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Last Updated: Friday, 27 May, 2005, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Robbie tops live solo artist poll
Robbie Williams
Williams' solo hits include Angels and Let Me Entertain You
Robbie Williams has beaten Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the best live solo artist.

The nationwide survey of 5,000 people saw the former Take That star trump music icons including Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.

U2 were named best live band, ahead of Queen and Oasis, in a poll commissioned by Carling to celebrate the UK's live music scene.

"The future of rock and roll certainly looks in safe hands," a spokesman said.

Williams, 31, took first place in the solo artist poll ahead of David Bowie and Morrissey. Elvis Presley and Elton John rounded out the top five.

1. Robbie Williams
2. David Bowie
3. Morrissey
4. Elvis Presley
5. Elton John
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Paul Weller
8. Madonna
9. Michael Jackson
10. Bob Dylan
Source: Carling poll

Madonna was the only female performer in the top ten, at number eight.

British bands dominated the best live band top 10, with Queen, Oasis, the Rolling Stones and Radiohead trailing leading Irish rockers U2.

The list also included The Who, Faithless and Coldplay.

"It's great to see that current bands like Oasis can sit comfortably alongside rock greats like The Who and Rolling Stones," said Carling's Martin Coyle.

Oasis also fared well in the best album poll, with Definitely Maybe in third place, behind the eponymous Stone Roses album and Nirvana's Nevermind.

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was the best single of all time, followed by John Lennon's Imagine and Joy Division's Love will Tear Us Apart.



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