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Tuesday, 6 April, 1999, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Bruch and Beatles top radio polls
Lennon and McCartney's Yesterday came top of Radio 2's poll
A concerto by German composer Max Bruch and the Beatles classic Yesterday have come top of two polls conducted by radio stations.

Bruch's Violin Concerto number 1 in G minor was the top choice in Classic FM's Hall of Fame vote, for the fourth year running.

In second place was Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto number 2 in C minor, and third was Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A.

A total of 60,000 votes were cast by listeners and readers of the national station's magazine for the Hall of Fame, with the top 300 broadcast over the Easter break.

Yesterday is top song

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Meanwhile, BBC Radio 2 used a combination of listeners' votes, expert opinion and sales figures to crown Lennon and McCartney's Yesterday the top song of the 20th century.

The poll concentrates on individual songs rather than different artists' versions of them, and lists entries by songwriter rather than performer. Written in 1965, Yesterday is the most covered song of all time, with more than 2,000 different versions.

Second place was claimed by 1929 ballad Star Dust, by Hoagy Carmichael, while Paul Simon's Bridge over Troubled Water came third.

Only two 1990s songs make the top 100 - Bryan Adams' Everything I Do and Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On.

As well as listeners' votes, sales of records and sheet music were counted, as were the opinions of songwriters including Sir Elton John, Gary Barlow, Neil Tennant and Tim Rice.

BBC Radio 2's Top 20:

1. Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney) 1965

2. Stardust (music: Carmichael/ words: Parrish) 1929

3. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon) 1970

4. White Christmas (Berlin) 1942

5. Unchained Melody (m. North/w. Zaret) 1955

6. Imagine (Lennon) 1971

7. My Way (m. Francois/Revaux/Thibuat/w. Anka) 1969

8. Summertime (m. Gershwin/w. Heyward) 1935

9. Over The Rainbow (m. Arlen/ w. Harburg) 1939

10. As Time Goes By (Hupfeld) 1931

11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (m. Kern/w. Harbach) 1933

12. You'll Never Walk Alone (m. Rodgers/ w. Hammerstein II) 1945

13. Candle In The Wind (m. John/w. Taupin) 1972

14. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Marks) 1949

15. Hey Jude (Lennon/McCartney) 1968

16. In the Mood (Razaf/Garland) 1939

17. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Berlin) 1911

18. Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) 1975

19. Rock Around The Clock (Freedman/De Knight) 1955

20. Ol' Man River (m. Kern/w. Hammerstein II) 1927

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