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Hey Jude named top Beatles song

Published 05/10/2012 | 19:02

The Beatles pictured in February 1954, from left, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney

Chart-topping hit Hey Jude has been named the nation's favourite Beatles song in a poll published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's recording career.

The track - which featured on the the last album released by the Fab Four, Let It Be - topped a poll of more than 12,000 music fans conducted by BBC local radio.

The top three were all composed by Sir Paul McCartney, with Yesterday and Let It Be at positions two and three. Hey Jude featured in the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, although Sir Paul's performance was not universally loved.

The poll coincided with a half-century since the release of the Beatles' first single, Love Me Do, on October 5, 1962. A BBC4 documentary, Love Me Do: The Beatles 62, looks at the story behind their first 45 RPM release.

The oldest song to make the top 10 favourites was 1963 hit She Loves You, which was ranked eighth. Runner-up Yesterday was notably the first Beatles song to feature only one member of the group, with Sir Paul accompanied by a string quartet.

Three songs from the Let It Be album made the top 10 - with The Long And Winding Road making it to number seven - despite Phil Spector's syrupy production, which has often been given a mauling by critics.

No songs from Rubber Soul, A Hard Day's Night, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or the "White Album" - officially called The Beatles - made it into the top 10.

The results were revealed on air by local BBC stations in a nationwide celebration called My Beatles Story Day, for which listeners shared their memories of the band.

The top five favourite Beatles hits according to the BBC local radio poll are Hey Jude; Yesterday; Let It Be; All You Need Is Love and Eleanor Rigby.

The top 10 is completed by Here Comes The Sun; The Long And Winding Road; She Loves You; I Want To Hold Your Hand and Strawberry Fields Forever.

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