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Bowie bests the Beatles

David Bowie stretched rock music's borders with "Space Oddity"  

November 28, 2000
Web posted at: 1:15 PM EST (1815 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- David Bowie has been crowned the musician's musician.

The original "glam rocker" topped the Beatles and alternative rockers Radiohead in a survey that asked hundreds of top rock and pop stars to name their biggest musical influence.

The results of the yearlong survey, conducted by British weekly New Musical Express, put 52-year-old Bowie ahead of an eclectic mix of groundbreaking rap, jazz, techno and rock artists.

Bowie, who stretched rock music's borders in the 1970s with his hits "Space Oddity," "Changes" and "Suffragette City," has had his songs covered by many groups, including Nirvana and Oasis.

Alternative rock group Radiohead finished second in the British poll  

Radiohead finished second in the poll, while the Beatles -- currently at No. 1 around the world with their singles collection "1" -- were named the third most influential.

Among the musicians who took part in the vote -- several of them stars in their own right -- were British groups Radiohead, Placebo and Suede, and U.S. artist Marilyn Manson.

The rest of the Top 10 on the list are: rap group Public Enemy, jazz great Miles Davis, German techno group Kraftwerk, punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, controversial rapper Eminem, singer-songwriter Nick Drake and moody alternative band the Smiths.

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