Most Requested Songs of 2019

Southend Hospital Radio has just announced its annual chart rundown.

Much of the music heard on the station is chosen by the patients, and each year, a Top Ten Most Requested Songs list is compiled. For the first time, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody tops the station’s chart.

Pete Sipple from Southend Hospital Radio said:

“For many years, Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ has dominated our charts as the most requested song, and it’s great to see Bohemian Rhapsody hit the number one spot this year.


We take part in a national chart with 19 other stations across the UK, and Queen’s 1975 hit topped that chart too. As well as being a classic song, it’s great for radio presenters too – at just under 6 minutes long, there’s just time for us to pop to the loo!


This year’s number 5, Hotel California, has a run time of six and a half minutes, so is a popular choice for radio presenters as well as for our listeners.”

Here’s the list of the 10 most requested songs of 2019:

Southend Hospital Radio 2019 Top 10
1 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
2 Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
3 George Ezra – Shotgun
4 Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
5 Eagles – Hotel California
6 Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
7 Frank Sinatra – My Way
8 Chris De Burgh – Lady In Red
9 Kenny Rogers And Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
10 Rag N Bone Man – Human

Here is a copy of the National Request chart, collated from data supplied by 20 hospital radio stations around the UK:

National Hospital Radio – Top 10
1 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
2 George Ezra – Shotgun
3 Frank Sinatra – My Way
4 Abba – Dancing Queen
5 Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
6 Queen – I Want To Break Free
7 Robbie Williams – Angels
8 Eagles – Hotel California
9 Ed Sheeran – Perfect
10 Pharrell Williams – Happy

Southend Hospital Radio is run entirely by volunteers and has been broadcasting for over 40 years. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to visit patients on the wards, and to help out with our weekday evening magazine show, so if you’re interested in giving up some time to chat to patients and learn a little about the world of broadcast radio, you can find out more and apply to become a volunteer at


Thanks to team members Ken Bennett and Simon Cordell for compiling our chart

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