Sheffield band Pulp is top of the Britpop with Common People

Pulp performing at Sheffield Arena
Pulp performing at Sheffield Arena
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Pulp hit Common People has been voted the top Britpop anthem in a poll celebrating 20 years since the movement’s heydey.

The Sheffield band’s 1995 hit saw off competition from The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony and Oasis tracks Don’t Look Back in Anger and Wonderwall to clinch the top spot.

BBC DJ Steve Lamacq revealed the top 30, as voted for by BBC Radio 6 Music listeners.

Common People was denied the number one spot in the charts by the Robson and Jerome version of Unchained Melody when it was released in May 1995.

The song, which features in Pulp’s ‘Different Class’ album, features Sadie Frost in the video and is about a girl who frontman Jarvis Cocker met at art college.

The lyrics reveal the girl was from a wealthy family and had told him she wanted to live in the East End of London with the ‘common people’.

Steve Lamacq, who led the Britpop at the BBC celebrations along with former co-presenter Jo Whiley, said: ““It is one of the defining records of Britpop because it seemed to embrace the essence of the time so perfectly.

“It was a big, bold anthem, but with a great narrative. And it seemed to sum up a feeling of ‘us and them’, as if to illustrate how the indie mavericks had taken on the pop stars and - for once - they’d won.”


Common People by Pulp

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis

Wonderwall by Oasis

Parklife by Blur

Animal Nitrate by Suede

Girls & Boys by Blur

Slight Return by The Bluetones

Disco 2000 by Pulp

Girl From Mars by Ash