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After years of setting records after records the Beatles have done it again, this time they have been officially declared as the biggest selling singles act in the UK since the charts began 60 years ago in 1952 (the year queen Elizabeth took the throne), according to a list compiled by the Official Charts Company.

The "Help" hitmakers, have been at the top of the charts on seventeen occasions during their career span of eight years, continue to have a strong fan base despite breaking up nearly 40 years ago.

And, although, artists like Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard have had a longer career span than the Beatles, they still did not manage to outsell the talented quartet.

Elvis, who has had good sales in the past 10 years due to the reissue of his earlier tracks including "A Little Less Conversation", "Jailhouse Rock" and "That's All Right," ranks in second place.

Sir Cliff Richard, who has been at the top of the chats 14 times, ends up in third place, while Madonna, also a very popular artist in the 1980's, ranks fourth.

Apart from the oldies, there are a number of contemporary artists who have made it on the list.

R&B artist Rihanna leads the list of recent artists at number ten, ahead of some legendary names including the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder, who have been placed at the 13<sup>th and 16<sup>th position respectively.

Rapstar Eminem, David Guetta and Coldplay have been placed in the 18<sup>th, 49<sup>th and 60<sup>th position respectively. However, recent Soul/ Pop sensation Adele, who has broken many sales records this year, has surprisingly not made it to the list.

"This list is intriguing, Adele is missing and we've all forgotten just how huge artists such as Shakin' Stevens, Boney M and UB40 were in the UK in the Seventies and Eighties," said Jeff Smith (BBC's Radio 2 head of music), according to The Independent.

"This chart offers a fascinating look at the past 60 years in music and shows the impact that modern stars like Rihanna and Katy Perry have had. The list is really varied and will provide something for everyone," Tony Blackburn (BBC's Radio 2 disk jockey) was quoted by The Metro as saying.

Check out the top 60 Biggest Selling Singles Act in UK:

1. Beatles

2. Elvis Presley

3. Cliff Richard

4. Madonna

5. Michael Jackson

6. Elton John

7. Queen

8. Abba

9. David Bowie

10. Rihanna

11. Paul McCartney

12. Kylie Minogue

13. Rolling Stones

14. Rod Stewart

15. Take That

16. Stevie Wonder

17. Oasis

18. Eminem

19. Whitney Houston

20. Spice Girls

21. George Michael

22. Robbie Williams

23. Bee Gees

24. U2

25. Shakin' Stevens

26. Britney Spears

27. Status Quo

28. Lady Gaga

29. Boyzone

30. Blondie

31. Slade

32. Black Eyed Peas

33. Boney M

34. Westlife

35. Celine Dion

36. Beyonce

37. UB40

38. Olivia Newton John

39. Mariah Carey

40. Tom Jones

41. Madness

42. Police

43. Wham!

44. Phil Collins

45. Diana Ross

46. Jam

47. Bryan Adams

48. Pet Shop Boys

49. David Guetta

50. Adam Ant

51. Duran Duran

52. Frank Sinatra

53. Frankie Goes To Hollywood

54. Prince

55. Katy Perry

56. Wet Wet Wet

57. Everly Brothers

58. Shadows

59. Pink

60. Coldplay