June 4, 2012 15:12

The Beatles named the UK's biggest selling singles act of all time

The Fab Four beat Elvis and Cliff Richard into second and third place

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The Beatles have been named the biggest selling singles act in the UK, since charts began 60 years ago in 1952.

The Fab Four pushed Elvis Presley into second place and Cliff Richard into third, in a new list compiled by the Official Charts Company, which is being broadcast this afternoon (June 4) on BBC Radio 2.

Madonna takes fourth place in the list followed in fifth by Michael Jackson. The Beatles have scored 17 Number One singles, whilst Cliff has had 124 Top 40 hits and 14 Number One tracks. Madonna meanwhile has had over 60 Top 40 hits in the UK.

Of the list, which also includes the more contemporary likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, Radio 2's Head of Music Jeff Smith has 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." Scroll down to see the complete Top 60.

Last month a rare photograph showing The Beatles walking 'backwards' across Abbey Road sold for £16,000 at auction. The snap, taken by late photographer Iain Macmillan, shows the band walking right to left across the zebra crossing outside the London studio where they made their 1969 album - the opposite direction to the photograph which appears on the album cover.

The Top 60 biggest selling singles acts in UK are:

1. The Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. Cliff Richard
4. Madonna
5. Michael Jackson
6. Elton John
7. Queen
8. Abba
9. David Bowie
10. Rihanna
11. Paul McCartney
12. Kylie Minogue
13. The Rolling Stones
14. Rod Stewart
15. Take That
16. Stevie Wonder
17. Oasis
18. Eminem
19. Whitney Houston
20. The Spice Girls
21. George Michael
22. Robbie Williams
23. The Bee Gees
24. U2
25. Shakin' Stevens
26. Britney Spears
27. Status Quo
28. Lady Gaga
29. Boyzone
30. Blondie
31. Slade
32. Black Eyed Peas
33. Boney M
34. Westlife
35. Celine Dion
36. Beyonce
37. UB40
38. Olivia Newton John
39. Mariah Carey
40. Tom Jones
41. Madness
42. The Police
43. Wham!
44. Phil Collins
45. Diana Ross
46. The Jam
47. Bryan Adams
48. Pet Shop Boys
49. David Guetta
50. Adam Ant
51. Duran Duran
52. Frank Sinatra
53. Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54. Prince
55. Katy Perry
56. Wet Wet Wet
57. Everly Brothers
58. The Shadows
59. Pink
60. Coldplay

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