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Win a Bloody Great Speaker System for Giving us Your Top 3 Songs of all time!

Published on April 15th 2005.

Click here to send us your top 3 songs of all time and stand a chance of winning one of these JBL 3 Piece Desktop Speaker Systems - (we've been using this in our offices and it's great!)
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“Manchester’s got everything except a beach.”, said Ian Brown, former lead singer of the Stone Roses. Apparently, he was wrong, we’ve got room for a brand new FM radio station, and the hot topic of discussion right now in the Manchester Confidential offices is just which of the 19 bids submitted to Ofcom deserves to be granted the new licence.

You can see some of the different radio bids by clicking here.

A sample list of tracks from the one of the bids website includes:

Billy Joel – Piano Man
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
Alicia Keys – Fallin’
The Commodores – Three Times a Lady

Of course, the station you would prefer to win is largely going to be dependant on what kind of music you’re into (or rather not into if you’re supporting one of the talk-based bids). And, from this our great radio debate digressed slightly from our favourite bands to the highly contentious subject of our The Top Ten Songs of All Time. Of course, without naming names, some members of the office can remember a lot further back than others………………………….

If you look at the Top 10 Songs of All Time as being the biggest-selling British songs, then Elton John’s Candle in the Wind ’97 comes out on top, selling 4.86 million copies (although how you can have .86 of a CD I don’t know) in Britain alone, and 37 million worldwide. The song was only ever performed once at Princess Diana’s funeral. Coming in a close second was the original Band Aid record, not that crap they released recently with the soon to be defunct Busted and a pregnant SugaBabe, Do They Know It’s Christmas with 3.55 million copies sold. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody only managed third place (2.13million) despite having two separate stints at number 1 – 9 weeks when it was first released in 1976 and another 5 weeks during Christmas 1991 following the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury.

However, our best songs of all time aren’t necessarily the ones that sold the most. It’s far more personal than that. Certain songs have the ability to take us back to a particular time and place in our lives, reminding us of certain people and significant events. In the recent Radio 2 poll for the Brit Awards to find the best song of the past 25 years, Robbie William’s Angels came out on top, despite the fact that it only reached number 4 in the charts (being beaten to the top spot by the Teletubbies) and that it has also been voted the song that most people would like to hear at their own funeral!

However, the best song of the last 25 years is not the best song of all time, is it? After consulting a whole heap of websites, here’s what the Top Ten Songs of all Time seems to look like:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
2. Angels – Robbie Williams
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
4. Your Song – Elton John
5. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’ Conner
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
7. I Believe In a Thing Called Love – The Darkness
8. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
9. Pretty Flamingo – Manfred Mann
10. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

So, Bohemian Rhapsody tops the chart. Recorded during the summer of 1975 during sessions for their fourth album A Night at the Opera, Mercury never revealed his inspiration for the lyrics except to say that they were personal, about relationships, “I think that people should just listen to it, think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them”. Perhaps it is the songs ability to have meaning on many levels that makes it so many people’s favourite song. Being six minutes in length, the song almost never was a single. EMI and John Reid, the band’s manager, thought radio stations would be reluctant to play it, and proposed some subtle editing. Freddie was however adamant that the song should be heard in its entirety. He sent it to Kenny Everett, DJ at Capital Radio, for advice, with the strict instructions not to play it on air. Kenny knew it was a hit “from the first note” and played it 14 times on his two weekend shows at Capital, later claiming his “fingers slipped” when being challenged by Mercury. Is this the kind of DJ we want to see at the new Manchester radio station, someone who can find our Top Ten Songs of tomorrow?

Although it is ultimately Ofcom who will decide who gets the new licence ( click here to have your say to Ofcom) here at Manchester Confidential we’re giving you the chance to have your say both on the licence, and on the so-called Top Ten of All Time. Don’t know who Manfred Mann is? Don’t think the Darkness are worthy of their place? Wondering where your favourite is? Simply drop us a line and in a few weeks we should have compiled Manchester’s Top Ten Songs of All Time.


So back to the competition, we're compiling our own list, all you have to do to stand a chance of winning the radio above, is send us your three favourite songs of all time! Fill out the form below.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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