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Harris Poll 2014: Classic rock favorites rule

The Beatles / 1962-1966 album cover
The Beatles / 1962-1966 album cover
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During a U.S. Presidential election year, poll taking is as synonymous as candidates giving speeches. One of the most famous pollster companies is none other than the Harris Poll. They’ve been an institution for nearly 50 years.

Now with the advent of the internet, there’s Harris Poll Online who’ve been on the scene for almost 25 years. Besides forecasting presidential elections, every four years, they have a quadrennial online poll conducted on America’s favorite bands and musicians.

From July 16 through July 21, 2014 a total of 2,306 adults from the U.S. were surveyed to express their favorite music artists from any genre and era. The final results were published on August 27.

Naturally every generation has their own favorite band. For the 2014 Harris Poll Favorite Singer/Musician/Band in America is none other than The Beatles at number one. In early February it was the Beatles 50th anniversary of first arriving in the U.S., and appearing on the highly popular Ed Sullivan variety TV show.

Other classic rockers making this top 10 list include Led Zeppelin at number four, and the Eagles tied at number seven with other pop and country artists to round out the list. The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, came in at number two behind the Beatles. In 2010 both the Beatles and Elvis tied at number three.

Breaking it down further, this poll was categorized into top musicians for different groups of the population. Amongst Republicans the top band/singer is The Beatles/Willie Nelson, and Democrats Beatles/Bruno Mars. Independents go all the way for the Beatles as their favorite band.

For men in the survey the Beatles rule, while for women it’s Beyonce. The different generations have their favorites. Baby Boomers it’s the Beatles, Millennials is Beyonce, Gen-Xers is Metallica, and the Matures is Willie Nelson. The East, West, and South love the Beatles. Only the Midwest has Bruno Mars as their favorite singer. In conclusion, the Beatles dominated the 2014 Harris Poll

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