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Joy Division top best song poll
The remaining members of Joy Division, who later reformed as New Order. Picture: Supplied.

The Joy Division song Love Will Tear Us Apart has been named the greatest track of the past 60 years by editors of NME magazine.

Pulp's Common People was second and Heroes by David Bowie came third as the British music magazine revealed the favourite 100 songs of its lifetime.

The Beach Boys registered twice in the Top 20 with Good Vibrations (4) and God Only Knows (19), as did The Stone Roses with She Bangs The Drums (6) and I Am The Resurrection (20).

Other songs to make the Top 10 were Blue Monday by New Order (5), There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths (7), Ghost Town by The Specials (8), Fix Up, Look Sharp by Dizzee Rascal (9) and Wonderwall by Oasis (10).

The Top 20 tracks of NME's lifetime are:

1. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

2. Pulp - Common People

3. David Bowie - Heroes

4. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

5. New Order - Blue Monday

6. The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums

7. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

8. The Specials - Ghost Town

9. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp

10. Oasis - Wonderwall

11. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil

12. The Ronettes - Be My Baby

13. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

14. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

15. The Beatles - A Day In The Life

16. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

17. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

18. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

19. Madonna - Like A Prayer

20. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection