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The Beatles, Madonna, & Elton John Top Billboard’s ‘Most Massive Artist’ List

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In commemoration of Billboard’s 60th anniversary, the editors of the magazine have listed the 100 “most massive artists” to hit the charts over the past six decades. Predictably the Beatles topped the list, followed by Madonna, with Elton John coming in at three. Elvis Presley followed at Number Four, and Mariah Carey at five. Honorable mention goes to Stevie Wonder who just missed the Top Five, coming in at number six.

The Top 25 ‘Most Massive Artists’ according to Billboard’s chart calculations:

1. The Beatles
2. Madonna
3. Elton John
4. Elvis Presley
5. Mariah Carey
6. Stevie Wonder
7. Janet Jackson
8. Michael Jackson
9. Whitney Houston
10. Rihanna
11. The Rolling Stones
12. Paul McCartney
13. The Bee Gees
14. Usher
15. Chicago
16. The Supremes
17. Prince
18. Daryl Hall & John Oates
19. Rod Stewart
20. Olivia Newton-John
21. Drake
22. Aretha Franklin
23. Marvin Gaye
24. Taylor Swift
25. Katy Perry

George Harrison explained that creating a new musical and aural template was the reason for the Beatles’ long hours in the studio: “A lot of the time was spent, actually, just trying to get sounds and trying to find sounds — invent them. Nowadays it’s pretty easy; in fact it’s too easy. There’s so many sounds available just by hittin’ a button. And all of these machines — because of some of those records in the ’60s — they invented machinery where you just switch it on and you instantly get an effect.”

Photo Courtesy of Capitol/EMI/Apple Corps

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