According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, February 20), the Band 1969's hit The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (also covered by Joan Baez) is now considered to be the Greatest Song in the History of Music.
UPDATE 21/02/2019 : 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 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 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):
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (the Band, 1969) : 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 Baez or The Band'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:
Joan Baez, The Band?? The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 20 February 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 February 1929).
Do you agree with this poll? Is the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down the best song ever for you?
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