The Beatles have been declared the biggest selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago
The Fab Four, who split more than 40 years ago, had 17 number ones during their eight-year chart domination.
They held off performers such as Madonna, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley to top the list compiled by the Official Charts Company.
Presley, who continued to have strong sales in the past decade thanks to a reissue campaign with tracks such as A Little Less Conversation, is ranked second.
Sir Cliff who has had 124 top 40 hits and 14 number ones finished in third place in the list compiled by the Official Charts Company.
Madonna, who has made the top 40 more than 60 times, is ranked fourth.
Later today, a countdown of the all-time biggest sellers since the singles chart began in 1952 - the year the Queen took the throne - will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 from 14:00-17: 00pm.
It will be presented by Tony Blackburn, who will play each artist's biggest hit.
– Tony Blackburn, Veteran DJ
This chart offers a fascinating look at the past 60 years in music and shows the impact that modern stars like Rihanna and Katy Perry have had.
"The list is really varied and will provide something for everyone.
The top ten artists are:
- Elvis Presley
- Cliff Richard
- Michael Jackson
- Elton John
- David Bowie