London: The Beatles have beaten artists like Elvis Presley and Madonna to be declared as the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago.
The `Fab Four`, who split more than 40 years ago, had 17 number ones during their eight-year chart domination.
They held off artists such as runner-up Presley, Madonna (fourth), and Sir Cliff Richard (third).
BBC Radio 2 is set to broadcast a countdown of the 60 biggest selling artists since the singles chart began in 1952, the very year the Queen took the throne.
Top 10 biggest selling singles acts:
2. Elvis Presley
3. Cliff Richard
5. Michael Jackson
6. Elton John
9. David Bowie
Elvis has continued to have strong sales over the past 10 years due to a reissue campaign with hit tracks such as ‘A Little Less Conversation’.
Richard has had 124 top 40 hits and 14 number ones in the list, which has been compiled by the Official Charts Company.
And Madonna has made to the top 40 more than 60 times.
Rihanna, who only made her debut chart position in 2005, is in 10th place, while the ‘Rolling Stones’ only managed to reach number 13.
Although Mick Jagger’s aged rockers have continued to release singles, they have failed to make it to the top 10 since 1981.
Sir Paul McCartney (11th) is listed twice for his Beatles years and his solo career and so is George Michael (21st) who has found a place on the chart for his own hits and as a member of Wham! (43rd).
Tony Blackburn will count down the chart on Radio 2.
“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 BBC quoted him as saying.
“The list is really varied and will provide something for everyone. There are definitely a few surprises in store - Coldplay being at 60 for one!” he added.