weeks on chart doesn't mean a whole lot, record sales is surely a better indicator of world wide popularity.
in terms of world wide sales the beatles beat everyone hands down, [last i heard it was over a billion sales for the beatles, and that was a good few years ago] and rightly so. never, as derek taylor says on the beatles anthology sleve notes, has the world agreed on anything as much as liking the beatles.
i'm glad however that my two favourite bands are numbers one and two in terms of weeks on the charts
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