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View Poll Results: Settle an argument. Who was the biggest?
Elvis Presley 146 50.69%
Micheal Jackson 52 18.06%
The Beatles 80 27.78%
Other 10 3.47%
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Old 23 May 21, 11:33 AM  
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Most longevity I suppose is the Stones as they are still (alive and) touring and instantly recognisable .
Tom Jones too I suppose ...

I dont think there is just one anymore .
I did think of the Rolling Stones and personally would choose them over The Beatles all day long(puts on tin hat).
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Old 23 May 21, 12:05 PM  
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Great discussion! I would say, if you were to show photographs of those three, Michael Jackson would be the most instantly recognisable, and that would be my definition of famous. The Beatles and Elvis might lose out on the younger audience these days.

But, if you are asking who was the biggest, as in, during their hay day, Id be tempted to say The Beatles because of the hysteria, but then I wasnt around, nor was I for Elvis.

Michael Jackson had the benefit of more media during his time in the spotlight.
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Old 23 May 21, 02:11 PM  
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Great discussion! I would say, if you were to show photographs of those three, Michael Jackson would be the most instantly recognisable, and that would be my definition of famous. The Beatles and Elvis might lose out on the younger audience these days.

But, if you are asking who was the biggest, as in, during their hay day, Id be tempted to say The Beatles because of the hysteria, but then I wasnt around, nor was I for Elvis.

Michael Jackson had the benefit of more media during his time in the spotlight.
Totally, I just asked my older teens to name the Beatles, they got 2/4 but could only name 1 song between them. Elvis, one had heard of him but couldnt name any songs and the youngest had no idea who he was.

But then I am terrible with music, I stopped listening to anything new in the mid nighties and they may think Im out of it!

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Old 23 May 21, 06:23 PM  
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Im 27 and went for MJ, obviously they are all mega stars but I feel like those younger than me will have heard of MJ more than the other two.
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Old 23 May 21, 06:30 PM  
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I cant really ask my teenage sons as I was an avid MJ fan growing up and still love his music, so my boys have grown up with his songs. I just asked my thirteen year old and hed heard of Elvis but didnt have a clue what he sang or what he looked like, he could however name a couple of Beatles songs but admitted that was because we watched the film, Yesterday, during lockdown! 😂
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I went for Micheal Jackson. Yeah Elvis and the Beatles were huge but they were still in an age where entertainment media was still limited. By the 80s the whole world had access. I think Micheal being of black heritage also meant he was able to cross cultures.
Limited in what sense ?
Radio was massive before MTV came along and diluted audiences.
It was probably more about the music than the image then though.
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Old 23 May 21, 07:45 PM  
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I went for Elvis even though he passed away two years before I was born. Almost went for the Beatles.
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I'm saying The Beatles. I grew up in Liverpool. They were BIG to me growing up.
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Old 24 May 21, 04:01 PM  
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I voted Beatles too but I think probably the correct answer should be Elvis.
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Old 29 May 21, 12:02 AM  
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Im throwing Queen into the mix, loved by DH and me (born in the 60s). Also loved by our older sons, in their 30s who were very sad when Freddie died when they were little. Also our DD, 20, enjoys and appreciates their music.

Bohemian Rhapsody was recently a hugely successful film, and Queen concerts still sell out. To me, they are the most famous and are still well known today. None of our adult children could name an Elvis song or name more than one Beatle. We visited Central Park and had to explain who John Lennon was to them.They were famous in their times but no longer. Michael Jackson would be the most famous from the three on the original list in terms of being known across a broad range of ages.
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