BBC Radio 1 -The 100 Best Tracks Ever (Voted by the public)

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dear god Robson & Jerome. Those were dark dark days. Almost as bad as jive bunny

A former double glazing salesman who failed his GCSEs has beaten one of history's most celebrated child prodigies in a poll to determine the millennium's most influential musicians. More than 600,000 people judged the musical legacy of Robbie Williams to be more enduring than that of Mozart.

Williams, who in less than four years has completed the transformation from boy band novelty to grown-up super-stardom, was the only newcomer to achieve success across the various categories in the survey.

In the poll for Channel 4, HMV and Classic FM, who claimed it was the biggest of its kind, Williams was beaten only by Elvis Presley to the title of best male singer. Angels came third in the best song category, and the singer made it into the top 10 for best album and best songwriter.

The poll was dominated by the Beatles, whose success can almost be taken for granted since they always top surveys of musical tastes. John Lennon was named most influential musician of all time; Williams was sixth, ahead of Mozart at seven, and Johann Sebastian Bach at number 10. Madonna was rated the best female singer.

The performance by Williams confirms him as a star on the same level as George Michael and Sir Elton John - even though he has released only two solo albums since he split from Take That in 1996.

Simon Frith, who chairs the Mercury music prize panel of judges, and is professor of film and media at Stirling university, said Williams's work had a "balladic credibility": anyone listening to his work for the first time would be impressed with its quality, even if they had never heard of the singer. "For me, he has managed to do what all these boy bands have wanted to do, and that is become another Elton John."

Most influential musician

1. John Lennon

2. Elvis Presley

3. Michael Jackson

4. Jimi Hendrix

5. Sir Paul McCartney

6. Robbie Williams

7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8. David Bowie

9. Bob Dylan

10. Johann Sebastian Bach

Best band

1. The Beatles

2. Queen

3. The Rolling Stones

4. U2

5. Oasis

6. Nirvana

7. Radiohead

8. Jackson Five

9. Manic Street Preachers

10. REM

Best album

1. Sgt Pepper - The Beatles

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson

3. Revolver - The Beatles

4. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite - Elvis Presley

5. Nevermind - Nirvana

6. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

7. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis

8. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

9. I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams

10. The Bends - Radiohead

Best songwriter

1. John Lennon

2. Sir Paul McCartney

3. Bob Dylan

4. Michael Jackson

5. Leiber and Stoller

6. Noel Gallagher

7. Sir Elton John

8. Robbie Williams

9. Cole Porter

10. Kurt Cobain

Best song

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

2. Imagine - John Lennon

3. Angels - Robbie Williams

4. American Trilogy - Elvis Presley

5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

8. Hey Jude - The Beatles

9. Millennium - Robbie Williams

10. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack.

Best male singer

1. Elvis Presley

2. Robbie Williams

3. Michael Jackson

4. Frank Sinatra

5. George Michael

6. Freddie Mercury

7. David Bowie

8. John Lennon

9. Thom Yorke

10. Kurt Cobain.

Best female singer

1. Madonna

2. Aretha Franklin

3. Celine Dion

4. Ella Fitzgerald

5. Mariah Carey

6. Whitney Houston

7. Alanis Morissette

8. Annie Lennox

9. Kate Bush

10. Bjork

Best jazz musician

1. Louis Armstrong

2. Miles Davis.

3. Ella Fitzgerald

4. Billie Holiday

5. John Coltrane

6. Charlie Parker

7. Duke Ellington

8. Nina Simone

9. BB King

10. Dave Brubeck

Best piece of classical music

1. Four Seasons - Vivaldi

2. Planets Suite - Holst

3. Ninth Symphony - Beethoven

4. 1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky

5. Carmina Burana - Carl Orff

6. Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

7. Canon - Pachelbel

8. Adagio For Strings - Samuel Barber

9. Die Valkyrie - Wagner

10. Fifth Symphony - Beethoven.

Best classical composer

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2. Ludwig Van Beethoven

3. Johann Sebastian Bach

4. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5. Antonio Vivaldi

6. Edward Elgar

7. Gustav Holst

8. Richard Wagner

9. Frederic Chopin

10. George Frederick Handel

Lennon at 1 and Macca at 5.. something wrong there somewhere.

piscesx, Sunday, 4 August 2013 21:47 (nine years ago) link

noone likes macca even though he was the first to die...

Oasis never got in with macca if they had maybe things would have been different.

If Macca wore cool glasses then Liam would have loved him

the older songs that made the r1 best singles chart seem odd. I wonder if the public would still pick the same ones.

haha just noticed Mansun in the list. Now that wouldnt happen now

three years pass...

I'm trying to do this and initially found it impossible

But I decided to make it more of a personal list and it helped move things along quite quickly

58 tracks so far

The bands whose discography i know really well are the hardest

Also feel some weird pressure to choose the right track among the classics (beach boys, beatles, pink floyd, led zeppelin, etc)

F♯ A♯ (∞), Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:51 (five years ago) link

Also one track per band

F♯ A♯ (∞), Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:53 (five years ago) link

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