We’ve made it! The top place in the fifth annual Alfie Boe Best Ever Song poll is shortly to be revealed, but before we do that, let’s run down the top ten so far:
10 – A Living Prayer
9 – Rank Strangers
8 – You’re The Voice
7 – Keep Me In Your Heart
6 – A Thousand Years
5 – The Prayer
4 – Love Reign O’er Me
3 – Bring Him Home
2 – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
And so, the song voted in at number ten is:
Anthem, recorded for Alfie’s 2016 album with Michael Ball, Together, is this year’s top song, the last of four songs from Together and Together Again. Last year, Anthem was a new entry to the chart, ending up at number six.
Anthem is one of the most famous songs (although for me, I have more of an affection for the Elaine Paige / Barbara Dickson song I Know Him So Well) from the Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus musical, Chess, which opened in London in 1986 before closing three years later. A subsequent Broadway production was much less successful. Prior to either show, a concept album was released, from which Paige and Dickson’s recording derives as Dickson was unable to open in the London production.
Thanks for all your votes – always interesting to see what comes up trumps – and as Alfie has now announced his 2019 tour, it’ll soon be time to vote for our favourite live song again!
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