When we looked for the most popular track choices we made the decision to consider symphonies as one track choice and not to treat individual movements as separate tracks. With sung works like operas and The Messiah we decided to consider arias individually, a bit like tracks on an album. This is partly because castaways will often nominate a whole symphony as a track without specifying a movement eg Brahms Symphony No 1, but when they choose an opera they will usually pick a named aria e.g. "Nessun Dorma".
Facts & Figures
Since 1942 over 22,000 tracks have been chosen by our castaways.
Castaways' Top Tracks
Castaways' Top Artists
The eight most-requested artists on Desert Island Discs, and the number of times they were chosen, from 1942 to 2011.
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