music taste revealed in BBC World Service poll
Irish song, A Nation Once Again, by the Wolfe Tones has been voted
the World Service listeners' favourite in a global poll - The World's
song triumphed over Indian patriotic song Vande Mataram (various
artists) by the smallest of margins in a poll of World Service listeners
which also saw a Bollywood movie song, a love song from Nepal and
one of Cher's hits in the top 10.
poll was one of the highlights of the BBC World Service 70th anniversary
attracted 150,000 votes, by letter, phone, fax and online, from
153 countries and islands - from Poland to Peru and Senegal to Singapore.
Wright, who reveals the final top 10 in his weekly World Service
programme Wright Round the World tomorrow (Saturday
21 December at 1.06pm GMT) said:
on BBC World Service could you get a music chart with such variety.
Tens of thousands of listeners have taken part in this unique venture
to find the world's favourite song.
all had great fun with this poll and it has generated tremendous
debate and interest amongst all the listeners of the World Service.
World's Top 10 inspired fans around the world to organise themselves
and get their favourite song to the top of the chart.
were created, phone calls were made and radio stations were urging
their listeners to get involved."
was so great that at one point votes were coming in at a rate of
12 votes a minute.
7000 different songs were selected. Full results and more information
can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice.
the top 10 songs were the subject of intense online campaigns by
listeners to galvanise votes.
only individual votes were counted by the BBC. Attempts at multiple
voting and 'spamming' were discounted.
artists suffered because they had so many songs nominated it split
Beatles had 55 different songs selected, including Hey Jude and
Yesterday. Iranian artist Googoosh had 40 songs chosen, while Bob
Marley had 29 songs nominated, with No Woman No Cry topping the
top tune was Wind of Change by the Scorpions, a song many associate
with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Also popular was this year's summer
holiday hit The Ketchup Song by Spanish sisters Las Ketchup.
and fellow Scandinavians Ace of Base also had songs nominated.
from Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim was the favourite in the Americas
number one Latin American song was Solo le Pido a Dios by Argentinian
singer Leon Geico.
classic Malaika was Africa's number one. Many versions have been
recorded of the song, most famously by South African singer Miriam
artist Femi Kuti was also popular in Africa. His song Beng Beng
Beng came out ahead of his father Fela Kuti's Beast of No Burden.
the Middle East Gharib-e-Ashena by Iranian diva Googoosh was the
most popular song and legendary Egyptian singer Ulm Kalthoum had
a good showing.
House's evocative ballad Don't Dream It's Over was the pet sound
in Australia and New Zealand along with Highway to Hell by AC/DC.
songs to do well include Cliff Richard's We Don't Talk Anymore,
which got to number 11 after a strong early showing from his fan
and Kelly's recent hit, Dilemma, was the most contemporary song
to be selected. It narrowly missed out on a place in the Top 10
following great support from many African countries.
names participated, picking their top tracks. Bianca Jagger chose
Bob Dylan over Mick, opting for Knocking on Heaven's Door, Imelda
Marcos's favourite was Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and Kevin Spacey
chose Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin.
World's Top Ten
A Nation Once Again - Wolfe Tones
in the 1840s by Irish patriot, Thomas David, the song is a well-known
traditional Irish song.
Wolf Tones' interpretation is regarded as definitive. Formed in
Dublin, the band served their apprenticeship on the Irish folk circuit.
only decided to take their music seriously when they were approached
by a Canadian television producer who wanted to feature them in
band celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.
Vande Mataram - various artists
Hindi song from a poem by Bankim Chandra Chatarji. It was featured
in a 1950s movie Anan Mutt, by Lata Manjeshkar who is the most recorded
person ever in India.
Rahman featured the song in his hit 1990s movie Revival and his
version is considered a modern classic. A R Rahman is associated
with two songs in this chart.
Dil Dil Pakistan - Vital Signs
song considered a kind of pop national anthem. Led by the dashing
and popular Jinade Jamshade, the Vital Signs are still recording
Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu - Ilayaraja
is a Tamil song from the 1991 Bollywood movie Thalapathi.
film is commonly likened to an Indian version of The Godfather.
Its title means Commander.
Poovum Nadakkuthu Pinchum Nadakkuthu - Thirumalia Chandran
Tamil Tiger film, Mugungal, and the longest song title in the chart.
Ana wa Laila - Kazem El Saher
song from a man some say is the biggest pop star to come out of
Iraq. It literally means 'Layla and I'. It's the highest placed
Middle Eastern entry.
Reetu Haruma Timi - Arun Thapa
is a love song from one of Nepal's top pop stars who died in 1999.
Believe - Cher
hit which topped the UK chart in October 1998 for seven weeks and
was that year's biggest selling single in the UK.
was a number one in over 23 countries and hit 33 years after her
first number one – I Got You Babe - in 1965.
Chaiyya Chaiyya - A R Rahman
Rahman is one of India's favourite sons. As a composer of musical
cinema he is unrivalled in his popularity among Bollywood fans.
folk song, from Bollywood movie Dil Se, is believed to have inspired
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams musical.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
is the only record to top the UK chart twice – in November
1975 and again in December 1991, spending eight weeks at the top
is widely regarded as the record which kick-started the popularity
of the music video.
variations appear in search for the world's favourite song (28.11.02)
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