‘Poupée de cire poupée de son’ voted best song of all time

Poupée de cire poupée de son (1965) has changed the History of Music forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Sunday, August 7), France Gall 1965's hit Poupée de cire poupée de son, written by Serge Gainsbourg, is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.

UPDATE 08/08/2022 : 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 Poupée de cire poupée de son 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. Poupée de cire poupée de son (France Gall, 1965) : 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 2022

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Gall or Gainsbourg'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:

France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg?? Poupée de cire poupée de son?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 7 August 2022

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 1932).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Poupée de cire poupée de son the best song ever for you?

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