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BBC World Service compiles global music Top Ten

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MUMBAI: To mark its 70th anniversary this December, the BBC World Service has organised a global poll to identify the world's favourite songs.

The poll has the stated aim of identifying the world's favourite talent - local musicians and international. BBC World Service is asking its 150 million listeners to vote for their favourite songs, creating the ultimate World's Top Ten.

The final chart will run on the BBC World Service programme, Wright Round the World on Saturday 21 December and will also be broadcast across language sections.

The BBC World Service, which broadcasts in 43 languages, including English, hopes to generate votes from across the globe, through the poll. Votes will be accepted electronically as well as by post and a dedicated website will detail the most popular nominations, identify musical trends and highlight the most exciting choices. 30-second "tasters" of the final World's Top Ten will also be available via the site on www.bbcworldservice.com, an official release says.

BBC World Service 70th project editor David Stead has been quoted in the release as saying "We don't think this has ever been done before. Music is a universal language and to find out what the world's favourite songs are will be really fascinating."

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