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The Beatles top U.S. poll for favorite musical act followed by Elvis, Beyonce

The Beatles in 1963
The Beatles in 1963
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The results are in for America's favorite musician or band for 2014: those four lads from Liverpool. The Beatles, who moved up from a tie from third place in 2010, are one of three foreign acts to make the top 10 of America's favorite musical artist.

According to the results of a Harris Poll released today, The Beatles rank number one, with Elvis Presley coming in at number two and Beyonce at number three. The poll was conducted online last month with over 2,300 adult participants across the country.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America with fans currently celebrating 50 years since the Beatles 1964 U.S. tour. In February, a GRAMMY special celebrated The Beatles historic performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with special appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America" just won an Emmy award for Outstanding Music Direction.

Although The King of Rock and Roll ranked number two as America's favorite musical act in 2014, this was an increase from 2010 when Elvis Presley tied for third place with The Beatles. Elvis' continuing popularity is evident with the large number of visitors to his home, Graceland, every year in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley Enterprises recently broke ground on a new luxury hotel called The Guest House at Graceland to be opened next door to the mansion in 2015.

This was the first year Beyonce has appeared on the list coming in at number three. Demographically speaking, the poll shows that Beyonce is also most popular with women and Millennials. Beyonce was just awarded the MTV Video Vanguard award.

Rounding out the top 10 are: 4) Led Zeppelin; 5) George Strait; 6) Bruno Mars; and a four-way tie for 7th place between Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Garth Brooks and Celine Dion.

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