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The Beatles top biggest selling singles act

The Beatles have beaten artists like Elvis Presley and Madonna to be declared as the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago. The Fab Four, who split more than 40 years ago, had 17 number ones during their eight-year chart domination.

music Updated: Jun 07, 2012 01:51 IST
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The Beatles have beaten artists like Elvis Presley and Madonna to be declared as the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago. The Fab Four, who split more than 40 years ago, had 17 number ones during their eight-year chart domination.

They held off artists such as runner-up Presley, Madonna, and Sir Cliff Richard . BBC Radio 2 is set to broadcast a countdown of the 60 biggest selling artists since the singles chart began in 1952, the very year the Queen took the throne.

Top 10 biggest selling singles acts
1 Beatles
2 Elvis Presley
3 Cliff Richard
4 Madonna
5 Michael Jackson
6 Elton John
7 Queen
8 Abba
9 David Bowie
10 Rihanna

Band’s split made him drink
Paul McCartney has revealed how he battled a drink problem after The Beatles broke up. The singer confessed that he would hit the bottle at his hideaway on the Mull of Kintyre while struggling to adjust to his solo career.

The singer, who will be 70 on June 18, admitted worrying his first wife Linda by often being so drunk in the early 1970s that he was unable to write songs. “I overdid it. I think I was just trying to escape in my own mind. I had the freedom to just have a drink whenever I fancied it,” he said.