We seem to have been swamped by them in recent years. Our favourite tv moments, funniest sitcoms, best loved scenes from the soaps and others I can’t quite remember crop up regularly.
And the thing is, they’re compulsive viewing. You put them on for want of anything better to watch and even thought you tell yourself that you’ll switch off at the next ads, you can’t resist finding out just who or what is number one.
And there’s the rub – people actually vote for their favourites, although I’ve never actually seen a voting slip or been asked for my opinion. Which is a good thing because it means I can happily criticise other people’s taste.
This weekend it was The Nation’s Favourite Number 1 Singles to celebrate sixty years of the Official Singles Chart in the UK. I started watching about halfway through on Saturday and then tuned in again last night for the second 90 minutes show.
Part of the attraction was seeing some of the pop stars as they are now, commenting on the selections. The likes of Eric Burdon, ABBA, Brian May, Phil Oakey and Holly Johnson.
There weren’t too many surprises and I won’t draw out the suspense – number one was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Ironic really that the one song that breaks the three-minute mould tops the lot. Here’s the top ten:
|2||Michael Jackson||Billie Jean|
|3||Adele||Someone Like You|
|4||Oasis||Don’t Look Back In Anger|
|5||The Beatles||Hey Jude|
|7||Britney Spears||…Baby One More Time|
|9||Whitney Houston||I Will Always Love You|
|10||Kylie Minogue||Can’t Get You Out Of My Head|
Interesting that the only really recent release was by Adele, or that her Someone Like You is right out of the same stable as Whitney’s I Will Always Love You – similar theme and similar style. Mind you, Whitney tends to make my ears bleed.
It would have been nice to see a song older than 1968 since this was meant to be a celebration of the last sixty years, not the last forty and there were titles lower down the list that would have been in my own top ten. Such as Bridge Over Troubled Water for Art Garfunkel’s voice and Paul Simon’s lyrics.
But of the ones that were chosen, the one that still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up is Oasis, so I’ll leave you with Don’t Look Back in Anger.