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Elvis Presley tops UK charts list
Elvis Presley
Presley returned to the singles chart this year with a series of re-releases
Elvis Presley has been named the most successful music act of all time by Guinness World Records, having spent the most weeks in the UK charts.

The late singer has spent 2,463 weeks in the UK album and singles charts.

He retained his position atop the annual Guinness top 100 list, followed by Cliff Richard and The Beatles.

Presley returned to the singles chart earlier this year when 18 of his singles were re-released to mark what would have been his 70th birthday.

It secured Presley a further three UK number ones - Jailhouse Rock, One Night and It's Now or Never.

'MOST SUCCESSFUL ACTS OF ALL TIME'
Madonna
1. Elvis Presley
2. Cliff Richard
3. The Beatles
4. Queen
5. Madonna
6. Elton John
7. The Shadows
8. Michael Jackson
9. David Bowie
10. U2
Source: Guinness World Records

Produced for the latest edition of The Book of British Hit Singles and Albums, most acts retain their top 10 position in the list of artists from 1952 onwards.

Michael Jackson replaces David Bowie in eighth place, however, with Bowie falling to number nine.

Robbie Williams enters the top 50 for the first time, with two further hit singles and the release of his Greatest Hits album in 2004 helping him rise seven places to number 43.

Other acts to rise in the top 100 include Simply Red (26), REM (32), Barbra Streisand (46), Lionel Richie (51) and Duran Duran (53).

After a relatively poor year for back catalogue sales, New Romantic veterans Spandau Ballet drop out of the top 100.


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