They’re the rock acts most people would take into isolation with them – rest of top 10 is classical music

On an island: Freddie Mercury

Queen and Pink Floyd are the only contemporary musicians featured in a BBC poll of tracks people would take with them to a desert island.

The Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs is the second longest-running programme in history, having started in 1942. In each episode a star guest is asked to pick eight pieces of music they’d be marooned with, alongside a copy of the Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

In the public poll Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody came fourth, immediately followed by Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Number one position was taken by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and the rest of the top ten was made up by Elgar, Beethoven, Handel, Holst and Mozart.

The Beatles came first in the artist listing, followed by Bob Dylan, Beethoven, Mozart, Floyd, Johan Sebastian Bach, the Rolling Stones, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Queen.

Top 20 rock desert island discs
(plus position in full list)

1 (4). Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
2 (5). Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb
3 (11). Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
4 (13). Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
5 (14). Beatles: Hey Jude
6 (17). Kinks: Waterloo Sunset
7 (19). Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
8 (23). Beach Boys: God Only Knows
9 (25). Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone
10 (27). Beatles: A Day in the Life
11 (31). Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
12 (37). Derek and the Dominos: Layla
13 (38). John Lennon: Imagine
14 (39). Jimi Hendrix Experience: All Along the Watchtower
15. (44). Beatles: Here Comes the Sun
16 (46). David Bowie: Life on Mars
17 (47). Electric Light Orchestra: Mr Blue Sky
18 (48). Eagles: Hotel California
19 (50). Who: Won’t Get Fooled Again
20 (53). Johnny Cash: Hurt

Top 20 rock acts
(plus position in full list)

1 (1). Beatles
2 (2). Bob Dylan
3 (5). Pink Floyd
4 (7). Rolling Stones
5 (10). Queen
6 (11). Led Zeppelin
7 (12). David Bowie
8 (16). Bruce Springsteen
9 (19). Elvis
10 (21). Radiohead
11 (25). Beach Boys
12 (27). Jimi Hendrix
13 (30). Neil Young
14 (31). Fleetwood Mac
15 (32). Kinks
16 (33). Dire Straits
17 (34). Who
18 (38). Kate Bush
19 (40). U2
20 (43). Elton John

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