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Busted scoop Record of the Year
Busted have had eight UK top five hits in just over two years
Pop group Busted's theme song for the Thunderbirds movie has been voted the UK's Record of the Year by the public.

The group beat off strong competition from friends McFly, US singer Anastacia and solo star Will Young in a vote to find 2004's most popular single.

Thunderbirds was Busted's fourth number one hit when it charted in August.

The award is in its seventh year. Its shortlist also included Maroon 5, Katie Melua, Scissor Sisters, Girls Aloud, Natasha Bedingfield and Brian McFadden.

McFly's debut single Five Colours in Her Hair had been 6/5 favourite to win but came second in a Eurovision-style voting process.

1. Busted - Thunderbirds
2. McFly - Five Colours in Her Hair
3. Anastacia (above) - Left Outside Alone
4. Will Young - Leave Right Now
5. Katie Melua - Closest Thing To Crazy
Anastacia's hit Left Outside Alone was third, with just two points separating the top three.

Will Young's Leave Right Now was fourth, followed by Katie Melua's Closest Thing To Crazy.

Busted have been one of the most popular British music acts of the past two years, enjoying eight singles in the UK top three.

At this year's Brit Awards, they won best pop act and best breakthrough act and were nominated for best British group.

Busted have capitalised on a craze for artists playing catchy pop music with a rock image and instruments.

It has given pop fans an alternative to artists who are seen as manufactured and not credible because they do not write their own songs or play their own instruments.

The UK's two biggest-selling singles of the year were not on the Record of the Year shortlist.

Band Aid 20 is set to be the UK's biggest hit of 2004, ahead of Eamon's I Don't Want You Back, which sold more than 500,000 copies.

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