EW Staff
May 28, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

You’ve been hearing all about our choices for rock’s greatest moments. But what has struck a chord with our readers? Responding to a poll conducted by EW Online (http://www.ew.com), more than 36,000 voters named their favorite rock artists and music of the classic (before 1980) and modern (after 1980) eras. And it goes something like this:

Classic Best Solo Artist
1 David Bowie (35%)
2 Barbra Streisand (16.5%)
3 Elvis Presley (9.3%)
4 Aretha Franklin (6.6%)
5Stevie Wonder (5.8%)
6 Elton John (4.3%)
7 John Lennon (2.9%)
8 Buddy Holly (2.7%)
9 Jimi Hendrix (2.2%)
10 Billy Joel (2.1%)

Modern Best Solo Artist
1 Michael Jackson (25.3%)
2 Madonna (24%)
3 Beck (10.4%)
4 Tori Amos (4.5%)
5 Sting (4%)
6 Janet Jackson (3.9%)
7 Eric Clapton (3.4%)
8 Mariah Carey (3.4%)
9 Lauryn Hill (2.8%)
10 Prince (2.6%)

Classic Best Group
1 The Beatles (20.1%)
2 The Jackson 5 (13.9%)
3 Queen (11%)
4 Abba (8.6%)
5 The Doors (7.4%)
6 The Who (6.6%)
7 Pink Floyd (4.4%)
8 The Eagles (4.3%)
9 Led Zeppelin (4%)
10 The Rolling Stones (3.6%)

Modern Best Group
1 TLC (13.4%)
2 Hanson (12.9 %)
3 Dave Matthews Band (12.9%)
4 The Smashing Pumpkins (10.7%)
5 Depeche Mode (9.7%)
6 U2 (7.9%)
7 Aerosmith (6.4%)
8 The Spice Girls (4.4%)
9 R.E.M. (3.5%)
10 Backstreet Boys (3.2%)

Most Underrated
1 Duran Duran (24.2%)
2 Madonna (23.8%)
3 Michael Jackson (21.4%)
4 Depeche Mode (5.9%)
5 Cyndi Lauper (4%)
6 Jewel (2.5%)
7 Tori Amos (2.3%)
8 Mariah Carey (1.9%)
9 Buddy Holly (1.9%)
10 The Bee Gees (1.8%)

Most Overrated
1 Backstreet Boys (26.7%)
2 Mariah Carey (13.6%)
3 Lauryn Hill (11.3%)
4 Elvis Presley (10.4%)
5 Madonna (7.5%)
6 The Spice Girls (4.6%)
7 Celine Dion (4.5%)
8 Puff Daddy (3.5%)
9 Britney Spears (3.5%)
10 The Beatles (3.1%)

Classic Best Song
1 ”Proud Mary” — Ike & Tina Turner (22.2%)
2 ”Satisfaction” — The Rolling Stones (9.7%)
3 ”Respect” — Aretha Franklin (7.3%)
4 ”Hotel California” — The Eagles (7%)
5 ”Stairway To Heaven” — Led Zeppelin (6.7%)
6 ”Bohemian Rhapsody” — Queen (6.1%)
7 ”Light My Fire” — The Doors (5.9%)
8 ”My Girl” — The Temptations (5.4%)
9 ”Imagine” — John Lennon (4.4%)
10 ”Yesterday” — The Beatles (4.1%)

Modern Best Song
1 ”Ray Of Light” — Madonna (31.8%)
2 ”Billie Jean” — Michael Jackson (13.4%)
3 ”Enjoy The Silence” — Depeche Mode (10.3%)
4 ”MMMbop” — Hanson (10.1%)
5 ”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” — U2 (6.7%)
6 ”Vogue” — Madonna (3.6%)
7 ”Fantasy” — Mariah Carey (3.5%)
8 ”Creep” — Radiohead (2.8%)
9 ”Smells Like Teen Spirit” — Nirvana (2.6%)
10 ”Losing My Religion” — R.E.M. (2.4%)

Modern Best Album
1 Ray Of Light — Madonna (23.9%)
2 Thriller — Michael Jackson (21.9%)
3 Achtung Baby — U2 (9.4%)
4 Violator — Depeche Mode (8.3%)
5 Automatic For The People — R.E.M. (5.7%)
6 Butterfly — Mariah Carey (4.3%)
7 The Miseducation Of… — Lauryn Hill (3.1%)
8 The Backstreet Boys — Backstreet Boys (3.1%)
9 Born In The U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen (2.9%)
10 Little Earthquakes — Tori Amos (2.4%)

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