Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Queen's We Are The Champions Top Walkman Song

Queen's We Are The Champions Top Walkman Song

'We Are The Champions' by legendary rock band Queen is voted the World's Favourite Song in The Walkman(TM) phones 100 global poll.

September 28, 2005, London - Queen are the champions of the first global search for the world's favourite music by Sony Ericsson, in which around 700,000 people voted worldwide. The Walkman phones 100 was the first soundtrack of the world's favourite songs of all time, to coincide with the launch of Sony Ericsson's new family of Walkman phones.

'We are the Champions' was released by Queen in 1977 but lives on as the world's favourite song, with an additional two tracks* by Queen also making an appearance in The Walkman phones 100. Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, and her worldwide hit 'Toxic' clinched the #2 position, with seminal disco track 'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson coming in at #3.

The global poll, which was conducted in 66 different countries and translated into 20 languages, illustrates how music is a universal passion, with the numerous musical styles and tastes contributing to every person's own soundtrack to their life. With votes being collected from countries as diverse as China, Brazil, Finland, Turkey and the Philippines, the poll really is a reflection of the worldwide appeal of great music.

Dee Dutta, Corporate Vice President and Head of Marketing at Sony Ericsson commented: "Queen's 'We are the champions' is a fantastic song to have made #1 in The Walkman phones 100. An anthem worldwide, both in music and sporting arenas, it conveys the passion music brings to everyone's life as well as proving a classic rock song is truly timeless. The Walkman Phones 100 gave us a fantastic platform from which to launch the first Walkman phone and the opportunity to communicate directly with hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world."

The site, powered by European portal provider Lycos Europe, went live on the 12th August and the poll was compiled over six weeks, with the voting closing on the 22nd September. Having registered their three songs, voters were also given the chance to win the ultimate collectable item for any serious music lover; one of the new Walkman phones complete with the world's 100 favourite songs, as voted for by music fans worldwide on . Furthermore, Sony Ericsson gave lucky runners-up a member of its new family of Walkman phones, which includes the critically acclaimed debut Walkman phone, the W800*. was part of an integrated international campaign to launch the Walkman phone W800, the first of a family of Walkman phones which enables users to listen to music, handle phone calls and take great pictures and video, all with one device and no compromise on quality. A 60 second television 'movie' showcases the Walkman phone's central communication platform - 'The Soundtrack to your Life' - with print, outdoor and cinema advertising as well as a bespoke online and global PR presence creating a truly 360º marketing campaign to support the communication platform.

To see The Walkman phones 100 in full, please visit


Notes to Editors

Global Top Ten Songs

1. We are the champions Queen

2. Toxic Britney Spears

3. Billie Jean Michael Jackson

4. Hotel California The Eagles

5. La Tortura Shakira

6. Smells like teen spirit Nirvana

7. Yesterday The Beatles

8. One U2

9. Imagine John Lennon

10. Sultans of swing Dire Straits

Global Top Ten Artists

1. Queen

2. Britney Spears

3. Michael Jackson

4. The Eagles

5. Nirvana

6. Dire Straits

7. U2

8. The Beatles

9. Linda

10. Shakira

*Other Queen songs in The Walkman phones 100
12: We Will Rock You
26: Bohemian Rhapsody

"WALKMAN" and its logo are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation in Japan and the United States, and are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation in other countries or territories.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>