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Lennon beats Beatles in song poll
John Lennon
Lennon died aged 40, having found fame as a Beatle and solo artist
John Lennon's Imagine has beaten two Beatles numbers to top a radio poll for the UK's favourite song.

Voters placed Imagine higher than The Beatles' Hey Jude and Let it Be, which were in second and third place in the Virgin Radio poll of 7,000 listeners.

Fourth on the list were U2 with One and Robbie Williams' Angels was next.

The Beatles had 33 entries in the top 500 songs, followed by the Rolling Stones with 17 and U2 with 15. David Bowie and Queen had 14 entries each.

The Beatles
1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Hey Jude - Beatles
3. Let It Be - Beatles
4. One - U2
5. Angels - Robbie Williams
6. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
7. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
8. Every Breath You Take - The Police
9. Hotel California - The Eagles
10. You're Beautiful - James Blunt

James Blunt was the highest-placed debut act, with his chart-topping single You're Beautiful in at number 10, while Blondie had eight entries in the top 500 and Keane had four.

Virgin Radio's Ben Jones, who will play out the top 10, said it was apt that Lennon topped the poll in the year of the 25th anniversary of his death.

"His writing, especially with Paul McCartney, is possibly the country's greatest ever musical export and he clearly still holds a special place in the nation's heart," he said.

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