‘Live Forever’ Named Best of British 2018

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Today it was the annual ‘Best of British’ Top 100 list from Radio X, with the results from listeners’ votes over the course of the last few weeks being totaled up and revealed live on air. It was a victory for Oasis this year, with ‘Live Forever’ pipping last year’s winner ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to the number one spot.

The results did provide controversy in some areas, however. Most notably, Joy Division‘s iconic track ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ didn’t even make it into the Top 50, despite being considered by many to be a contender for the top spot.

Of course, Radio X did leave it up to the public to decided, so no grumbles if you didn’t get your votes in. Here’s what the ever-modest Noel Gallagher had to say following Live Forever’s victory:

“I have always tried to aim higher than I think is possible. Some people try to be bigger or better than their contemporaries or their predecessors… Me? I’m just trying to be better than myself, which as we now know is virtually impossible.”

9 of the Top 10 were in fact northern artists, so in the clash of North v South I think it’s safe to say that the 2018 Best of British list was an undisputed victory for the northerners.

Here is the Top 20 in full:
1. Oasis – ‘Live Forever’
2. Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
3. Oasis – ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’
4. The Stone Roses – ‘I Am the Resurrection’
5. The Verve – ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’
6. Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’
7. Oasis – ‘Slide Away’
8. The Smiths – ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’
9. Oasis – ‘Champagne Supernova’
10. Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
11. The Stone Roses – ‘I Wanna Be Adored’
12. David Bowie – ‘Heroes’
13. Arctic Monkeys – ‘A Certain Romance’
14. David Bowie – ‘Life On Mars?’
15. Led Zeppelin – ‘Stairway To Heaven’
16. Pulp – ‘Common People’
17. Pink Floyd – ‘Wish You Were Here’
18. The Rolling Stones – ‘Gimme Shelter’
19. The Stone Roses – ‘She Bangs The Drums’
20. Courteeners – ‘Not Nineteen Forever’

Sean Marsh

Sean Marsh

Founding Editor of Northern Chorus

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