Kylie overtakes Whitney on pop list

Pop princess Kylie Minogue has shot past stars such as Whitney Houston and Prince to claim a place as one of the most popular chart stars of all time.

The Aussie star’s string of hits this year - including Come Into My World and In Your Eyes – has seen her make a colossal leap in the list based on weeks spent in the charts.

She moves up from 40th to 25th position in the list compiled by the Guinness British Hit Singles book authors.

The upper reaches of the list barely change each year as they are dominated by classic artists with decades of hits from the days when songs stayed in the charts for months.

But Kylie has clocked up more than 40 weeks in the top 75 this year to push her up the league.

The list is topped as ever by Elvis Presley with 1,185 weeks on the chart. And 25 years after his death, The King furthered his lead with summer hit A Little Less Conversation, giving him an extra 12 weeks.

His nearest rival, Cliff Richard, would have to spend another 30 weeks on the chart to close the gap.

The only change in the entire top 20 in the past year has been Status Quo leapfrogging Stevie Wonder, switching from 14 to 13.

Oasis have been big climbers, rising from 29 to 21 through hits such as The Hindu Times in 2002 and passing the late Lonnie Donegan and crooner Jim Reeves.

Robbie Williams is at 66, up nine places from the previous year.

New Order are the only new entry in the entire Top 100 acts of all time, going in at 98, 21 years after they scored their first hit.

They squeezed Neil Sedaka out of the list.

Compilers of the British Hit Singles music bible assembled the list depending on the number of weeks spent in the chart, taking into account chart positions if there are any ties.

Top 100 artists of all time according to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (last year’s position in brackets):

1 (1) Elvis Presley

2 (2) Cliff Richard

3 (3) The Shadows

4 (4) Elton John

5 (5) Madonna

6 (6) Diana Ross

7 (7) Michael Jackson

8 (8) Rod Stewart

9 (9) The Beatles

10 (10) David Bowie

11 (11) Frank Sinatra

12 (12) Queen

13 (14) Status Quo

14 (13) Stevie Wonder

15 (15) Paul McCartney

16 (16) Tom Jones

17 (17) Rolling Stones

18 (18) Bee Gees

19 (19) Roy Orbison

20 (20) Everly Brothers

21 (29) Oasis

22 (21) UB40

23 (22) Shirley Bassey

24 (23) Perry Como

25 (40) Kylie Minogue

26 (24) Jim Reeves

27 (25) Lonnie Donegan

28 (26) The Hollies

29 (27) Four Tops

30 (28) Whitney Houston

31 (30) Pat Boone

32 (31) The Supremes

33 (32) Prince

34 (33) Donna Summer

35 (41) Janet Jackson

36 (34) Hot Chocolate

37 (35) Frankie Laine

38 (36) Beach Boys

39 (37) Billy Fury

40 (38) Slade

41 (39) Shakin’ Stevens

42 (42) Madness

43 (48) George Michael

44 (44) U2

45 (46) Mariah Carey

46 (43) Electric Light Orchestra

47 (45) Abba

48 (47) Adam Faith

49 (62) Celine Dion

50 (49) Nat ’King’ Cole

51 (50) Petula Clark

52 (51) The Who

53 (52) Connie Francis

54 (56) Bryan Adams

55 (53) Depeche Mode

56 (54) Engelbert Humperdinck

57 (59) Andy Williams

58 (55) T. Rex

59 (64) Pet Shop Boys

60 (57) The Jacksons

61 (58) Olivia Newton-John

62 (60) Ken Dodd

63 (61) Frankie Vaughan

64 (63) Phil Collins

65 (65) Cher

66 (75) Robbie Williams

67 (66) Tina Turner

68 (67) Fleetwood Mac

69 (68) Duran Duran

70 (69) The Tremeloes

71 (72) Bon Jovi

72 (70) Manfred Mann

73 (94) Steps

74 (71) The Kinks

75 (73) Simply Red

76 (74) Boyzone

77 (76) Gene Pitney

78 (77) Dusty Springfield

79 (78) Herman’s Hermits

80 (79) Brenda Lee

81 (80) Wet Wet Wet

82 (81) Showaddywaddy

83 (82) Eurythmics

84 (83) Kool and the Gang

85 (84) The Jam

86 (85) Erasure

87 (86) Temptations

88 (87) Marvin Gaye

89 (88) Bananarama

90 (89) Duane Eddy and the Rebels

91 (90) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

92 (91) David Essex

93 (92) Bill Haley and his Comets

94 (93) John Lennon

95 (95) Cilla Black

96 (96) Kim Wilde

97 (97) Stranglers

98 (--) New Order

99 (98) David Whitfield

100 (99) Buddy Holly


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