According to a new poll, the UK’s top pop song of the last 60 years is “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
When we say “top” pop song, we really mean the UK’s favourite song, at least according to a poll by the Official Singles Chart.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen came up on top this year. That song, from Queen’s fourth album, came out in late 1975. It shot to number one — the band’s first chart-topper. After singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991, the song shot to the top of the charts again.
It’s been on other lists of top favorites. In fact, it was at the top of a UK poll ten years ago. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was only number 6, however, in this 2006 UK poll. And in a 2010 poll of favourite ROCK songs, Queen’s hit came in at number 3.
Clearly, it has its fans. In this year’s number 2 spot was “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. The third most favourite song in the UK, according to this poll, was Adele‘s “Someone Like You.” Again, that’s the third most favored song from the last 60 years. Doesn’t that make you wonder where Britney Spears and Whitney Houston ranked? Yes, they’re on the top ten list.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great song. If you’re like me and think it’s a great song but jiminy-pete it’s been on the radio for 35 years so, cmon already, try giving a listen to this wonderful uke version by Jake Shimabukuro: