According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Saturday, August 17), Ray Charles 1961's hit Hit the Road Jack is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.
UPDATE 18/08/2019 : 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 Hit the Road Jack 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):
- Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles, 1961) : 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 Charles' 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:
Ray Charles?? Hit the Road Jack?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 17 August 2019
“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 August 1929).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Hit the Road Jack the best song ever for you?
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