George Michael’s first solo single Careless Whisper has been voted the number one song of all time by Smooth Radio listeners.
Careless Whisper has pushed John Lennon’s Imagine from the number one spot for the first time in three years. Lennon’s track now sits at number 16 in Smooth’s All Time Top 500.
Michael has taken both the number one and two positions in this year’s chart, with his 1986 song A Different Corner in second place. More than 28,000 votes were cast in the countdown of 500 songs which were broadcast on Smooth over the Bank Holiday weekend.
With 19 songs featuring George Michael – the highest number for him in the chart’s four-year history – he has become the nation’s most popular artist alongside Elton John, who has the same number of entries. Their duet ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ has jumped from number 159 to number 9. Altogether, Michael’s songs have climbed more than 1,800 places in the past year. Father Figure has jumped 378 places to number 42, while ‘Jesus to a Child’ has climbed 354 places to number 19, in addition to 11 new entries for the singer.
Richard Park, group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global, said: “George Michael was one of the biggest talents the world has ever seen and the results of Smooth’s All Time Top 500 confirm that he remains in the nation’s heart now more than ever. Together with Smooth’s 5.4 million listeners across the UK, our countdown over the Bank Holiday weekend has been the perfect way to celebrate the life and music of this great man.”
All the songs from Smooth’s All Time Top 500 were played on-air over the Bank Holiday weekend.