‘Elle était si jolie’ voted best song of all time

Elle était si jolie (1963) has changed the History of Music forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, July 1), Alain Barrière 1963's hit Elle était si jolie is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.

UPDATE 02/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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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 Elle était si jolie 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):

  1. Elle était si jolie (Alain Barrière, 1963) : 45%
  2. Imagine (John Lennon, 1971) : 22%
  3. Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan, 1965) : 11%
  4. La Tortura (Shakira, 2005) : 8%
  5. Stand by Your Man (Tammy Wynette, 1968) : 7%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Songs of All Time” List for 2020

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Barrière'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:

Alain Barrière?? Elle était si jolie?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 1 July 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 July 1930).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Elle était si jolie the best song ever for you?

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