Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender named Radio X Best Of British with Greggs

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April 18, 2022, 6:56 PM | Updated: April 18, 2022, 7:49 PM

The singer-songwriter’s moving anthem topped our 2022 poll of the best British songs of all time.

seventeen below by Sam Fender was named as Radio X Best Of UK with Greggs 2022.

Fender’s rallying cry for anyone who struggled emotionally as a teenager proves that he is Britain’s most important performer right now. Seventeen Going Under is the title track from the North Shields singer-songwriter’s second album and went straight to number 1 with its first appearance on the Best Of British charts!


Radio X Best Of British with Greggs - listen to the playlist here

Radio X Best Of British with Greggs – listen to the playlist here.

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“I’m absolutely flattered, you know,” Sam told Radio X George Godfrey on hearing that he had won Radio X Best Of British with Greggs 2022. “I mean it’s good that people are voting for it. But there’s definitely a bit of impostor syndrome that comes with it! Thank you much to all the fans who voted for us.”

After learning that he had beaten up people like Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, david bowie and Queen Topping this year’s charts, Sam added: “It’s crazy. I can actually hear people right now in their cars saying WHAT!? WHAT!? ‘It’s an industrial plant!’ What we had was an industrial plant! I can hear that right now. I’m sure I’ll return the favor in the comment sections at some point. But you know what, the more hateful, that’s normally a sign that things are going well.”

Sam knocked live forever by Oasis in the number 2 position, which won the poll in 2018 and 2021. The group wall of wonders won the first ever Best Of British poll in 2016.

Queenit is Bohemian Rhapsody fell to third place after finishing second last year and triumphing in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Speaking of the impact of Seventeen Going Under, Fender told Radio X: “We were blown away by the response to this song. He did more than we expected. We took it out and it kind of did its job, and then months later it had this complete resurgence.

“It’s amazing. I’m thrilled because it’s a song that’s very personal to me, about my growing up. But the fact that it resonates with so many people. It’s a real joy to come out and to sing that to people, you know?”

The song became a viral hit on social media platform TikTok when users started using the track as a way to come to terms with their own childhood trauma. The powerful lyrics came out of a therapy course the singer-songwriter had taken. He explained: “Because of the way we were raised. It shouldn’t be, but it’s a pretty anti-masculine thing to say Oh, I’m in therapy. You feel like that anyway. way. But I think it’s the opposite. I think a guy who can recognize that some of his behaviors aren’t right and need to be corrected is definitely more turned on than one who doesn’t.

“Then the task after that is actually getting it because I couldn’t get therapy as a kid. I mean it wasn’t available on the NHS and you’d be on lists of waiting for God knows how long. I also have to say that I was very lucky to have had enough success with music to be able to do this kind of stuff. I have to be grateful for that.

Queen, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys were also present this year

Queen, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys were also in this year’s Top 10.

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Over 14,000 votes were received in the poll which aims to name the top 100 British Indie, Rock or Alternative tracks.

Oasis had the most songs in this year’s Top 100 with 15 entries, followed by Arctic Monkeys with 10.

The group from Manchester also occupied the fourth and fifth positions with their tracks Make it slide and Supernova Champagne. Also in the 2022 Top 10, the evocative fan favorite of Arctic Monkeys 505the david bowie classic “Hero” and give me shelter by rolling stones, who made number 9 after a year that saw the veteran band lose their longtime drummer charlie watt.

The most recent song on the chart comes from Liam Gallagherwhose air Eeverything is electric was only released in February this year, when there was renewed interest in The Beatles following the release of the hugely popular documentary To come back – the title track made its first appearance on the Best Of British charts this year at number 70.

The Snuts, Wolf Alice and Stereophonics all had new entries in this year's Best Of British Top 100

The Snuts, Wolf Alice and Stereophonics all had new entries in this year’s Best Of British Top 100.

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Other new entries on the chart this year include Wolf Alicewhose cinematic song 2021 The last man on earth went straight to number 28; West Lothian Band Nuts with their Glasgow hit at number 61; and a brand new piece of Stereophony, do you feel my love from their latest album Ouchya!

The highest climber this year was Biffy Clyro2009 track Bubbleswhich bumped up the rankings from a whopping 52 place to number 32 in this year’s poll.

Listen to the Radio X Best Of British 2022 playlist with Greggs 2022 here

Radio X Best Of UK with Greggs 2022 Top 10

  1. Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
  2. Oasis – Live Forever
  3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. Oasis – Slide Away
  5. Oasis – Supernova Champagne
  6. Arctic Monkeys – 505
  7. David Bowie – “Hero”
  8. Stereophony – Dakota
  9. The Rolling Stones – Give Me Shelter
  10. Oasis – Don’t look back in anger
Radio X Best British with Greggs 2022: the Top 10

Radio X Best British with Greggs 2022: the Top 10.

Photo: RadioX


Listen to the Radio X Best Of British 2022 playlist with Greggs 2022 here

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