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Coldplay’s Clocks crowned BBC 6 Music’s Greatest Hit

The band's 2003 Grammy Award-winning track is voted the alternative music station's top song by listeners

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Published: Friday, 1st February 2013 at 5:00 pm

Coldplay's Clocks has been named 6 Music listener's favourite song of the last ten years.


The digital radio station's year-long celebration of its tenth birthday culminated in the announcement of the winner of a poll to find which song was the greatest hit of the station's decade of broadcasting.

Coldplay comfortably beat out competition from other big hitters such as Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, the Killers, the White Stripes, Johnny Cash and Radiohead to claim the number one spot, with their signature tune, Clocks.

Throughout today there has been a Greatest Hits Chart rundown as the order of the top 100 songs, as voted by over 100,000 listeners based on a list decided by the station's presenters, producers and staff, has been revealed.

Steve Lamacq was given the honour of revealing the top 30 during his afternoon show, having launched the poll on 7 January.

Of the winner he said, "It's a good result for Coldplay, who were clearly one of the biggest bands of the decade. But you can see the breadth of 6 Music's tastes in the rest of the Top 10, including some bands who we've championed and who've broken through commercially like Elbow and some brilliant groups who remain out there on the margins of pop like British Sea Power and the National."

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The third single from Coldplay's platinum-selling second album A Rush of Blood to the Head, Clocks reached number nine on the UK singles chart and number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2004 it was voted record of the year at the Grammy Awards. In October 2011, it came number 148 on the NME's list of the 150 best tracks of the past 15 years.

The top 10 tracks voted 6 Music's Greatest hits were:

10: Radiohead – There There

9: British Sea Power – Remember Me

8: Johnny Cash – Hurt

7: The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??

6: The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

5: The Killers – Mr Brightside

4: The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

3: Elbow – One Day like This

2: Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

1: Coldplay – Clocks


The full rundown of all 100 tracks can be seen at the 6 Music website


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