Beckham 'greatest pop icon of all time'

David Beckham was today named the greatest pop culture icon, beating Hollywood stars, Madonna and Elvis.

David Beckham was today named the greatest pop culture icon, beating Hollywood stars, Madonna and Elvis.

The soccer idol triumphed in a poll compiled from thousands of votes by music channel VH1 for a TV special.

Real Madrid star Beckham was ranked 31 places ahead of his wife Victoria, who wins a place in the list by way of her role in the Spice Girls.

He said today: “I am really honoured that I have been voted number 1 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, especially when you look at the incredible list of people in this poll – many of whom I really admire. Thank you to everyone who voted.”

Among those who sing his praises in the show are Fame Academy judge Richard Park who said: “His style, his class and his quality that he exudes wherever he goes means that everybody wants a piece of that boy.”

And Victoria’s former bandmate Emma Bunton said: “I love his style, he’s just so cool.”

Madonna was runner-up in the list, while Elvis Presley was ranked third and The Beatles fourth.

While the top 100 is dominated by chart and screen stars, icons from other fields have a strong showing.

Diana, Princess Of Wales, comes in at fifth place and Martin Luther King is at number 12.

Only Fools And Horses star David Jason sees his character Del Boy ranked higher than Hollywood big shots. Trotter is at number 46, while Robert De Niro managed just 50 and Brad Pitt 52.

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher proved to be a greater icon for a generation than Tony Blair. She made it to number 65, while Mr Blair was down at 86.

Marilyn Monroe proved to have greater cultural appeal than many contemporary stars. The late actress finished in 11th place, above Kylie Minogue (15), J-Lo (18) and Kate Moss (88).

A panel of celebrities and experts – including presenter June Sarpong, newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy and GQ editor Dylan Jones – drew up a shortlist for VH1 earlier this year.

Then viewers spent two months voting for who they thought were the greatest figures in popular culture.

A two-and-a-half hour countdown of the top 100 is being screened by the station on Saturday at 8pm, presented by actress Anna Friel.

The top 100 greatest pop culture icons of all time, as compiled by music channel VH1:

1. David Beckham

2. Madonna

3. Elvis

4. The Beatles

5. Princess Diana

6. The Simpsons

7. Freddie Mercury


9. Robbie Williams

10. David Bowie

11. Marilyn Monroe

12. Martin Luther King

13. Kurt Cobain

14. Michael Jackson

15. Kylie

16. Bono

17. Nelson Mandela

18. J-Lo

19. Bob Marley

20. Arnold Schwarzenegger

21. James Bond

22. James Dean

23. Jimi Hendrix

24. Star Wars

25. Britney Spears

26. Al Pacino

27. Friends

28. Bob Dylan

29. Bruce Lee

30. Elton John

31. Audrey Hepburn

32. Spice Girls

33. Debbie Harry

34. Rolling Stones

35. Muhammad Ali

36. JFK

37. Eminem

38. Noel and Liam Gallagher

39. Carry On films

40. Andy Warhol

41. Star Trek

42. Bruce Springsteen

43. Frank Sinatra

44. George Michael

45. Harry Potter

46. Only Fools and Horses/Del Boy

47. The Muppets

48. Che Guevara

49. EastEnders

50. Robert De Niro

51. Jim Morrison

52. Brad Pitt

53. Mickey Mouse

54. Sex Pistols

55. Coronation Street

56. Steven Spielberg

57. Bill Gates

58. Led Zeppelin

59. Stevie Wonder

60. Aretha Franklin

61. Clint Eastwood

62. Steve McQueen

63. John Travolta

64. Richard Branson

65. Margaret Thatcher

66. The Office

67. Charlie Chaplin

68. Prince

69. Lara Croft

70. Manchester United

71. Jack Nicholson

72. Superman

73. Liz Taylor

74. Dolly Parton

75. Alfred Hitchcock

76. Neil Armstrong

77. Oprah Winfrey

78. James Brown

79. Hugh Hefner/Playboy

80. George Best

81. Tom Cruise

82. Peter Sellers

83. Calvin Klein

84. Batman

85. Judy Garland

86. Tony Blair

87. Tom Jones

88. Kate Moss

89. Paul Newman

90. JR Ewing

91. Pele

92. Grace Kelly

93. Pamela Anderson

94. Liz Hurley

95. Run DMC

96. Marvin Gaye

97. Jackie Kennedy

98. Damian Hirst

99. Tiger Woods

100. Naomi Campbell

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