Elvis outlives self on UK charts

Elvis Presley's music has spent more time on the UK charts than he spent alive, chart researchers say.

Presley's records have featured in UK charts for 47 years and two months - nearly five years longer than he was alive. Elvis died in 1977 aged 42.

The survey of both singles and albums charts by the Guinness Book of Hit Singles found Cliff Richard second.

The Beatles came in third place, with rock band Queen fourth and Madonna in fifth - the only woman in the top ten.

Phil Collins and Sir Paul McCartney are the only artists to appear in the top 50 list twice.

Lennon lyric

Collins is included for his solo career and as part of the group Genesis, while Sir Paul is featured for both the Beatles and his own recordings.

Oasis (27) and Robbie Williams (50) are the only two acts from the 1990s to feature in the list.

Other acts appearing include Michael Jackson (nine), U2 (ten), Fleetwood Mac (18), the Bee Gees (31) and Madness (43).

Meanwhile, a line from John Lennon's classic song Imagine has been voted the most popular song lyric.

The line: "Imagine all the people, Living life in peace..." was voted ahead of lines in Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Robbie Williams' Angels.

--BBC News World Edition, 28 May, 2004