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Friday, 6 October, 2000, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
'Banned' Frankie tops chart
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Not BBC favourites
Frankie Goes To Hollywood's track Relax has come top of a special all-time Top of The Pops chart commissioned by the BBC.

The chart, compiled to launch a new spin-off show, Top of The Pops Plus, was compiled by the Guinness Book of Hit Singles, which took account of each single's chart position and length of stay in the top 40 countdown.

Relax took the top space in the chart, thanks to its lengthy chart run in 1984 and subsequent re-release in 1993.

But although Frankie Goes To Hollywood enjoyed early support from cutting-edge presenters such as John Peel and David Jensen, and Relax had received a lot of initial airplay on Radio 1, DJ Mike Read suddenly banned the record from his mid-morning show in January 1984, declaring it "overtly obscene".

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra is at number three
It is said he took the record off while it was playing on the show after reading the lyrics printed on the record's sleeve.

Read's personal ban was followed by the rest of Radio 1 and Top Of The Pops, and Relax rocketed to number one. It also rose back up the charts to number two in July when its follow-up, Two Tribes, was at number one.

The Beatles are second with 1963's She Loves You, and Frank Sinatra's My Way - which only reached number five - was third. The song had three spells in the charts between 1969 and 1971.

Crooner Jim Reeves' I Love You Because - a hit in 1964 and 1971 - was fourth, and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody came fifth, after having two spells at number one in 1975 and 1991.

Ballads from the early 1990s also feature in the top ten, with Bryan Adams' (Every Thing I Do) I Do It For You - which spent 16 weeks at number one in 1991 - at number five, closely followed by Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around (15 weeks at the top in 1994) at six. Celine Dion's Think Twice, from 1994, is tenth.

Recent acts struggle

Although veteran acts such as Jim Reeves and Englebert Humperdinck get two and three entries in the top 40, more recent acts struggle to make an impression.

Country star LeAnn Rimes' How Do I Live is at 27th after its 1998 chart run, and All Saints' Never Ever is a place below. Steps' 1998 cover of Tragedy is in 30th place.

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams' 16 weeks at number one has not been beaten
The chart was calculated by using all the top 40 countdowns on Top of The Pops since it began in 1964 to the present day.

Each track took one point for a number 40 placing, up to 40 points for a number one placing. Those that stay high and stay the longest perfom the best.

The chart marks the launch of BBC Two's Top of The Pops Plus, a music news and gossip show which replaces The O-Zone on Sundays from this weekend.

The first show features Blur talking exclusively about their new internet radio station, which will plug the launch of their "best of" album this month.

Click here to see the full Top of the Pops Top 40 chart.

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