But it is Paul McCartney — who has not had a UK number one single in decades — that has topped the only chart that counts — the top 40 musical millionaires.
The former Beatle has a personal fortune of £730m (€1bn) — £20m up from last year — and is well ahead of nearest rival Andrew Lloyd Webber, estimated to be worth £650m (€910m).
McCartney’s fortune is given a significant boost by his wife Nancy Shevell, who has a £150m (€210m) stake in her family’s business.
U2 share a £431m (€603m) fortune, with Elton John and Mick Jagger said to be worth £270m (€378m) and £225m (€315m) respectively.
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The chart, put together for The Sunday Times Rich List, shows Jagger’s bandmate and songwriting partner Keith Richards as being worth £210m (€294m), while Ringo Starr is estimated to have a fortune worth £180m (€252m).
Michael Flatley is also up near the top of the list with £195m (€273m).
Other names include Enya whose fortune is estimated at £90m (€126m) and newcomer Calvin Harris, with the DJ and producer said to be worth £70m (€98m).
Sam Smith’s success has seen him storm another chart — the top 20 richest young musicians in the UK and Ireland.
The ‘Stay With Me’ singer is reckoned to have a personal fortune of £12m (€16m), well behind chart topper Adele, who is estimated to be worth £50m (€70m).
Second place in the chart, made up of acts aged 30 or under, goes to Niall Horan and the three other members of One Direction — and former bandmate Zayn Malik. They are said to be worth £25m (€35m) each.
1. Paul McCartney, Nancy
Shevell £730m (€1bn).
2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber
3. U2 £431m. (€603).
4. Elton John £270m
5. Mick Jagger £225m
6. Keith Richards £210m
7. Michael Flatley £195m
8. Ringo Starr £180m
8. Sting £180m (€252m).
10. Roger Waters £160m