Love them do

Our winner picked the Beatles, despite his Wonder lust

Staff WriterApril 6, 2009 

In his bracket naming the greatest act in pop music history, Andrea Sneed of Franklinton nailed the consensus final four: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, U2 and the Beatles.

Of those, he names Wonder as his favorite artist, particularly for his 70s output of "Talking Book," "Innervisions" and "Fulfillingness' First Finale."

"Three albums in a row, I thought they were kind of amazing," said Sneed, 26.

But when it came time to choose the winner, Sneed skipped past Wonder and -- like 301 of the more than 750 people who played our bracket -- put The Beatles in the championship slot. So it's official: John, Paul, George and Ringo are pop music's greatest act.

"I figured they were the overall top group," Sneed said. "The Beatles were the most influential."

Sneed wins our first prize because his bracket best mirrored the overall choices. For his trouble, he will take home a Beatles prize pack, including "A Hard Day's Night," the band's 1964 film.

After The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and U2 received the most championship votes.

Sorry, Green Day. You only received one.

To see the entire bracket, visit www.newsobserver.com/musicmadness.

It's not too early to begin thinking about next year's bracket. Which pop-culture argument should we decide next March? Greatest professional wrestler of all-time? Best movie villain?

If you have a suggestion, please drop me an e-mail.

matt.ehlers@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4889

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