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Hey Jude, you've been voted the best Beatles song

BEATLES fans have named Hey Jude as their favourite song as the 50th anniversary of the band's recording career was celebrated.

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

The top three were all composed by Paul McCartney, with Yesterday and Let It Be at positions two and three.

Hey Jude featured in the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

The BBC poll coincided with a half-century since the release of the Beatles' first single, Love Me Do, on October 5, 1962.

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 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 panned 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.

BBC4 is to screen an hour-long documentary, Love Me Do: The Beatles 62, tomorrow at 10pm looking at the story behind their first single.

The top 10 favourite Beatles hits according to the BBC local radio poll:

1. Hey Jude

2. Yesterday

3. Let It Be

4. All You Need Is Love

5. Eleanor Rigby

6. Here Comes The Sun

7. The Long And Winding Road

8. She Loves You

9. I Want To Hold Your Hand

10. Strawberry Fields Forever