The Nation's Favourite Number 1 shortlist revealed

2012 marks 60 years of the UK’s Official Singles Chart, and, to celebrate ITV are launching a nationwide poll to discover The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single. See the shortlist in full at

2012 marks 60 years of the UK’s Official Singles Chart, and, to celebrate ITV are launching a nationwide poll to discover The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single.

A panel of music experts have pre-selected a shortlist of 60 singles, which you can view below. The panel includes The Police's drummer Stewart Copeland, singer-songwriter and former All Saint, Shaznay Lewis, British soul/R&B icon Beverley Knight, producer Pete Waterman, chart expert Paul Gambaccini, DJ/presenter Trevor Nelson, Observer pop critic Kitty Empire, Radio 1 and The Voice presenter Reggie Yates, and radio/TV presenter Mike Read.

The shortlist is as follows:

Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley, 1958

I Want To Hold Your Hand, The Beatles, 1963
The House Of The Rising Sun, The Animals, 1964
You Really Got Me, The Kinks, 1964
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers, 1965
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones, 1965
Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys, 1966
A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Procol Harum, 1967
Hey Jude, The Beatles, 1968
What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, 1968
I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye, 1969

Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon And Garfunkel, 1970
Maggie May, Rod Stewart, 1971
Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade, 1973
I’m Not In Love, 10cc, 1975
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen, 1975 and 1991
Dancing Queen, Abba, 1976
Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush, 1978
Heart Of Glass, Blondie, 1979
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, 1979
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, 1979

Going Underground, The Jam, 1980
Ashes To Ashes, David Bowie, 1980
The Winner Takes It All, Abba, 1980
Imagine, John Lennon, 1981
Stand And Deliver, Adam And The Ants, 1981
Don’t You Want Me, The Human League, 1981
Tainted Love, Soft Cell, 1981
Every Breath You Take, The Police, 1983
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson, 1983
Careless Whisper, George Michael, 1984
Do They Know It’s Christmas?, Band Aid, 1984
Relax, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 1984
West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys, 1986
Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1987
Like A Prayer, Madonna, 1989

Nothing Compares 2U, Sinead O’Connor, 1990
Vogue, Madonna, 1990
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You, Bryan Adams, 1991
Should I Stay Or Should I Go, The Clash, 1991
I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston, 1992
Back For Good, Take That, 1995
Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio Featuring L.V., 1995
Don’t Look Back In Anger, Oasis, 1996
Firestarter, The Prodigy, 1996
Killing Me Softly, Fugees, 1996
Wannabe, Spice Girls, 1996
Candle In The Wind, Elton John, 1997
The Drugs Don’t Work, The Verve, 1997
I Believe I Can Fly, R Kelly, 1997
…Baby One More Time, Britney Spears, 1999

Stan, Eminem, 2000
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Kylie Minogue, 2001
Crazy In Love, Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z, 2003
Dry Your Eyes, The Streets, 2004
Crazy, Gnarls Barkley, 2006
Umbrella, Rihanna, 2007
Bonkers, Dizzee Rascal, 2009
Poker Face, Lady Gaga, 2009

Someone Like You, Adele, 2011

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