1000 Greatest Songs of All Time returns to Max this easter weekend

The countdown is on! MAX’s most popular and iconic countdown of the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is back this Easter long weekend.


From noon this Friday March 30 until 6pm Monday April 2, Mr Music himself – the legendary Aussie music critic, journalist and record producer Molly Meldrum – will kick off the annual song list and count down the greatest songs in musical history from 1000 to one.


Fraser Stark, Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channels General Manager said, “MAX is clearly the destination for music greats and their great music but what particular song is the ‘greatest’?  Last year it was terrific to see so many fans of the channel have their say, so to see voting explode in 2018 – to over 30,000 votes – is exciting. With the list compiled by our viewers, consultation with a slew of famous artists, much heated debate here at the channel and, of course, the wisdom of the one-and-only, Molly Meldrum, we are set for a huge countdown. Bring on the Easter Long Weekend!”

Over the last few weeks, MAX HQ has been inundated with thousands of votes from viewers and industry peers, along with a roster of local and international music superstars who have all chimed in with their nominations on which song truly is the greatest of all time. Today, MAX can exclusively reveal some of their choices ahead of this weekend’s countdown.


Ed Sheeran, one of the world’s current greatest songwriters, has nominated ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean as his favourite, whilst rock musician Chris Isaak has voted for ‘Pretty Woman’ by Roy Orbison as his top pick. Australia’s ARIA Award-winning songstress Tina Arena has cast her vote for ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince, while singer/song writer Pete Murray believes Foo Fighters have it in the bag with their classic rock anthem ‘Everlong’.


For more top picks from bands such as INXS, Midnight Oil, Killing Heidi, Hanson, Human Nature, Peking Duk, and artists including James Blunt, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and more, viewers will need to tune in all weekend to see who got it right and who got it wrong. Could it be last year’s winner Queen for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?  Or will it be other top ten contenders like John Farnham for ‘You’re the Voice’ or Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’?


All will be revealed this weekend when MAX provides the soundtrack for your Easter celebrations with the annual Top 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time. 


** All voted songs must have a licensed broadcast music video available.

*** The full list of the 2018 ‘1000 Greatest Songs of All Time’ will be available at Maxtv.com.au from 9am Tuesday April 3.