On this date in 2002, over 31,000 fans voted for their favorite single in a reader's poll for Guinness World Records British Hit Singles. Four out of the Top Ten songs were from The Beatles (Hey Jude, Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever, Yesterday and Let It Be.)
However, taking the top slot at #1 was Queen's masterpiece, "Bohemian Rhapsody". It was the first single to reach No 1 on the charts twice in the same version - followed by George Harrison’s "My Sweet Lord". It is also the only song to have hit the Christmas top slot twice. Because it straddled the new year period, the song has been at No 1 in four, different years. It first hit the pinnacle of the charts in 1975 and again in 1991 after a re-release following Freddie's death. In this article from The Guardian guitarist Brian May summed up the song's legacy best saying:
“It has become a classic phenomenon and one which no one will ever allow us to forget.”
Rolling Stone magazine went on to say that the promotional video the band shot for the song: "cannot be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV went on the air.
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