More than 30,000 music fans voted for the Ivor Novello Award winning track written by Jarvis Cocker and his band in 1995.
The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony came second, while Oasis tracks Don’t Look Back in Anger and Wonderwall ranked third and fourth.
Their old chart rivals Blur placed fifth with Parklife.
BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who announced the results of the poll with DJ Jo Whiley, said: ‘[Common People] seemed to sum up a feeling of “us and them”, as if to illustrate how the indie mavericks had taken on the pop stars and – for once – they’d won.’
Common People ties for the highest-charting single of Pulp’s career reaching number two in the Official Singles Chart. Also in 1995, the Sheffield band’s double A-side Sorted for E’s & Wizz / Mis-Shapes reached the same spot.