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Queen top Jubilee poll

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody has topped BBC Radio 2's Best of British poll.

The poll was compiled from the votes of Radio 2 listeners who, as part of the station's Golden Jubilee celebrations, were invited to chose their favourite piece of popular music from the last 50 years performed by a British group or singer.

Procol Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale takes the number two position, followed by John Lennon's Imagine at three, Clifford T Ward's Home Thoughts From Abroad at four and Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven at number five.

The Beatles take the number six and seven slots with Yesterday and Hey Jude respectively.

Simon Mayo presents a full rundown of the poll, Best of British - 50 Golden Years of British Popular Music, counting down the Top 50 all time favourites voted for on Saturday 1 June 2002 between 2.00 and 4.00pm.

Simon says: "Queen were number one from the first week and slowly increased their lead as the weeks went by.

"The Beatles have five songs in the Top 50, plus John Lennon's Imagine at number three and George Harrison's My Sweet Lord at number 47. I would have been surprised if they hadn’t been in there.

"We've got everything in the chart from Matt Monro and Humphrey Lyttelton to David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Deep Purple, and Petula Clark to Robbie Williams - something for everyone."

Notes to Editors

A Best of British double BBC CD is available from Monday 3 June, featuring a selection of 41 tracks voted for by listeners.

Over 14,000 votes were cast.

65 per cent voted on line through the Radio 2 website - - 23% voted by mail and 12% voted by phone. The website also gives a full rundown of the results.

A full rundown of the Top 50 chart

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