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BBC Radio 2 wants to know your favourite Pet Shop Boys songs

As part of BBC Radio 2’s Summer of Music, the station is asking listeners to vote for their favourite Pet Shop Boys songs to compile a chart of their most popular hits.

Pet Shop Boys will be celebrated on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds in the build up to their performance at Radio 2 in the Park in Preston on Sunday 8 September.

Voting for the Top 30 most popular tracks has opened today, Wednesday 10 July, which is also Neil Tennant’s 70th birthday. The results will be revealed in a countdown show, Your Ultimate Pet Shop Boys Song, hosted by Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops presenter, Mark Goodier.

You can vote now for up to five songs from a list comprising all of Pet Shop Boys UK Top 40 hits, plus a selection of other classics as chosen by Radio 2’s panel of Pet Shop Boys superfans, including presenter Gary Davies. Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 26 July.

Neil Tennant says: “We’re absolutely fascinated to hear what Radio 2 listeners decide is their favourite Pet Shop Boys song and we can’t wait to see you in person in Preston on September 8”

Mark Goodier says: “Pet Shop Boys were the first group I played on Radio 1 in 1987 and I’m sure I’ll be playing them on Pick of the Pops for many years to come. I’m looking forward to counting down the Radio 2 listeners’ favourite Pet Shop Boys songs and revealing which is at Number 1!”

Elsewhere, next week The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show officially launches Let’s Move It, a six-week summer campaign across the station which aims to motivate the nation to get moving and active.

Radio 2 Loves Jazz will celebrate the genre with a new 4x60m weekly series, Power of Jazz, presented by actor and acclaimed jazz pianist, Jeff Goldblum.

Jeff will also be choosing Tracks Of My Years on Vernon Kay’s show, which will also see Marc Almond performing in the Radio 2 Piano Room tomorrow, 11 July.

From Monday 5 August and throughout the month, American musician and DJ, Moby, will be making his Radio 2 presenting debut when he guest presents The Blues Show while Cerys Matthews is on holiday for four weeks.

Moby says: “I loved being interviewed by Cerys on her blues show in May, so when Radio 2 asked if I’d like to present the programme while she’s on holiday this August, I leapt at the chance! I’m so looking forward to enjoying some summer blues with you all.”

DJ Spoony’s Garage Classical: Celebrating 30 Years of UK Garage features DJ Spoony who hosts this concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall to mark the movement that revolutionised dance music in the 90’s, 00’s.

Also in August, Radio 2 will look at the significant contribution black artists have made to country music in the documentary Black and Country presented by British country singer songwriter and one half of The Shires, Ben Earle.

The station will broadcast highlights from the CMA Music Festival 2024 which took place in Nashville, Tennessee, in June.

As radio legend Tony Blackburn celebrates 60 years in radio, the occasion will be celebrated in Radio 2 shows across the day on Thursday 25 July.

There will be some BBC Proms concerts broadcast as Sunday Night is Music Night specials including Everybody Dance! The Sound of Disco Prom and Nick Drake: An Orchestral Celebration Prom. Plus, The Paul Gambaccini Collection returns to Sunday nights from 25 August, 8-10pm.

You can find out more about Radio 2’s Summer of Music here.

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