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Billboard releases list of the ‘Top 125 Music Artists of All Time’ based on performance in the charts

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Elton John performs on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for dcp)

Billboard is celebrating their 125th anniversary by putting out a list of the top 125 music artists of all time, based on chart performance.  The Beatles are #1, followed by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Madonna.

To figure this out, they used a formula that included performance on several charts, including the Billboard 200 album chart and the Hot 100.  Click here to check out the full list of 125…

Here’s the Top 25:

1.  The Beatles

2.  The Rolling Stones

3.  Elton John

4.  Mariah Carey

5.  Madonna

6.  Barbra Streisand

7.  Michael Jackson

8.  Taylor Swift

9.  Stevie Wonder

10.  Chicago

11.  Whitney Houston

12.  Paul McCartney

13.  Elvis Presley

14.  Janet Jackson

15.  Rod Stewart

16.  Drake

17.  Prince

18.  Rihanna

19.  Billy Joel

20.  Garth Brooks

21.  Herb Alpert

22.  Eminem

23.  Usher

24.  Bruce Springsteen

25.  Neil Diamond