the Stones and Kinks. What about Eric Burdon and The Dave Clark Five. I have to go lay down and get over this BIG mistake.

Ahhhh...what about .... THE BEATLES???

Having no Dizzee in that list is criminal!!!

alan grimster
When are you going to include the real jazz and clasical musicians

What about some people who are still actually making music? Dizzee Rascal anyone?

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