Top 2000 songs of all time almost ten years younger in fifteen years

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The tracks in the top 2000 are getting younger each year. The average production year of the tracks in this year's list is 1984. During the first edition of the radio-event in 1999 the average production year per track was 1975.Radio 2 DJ's, Frits Spits and Gijs Staverman, announced the complete list of 2013. The first 6 tracks are the same as last year's top 2000. In total 12 songs ranked the same as last year. Other than that the list underwent major changes. 1988 changes were made in comparison to last year's list.

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Brett Jordan


On December 25th at 12:00 Radio2 will kick off the annual marathon broadcast of the 2000 most popular records of all time. On December 31 at midnight the brand new Radio 2 DJ, Gijs Staverman, will launch the number 1: the inevitable "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

Women want Queen, men Eagles
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen finds itself on the first place in the top 2000 for the 13th time in a row. The epic song turns out to be extremely popular among the female voters. According to men "Hotel California" by The Eagles deserves the top spot.

A record-breaking 3.3 million people voted on the 15th edition of Radio2’s event. 60 % of the voters are men, compared to 64.4% last year. Other popular songs picked my men were: "Stairway to Heaven" (Led Zeppelin), "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen), "Child in Time" (Deep Purple), and "Wish You Were Here" (Pink Floyd), in that order.  In the Women's top 5 the "Bohemian Rhapsody" is followed by "Hotel California", "Avond" by Boudewijn de Groot, "Stairway to Heaven" and "Someone Like You" by Adele.

The most feminine track in the top 2000 is “Story of my life” by One Direction. 93% of the voters for this track were female. The most masculine track is "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. 87% of the voters were male. Women also remarkably often preferred Nick en Simon, where Yes was more popular with the men.

The tracks of artists who died this year also improved on the list. "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed, who died in October, rose from 160 to 34. His song, "Walk On The Wild Side" rose from 729 to 263 and "Intro/Sweet Jane" rose from 1241 to 731. J.J.Cale, deceased in July, is represented in the top 2000 with two songs by Maarten van Roozendaal, who died in July, is currently listed on 1521.

The top 2000 attracts about 11 million people each year, who follow the event on the radio, TV, or internet.