Members of the UK public have been asked to vote to form what would be the most powerful band in the world and surprisingly it isn’t full of modern day hip and trendies such as Harry Styles or even Michael Jackson…

Those surveyed opted for a range of old time rockers, including Elton John, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury who took the top spot as lead singer.

Queen lead singer Mercury took 40 per cent of the poll beating Mick Jagger, Bono and Michael Jackson to front the band while Sir Elton with 27 per cent was chosen for the piano ahead of Stevie Wonder with Brian May on 30 per cent took top place for guitar  ahead of Jimi Hendrix. Paul McCartney pulled in 25 per cent to for bass instead of The Who’s John Entwistle and Phil Collins took 33 per cent to get the gig on drums ahead of Ringo Starr.

Harry Styles finished bottom of the pile as a contender for lead singer with just four per cent of the vote.

The collective age of the bespoke band, assuming Freddie Mercury was still alive, would be over 300 as all members are over 60. Despite the likes of Madonna, Karen Carpenter, Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks gaining votes the winning act is all male. More than half the people that voted were under 45.

The nation’s bespoke band has combined record sales of over 700 million and would be worth in excess of an estimated £1 billion. Surprisingly, despite album sales of over 200 million, none of the Rolling Stones line up made it into the band and the closest to making the grade was Ronnie Wood.

Were it left up to the UK’s men, Jimi Hendrix would have been on guitar but a huge 37 per cent of UK women voted for Brain May. Gary Barlow definitely has the X Factor when it comes to female voters as nearly twice as many women than men voted for the Take That singer to be on piano.

Despite hailing from the North West, Sir Paul got more votes from the North East and East Anglia whilst The Beatles drummer, Ringo Star only finished third in the North West, losing out to Phil Collins  and Keith Moon. The East Midlands would have preferred Stevie Wonder to Sir Elton on piano.

The poll was devsised to launch a competition from bespoke offers to win tickets for Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time, people were asked to pick their favourite lead singer, drummer, bass player, guitarist and piano player. The competition is open from Monday, 24th June and will run until Sunday, 30th June.

There is no doubt that this is in fact a super band that would have been fabulous to see perform live. We were all surprised to see Harry Styles finish at the bottom for vocals. However, he was up against some tough competition! It was great to find Sir Elton in the UK’s bespoke band line up and we’re excited to see him perform at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. – David Herrick, Digital Offers Head for Bespoke Offers, commented.

British Summer Time Hyde Park is a unique event for London, giving music fans throughout the capital the chance to see many of their favourite headlining and supporting music artists play over back to back weekends in ticketed events.

The research was carried out by OnePoll between 19/06/13 – 21/06/13 asking a total of 2,000 UK adults.

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