Queen Knock Oasis Off The Top In Radio X’s Best Of British

Queen 1976

The classic song Bohemian Rhapsody has been named the ultimate British song in our listener poll…

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the ultimate British song according to Radio X listeners, in our second annual Best of British poll.

The classic 1975 single toppled Oasis’s Wonderwall off the top spot, moving up 11 places to be named the best British song of all time by Radio X listeners.

Radio X Best Of British Top 20:

1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody 
2. Oasis – Live Forever 
3. Oasis – Wonderwall 
4. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger 
5. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony 
6. Oasis – Champagne Supernova 
7. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection 
8. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor 
9. David Bowie – Heroes 
10. Pulp – Common People 
11. David Bowie – Life on Mars? 
12. The Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold 
13. Oasis – Slide Away 
14. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 
15. Oasis – Supersonic 
16. Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven 
17. New Order – Blue Monday 
18. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored 
19. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here 
20. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

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Almost 25,000 votes were cast in Radio X’s Best of British poll, with Queen taking the number one position as the Top 100 was revealed on Easter Monday, 25 years since the band staged the iconic Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium on Easter Monday in 1992. 

Queen’s Brian May said: “Big thanks to Radio X listeners for voting Bohemian Rhapsody to your all time number one! Who could have known in 1975 that the sounds on that particular piece of recording tape would still be echoing loud and clear in people's hearts over four decades later! Rock on!”

Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno backed Bohemian Rhapsody as his ultimate British song, telling Radio X: "Every time I hear that I still go ‘Wpw!’ They released it as a six minute single and so it is ridiculous but that’s kind of why it’s so amazing. It’s a monster tune."

Last year’s number one, Wonderwall by Oasis, dropped two places to number three, although Oasis dominated the chart as the most popular British artist with 13 songs in the Top 100, including Live Forever at number two, Wonderwall at number three, Don’t Look Back In Anger at number four and Champagne Supernova at number six. 

The Mancunian band also had the highest climbing song with Supersonic jumping 57 places to number 15 following the release of their documentary of the same name in October.

Artists entering the chart for the first time this year included Catfish And The Bottlemen, Biffy Clyro, Florence + the Machine and Jamie T.

Radio X also revealed how its presenters voted in the poll with Chris Moyles voting for Shed Seven’s Going For Gold, Russell Brand opting for Sweet And Tender Hooligan by The Smiths, Johnny Vaughan backing Led Zeppelin’s Rock And Roll, Gordon Smart choosing The Beatles’ A Day In The Life and Lliana Bird picking Blur’s Song 2. 

The Best of British results were revealed on air today (Monday 17 April) by John Kennedy, host of X-Posure on Radio X and one of the most trusted voices in music.