“God Save the Queen” was the top-selling single during the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Back in 1977 when Queen Elizabeth was celebrating her 25th year on the throne, the Sex Pistols were mucking shit up with their single, “God Save the Queen.” It rose into the upper reaches of the charts. But thanks to some nefarious behind-the-scenes machinations (or so it is alleged), it was prevented from reaching #1. Still, the Pistols make their point.

Fast-forward to 2022 and Liz’s 70th year on the throne. “God Save the Queen” (a reissued version of the Pistols song), would not be denied. It was the biggest-selling single during the Jubilee celebrations, 45 years to the day after the song was kept away from the top spot. Better late than never, right?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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