WTF?! Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ Named Best Song of the Past 10 Years

Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead and Johnny Cash are beaten to the top spot in a BBC poll.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the radio station, BBC 6 Music listeners voted for their favourite track of the past 10 years. As is usually the case with these kind of lists, the end result is a little hit 'n' miss, largely consisting of tracks that would end up being played at some half-arsed 'Indie Disco' inhabited solely by 17-year-olds whose box fringes merge with their eyebrows.

At the top of this list was, tellingly, Coldplay's 'Clocks'. Steve Lamacq, who counted down the top 10, said: "It's a good result for Coldplay, who were clearly one of the biggest bands of the decade." Quality observation, eh?

'Clocks' trumped Arctic Monkeys' breakout single 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor', which took the number two spot, and Elbow's 'One Day Like This', which settled for number three. Other tracks in the top 10 included Radiohead's 'There There' and Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt'.

Speaking of the win, Coldplay drummer Will Champion said: "This is extraordinary. We've been listening to 6 Music since it started and I feel like our band's career and this station have grown up in parallel.

"This top 10 is amazing – what an amazing 10 years of music… We all said not bad for a song that hasn't got a chorus". 

The full top 10 list is below. Face away from the screen while laughing, as particles of food and/or fluids may erupt from your mouth like sticky little projectiles.

1. Coldplay – 'Clocks'
2. Arctic Monkeys – 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
3. Elbow – 'One Day Like This'
4. The National – 'Bloodbuzz Ohio'
5. The Killers – 'Mr Brightside'
6. The White Stripes – 'Seven Nation Army'
7. The Flaming Lips – 'Do You Realize??'
8. Johnny Cash – 'Hurt'
9. British Sea Power – 'Remember Me'
10. Radiohead – 'There There'