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09 Jan 2005 - Best Of Britpop?

David Bowie, Queen and Robbie Williams head a shortlist of the best 25 British pop songs since 1977.

A panel of music industry and media experts drew up the list for the Brits 25 Best Song Award - and can expect flak after leaving out a host of big names.

The list - which will see Radio 2 listeners vote for their fave song - has been launched to mark a quarter of a century of the Brit Awards.

Classics to have made the cut include Bowie's "Heroes", "London Calling" by The Clash, "Wonderwall" by Oasis and "Angels" by Robbie Williams.

More recent hits such as "Dry Your Eyes" by The Streets and Will Young's "Leave Right Now" also made the final 25.

The five most popular as voted for by music fans will be announced later this month with the overall winner revealed on February 9.

Colin Martin, editor of BBC Radio 2 Music, who sat on the panel, said: "British chart music is a massive part of our popular culture and looking back at what has been produced since the Brits first began in 1977 has highlighted what a wealth of outstanding talent we have produced.

"Distilling over a quarter century of hits to a list of 25 to be voted on by Radio 2 listeners has been one of the most difficult tasks I have ever shared in."

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