Like flares and spangled denim jackets, music has its fashion cycles, and Neil Diamond is back in fashion, at least for Smooth FM listeners.
Neil Diamond was big in the 1970s and 80s, then he went dramatically out of fashion for the next generation of music fans.
But Diamond has had a resurgence lately, with new albums and full house tours.
Listeners to Smooth have embraced Neil Diamond’s resurgence, naming him the most popular artist on the smooth Australia Day Top 500 Countdown.
Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ has taken out the number 1 spot in the Top 500 smooth Favourites Countdown which culminated on Australia Day.
smoothfm recruited an array of local and international celebrities to help count down the year’s most popular songs, as voted by smoothfm listeners.
Home & Away veteran Ray Meagher introduced songs 80-71, international music legend Chris Isaak followed with songs 70-61.
Tina Arena, who was honoured with an Order of Australia yesterday, had songs 40-31, Australia’s pop icon Kylie Minogue counted down songs 20-11 and Michael Bublé closed off the top 10, but not before introducing Neil Diamond who introduced his own winning song, telling listeners: “I want to thank you all so much for voting ‘Sweet Caroline’ as number one on your Top 500 smooth Favourites Countdown, I’m honoured”
The top 10 songs in the Top 500 smooth Favourites Countdown are:
1. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
2. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
3. Careless Whisper – George Michael
4. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
5. Home – Michael Bublé
6. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
7. Dancing Queen – Abba
8. Hero – Mariah Carey
9. Close Your Eyes – Michael Bublé
10. She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze
smoothfm and Sony Music Australia have released the third smoothfm All Time Top 50 album featuring some of the listeners smooth favourites including Billy Joel ‘The Longest Time,’ Paul Simon ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ and Elvis Presley ‘Love Me Tender.’ This release will mark the ninth partnership between smoothfm and Sony Music.
smoothfm All Time Top 50 – Volume 3 will be available in all major music and department stores including JB Hi fi, Sanity, Kmart, Target and Big W and will be available to download on iTunes and Google Play.