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Desert Island fans pass over Elvis and Michael Jackson for Elgar in top 100 list of records chosen

By Mail On Sunday Reporter

Last updated at 2:04 AM on 7th August 2011

Elvis, Michael Jackson and Madonna all failed to make a top 100 Desert Island Discs playlist chosen by listeners to the show.

The acts, with more than 150 top 40 hits between them, missed out after 25,000 people selected the tracks they would want on Radio 4’s fictional island.

The most popular three were Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, Nimrod from Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor.

Desert Island losers: Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb rounded off the top five.

The Beatles had seven songs in the 100, while Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones had three apiece.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: ‘Listeners feel comfortable professing affection for rock epics rather than mere hit singles.

‘When it comes to classical, they are loyal. Six out of the top 10 are by Englishmen.’


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