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Angels 'should have topped chart'
Robbie Williams
After Angels, Robbie Williams went on to have four number one hits
Angels by Robbie Williams has been voted the best single which should have been a number one but never was, in a poll for music channel VH1.

The ballad, which got to number four in December 1997, beat Savage Garden's Truly, Madly, Deeply and Aerosmith's I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.

VH1 viewers and visitors to The Sun's website cast nearly 30,000 votes.

Sir Cliff Richard's hit Millennium Prayer was voted the worst number one single of all time.

NUMBER ONES THAT NEVER WERE
1. Robbie Williams - Angels
2. Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply
3. Aerosmith - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
4. Ultravox - Vienna
5. Madonna - Ray of Light
Source: VH1
Angels, written with former collaborator Guy Chambers, remains one of Robbie Williams' most popular songs.

The ex-Take That star subsequently had four number one hits with singles including Millennium and Eternity.

Other stars said to have deserved a number one included Madonna with Ray of Light, Beautiful Stranger, Crazy For You and Material Girl, rockers Bon Jovi with Always and Oasis with Wonderwall and Live Forever.

Rock anthem

The Guns N' Roses classic Sweet Child O' Mine became a rock anthem following its release in August 1988.

But the song, which takes 20th place in the poll, only made it to number 24 in the chart.

While Angels remained at number four in 1997, children's favourite The Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! topped the singles chart.

The Teletubbies song was in third place in the worst number ones of all time list, with Mr Blobby's self-titled 1993 hit in second place.

BBC News Online users sent in their suggestions as to what songs should have been number one - but were not.

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty, Surely. Only got to number 2 for which there is still an inquest outstanding.
Makbul H Patel, Bolton, England

Little Bird by Annie Lennox should have been number 1 but only made number 2. Also, more recently Comfortably Numb by the Scissor Sisters.
Donald, Aberdeen

Guns N' Roses - November Rain!!!! For me, it's the most perfect song ever written
Gary, York

Wonderwall and Stand By Me by Oasis should have topped the list. They are two of the greatest songs ever. Stand by me was kept off the top spot by that dreadful Candle in the Wind by Elton John, the worst number one ever.
Kazz, West Midlands, uk

To me, Clocks by Coldplay should have been number one. Not only is it a highlight of Coldplay's musical career, but also of (British) music in general. Beautiful.
Özlem Emeni, Rotterdam, Holland

All Right Now by Free!!.....Spent ages at number 2 slot back in 1970....still a classic after 34yrs.
Gerry Carlin, Derry N.Ireland

Take That's Babe. It was kept off number 1 spot by My Blobby. To the dismay of all Take That fans. We were absolutely gutted!
F Shakoor, London

Unbelievable by EMF!!! It's used in everything these days and everybody knows the song. It was also kept off the top by Milli Vanilli who turned out to be a fake group who didn't sing their own songs.
Dave, Forest of Dean, UK

Got to be My Generation by the Who!!!
Steve Haywood, Wooburn Green, Bucks

I voted for Diana Ross, with the classic Upside Down, which should have been a No.1 hit in the U.K. as it had been in the U.S., especially as it's a song that is constantly referred to today and still enjoyed (When You Tell Me That You Love Me wasn't even offered on the voting either). The list was so long and hard to choose from. Kylie Mingoue had a few singles that should've been No.1 like Better the Devil You Know. I agree that Madonna's Beautiful Stranger should've been a No.1 also. Some of T.Rex's singles should've been No.1 like Jeepster, Children of the Revolution, Solid Gold Easy Action and 20th Century Boy - these have been considered number 1s by accident in the past 30 years.
Leo Boyle, Northampton, UK

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. It's still a distinctive and breathtaking song 19 years after its release. The promo video was stunning too. She really deserved another number one with this song.
Alan, London, UK

Everybody Hurts by REM, still can't believe this never got to number 1. Quite simply the greatest song ever!!!
Jo Holden-Smith, Bradford, West Yorkshire

What about The Bitterest Pill by The Jam being kept from Number 1 by Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth?
Alistair Harrison, Columbus, OH USA

Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer; do do dododo do do do do do do do do do do. Number 2 in 1985
Justyn Crane, Bristol,UK

The Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker Junior was kept off the top slot by the schmaltzy MOR drivel I Want to Know what Love Is by Foreigner. Aaargh!! As a ten year old at the time, I was devastated. I still can't stand Foreigner.
James Reid, London

The Air That I Breathe by the Hollies. A classic that went to number 2, then down to 4, then back to 2....!
Rob Butterworth, Lancs England

Common people by Pulp should have been No. 1! Kept off the top spot by Robson & Jerome....AARRGGHH!!
Ben Jackson, Sheffield, England

My Generation by The Who! I find it despicable that The Who never had a number one hit single at all. That and Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.
Adam, Isle of Man

Sit Down by James is a true indie classic great music and catchy lyrics. I don't know anybody that doesn't sing along when it is on, how it never got the top spot I'll never know (the original that is not the awful 1999 re-vamp)
Andy Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland

Am I right in thinking that Radio Gaga by Queen was kept at number 2 by Frankie goes to Hollywood?
David, UK

The Journey by Duncan Browne - early 70's, if I remember correctly. A truly haunting, beautiful song - whatever happened to this gifted singer?
Pat Duxbury , Pontypridd, South Wales

Astounding evidence that the number one title merely shows the ability to force mass single sales within the space of a week. Angels stayed in the chart for a considerable time, and is without a doubt one of the most popular anthems ever written by Mr Williams.
Chris Ward, Guildford, Surrey, UK

Oliver's Army by Elvis Costello reached number 2 in February 1979.
Pete, Norwich, UK

The Darkness' I Believe In A Thing Called Love (kept off by the Black Eyed Peas' Where Is The Love - yawn!) and Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) (kept off by whatshisface's Mad World - sob!). The thing is - although the chart is still relevant, people will always remember the likes of Angels and Sweet Child O' Mine, irrespective of their chart position.
Robert Shaw, London & England

Rolf Harris' dance anthem Fine Day should have made number one. I'm still gutted it missed out.
Colin, Banstead, UK

I remember my dismay around Christmas '98 (I think) when the late surge of Chocolate Salty Balls by the Chef from South Park narrowly failed to keep the Spice Girls off top spot.
Roland, Brit ex-pat in France

Stranglers - Golden Brown!
Adam Wilkinson, London

Extreme - More than words. Kept off the spot by Jason Donovan with Any Dream Will Do. My younger sister was one of the young children on the recording, but they still robbed Extreme, with a much better song, of the number one spot!
Phil Jacques, Horsham, UK

How about Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack - surely one of the best songs never to make the top 10
Alison, Edgware, Middx

The answer to this question is so obvious! Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks in 1967.
Ian Dron, London

Sweet Water by Jeff Astle went to number one in West Bromwich but was virtually ignored elsewhere. Proof, as if it were needed, that we are a more discerning bunch round here.
John, West Bromwich

George Harrison's I've Got My Mind Set On You only got to number 2 as far as I remember
Natalie Monaghan, Lanarkshie

Sit Down by James, a classic anthem, was somehow denied by Chesney Hawkes. Teenage girls everywhere should be ashamed of themselves.
Mark, Edinburgh

Queen have to be one of the unluckiest bands when it comes to being pipped for the top spot. Take your pick from Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love or Radio Ga-Ga, all of which got only made it to No 2.
Gordon, Falkirk, Scotland

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia had 'number one' written all over it but never got to the top spot. It sold bucket loads.
Steve, Edinburgh

Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia, kept off the top spot by some cheesy novelty hit, whose name escapes me.
Richard Moore, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Definitely With or Without You by U2. A classic rock anthem which still endures getting on for twenty years on from its release. Lord only knows why that was never number 1. There is no justice in the world!!!
Lindsey, Leeds, UK

Any of Elton Johns Seventies classics - can you believe that this man did not get a number one in this country until he teamed up with Kiki Dee. Yellow Brick Road, Benny and the Jets, Candle in the Wind, Your Song, Crocodile Rock, Don't Let the Sun go Down on Me to name just a few - not a number one amongst them on their initial release - a disgrace.
Gary, Bishop's Stortford

Kayleigh by Marillion, definitely.
Iain, Edinburgh

Pet Shop Boys cover of the village people's Go West was kept off the top slot by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's Boom Boom Shake The Room...also Deee-Lite's Groove is In The Heart, kept at No 2 by The Steve Miller Band's track used in the Jeans Ad.
Paul Harris, Milton Keynes

Music by John Miles, from April 1976, should definitely have got to number 1. It's a superb song - a fantastic mix of styles in one, from gentle piano at the beginning right through to full crescendo-ing orchestra at the end. It still sounds just as good today after 28 years! It only got to number 3 when it was released, being held off the top by Abba's Fernando and Brotherhood of Man's Save Your Kisses For Me.
Nathan Pace, Lancaster, UK

Duran Duran's Save a Prayer is an absolutely beautiful song and should have been a number 1 -only got to number 2 unfortunately - not sure what kept it off the top spot.
Anon, St Albans, Herts

That Ole Devil Called Love - Alison Moyet, class personified. It's Raining Men - Weather Girls, still a guaranteed floor-filler twenty years on. Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite, also a guaranteed floor-filler, cruelly kept off the top by chart rules despite selling the same number of copies as Steve Miller Band's The Joker. Justify My Love - Madonna, a very sexy record. Victims - Culture Club, one of Boy George's most beautiful performances. What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, for bringing Dusty back into the spotlight. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics, simply a great record from a great act. 2 Times - Ann Lee, but I don't expect anyone would agree with me on that one.
Simon, Brighton, UK

What about Oasis "Wonderwall", kept off the number one spot by Michael Jackson's "Earth Song".
David Knight, Ludlow Shropshire

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles. Hiccup in the Fabs' assault on the charts of the 60s. God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols. Cheated out of a deserved number one by a one week change in the rules during the Queen's Jubilee.
Andy Bell, London

Two words - Strawberry Fields!!
Chris Butters, Norwich, England

Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks. It was kept off the number 1 position by Ken Dodd, I believe.
Tom Burke, Sheffield, UK

Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds only reached no.2 and should definitely reached number 1!!
Clare Curtis, Stroud, UK

A-ha, Take on Me!
Angela Sheppard, Nottingham

This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us by Sparks should have been a number 1 single. It was kept off the top of the charts by The Rubettes' Sugar Baby Love. Had Sparks been able to keep an earlier Top Of The Pops appointment (there were issues seeing as they were Americans and didn't have Musician's Union cards) they would have been able to perform their single on the programme and it would surely have gone to number 1. As it was The Rubettes were brought in to fill the gap left by Sparks!
Gina Snowdoll, Didcot, UK

Happy Birthday by Altered Images, although it was number 1 in the NME Charts. Discounting that, God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, which is one of the greatest singles of all time, or Pearly Dewdrops' Drops by the Cocteau Twins.
Rob Horton, Birmingham, UK

How about American Pie or the original Candle in the Wind.
David Barker, Manchester, UK

A Design For Life by The Manic Street Preachers should have been a number one, but it was cruelly beaten into number 2 position by Mark Morrison!
Steven Leicester, Sheffield

Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane kept of the number 1 spot by Engelbert Humperdinck's Last Waltz. Still makes me mad 37 years later.
Dave Field, Brighton England

Ultravox's Vienna being held off the top by Joe Dolce's Shaddup Your Face is, to my mind, the greatest charts travesty of all time.
Martin, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Which songs should have got to number one? I think it should be Squeeze - Some Fantastic Place. Great melody and lyrics with real meaning by Chris Difford, fantastic guitar solo played and wonderfully sung by Glenn Tilbrook, all wrapped up in a pop package. Should have been a classic number one.
Nigel Richards, Middlewich Cheshire

Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl should definitely have been a number 1. Some think of it only as a Christmas hit and it has been voted the top "Christmas" song of all time but this classic is more than that. I think this is the best song ever written, with words and music which are unique and unforgettable.
Gerry O'Neill, Cardiff

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under the Bridge, a song ten thousand times more heartfelt and meaningful than Robbie Williams' cash in on the trend for ballad songs, should have been number one. Other classics such as Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve and No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley also deserve to be far higher up the lists, instead of pop sensations such as Shakira and Outkast, who I guarantee will appear on Worst Number one lists in ten years time.
Mohammad, Blackpool, UK

U2's One should have been a contender. Quite simply one of the best pieces of modern music ever, apart from the Vengaboys of course !
Michael McGrory, Glasgow, Scotland

Couldn't believe Stan by Eminem was kept off Xmas topspot by Westlife or whatever it was. Gutted at the time. A brilliant, original affecting record in every way, and with the Dido sample that launched her career lest ye forget! On the Xmas number one subject, I was also surprised The Darkness failed last year - the first proper classic Xmas song for YEARS!!!! Having said that Mad World was a beautiful rival for said throne and I must admit I bought both! Astounding also to think that Smells Like Teen Spirit only got to number 7. SUCH an amazing song to this day, words cannot explain. My god, it's stood the test of time!
Alastair Cross, London

The fact that Savage Garden got to number 2 in this poll just shows how little attention we should pay to it.
Andy Brooke, Leeds, UK

A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers was a defining song of the 1990s, yet was somehow beaten to the top spot in the charts by Mark Morrison. Perhaps the only vindication of that is that A Design For Life has become one of the most recognisable songs of our generation, and still sounds as fresh as ever.
Pete, Hertfordshire

Need You Tonight by INXS was kept off the number one spot by a Robin Beck track taken from a Coke advert. No justice at all !
Jim Walpole, Lowestoft, England

Huey Lewis & the News kept off No 1 by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Jennifer Rush - all three songs called The Power of Love one Christmas. And I'm totally in awe of all the other contributor's amazing memories!
Isobel, Salisbury, UK




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