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Lennon track voted the best by songwriters

A TRACK John Lennon wrote in homage to Liverpool has been voted the greatest song. "In My Life", which was on the Beatles' 1965 Rubber Soul album, topped the list of the 100 best songs, compiled by Mojo magazine. It asked 20 songwriters, including Sir Paul McCartney, Hal David, Carole King, Cynthia Weil, Brian Wilson and Paul Weller to choose their favourites.

The Beatles had five tracks in the top 20. For once "Yesterday", which Sir Paul said came to him fully formed in a dream, was number 11, beaten by "In My Life" and "Here, There and Everywhere".

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards figure at number two with "I Can't Get No Satisfaction". "Over the Rainbow", by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, famously sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, was third. Jim Irvin, Mojo senior editor, said: "There was no doubt we were very surprised to see that song so high in the list but then again it is a perfect example of a song that everyone knows and loves. It works on every level as a song of childhood and adults can also identify with the nostalgia of it."

Sir Paul chose four Beatles songs for his top 10 - "Help!", "A Day in the Life" and "Here There and Everywhere", all by him and Lennon, and "Something", by George Harrison. In response to the charge of conceit, he said: "I hate to be, but you've got to be ... the truth is that looking back on the Lennon and McCartney stuff, I think we were great. No doubt about it."

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Fran Healy, of Travis, chose Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and "That's No Way to Say Goodbye". Healy, as well as selecting Chopin's Prelude in F Minor Opus 28 No 18, which perhaps did not strictly fit the criteria, was also responsible for selecting Britney Spears' "Hit Me One More Time", which made it to 97, one of a handful of contemporary tracks in the top 100.

Pete Waterman, once one- third of Britain's biggest hit factory, Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and now the brains behind Steps, included Pulp's "Common People", "The Loco-Motion" by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and Abba's "The Day Before You Came" among his favourites. Paul Weller went for "River Man", by Nick Drake, Lennon's "Jealous Guy" and "Ooo Baby Baby" by Smokey Robinson. Rod Temperton, arguably responsible for Michael Jackson's success, as he wrote "Rock With You", "Off the Wall" and "Thriller", selected Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "The Look Of Love" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

THE SONGWRITERS' TOP 25

1 In My Life

The Beatles

(written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

2 Satisfaction

Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

3 Over The Rainbow

Judy Garland

Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg

4 Here, There And Everywhere

The Beatles

Paul McCartney and John Lennon

5 Tracks Of My Tears

The Miracles

Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore and Marvin Taplin

6 The Times They Are A' Changing

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

7 Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday

Lewis Allan

8 I Can't Make You Love Me

Bonnie Raitt

Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin

9 People Get Ready

The Impressions

Curtis Mayfield

10 You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

The Righteous Brothers

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector

11 Yesterday

The Beatles

Paul McCartney and John Lennon

12 I Say A Little Prayer

Dionne Warwick

Burt Bacharach and Hal David

13 God Only Knows

The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson and Tony Asher

14 Something

The Beatles

George Harrison

15 Every Time We Say Goodbye

Ella Fitzgerald

Cole Porter

16 Fire and Rain

The Isley Brothers

James Taylor

17 Moon River

Andy Williams

Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

18 Stand By Me

Ben E King

Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E King

19 Eleanor Rigby

The Beatles

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

20 Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers

Bill Withers

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