05.05.05 Vote for 'Every Breath You Take'!

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Ivor Novello Awards BBC Radio 2 want your votes for the 'Songs Of The Decades'.

Each Tuesday over the next five weeks Ken Bruce will be playing five songs from five decades: 1965-1974 (26 April), 1975-1984 (3 May), 1985-1994 (10 May) and 1995-2005 (17 May).

The winner from each 10 year period will be played the following Monday on Ken's show, with the winning song from the final decade of 1995-2004, being announced on Monday 23 May, three days before the 50th Ivors ceremony on Thursday 26 May.

The original shortlist of the 25 songs has taken over six months to compile and been selected by the British Songwriting community, starting with panel discussions organized by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters covering each of the five decades, invited panelists who shared their passions and prejudices for the songs considered included: Sharleen Spiteri, Guy Chambers, Tom Robinson, Steve Harley, Chris Difford, Bruce Welch and Kim Appleby amongst others.

A list of songs was then produced and passed over to the Performing Right Society, whose membership includes over 35,000 practicing songwriters. An open vote was held and the winning five songs from each decade are presented to Radio 2 listeners to make the final selection for each 'Song Of The Decade'.

2005 is the 50th year of the Ivor Novello Awards celebrating the work of British songwriters and composers and The Ivors are internationally respected as Britain's major platform for recognising its music writing talents.

Use the link below to visit BBC Radio 2's website and to cast your vote now!
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