It has always been clear to me that the most popular, most influential and most important band of all time was the Beatles and there are many things both tangible and intangible that support that theory. Well, now it turns out that a study has come out that contradicts me and all of us who think that the Beatles are at the top.
Apparently the most popular artist or group of all time is none other than Madonna, just ahead of the Beatles. To this conclusion have the people of Liberty Games who produced a study Analyzing more than 6,500 songs from the top 100 Billboard charts, from 1959 to the present, the game retailer put together a list ranking the most successful artists in history. Their popularity was ranked by the number of times they appeared on the list, with Madonna having the highest amount at a total of 34 times.
Second, the Beatles, who made their mark on the Billboard chart 30 times. In joint third place was Mariah Carey and Elton John with 26 appearances.
Unfortunately, aside from The Beatles and Elton John, rock music doesn’t feature much on the list, with the majority of the spots taken by pop artists, including Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. However, Elvis Presley managed to make an appearance, taking joint sixth position, along with Janet Jackson and Rihanna.
It’s an interesting study but obviously it is not valid to measure which is the most popular band or artist of all time since it only serves to measure which is the most popular in the history of Billboard, the magazine that publishes the American charts.
To find out which is the most popular band or artist of all time in the whole world, we would have to compare the charts of the whole world, world record sales, appearances of songs in series, movies and commercials, mentions in books, the number of versions that have been made of their songs, the criticism of their albums, the success of their tours, the sales of t-shirts and merchandising.
It would be a titanic study, with too much data to collect and too many variables to analyze that would give us a much more accurate view of who is the most popular of all time.
The Beatles are the group that has sold the most albums of all timeare the most covered artist of all timeare considered the most influential almost unanimously and are also probably the group whose songs have had the most appearances in movies.
I don’t have the exact data or the ability to collect them all, but it’s still clear to me that the most popular are the Beatles.
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