NOTHING divides the masses like a poll.
And before you tune out, I'm not talking politics here!
It's something much more polarizing.
The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time was televised on MAX over the Easter long weekend once again.
The countdown ran from noon on Good Friday until Easter Monday (also newly-coined Easter Boxing Day by my eight-year-old!).
Sydney radio breakfast team Brendan "Jonesy" Jones and Amanda Keller hosted the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown.
If only they'd done one wardrobe change, we might have believed they'd stuck around on the couch all Easter for the musical marathon.
It's not hard to slip on some slippers or slap on some bunny ears for Easter Sunday Best!
(Spoiler alert! Though who has four, full days to watch it?!) Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen was rated the best song ever in the Easter countdown by the mostly Gen-X types who had gone to the trouble to vote in the annual poll, me not included.
I'd much rather not vote, then feel free to complain that Blondie didn't make the top 15. I don't apply this same rationale to political polls, where I have voted below the line for as long as I can remember! For your information, The Tide Is High made it in at No. 987.
Enough like-minded people voted to sneak Better be Home Soon by Crowded House and Respect by Aretha Franklin into the Top 20.
While you'd expect The Beatles might feature in the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time, MAX had ruled them out from the start. It turned out it wasn't licensed to show Beatles music videos.
However, Imagine by John Lennon got around that loophole to be deemed the second best song of all time. Hey Jude by Paul McCartney did similar at No. 15.
Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer and Michael Jackson's Thriller were neck and neck at third and fourth, respectively, while It's a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC rounded out the top five.
Fans of AC/DC's video clip filmed in Melbourne's Swanston Street in February 1976 can actually visit nearby ACDC Lane, which was changed from Corporation Lane on October 1, 2004.
It's a Long Way to the Top was lead singer Bon Scott's signature song. After Scott's death in 1980, the band's replacement lead vocalist Brian Johnson never performed it out of respect.
Two years ago the number one Greatest Song of All Time on MAX was once again Bohemian Rhapsody. The ground-breaking 1975 hit from Queen was joined in the Top 10 by iconic artists John Lennon, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. Not much has changed since 2017; possibly the same people vote every year.
The artists who dominated the countdown then included INXS, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Queen and David Bowie, however, U2 polled the most entries with 14 songs.
Music from the 1980s flooded the countdown with 37 per cent of the songs, closely followed by the 1990s with 24 per cent.
This supports our daughters' theory that it was, in fact, the 1000 Greatest Old Songs of All Time.
Sydney radio breakfast team Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller hosted the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown. If only they'd done one wardrobe change, we might have believed they'd stuck around on the couch all Easter for the musical marathon.
The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown was determined using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity.
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The 2019 Max 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time Top 10:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
2. Imagine John Lennon
3.Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi
4. Thriller Michael Jackson
5. It's a Long Way to the Top AC/DC
6. Sweet Child o' Mine Guns N' Roses
7.Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
8. Like a Prayer Madonna
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
10. Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution
Find the full list of all 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time at maxtv.com.au.
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