BBC Radio to tell story of 'Britain' through 50 songs
London, August 31 (ANI): 'We'll Meet Again' by Dame Vera Lynn and 'Rehab' by Amy Winehouse are two of the songs that best represent modern Britain, according to BBC Radio 2.
These two songs are included among a list of tracks chosen by the station as "the soundtrack to British culture", charting their journey from the Second World War to the present day.
They form part of a new landmark series, 'The People's Songs', which will be broadcast next year and aims to tell the story of Britain in 50 records.
According to the presenter, Stuart Maconie, neither will the series be a "dry, academic rock history" nor will it be chronological.
Instead, it will focus on the cultural importance of the songs, chosen by a panel of BBC experts.
"These are the songs that people listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as down tools and danced to," the Telegraph quoted Maconie as saying.
The first 10 songs in the series were unveiled on Wednesday, representing an eclectic mix of styles from skiffle to punk.
All have been billed as "unforgettable and timeless".
The series will begin with 'We'll Meet Again', exploring Dame Vera's role in boosting wartime morale and the ways in which music "kept the British people going" through the Blitz.
Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan has been chosen because it represents "Britain's first DIY pop music".
Skiffle, the programme will explain, was "make do and mend" music in a time of bleak post-war austerity.
'God Save the Queen' by the Sex Pistols will feature as "the high water mark of punk" while 'Two Tribes' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, released at the height of the Cold War, provides the soundtrack to an episode about the threat of nuclear arms.
Winehouse's 'Rehab', which the singer wrote in 2006 as a riposte to her management company's efforts to get her treated for alcoholism, is included not so much as a warning about the dangers of addiction but to illustrate "the price of modern fame".
The first 10 tracks for 'The People's Songs' are:
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn (1939)
Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan (1954)
She Loves You - Beatles (1963)
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small (1964)
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum (1967)
Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus - Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin (1969)
God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols (1977)
Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
Ebeneezer Goode - The Shamen (1992)
Rehab - Amy Winehouse (2006) (ANI)
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