BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates its greatest hits

We started with over 2,000 tracks on our list and have gradually whittled it down to 100, losing several of our personal favourites on the way. Now we need our listeners to help decide which track should be crowned the definitive song of 6 Music’s lifetime."Lauren Laverne
Date: 12.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
Category: Radio 6 Music
At 7am on 11th March 2002, BBC Radio 6 Music was born. Since then, over one million songs have been played across the network’s airwaves. As the station’s anniversary year comes to an end, 6 Music is composing its Top 100 – and asking listeners to help create the definitive chart of the 6 Music decade, crowning one track the greatest song released in 6 Music’s lifetime. Voting launches on Monday 7th January.

The 6 Music team – presenters, producers, researchers – have shortlisted 100 songs, all released between March 2002 and the end of 2012. Now the call goes out to listeners to vote for the track they believe to be the pinnacle of musical achievement during this time. Artists featured include Radiohead, Blur, Outkast, The Streets, LCD Soundsystem, Johnny Cash, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes.

6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne says: “We started with over 2,000 tracks on our list and have gradually whittled it down to 100, losing several of our personal favourites on the way. Now we need our listeners to help decide which track should be crowned the definitive song of 6 Music’s lifetime. Log on to the 6 Music website and have your say.”

Steve Lamacq launches the vote in his show on Monday 7 January, and the online canvassing will close on Friday 25 January. Then, once all the votes have been compiled and counted, on Friday 1 February, 6 Music will play out the Top 100 in order. Starting in Shaun Keaveny's Breakfast show, it will culminate in Steve Lamacq’s show revealing the ultimate greatest hit during his show that evening.

Head of Programmes, James Stirling adds: “The key is that no artist can have multiple tracks listed. Everyone only gets on the list once. How will listeners choose between the White Stripes, Blur and Paul Weller or Beastie Boys, Alt J and PJ Harvey? Expect vigorous debate, lots of championing, campaigning and mind changing as listeners make the ultimate decision. Remember each listener can only vote once. But whatever song they choose will be an amazing piece of music.”

Voting will take place through the 6 Music website at bbc.co.uk/6music. Listeners will be limited to one vote each.

Notes to editors

Over one million songs played is based on an estimated average of 240 tracks a day.