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Thursday, July 1, 1999 Published at 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK


Lennon tops star poll

Sleeping on the job: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon has beaten Sir Paul McCartney to be named the greatest music star of the 20th century, according to readers of a UK music magazine.

Q magazine readers put Lennon ahead of Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, while Sir Paul came second in the magazine's top 100.

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, who killed himself in 1994, is placed third, while Presley is fifth.

Other high-ranking stars include David Bowie at sixth, and Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are eighth and ninth.

Madonna is the top ten's only woman at number eight, while soul singer Aretha Franklin is at number 17.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono said: "I think he would have been very proud. There's no way of knowing how he would have expressed that, but he could have been pleased inside."

Doing less well are the group's old rivals the Rolling Stones. Guitarist Keith Richards comes in at number 11, while Mick Jagger is at 22.

Reggae legend Bob Marley is rated 12th, ahead of Frank Sinatra at 14th and Jimi Hendrix at 15th.

[ image: Bob Marley: Comes in at number 12]
Bob Marley: Comes in at number 12
Another recent British star, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, is at number 16.

One choice will upset some rock buffs - Bez from Manchester band Happy Mondays beat Eric Clapton and Frank Zappa to reach number 78.

Yet Bez merely dances for the group - he neither sings nor plays an instrument.

The top 20 in full:

1. John Lennon.

2. Paul McCartney.

3. Kurt Cobain.

4. Bob Dylan.

5. Elvis Presley.

6. David Bowie.

7. Madonna.

8. Noel Gallagher.

9. Liam Gallagher.

10. Michael Stipe.

11. Keith Richards.

12. Bob Marley.

13. Freddie Mercury.

14. Frank Sinatra.

15. Jimi Hendrix.

16. Thom Yorke.

17. Aretha Franklin.

18. Bono.

19. James Brown.

20. Brian Wilson.

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