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Never Forget voted favourite Take That song


Never Forget voted favourite Take That song

Never Forget voted favourite Take That song

The track is Radio 2 listeners’ favourite song the station has revealed

In The Ultimate Take That Song on Radio 2 (Sunday 1 January 2023, 1-3pm), Never Forget was revealed as Radio 2 listeners’ favourite Take That song following an online vote.

Cat Deeley, host:

“What a marvellous result! Never Forget is one of my all-time favourite Take That tunes so I’m especially thrilled to be announcing it as the winner of Radio 2’s listener vote in The Ultimate Take That Song. And what better way to ring in 2023 than by revisiting Take That’s best loved music? It’s a glorious start to the year.”

In the live show, hosted by Cat Deeley, Back For Good is announced as the runner-up in second place, Rule the World in third place, with Shine in fourth, and Greatest Day in fifth place.

From Wednesday 23 November, listeners were asked to vote for up to three of their favourite songs taken from Take That’s Top 75 UK chart singles. Voting closed on Wednesday 14 December. The results were compiled for this special show –– with Cat counting down the Top 30 in a pop-filled programme which also features the band in new and archive interviews, plus fans talking about their favourite Take That songs.

Gary Barlow:

“[Never Forget] wasn’t born with this huge chorus the way it sounded on the single. Even the demo was quite laidback and it wasn’t until it went to Jim Steinman’s studio in New York that it started to get the drama of something that would end a concert. … It’s always a real pleasure to perform this song. I’m so glad that people, after all these years, still hold it so close to their hearts, so thank you everyone.”

Top 20, as voted by Radio 2 listeners:
  1. Never Forget (Aug, 1995)
  2. Back For Good (Apr, 1995)
  3. Rule The World (Oct, 2007)
  4. Shine (Feb, 2007)
  5. Greatest Day (Dec, 2008)
  6. A Million Love Songs (Oct, 1992)
  7. Patience (Nov, 2006)
  8. Pray (Jul, 1993)
  9. The Flood (Nov, 2010)
  10. Relight My Fire featuring Lulu (Oct, 1993)
  11. Could It Be Magic (Dec, 1992)
  12. Everything Changes (Apr, 1994)
  13. It Only Takes A Minute (Jun, 1992)
  14. Babe (Dec, 1993)
  15. Said It All (Jun, 2009)
  16. These Days (Dec, 2014)
  17. How Deep Is Your Love (Mar, 1996)
  18. Cry – Sigma feat. Take That (Jun, 2016)
  19. Love Ain’t Here Anymore (Jul, 1994)
  20. Why Can’t I Wake Up With You (Feb, 1993)

The programme is now available on BBC Sounds for 30 days.

Mark Owen:

“Never Forget would be up there on my list. It’s the arms, it’s the story of the band, it’s always such a special moment when you see it with a crowd because everyone can join in and be a part of it. Howard sings beautifully on this, he does an amazing vocal on it. It just all came together and it was one of the only times where we all sang a line each… it’s a majestic song and beautiful, from the boys choir from the start to the full gospel choir at the end. Never Forget is a journey, it is within the song and it has been for us in our lifetimes.”

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