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Queen reign supreme in Greatest Hits Radio’s Top 500 Countdown

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been voted No.1 on Greatest Hits Radio’s annual listener led countdown of the greatest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The six minute song took the top spot once again after securing over 20% of the votes cast. Beating ELO’s classic Mr Blue Sky to be crowned No.1, Queen also had more entries on the Top 500 countdown than any other artist or band, with 17 of their song’s charting including two classic collaborations, with George Michael and David Bowie.

David Bowie was 3rd on the chart with 70s classic Starman and was the second most voted for act with 12 songs in the final 500. Kate Bush was the highest placed Female artist at No.5 and ahead of Annie Lennox with Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams at No.7.

Greatest Hits Radio’s Network Content Director, Andy Ashton commented “This year’s chart has attracted more voting than ever before, making it even more reflective of the times. It’s been interesting to see artists like Meatloaf who we sadly lost recently receiving big love from the Greatest Hits audience and placing higher than ever before. The Foo Fighters who recently lost drummer Taylor Hawkins also placed. The chart overall was more 80s focussed than ever before, with a high level of one hit wonders also making the final 500, alongside all of those massive 70s classics and the cream of the 90s.”

Simon Mayo, who became an MBE during the Top 500 week, revealed the No.1 on his drivetime show on Friday.

Queen guitarist Brian May said “I’m very touched, thank you so much folks! Freddie would have the same feeling, he’d probably smile a little wicked smile and say ‘of course darling’ but he’d appreciate it all the same.”

 Other highly placed artists with multiple songs in the countdown included Sir Elton John (11) and Blondie (9), while George Michael and ABBA both had 8 songs each in the countdown. Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Prince all achieved 7 songs in the final Top 500.

The Top 500 Countdown is available to listen again online at

The Top 10 list is as follows –

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. Mr Blue Sky – ELO
  3. Starman – David Bowie
  4. Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
  5. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
  6. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  7. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
  8. Your Song – Elton John
  9. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

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