1: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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Entered Charts 4 March 1970 Entry Point 40 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 27 There is nothing to say – if you don’t know why this is number 1 … well, *shakes head* For the record, as I write this, the video clip has been watch on YouTube over 459 million times – and that’s just the official version!  

2: Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

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Entered Charts 4 March 1970 Entry Point 40 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 27 No great surprises to see this here, I suspect. When one of the great songwriters of the 20th century pairs up with one of the purest voices of the era, you get this. I don’t want to spoil it with my thoughts – this deserves to … Read More

3: Kings Of The World – Mississippi

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Entered Charts 31 August 1972 Entry Point 36 Highest Chart 5 Weeks In: 19 Are you surprised to see this so high in my list – number 3? Well, don’t be surprised – this is a truly great piece of music, written and performed one of our national musical treasures, Graeham Goble. At this stage, the band was in the … Read More

4: Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

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Entered Charts 10 March 1978 Entry Point 29 Highest Chart 2 Weeks In: 15 Like yesterday’s number 5, Are You Old Enough, this is one of those songs that grabs you from the moment the introduction starts, doesn’t it? Baker Street was Rafferty’s only solo hit (he had previously been in Stealers Wheel) and what a monster hit it was. … Read More

5: Are You Old Enough – Dragon

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Entered Charts 23 August 1978 Entry Point 33 Highest Chart 2 Weeks In: 17 Come on, tell me that you don’t sit up when you hear the introduction to this song and give it everything you’ve got! It might surprise you to see this song so high in the countdown at number 5 but it is one of the great … Read More

6: American Pie – Don McLean

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Entered Charts 2 March 1971 Entry Point 33 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 20 Well to start us off, let’s consider the achievement of this song making it to number one when three minutes songs were all the rage. Granted a shorter version of the song was recorded and released but the 8+ minute epic was the one that everyone … Read More

7: Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel

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Entered Charts August 2011 * Entry Point – Highest Chart 40 Weeks In: – Hard to believe that this song – arguably one the Chisels’ most recognisable tunes – did not make the national charts when it was released in 1978. Written by Don Walker, it is now seen as quintessential Australian pub rock – try finding a Cold Chisel … Read More

8: Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits

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Entered Charts 8 November 1978 Entry Point 34 Highest Chart 12 Weeks In: 12 This was the start of something really big, wasn’t it? In 1978, the boys from Deptford in London had released their first album – cleverly titled Dire Straits – and this was the single that had been lifted from it. It had some reasonable success in … Read More

9: The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley

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Entered Charts 2 July 1970 Entry Point 24 Highest Chart 3 Weeks In: 17 Well, what can you say about this bloke that hasn’t already been said? I must say that I felt that Elvis’ best songs were the slower, more melodic tunes more so than the earlier rock and roll music – that said, they were pretty good as … Read More

10: You And Me – Alice Cooper

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Entered Charts 6 April 1977 Entry Point 32 Highest Chart 2 Weeks In: 20 It has been described as one of the great love songs of all time, a gentle melody from a man who had become famous for his shock value. Parents were horrified by some of his antics – some real, some alleged, some simply made up – … Read More