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Queen crowned the most loved UK band of all time by ‘The Guardian’

5 July 2005 – Queen crowned the most loved UK band of all time by ‘The Guardian’

Twenty years after they stole the show at the original Live Aid concert, and 14 years after the death of Freddie Mercury, Queen have been crowned the most popular UK band of all time.

The group have overtaken the Beatles and Elvis Presley as the artists who have spent the longest time on the British album charts.

According to the compilers of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums, Queen have spent 1,322 weeks on the chart, compared with the Beatles’ 1,293 weeks.

Roger Taylor said, “I’m staggered by the news. We were always incredibly ambitious. But we never expected to see a list that read Queen, then the Beatles, then Elvis.”

The band’s first number one album, ‘A Night at the Opera,’ came out in 1975. But James Bradley, the assistant editor of the Guinness book, said Queen’s achievement had taken a comparatively short time: Elvis Presley first charted in 1956 and the Beatles first made the chart in 1963.

Queen’s two greatest hits albums, the first of which spent 450 weeks in the charts and sold more than 4m copies, have accounted for much of their success. Endorsements from newcomers such as the Darkness have contributed to steady album sales, and the West End show We Will Rock You has also kept the band in the public eye.

Here’s the UK top 10:

1 Queen (1,322 weeks)
2 The Beatles (1,293)
3 Elvis Presley (1,280)
4 U2 (1,150)
5 Dire Straits (1,136)
6 Simon and Garfunkel (1,114)
7 Madonna (1,032)
8 David Bowie (1,005)
9 Elton John (989)
10 Michael Jackson (966)

Source: The Guardian, 5th of July 2005

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