from The Beatles World

THE Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll.

The Fab Four pipped famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot – with David Bowie taking third place on the list.

Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five.

The survey of 1000 Brits was carried out by OnePoll in behalf of streaming music service Deezer, whose spokesman said: “Even though the British music industry is in rude health – as proven by Adele’s presence at sixth on the list – most of the top 10 best artists in history have come from decades gone by.

“In fact, you have to look further down the top 40 to find more artists who started recording this millennium, like Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran.

“This shows that the British appetite for the classics is as strong as ever, and the enduring appeal of the Beatles in particular, who have been topping these kinds of polls for close to five decades.”

Adele, whose album 25 became the fastest-selling of all-time on its release in 2015, came in at sixth place – one spot in front of George Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016.

Elsewhere in the list, Led Zeppelin could only manage 18th place, coming in below Status Quo, Phil Collins and Coldplay.

And, when it came to his solo career, Paul McCartney also placed in 20th – making him one of two artists to appear twice in the top 40.

The second was Robbie Williams, whose history with boy-band Take That followed by his hugely successful solo career landed him at both 23rd and 24th.


  1. The Beatles
  2. Queen
  3. David Bowie
  4. Elton John
  5. Rolling Stones
  6. Adele
  7. George Michael
  8. The Who
  9. Pink Floyd
  10. Eric Clapton
  11. The Bee Gees
  12. Status Quo
  13. Rod Stewart
  14. Phil Collins
  15. Oasis
  16. Amy Winehouse
  17. Coldplay
  18. Led Zeppelin
  19. Cliff Richard
  20. Paul McCartney
  21. Dire Straits
  22. Ed Sheeran
  23. Take That
  24. Robbie Williams
  25. Black Sabbath
  26. The Police
  27. Coldplay
  28. Eurythmics
  29. T-Rex
  30. Spice Girls
  31. Duran Duran
  32. Radiohead
  33. Blur
  34. The Verve
  35. James Blunt
  36. Dido
  37. Travis
  38. Keane
  39. Leona Lewis
  40. The Kinks

Singer songwriter James Blunt managed to overhaul The Kinks, Travis and Keane to place 35th – though his famously hilarious Twitter feed may have helped his recent popularity.

Deezer also revealed its most-streamed albums that have also won the coveted BRIT award for British Album of the Year, since the company started streaming in 2007.

Top of the pops was Ed Sheeran’s mega-smash X, which won the gong in 2015.

And second went to Arctic Monkeys’ AM, the British Album of the Year winner in 2014.

In third was Adele – for her 2012 breakthrough album 21 – which yielded the singles Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You.