‘Imagine’ is top song for over-50s


Lennon died aged 40, having found fame as a Beatle and solo artist John Lennon’s Imagine has been voted the favourite pop song of the baby boomer generation in a radio poll.


Newspaper Taxis report that the anthem narrowly beat Chris De Burgh’s Lady In Red, which took second place in the survey of 3,760 over-50s conducted by the Smooth Radio network.

Crazy, a number one hit for US hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley last year, also made the list – but nearly half of the top 50 came from the 1960s. The Beatles failed to make the top 10, but scored five entries in total. Their first placing was at number 15, with Hey Jude, and Yesterday, A Day In The Life, I Want To Hold Your Hand and In My Life also made appearances. The third most popular song was Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, with Ben E King’s Stand By Me at number four and Gnarls Barkley in fifth position.

“What this survey shows is that the baby boomer generation has a very wide musical taste,” said Smooth London DJ Mark Goodier. “They might be a nostalgic generation, but they are clearly not stuck in the past and love recent music as well.” Smooth Radio is a commercial radio network broadcasting adult contemporary music on five stations across the UK.


1. John Lennon – Imagine
2. Chris De Burgh – Lady in Red
3. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
4. Ben E King – Stand By Me
5. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
6. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
7. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
8. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
9. Katie Melua – Closest Thing to Crazy
10. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

(Article source: Newspaper Taxis)

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