Beatles top act ever - survey

2009-08-12 10:35

Ask people of various ages about their favourite music and what do you get? Perhaps more common ground between the generations than you'd expect.

A Pew Research Centre survey found the Beatles high on the list of every age group and other acts from the 1960s and 1970s popular among people too young to have known them when they performed.

Among those under 30, Michael Jackson was the No 1 pick. For those 30-49, the Eagles won out. People 50-64 picked the Beatles - the winners overall. For those 65 and older, Frank Sinatra cannot be beaten.

Rock was the favourite type of music for every age group except 65 and above. Older people preferred country music, followed by classical.

Top 20 acts in the poll:

1. Beatles
2. Eagles
3. Johnny Cash
4. Michael Jackson
5. Elvis Presley
6. Rolling Stones
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Frank Sinatra
9. Carrie Underwood
10. Garth Brooks
11. Jimi Hendrix
12. Bruce Springsteen
13. Mariah Carey
14. Bob Dylan
15. Jefferson Airplane
16. Nirvana
17. Madonna
18. Coldplay
19. Kanye West
20. Grateful Dead