Feeds

'We Are The Champions' voted world's fave song

A million flies can't be wrong - eat at Joe's

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Anyone who believes that increasing cultural globalisation will inevitably lead to a dumbing down of consumers' critical faculties has been proved right on the button by a Sony Ericsson poll of 700,000 "music lovers" in 66 countries which has voted Queen's We Are The Champions the world's favourite song.

Britney's Toxic crooned into second spot, beating child-friendly Jacko into third place with Billie Jean. Next up comes the timelessly abominable Hotel California followed by Shakira, Nirvana, The Beatles, U2, John Lennon and Dire Straits.

Sony Ericsson marketing supremo, Dee Dutta, described the winner as "an anthem worldwide, both in music and sporting arenas, it conveys the passion music brings to everyone's life as well as proving a classic rock song is truly timeless."

Hmmm. Rather more interesting is the UK top 10, dominated almost exclusively by the aforementioned Mr Jackson. The only other artists who get a look in are Robbie Williams and Guns'N'Roses, which gives a clue about the demographic which voted in the Blighty section of the poll.

For the record, a quick trawl of the international top 100 reveals Zep's Stairway to Heaven at 35, Wonderwall by Oasis fighting its way into 48th position and R.E.M. fave Losing My Religion at 70. All of these are soundly thrashed by Whitney's I will always love you (22), My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion at 32 and yes, you guessed it, Queen's We Will Rock You at 12. All together now... ®

That international top ten in full:

  1. We Are The Champions - Queen
  2. Toxic - Britney Spears
  3. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  4. Hotel California - The Eagles
  5. La Tortura - Shakira
  6. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  7. Yesterday - The Beatles
  8. One - U2
  9. Imagine - John Lennon
  10. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits

And here are the results of the UK jury:

  1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  4. Beat It - Michael Jackson
  5. Angels - Robbie Williams
  6. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  7. We've Had Enough - Michael Jackson
  8. Black or White - Michael Jackson
  9. You Rock My World - Michael Jackson
  10. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'N' Roses

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.