More than five decades later and the Fab Four still reign on top. According to a new Music Icons survey conducted by the Public Policy Polling center, more than three-quarters of the adults surveyed view The Beatles as the most “favorable” music icons.
The Beatles scored the highest number of overall votes in the poll with 76%, and when asked who their favorite Beatle was, 41% of voters choose Paul McCartney, 29% say John Lennon, 12% pick Ringo Starr and 11% go for George Harrison.
The Beach Boys followed in a close second with 74% of adults with a favorable opinion of the California boys, and Elvis Presley rounded out the top three with 73% of the votes.
Other music icons making it in the top scores include the Rolling Stones with 61%; Michael Jackson with 48%; The Queen of Pop Madonna only raking in 36% of votes and 32% voting for the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
The survey also proved that the ’60s are still alive and well with 32% considering it the best decade for music, while a quarter of those polled consider the ’70s the best age of music.