Playlist released for new BBC Radio 2 documentary 'Our Queen: 90 Musical Years'
A playlist of the Queen’s favourite songs has been released, featuring artists like Take That’s Gary Barlow, Fred Astaire, Vera Lynn and George Formby.
The list was compiled for a new BBC radio show titled Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 this Sunday (June 12) at 7pm.
One particular highlight comes in the form of ‘Sing’, Gary Barlow’s anthem for the 2012 Commonwealth Games, co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and featuring the Military Wives choir.
As well as the aforementioned acts, the UK monarch is also said to be a fan of songs from musicals, religious hymns and military songs.
“The Queen loves the theatre and musicals like Showboat, Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun,” her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, told Radio 2.
“These were the tunes that remained in one’s head and were very danceable to,” she added. “The Queen is a fantastic dancer. She’s got great rhythm.”
Speaking to the Radio Times, programme presenter, Eve Pollard described the Queen’s music taste as “mainstream, no airs and graces”.
See the full list of the Queen’s favourite song below.
Howard Keel – ‘Oklahoma!’
Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson – ‘Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun)’
Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives – ‘Sing’
Fred Astaire – ‘Cheek to Cheek’
Vera Lynn – ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’
George Formby – ‘Leaning on a Lamp-post’
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven (hymn)
The Lord is My Shepherd (hymn)
Lester Lanin Medley
Regimental March Milanollo