Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’ Finally Gets Its Due


Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’ – one of the most elegant musical (and cinematic) milestones of the New Romantic era – has finally been granted pop justice, having been voted Great Britain’s ‘favourite number two single’ – thereby elevating it to honourary number one status. Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company recently ran a poll, compiling famous decade-spanning singles that narrowly missed #1 status to find out which the public favours best. Other candidates included Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields’, and The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’, which all landed in the poll’s top ten. But ‘Vienna’ – blocked from the top spot in 1981’s by Joe Dolce’s slapstick throwaway ‘Shaddup You Face’ – reigned supreme. Ultravox frontman Midge Ure was ‘humbled’ by the recognition, stating: ‘A huge thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to vote for “Vienna”. It has restored our faith in the idea that the public will always recognise the good in music, and that this song has proved this.’

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