PopEx ≫ 2001 ≫ Two votes in it, innit - Imagine wins


Here's the top ten "best number one singles ever", the latest in a ceaseless series of charts - just the kind of thing we love here at PopEx...

So what the bloody hell went on there? Do you know anyone who voted? As with all polls where so called "people's" "opinions", the results are a bit rubbish. Imagine and Bo Rhap are just TOO PREDICTABLE, and should be excluded instantly. These were voted for by people who "thought they should", and also possibly the same people voting twice in each case - Imagine only won by a margin of TWO VOTES (3628 and 3626 respectively).

Hey Jude comes in third with 1000 less votes than the winner, and again is a tiresomely worthy choice. Four, Five and Six are more interesting - with only one entry per artist allowed, some good songs would be missed out, but this looks like the best song in each of these artists repertoires - good work. Seven is... eh? Who let the indie-kids vote? Likewise Oasis, and HELLO? SPILLER? WHO? Either a lot of people popped their cherry to this tune over the summer, or there has been some SUSPICIOUS VOTING.

This list was always going to be odd, as some of the best acts of our time didn't make number one - Smiths, Pixies, REM, Wolfsbane, etc - but it's strange how low some big acts are - George Michael only at 32 and the Rolling Stones only at 42. At the end of the day we have to be thankful though - When the countdown got to 3 I was thinking "Imagine, Bohemian Rhapsody, and... NO! WESTLIFE!", but luckily it was voted for by a nation of old duffers.

This list was put together by Channel Four and The Observer, and went out over four hours on Saturday night. See the full rundown, and the top five most hated here1 on the Observer website...

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