The Greatest UK #1

To celebrate the 1000th number one single the BBC asked you for your Greatest No.1. they have a massive response with over 25,000 votes. Elvis may have the most UK #1 hits, but not the greatest according to the voters. Here is the Top 10: 1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody 2. Iron Maiden - Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter 3. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean 4. Madonna - Like a Prayer 5. Madonna - Vogue 6. Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock 7. Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger 8. Abba - Dancing Queen 9. Mariah Carey - Without You 10. John Lennon - Imagine
Source: Vote for the UK's Greatest #1 hit. / Updated: Jan 30, 2005 
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Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2005report abuse
I find Cliff UNDER abus quite appealing.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2005report abuse
Bit harsh viva, Don't tell me you don't like 'Summer Holiday'. Cliff on a bus, in Europe, with a load of mates, and a shower and kitchen on board, and they pick up a load of girls, and they get up to loads of adventures, and one of the girls is a don't know what you're missing! (Seriously, I am rather partial to 'Summer Holiday).
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2005report abuse
Job mate, you're on the wrong website - you need "" or "deaf&"
job (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2005report abuse
Clif is almost as good as Elvis was
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 1, 2005report abuse
Block voting by fan clubs - how dreadful! Remember channel 4's greatest albulms of the 20th century. Our man at number 4 with 'Aloha from Hawaii'! Concerted effort by fan club to ensure all fans voted for this one L.P. Not sure it would have even got in most fans top 5 Elvis albums. Fact is despite what the polls say, whatever way you look at it,EP is clearly the most influential figure in popular music and his legacy will go on. He is the bench mark. He is the no 1 in all my polls!
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
Everyone seems to hold such value in these polls, and they can be influenced by so many variables. It's hard to say but I know of many Elvis fans who are no longer with us, and as the years go on, the hard core fan base will diminish.
But you need to ask one important and fundamental question. How can you compare a record such as Queens or similar with all the technical wizardry to a 50's or early 60's recording.
It's like when calculations are done to establish who has sold the most records by using a formula of points for chart positions, ie 50 points for Number 1, 49 points for Number 2, and 1 point for poistion 50 etc
Let's look at how flawed this is based on a population of 1 million people, and chart positions over 2 weeks. At the risk of upsetting Cliff fans, I will use the following.

Week 1 - Elvis sells 1 million copies ie the total population buys the record, and comes in a Number 1 - 50 points.
Week 1 - Cliff sells half million records and comes in at number 2 - 49 points.
Week 2 - No one buys Elvis record (they all bought it the 1st week) so it drops out of the chart.
Week 2 - Cliff sells a further 490,000 and stays at Number 2 - another 49 points.
According to this method used, and I think this method/practice was basically used in the recent Channel 4 offering, Cliff has sold more than Elvis because he has 98 points against Elvis' 50 points.
When you've all got your Elvis singles, and you want something to do, go buy the chart books and do some calculations. PS Great to have Elvis back at No.1 yet again.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
I agree with you Rob-Irish on the extra song comment, but there is a benefit in including the 'Laughing Version' of AYLT. It really is the ONLY time in the last month that the TOTP website has had anything positive to say about Elvis. The reviewer loved it! Maybe this song will entice more young people into exploring the guy's music ahead of all the A-sides?
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
Reigns even !
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
Got Are You Lonesome this morning, I dont agree with the choice of bonus track at all. I think they should have stayed within the era, should have used "Reconsider Baby" or "Girl of my Best Friend" or the like. Oh and I also picked up another numbered "Its Now or Never" cd. Ranger Nillsons "Without You" rains supreme over MC's.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
King of WB, I can only say you think too highly of yourself. I don't give a damn about what you pointed out.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
On the subject of polls, there is a very major poll running on the ultimatecharts site, (3w's in front and dot com behind). There are apparently over 15 million votes already cast, you can vote 10 times a day for either albums and singles. Currenlty the K1ng reigns supreme. But it is cose.....
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
This pole reeks of block voting by fans/fan clubs. Iron Maiden at two!?! Incidentally, that record for a long time held the 'lowest sales to get to No.1' tag as it (like these Elvis singles) was released after Christmas.
And although rob-irish will not like this, in any British High Street this morning, I could pick up three more talented people than Michael Jackson, Madonna (TWO entries!) and Mariah Carey (that appalling cover of Without You; have the people who voted for this even heard of Badfinger or Nillsson?).
And one more thing, I know that the 1965 meeting between The Beatles and Elvis wasn't the most successful, and I know that for many years both Elvis and The Beatles shared the same amount of UK No.1s, but can you please stop taking side swipes at The Beatles.
This top ten has only four (including Oasis?!) British songs, and yet this country gave the world The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Pink Floyd and The Jimi Hendrix (he had to come over here to make it) Experience. We should rejoice that we gave the world the biggest band of all time!! .....and in the 50s, were there bigger fans of Elvis than The Beatles?
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
yes i agree with the queen they are a excellent group and the rhapsody is one of the greatest song that i have heard. a very popular group. i havent any of their music. far superior to the soft whimpy beatles. agree on imagine what a stupid song. i mean to say if everything went right in this song all you needed was for a bloke to knock off another blokes wife and off you go again. best if we work with what we got.
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2005report abuse
I must admit, I am quite surprised at Jailhouse Rock being listed. Personally, I don't think any of the top 10 are quite right. The thing is, obviously not many Elvis fans voted on this poll, and I think the reason for that is we are all sick to death of polls. They are, after all, complete bollocks. There have been dozens of these polls, all of which say different things, which only goes to prove their unreliability. All they tell us is who listens to what station within a certain time frame, nothing else. And yes, if Elvis was No1 on this list I would be chuffed to bits, but that doesn't mean I think the list gains any credibility because of it. Can we have a poll of the worlds greatest polls? Mind you, any list that doesn't have "Imagine" in the top spot is alright by me.
ryangiggs (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
on the radio one site it says that Queen were the most voted for artist but their other number ones got hardly any votes. Madonna was the most voted for female and Jackson the most voted for male. Hey Jude was at 11 which is better than many above it in my opinion. The only time I got miffed about this type of thing was when Q mag only had Elvis at 5 in terms of importance at the end of the century, now that really cheesed me off.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Skoty there is other music and people with other tastes.
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Lex. Try reading my posting properly. I said my opinion is aimed at the general attitude towards Elvis by some, not the poll. I would have actually said that it was a meaningless exercise even if Elvis was No.1 in this poll. Polls only tell you of current trends at any one given time, so they don't really tell about the "greatest" of anything. So in that repect they are meaningless. You're just commenting on my post because I pointed out that you referred to Elvis as a "bag of bones" on another Elvis site.
As to listening to other artists, I've been collecting music for 30 years and have a collection of 15,000 records. From that number you can probably tell that not all of them are by Elvis. I listen to Classical, Opera, Country, Rock, Show Tunes, Medieval Music, Folk, etc. The accusation that Elvis fans only listen to Elvis is nonesense. Most of those that I have met over the years love all kinds of music.
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Skoty, Id say im surprised to see Elvis as high as #6 actually. Great achievement for him i think. Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest #1 out of any of the top 10. And it will always win in these polls. Hands down.
And Billie Jean is brilliant. It was such a pivitol time in music, when M.J. actually was unbelieveably amazing.
my one surprise is that i would have thought that "The Wonder of You" would have been Elvis' highest placed song.
i wonder where it ened up ?
skoty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
sorry but do you honestly think elvis deserves 6th place compared to who's infront of him or maybe fans cant be bother'd voting
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Ryan your right, In the name of god there is other music other than Elvis you know. Bohemian is a great track so is Billie gean and i dont mind the Madonna tunes either. Theres nothing as sad as an Elvis fan with a chip of his/ her shoulder. Learn to appreciate other artists fer goodness sake.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Very funny that an exercise like this is "meaningless anyway" if Elvis is not on the #1 spot :-)
ryangiggs (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Why do we seem to slag off other songs. Billie Jean is a great record. I am sure The Beatles vote was split like ours. Cliff came in at 13 I think. If Iron Maiden had 17 number ones I am sure their vote would have been split. I do wonder how the hell Mariah Carey is in there though. It is pretty meaningless overall but we do seem to take it a bit more seriously when our man does well.
skoty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
sorry had the biggest majority of votes young i mean
skoty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
it's easily seen radio 1 done this poll
skoty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
michael jackson theres some sad people out there
krister (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Good the beatles is not there.
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
Who cares? The others haven't sold well over a billion records and had (to date) 21 No.1's - and create rock music and a whole different culture along the way. Not one of the others would be heard of without Elvis' influence. We really must stop worrying about what others think. After all, those that knock Elvis are too stupid to make up their own minds and rely on equally thick morons to make it for them. The blind leading the blind - or in this case, the moronic leading the moronic. And before anything is said, I am referring to the general attitude towards Elvis, not the poll result. A meaningless exercise anyway.
LuckyJackson (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
You're right Rob, number 6 is still good, no sign of Cliff is!
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 30, 2005report abuse
So wot at least he got into the top ten, dont forget hes hd a very bad rap the last couple of decades, done well i think. Does he have to be voted the best?? i dont think so as long as hes respected and appreciated

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