BBC Radio 2 reveals the official biggest hits of Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson


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This weekend, BBC Radio 2 will be counting down the top hits of three musical legends - Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson, to celebrate the year in which they all would’ve turned, or recently turned, 60 years old.

Madonna and Prince’s top 20 hits will be revealed in a Pick of the Pops special with Paul Gambaccini (Saturday 25 August, 1-3pm) and Michael Jackson’s top 60 hits, including Jackson 5 songs and duets, will be revealed throughout the day on Monday 27 August.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2, said: “I’m delighted that Radio 2 is turning its schedules to these three icons of pop, Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna, in the year that each has or would have turned 60. As we celebrate this milestone, these charts remind us just how influential their music remains.”

Madonna recently turned 60 on 16 August, Prince would have turned 60 on 7 June and Michael Jackson would have turned 60 on 29 August.

Each chart has been compiled by the Official Charts Company and is based on all-time official sales and streams of Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson (including The Jacksons/The Jackson 5 and duets), incorporating physical singles, digital downloads and audio streams up to the end of June 2018. The charts can be viewed in full at

The Official Charts Company says: “Three huge icons of the Official Chart deserve to be celebrated in style, and that they will be! These new charts compiled especially for Radio 2 will determine once and for all Britain’s favourite Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson single - reflecting more than 26m physical sales, 10m digital downloads, over 600m audio streams, and that’s just the career hits that made it into the countdowns.”

The top 10 Madonna songs, in alphabetical order, are:

  • 4 Minutes (2008)
  • Crazy For You (1985)
  • Holiday (1983)
  • Hung Up (2005)
  • Into the Groove (1984)
    *Like a Prayer (1989)
  • Like a Virgin (1984)
  • Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
  • True Blue (1986)
  • Vogue (1990)

The top 10 Prince songs, in alphabetical order, are:
* 1999/Little Red Corvette (1982)
* Batdance (1989)
* Gett Off (1991)
*Kiss (1986)
*Let’s Go Crazy/Take Me With You (1984)
* Purple Rain (1984)
*Raspberry Beret (1985)
* Sexy MF/Strollin’ (1992)
* The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1995)
* When Doves Cry (1984)

Listeners can tune in to Pick of the Pops, Saturday 25th August (1-3pm) to hear the charts revealed in full, correct order.

The Michael Jackson countdown, 60@60, runs throughout Monday 27 August, with Mark Goodier (6.30-9.30am), Ken Bruce (9.30am-midday) and Ana Matronic (midday-3pm) each playing five tracks per hour during their shows, with the chance to hear a personal rendition of Man in The Mirror, recently recorded by Curtis Stigers as a part of Ken Bruce’s Piano Room sessions. The countdown culminates in Trevor Nelson’s programme (3-5pm), revealing Michael Jackson’s top 20 best-selling singles in the UK.

The top 10 Michael Jackson/The Jacksons/The Jackson 5 songs, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Beat It (1982)
  • Billie Jean (1982)
  • Black or White (1991)
  • Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (1979)
  • Earth Song (1995)
  • I Want You Back (1969)
  • Man in the Mirror (1987)
  • One Day in Your Life (1975)
  • Thriller (1982)
  • You Are Not Alone (1995)

Listeners can tune into Trevor Nelson (Monday 27 August, 3-5pm) to hear the top 20 in full, correct order.

Trevor Nelson also hears from a number of famous Michael Jackson fans, including Samuel L Jackson, Beyonce, Nile Rodgers, Rob Brydon, Melanie C, James Bay, KT Tunstall, Slash, Alesha Dixon, Martine McCutcheon, Jake Shears, Olly Alexander (Years & Years), Leon Bridges and Jess Glynne.

Pick of the Pops is produced by Phil Swern for 7digital.

The Michael Jackson 60@60 countdown and Trevor Nelson - Michael Jackson Special are produced by Kellie Redmond for 7digital.

Source BBC Radio 2

August 26, 2018 2:15pm ET by BBC Radio 2  

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