Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ is the ultimate British song according to Radio X listeners, in the station’s inaugural Best of British poll.
Just six months on from the brand new station’s launch in September 2015, Radio X listeners cast more than 50,000 votes.
The top four tracks are all by Oasis revealing British music fans’ unflinching loyalty to one of the world’s biggest bands of all time. With eight number one singles, eight number one albums and an estimated 70 million records sold, Oasis’ split in 2009 has done little to dent the band’s legendary status.
Northern bands dominated the results with tracks by Oasis, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys and The Verve making up the majority of the top 10. The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ came in at number eight boosted by the popularity of Radio X’s launch campaign, which parodies the original video.
David Bowie’s incomparable contribution was confirmed with iconic tracks ‘Heroes’ and ‘Life on Mars?’ coming seventh and eighth. The Rolling Stones rounded off the top 10 with the 1969 hit ‘Gimme Shelter’.
The UK’s top artists and bands had their say in the poll, with Wolf Alice nominating winning track ‘Wonderwall’, and Jack Garratt choosing Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ as his ultimate British record. Radio X also revealed how its presenters voted in the poll with Chris Moyles backing Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’, John Kennedy supporting New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ and Dan O’Connell voting for The Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’. John Robins supported ‘Common People’ by Pulp, and Vernon Kay backed Sex Pistol’s ‘Anarchy in the UK’.
Noel Gallagher said: “”What can I say? The people have spoken. The fact that there wasn’t one single NGHFB song in the top 20 makes me think the whole thing is a mockery of an unreliable sham! Saying that though, I’m thrilled. Thanks for voting. ONWARDS.”
Chris Baughen, managing editor of Radio X, said: “Just six months on from the launch of Radio X, we asked our listeners to vote for their favourite records in the first ever Best of British poll, and they have spoken in their thousands. In fact we received more than 50,000 votes in just over two weeks showing how much our listeners love British music.”
Radio X counted down the results throughout the day on Easter Monday with Vernon Kay revealing the top 10 this evening (Monday 28th March).
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