As part of her ongoing 90th birthday celebrations, The Queen has unveiled a ten-track list of her favourite ever songs
Compiled for new BBC radio show Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, this royal mixtape is a veritable smorgasbord of tastes, influences and musical styles. Oh, and there’s some Gary Barlow on there too.
Ma’am is said to be a big fan of songs from musicals, religious hymns and military songs, which makes her eclectic musical preferences perfect fodder for a late night BBC 6 Music show.
Could Her Majesty become the next big voice in dictating musical trends? Off the back of this list – which features Fred Astaire, Vera Lynn and George Formby – we’d have to say no, but it’s fun to imagine the Monarch dropping an ‘essential mix’ at your next Freshers’ Week social.
The full list of tracks is as follows:
Howard Keel – ‘Oklahoma!’
Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson – ‘Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun)’
Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives – ‘Sing’
Fred Astaire – ‘Cheek to Cheek’
Vera Lynn – ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’
George Formby – ‘Leaning on a Lamp-post’
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven (hymn)
The Lord is My Shepherd (hymn)
Lester Lanin Medley
Regimental March Milanollo
Speaking to Radio 2, The Queen’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, said of the monarch:
“The Queen is a fantastic dancer. She’s got great rhythm.”
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:
Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band feat. the Military Wives – ‘Sing’
Noted royal brown-noser Gary Barlow’s track was written to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and it features musicians from across her archaic Commonwealth, as well as a choir of British soldiers’ wives.
To leave this off the list would be tantamount to treason, but it’s just hiding the real bangers beneath.
George Formby – ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post’
Tongue-in-cheek ukulele botherer George Formby kept morale high during WWII with his cheeky tales of, erm… spying on canoodling couples through windows.
Here, his cocksure smile perfectly compliments a tale of 1930s Britain’s favourite pastime: leaning on a lampost in wait for a young lady. Oh dear. Still, he’s got a ukulele! Ha ha he haw.
Very Lynn – ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’
Another war time paean, employed to boost military morale during some pretty grim times for UK soldiers fighting a bloody battle over on the continent, ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’ tells of returning back to England’s fair green landscapes via the iconic chalk cliff faces of the south coast’s port town.
Still relevant today, as half the country can’t apparently wait to get out of Europe.
Fred Astaire – ‘Cheek To Cheek’
Very much the Gary-Barlow-with-better-dancing-skills of his day, Fred Astaire set the music and cinema world on fire with his silky voice and even silkier footwork in films like 1935’s Top Hat .
A pre-war innocence pervades the track, telling of a man’s thrill of dancing with his beau ‘Cheek To Cheek’. One for the lovers in the room at your summer party?
Our Queen: 90 Musical Years will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday (June 12) at 7pm