Desert Island Discs picked by Radio 4 listeners

Kirsty Young Broadcaster Kirsty Young has been presenting the programme since 2006

The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Beethoven were among the most popular artists chosen by the public when asked to compile their own Desert Island Discs.

More than 25,000 people submitted nearly a quarter of a million tracks to the BBC Radio 4 website.

Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending proved the most popular single track.

The long-running programme typically invites famous guests to choose the music which means the most to them.


  • Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
  • Elgar - Enigma Variations
  • Beethoven - Symphony No 9 in D minor Choral
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
  • Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor
  • Handel - Messiah
  • Holst - The Planets

Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young revealed the unique selection on a special show on 11 June.

Preferences ranged from opera to jazz to rap.

Elgar's Enigma Variations was the second most popular entry, followed by Beethoven's Symphony No 9 in D minor Choral - which has proved the top choice among guests on the show since it began in 1942.

Non-classical favourites included Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

The most popular piece of music from the last decade was Elbow's One Day Like This.

The two most popular non-music requests were Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas and the 'leg over' cricket commentary with Jonathan Agnew and Brian Johnston.

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