The Moody Blues, Duran Duran and Led Zeppelin are among the top Midland bands overlooked in the region’s ultimate playlist unveiled today.

Slade and Roy Wood were also missing from the final 20-strong B-side album, created to highlight the region’s musical strength.

Other notable absentees were Judas Priest – who boast more than 50 million album sales, The Move, Peace, The Beat and Wizzard.

The Moody Blues failed to make the grade despite selling more than 71 million albums worldwide and being awarded 14 platinum and gold discs, while chart-topping songs like The Reflex, The Wild Boys and Hungry Like The Wolf were all overlooked.

It is understood that Led Zeppelin were overlooked for being deemed not to be a West Midlands outfit, despite Robert Plant and John Bonham being local boys.

 

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, said: “We feel the final B-side album perfectly reflects the region’s rich and diverse musical heritage, and shows that with artists including Lady Leshurr, Soweto Kinch and Laura Mvula, it is a hotbed of exciting new talent.

“Music tourism is big business; in 2012 it was worth £119 million to the West Midlands economy and an incredible 50 per cent of concert audiences came from outside the region – far higher than the national average of 41 per cent.”

The final album brought together songs from the likes of The Spencer Davis Group, Dexys Midnight Runners, ELO and UB40.

There were also some more recent artists – Laura Mvula, Jocelyn Pook, The Streets and Lady Leshurr.

Tourism body Visit Birmingham launched the B-side project to highlight the region’s diverse musical history.

More than 150 tracks by 85 different West Midlands artists were nominated through social media.

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