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Sgt. Pepper tops UK poll.

You know, I think this is great…BUT…. How many freakin’ polls do they have in the UK.  It seems to me that they just had a poll about something else.  These polls are happening every other day.  Usually they have the same outcome. 

1. Sgt. Pepper
2. Revolver
3. White Album
4. Michael Jackson
5. Sticky Fingers
6. Dark Side of the Moon

BLAH BLAH BLAH….vice-versa, etc. Whatever.  Just proclaim that the greatest thing recorded is Sgt. Pepper and Revolver, and then there is everything else.  No more polls need to be taken, written EVER.  Ever. Period.  I’m tired of them.  They are all the same.  ARGH. OK I’ll stop now.  Here’s the news story.

The Beatles have topped the latest poll to find the nation’s favourite Number One album. Their most famous record, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was yesterday revealed as the public’s favourite record to have topped the album charts.
More than 220,000 votes were received by Radio 2 to compile the list, which was arranged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the official UK album chart.

Aptly, the victory for the album comes on the 40th anniversary of the last public performance by the Fab Four – a live concert in San Francisco.


Dark Side of the Moon, by prog rockers Pink Floyd, won the “best of the rest” list, leading the votes for albums that did not reach number one in the chart – it only reached number two in 1973.

Michael Jackson comes second on the overall list with Thriller, followed by U2’s record The Joshua Tree, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.

The Beatles’ revolutionary 1966 record, Revolver, comes in at number six on the list, followed by Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, the Beatles’ last studio album, Abbey Road, and the top 10 is completed by Queen’s A Night at the Opera and The Beatle’s eponymous 1968 double album, aka the White album. Simon Mayo, presenter of the run down, said: “It is a very impressive list and no surprise at all that Sgt Pepper is at the top. “It revolutionised music and is what we expect from an album. A fine choice indeed.”
Misspellings by voters keen to take part in the poll also saw votes go to The Dark Side of the Room (instead of the moon) by Pink Floyd and Achtung Bono (instead of Baby) by U2.
Other blunders included fans voting for Codplay (Coldplay) and Oink Floyd (Pink Floyd).

Since the inception of the official albums chart in 1956, there have been 787 number one albums.  Darren Haynes, marketing manager of the UK chart, said: “The list of No 1 albums is instantly interesting because it highlights the fact that such classics as Dark Side Of The Moon, Bat Out Of Hell, Ziggy Stardust and Hotel California failed to reach the Number One slot. “With over 220,000 votes received from the British public, this is the most definitive record of the nation’s favourite albums to date.” There were only 201 votes between Sgt Pepper at number one and Thriller at number two on the list.

The “best of the rest” list included, at number two, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie, followed by Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, The Wall by Pink Floyd, Hunky Dory by Bowie, The Bends by Radiohead and Nevermind by Nirvana.

Source: The Herald UK


One Response

  1. You know, these polls are usually done on radio stations like this one was and we have a zillion radio stations in England.

    Personally, I think Abbey Road is the best Beatles album by far, and I have over 30 Beatles albums (probably like yourself) including mainstream and compilation ones.

    Sgt. Pepper’s is a good album, but Abbey Road followed by Help! and revolver are my faves.

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