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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Queen song tops 'world best' list
Queen singer Freddie Mercury
We Are the Champions reached number two in the UK in 1977
We Are The Champions by Queen has been voted the world's favourite song in a global poll of 700,000 music fans.

The 1977 single kept Toxic by Britney Spears in second place, followed by Michael Jackson's Billie Jean.

The Queen hit topped the Sony Ericsson poll despite only reaching number two in the UK on its original release.

"It conveys the passion music brings to our lives and proves a classic rock song is truly timeless," said corporate vice president Dee Dutta.

Hotel California by The Eagles was ranked fourth, followed by Latin American singer Shakira with her international hit La Tortura.

Nirvana's grunge anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit was sixth.

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