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Elton John World News: Elton (still) at number 4 most successful artist

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Greatest Hits album moves up to number 3

Friday 27 December 2002 @ 22:50 - GMT

Elton was fourth most successful musical artist of all time in 2002, the same level as in 2001, according to a survey published on December 27, 2002 by the Guinness Book of Hit Singles.

Elton, who spent one week this month at number one with the cover version of his Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word with toyband Blue before it slid to number 4, can still take heart from the statistics as he rubs shoulders with Elvis "The King" Presley, Cliff Richard and Cliff's old band The Shadows.

And for all the hub-bub about The Beatles, the Liverpool band and John Lennon were left behind by Elton, as were his other pals Rod Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and George Michael. Siren Madonna was also left standing.

Meanwhile, Elton's compilation Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002 album was at number three in the week of December 23, 2002, according to the UK's official charts, up from number four last week.

At number two was toyband Blue with One Love and still at number one was Robbie Williams with Escapology.

The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles' list of the 100 most successful pop artists of all time. 2001 figures in brackets. The data refers to sales in the UK.

1 (1) Elvis Presley
2 (2) Cliff Richard
3 (3) The Shadows
4 (4) Elton John

5 (5) Madonna
6
(6) Diana Ross
7 (7) Michael Jackson
8 (8) Rod Stewart

9 (9) The Beatles
10 (10) David Bowie
11 (11) Frank Sinatra
12 (12) Queen
13 (14) Status Quo
14 (13) Stevie Wonder
15 (15) Paul McCartney
16 (16) Tom Jones
17 (17) Rolling Stones
18 (18) Bee Gees
19 (19) Roy Orbison
20 (20) Everly Brothers
21 (29) Oasis
22 (21) UB40
23 (22) Shirley Bassey
24 (23) Perry Como
25 (40) Kylie Minogue
26 (24) Jim Reeves
27 (25) Lonnie Donegan
28 (26) The Hollies
29 (27) Four Tops
30 (28) Whitney Houston
31 (30) Pat Boone
32 (31) The Supremes
33 (32) Prince
34 (33) Donna Summer
35 (41) Janet Jackson
36 (34) Hot Chocolate
37 (35) Frankie Laine
38 (36) Beach Boys
39 (37) Billy Fury
40 (38) Slade
41 (39) Shakin' Stevens
42 (42) Madness
43 (48) George Michael
44 (44) U2
45 (46) Mariah Carey
46 (43) Electric Light Orchestra
47 (45) Abba
48 (47) Adam Faith
49 (62) Celine Dion
50 (49) Nat King Cole
51 (50) Petula Clark
52 (51) The Who
53 (52) Connie Francis
54 (56) Bryan Adams
55 (53) Depeche Mode
56 (54) Engelbert Humperdinck
57 (59) Andy Williams
58 (55) T Rex
59 (64) Pet Shop Boys
60 (57) The Jacksons
61 (58) Olivia Newton-John
62 (60) Ken Dodd
63 (61) Frankie Vaughan
64 (63) Phil Collins
65 (65) Cher
66 (75) Robbie Williams
67 (66) Tina Turner
68 (67) Fleetwood Mac
69 (68) Duran Duran
70 (69) The Tremeloes
71 (72) Bon Jovi
72 (70) Manfred Mann
73 (94) Steps
74 (71) The Kinks
75 (73) Simply Red
76 (74) Boyzone
77 (76) Gene Pitney
78 (77) Dusty Springfield
79 (78) Herman's Hermits
80 (79) Brenda Lee
81 (80) Wet Wet Wet
82 (81) Showaddywaddy
83 (82) Eurythmics
84 (83) Kool And The Gang
85 (84) The Jam
86 (85) Erasure
87 (86) Temptations
88 (87) Marvin Gaye
89 (88) Bananarama
90 (89) Duane Eddy And The Rebels
91 (90) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
92 (91) David Essex
93 (92) Bill Haley And His Comets
94 (93) John Lennon
95 (95) Cilla Black
96 (96) Kim Wilde
97 (97) Stranglers
98 (-) New Order
99 (98) David Whitfield
100 (99) Buddy Holly