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America's Presley claims top spot

Wednesday 24 December 2003 @ 9:42 - GMT

Elvis Presley may Rule Britannia as the all-time singles king in Britain, nearly a half-century after he first crashed into the pop chart here, according to a new list published on December 22, 2003.

But Elton made it to position 4.

Presley appeared on 1,193 of the weekly charts since 1952, when British Hit Singles, a book published by Guinness World Records, began keeping records.

At No. 2 is Sir Cliff Richard with 1,152 weeks in the charts, followed by The Shadows at 771 weeks.

The singles chart in Britain has varied in length over the years.

When Presley appeared for the first time in 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel, the British chart listed 30 records. In 1978, the year after Presley died, the chart stabilised at its present length of the top 75 singles.

The rest of the top 10 are: Elton John, Madonna, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, the Beatles and David Bowie.