According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Sunday, January 19), Joni Mitchell 1970's hit Big Yellow Taxi is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.
UPDATE 20/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Top 100 songs of all time
To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned music magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of music producers and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of Big Yellow Taxi in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Here are the top 5 best songs ever written in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):
- Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell, 1970) : 45%
- Imagine (John Lennon, 1971) : 22%
- Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan, 1965) : 11%
- La Tortura (Shakira, 2005) : 8%
- Stand by Your Man (Tammy Wynette, 1968) : 7%
Poll results stir controversy among music critics
While millions of Mitchell's fans around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous music critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:
Joni Mitchell?? Big Yellow Taxi?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 19 January 2020
“Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since January 1930).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Big Yellow Taxi the best song ever for you?
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