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Top 20 greatest BBC Radio presenters

In 2017, the BBC launched a poll to celebrate 50 years or Radio’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 and the results were as follows.

20 Tony Blackburn
19 Nick Clarke
18 Linda Smith
17 Fi Glover
16 James Naughtie
15 Danny Baker
14 Melvin Bragg
13 John Humphrys
12 Kirsty Young
11 Brian Redhead
10 Jenni Murray
9 Eddie Mair
8 Humphrey Lyttelton
7 Jane Garvey
6 Kenny Everett
5 Alistair Cooke
4 Annie Nightingale
3 Sue MacGregor
2 John Peel
1 Terry Wogan

Bands and their alternative names

Here is a list of 25 bands who, at some point in their career, briefly changed their name. Some before they were famous, some during and some after. They have all either recorded or performed under these names.

Band name Pseudonyn
Genesis The Garden Wall
Scissor Sisters Queef Latina
Damned Naz Nomad And The Nightmares
Stranglers Celia And The Mutations
Kaiser Chiefs Hooks For Hands
U2 Passenger
Aerosmith Dr J Jones and the Interns
Metallica The Lemmys
Las Lee Rude And The Velcro Underpants
Franz Ferdinand The Black Hands
Clash The Lash
Prodigy Earthbound
Biffy Clyro Jaggy Snake
Motley Crue The Four Skins
The Jam John’s Boys
Arctic Monkeys The Death Ramps
Motorhead Iron Fist & the Hordes of Hell
Arcade Fire The Reflektors
Foo Fighters Dee Gees
Cure The Obtainers
REM Bingo Hand Job
Iron Maiden The Entire Population Of Hackney
Strokes Venison
Rolling Stones The Cockroaches
Led Zepellin Melvin Giganticus And The Turd Burglars

Guest appearance on songs with the due credit

Here is a list of 20 hits that all feature an uncredited well-known person (s).

Artist Title Uncredited act
Crusaders Street Life Randy Crawford
David Bowie Young Americans Luther Vandross
Dire Straits Money For Nothing Sting
Donna Summer Unconditional Love Musical Youth
Elton John Wrap Her Up George Michael
Gary Moore Parisienne Walkways Phil Lynott
Jessica Simpson These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Willie Nelson
John Stewart Gold Stevie Nicks
Meat Loaf Deadringer for Love Cher
Paul Gardiner Stormtrooper In Drag Gary Numan
Peter Gabriel Games Without Frontiers Kate Bush
Python Lee Jackson In A Broken Dream Rod Stewart
Quincy Jones Stuff Like That Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson & Chaka Khan
R.E.M Shiny Happy People Kate Pierson of B-52s
Rihanna Rehab Justin Timberlake
Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me Michael Jackson
Run DMC Walk This Way Aerosmith
Sean Kingston Party All Night (Sleep All Day) Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott Carousel Frank Turner
Will Powers Kissing With Confidence Carly Simon

Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia