by David Renshaw Staff | Photos by wenn

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The Beatles most successful act in UK chart history

Ahead of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson


The Beatles most successful act in UK chart history Photo: wenn

The Beatles have been named as the most succesful act in UK chart history.

The Official UK Singles Chart is 60 years old this year and revealed that in that time The Beatles have had more success than any other band or performer with a staggering 17 Number One singles.

Despite having 124 Top 40 hits and 14 Number One tracks, Cliff Richard finished third behind Elvis Presley. The top five was filled up by Madonna and Michael Jackson respectively.

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry represented the current generation of musical stars though Adele was notable by her absence.

Speaking about the list, first broadcast on his radio station, Radio 2's Head of Music, Jeff Smith said: "This list is intriguing, Adele is missing and we've all forgotten just how huge artists such as Shakin' Stevens, Boney M and UB40 were in the UK in the '70s and '80s."

David Renshaw


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