Manchester’s musical history is renowned – with a host of the most influential bands of the last century hailing from our fair city.

But what would you say is Manchester’s top tune?

That was the question posed by radio station XS Manchester over the past four weeks – with their listeners casting thousands of votes for their favourite tunes from their favourite Manc bands.

The result was a shortlist of the most popular 32 tunes – and then the station drew the songs in to a series of “heats” to determine which of those were the most popular.

The final 32 was revealed in a countdown on Bank Holiday Monday hosted by Manc music legends, Happy Mondays’ Bez and Rowetta.

The Mondays themselves featured twice in the list, while Manc titans Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths had the most entries with three each.

Here’s the full list in reverse order. Be sure to let us know if you agree with the selection.

32Black Grape – Reverend Black Grape

31The Chameleons – Swamp Thing

30Puressence – This Feeling

29Blossoms – Charlemagne

28The Charlatans – Only One I Know

27Slow Readers Club – Lunatic

26Doves – Pounding

25Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck

24Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels

23The Verve – Lucky Man

22The Smiths – How Soon Is Now

21Happy Mondays – Step On

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20Elbow – One Day Like This

19Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love

18Ian Brown – F.E.A.R

17New Order – Temptation

16The Smiths – This Charming Man

15The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make

14The Courteeners – Not 19 Forever

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13Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

12James – Sit Down

11The Stone Roses – Waterfall

10The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

9New Order – Blue Monday

8The Smiths – There Is A Light

7James – Sometimes

6The Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon

5Joy Division – Love will Tear Us Apart

4James – Laid

3Oasis – Slide Away

2Oasis – Live Forever

1The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

To listen again to the Manc top tunes countdown, hosted by Bez and Rowetta, see

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