According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, August 4), Marilyn Martin and Phil Collins 1985's hit Separate Lives is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.
UPDATE 05/08/2021 : 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 Separate Lives 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):
- Separate Lives (Marilyn Martin and Phil Collins, 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 Martin or Collins' 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:
Marilyn Martin, Phil Collins?? Separate Lives?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 4 August 2021
“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 1931).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Separate Lives the best song ever for you?
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