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Noel Gallagher counts down the chart from this day in 1979. With classic singles from The Police, ABBA and many more!

As Paul Gambaccini takes a rare holiday, Radio 2 invites Noel Gallagher to spend his birthday talking to millions of listeners as the guest host of Pick of the Pops, presenting two historic charts in years that are important in his world.

1967 was the year of Noel's birth and allows him to play a track by his friend Jeff Beck, his beloved Bee Gees and The Who - who he describes as the greatest ever rock band – and Noel tells us that The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset was going to be called Liverpool Sunset. The second hour brings us to 1979 where we find out that The Police, in an effort to sound cool, told reporters that Roxanne had been banned by the BBC – which was not true. As he celebrates 10 years of his band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Noel also enjoys some Pop Muzik with M, and finds out which Blondie track was named after a band member's cat.

Join Radio 2 and BBC Sounds for two hours of classic music and chart trivia all delivered by Noel.

55 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 May 2021 14:00

Music Played

  • Anita Ward

    Ring My Bell

    • Songs Of Love.
    • Big Break Records.
    • 9.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Shine A Little Love

    • ELO's Greatest Hits Vol.2.
    • Epic.
  • McFadden & Whitehead

    Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

    • Million Sellers Vol.19 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.
  • Eruption

    One Way Ticket

    • The 70's: 1979 (Various Artists).
    • Time Life.
  • The Police


    • A&M.
  • Donna Summer

    Hot Stuff

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • The Shadows

    Cavatina (Theme From The Deer Hunter)

    • The First 20 Years At The Top 1959-1979.
    • 22.
  • Art Garfunkel

    Bright Eyes

    • Art Garfunkel - Album.
    • CBS.
  • David Bowie

    Boys Keep Swinging

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • ABBA

    Does Your Mother Know

    • Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition).
    • Polar.
    • 015.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Boogie Wonderland (feat. The Emotions)

    • Let's Groove: The Best Of Earth Wind And Fire.
    • Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
    • 2.
  • Peaches & Herb


    • Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev.
    • Telstar.
  • M

    Pop Muzik

    • Million Sellers Vol.16 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.
  • Roxy Music

    Dance Away

    • Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life.
    • Eg.
  • Blondie

    Sunday Girl

    • 70's Number Ones Vol 3.
    • Old Gold.
    • 9.


  • Sat 29 May 2021 14:00