According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Saturday, May 25), Johnny Hallyday 1985's hit Quelque chose de Tennessee is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.
UPDATE 26/05/2019 : 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 Quelque chose de Tennessee 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):
- Quelque chose de Tennessee (Johnny Hallyday, 1985) : 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 Hallyday'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:
Johnny Hallyday?? Quelque chose de Tennessee?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 25 May 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 May 1929).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Quelque chose de Tennessee the best song ever for you?
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