"Bohemian Rhapsody" voted U.K. all-time top single

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 08 2002 11:00 PM ET

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted the United Kingdom's all-time favorite pop single in a Guinness World Records survey, reports Reuters. More than 31,000 people voted in the poll, which appears in the new Guinness book British Hit Singles. The song topped the U.K. charts in 1975 and then again in 1991 when a fund-raising version was released after the death of Queen's gay lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Guitarist Brian May, who picked up the award Wednesday with fellow Queen member Roger Taylor, said, "The song was apparently so far ahead of any rival that even months before the deadline, its position in this new poll was unimpeachable. Thank you, people, for the memory."

Rounding out the top 10: "Imagine," John Lennon; "Hey Jude," the Beatles; "Dancing Queen," ABBA; "Like a Prayer," Madonna; "Angels," Robbie Williams; "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," the Beatles; "Wannabe," Spice Girls; "Yesterday," the Beatles; "Let It Be," the Beatles.

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