Pop hunk Robbie Williams has been a winner this year - he's moved further than anyone else up a list of modern music's movers and shakers.

The annual list, put together by British hit singles experts, has been compiled since the charts began in 1952, and measures success according to the number of weeks an artist spends on the chart.

While the list is again topped by rock'n'roll legend Elvis Presley, Robbie has shown the most movement, jumping from 66th place to 46th place, overtaking pop legends like Abba and T-Rex in the process. He has now amassed 261 weeks on the Official UK singles chart, 34 more than last year (02).

The top 18 of the list remain exactly the same as last year, and Oasis are the only act to move up in the top 20, rising to 19 from 21. Legendary rocker Buddy Holly this year slipped completely out of the top 100, while chameleon David Bowie threatens to overtake THE Beatles next year - he needs only another four weeks in the charts to catch up.

The top 20 are:


2. Cliff Richard

3. The Shadows

4. Elton John

5. Madonna

6. Diana Ross

7. Michael Jackson

8. Rod Stewart



11. Frank Sinatra

12. Queen

13. Status Quo

14. Stevie Wonder

15. Paul McCartney

16. Tom Jones

17. Rolling Stones

18. Bee Gees


20. Roy Orbison.

22/12/2003 17:12