Celine Dion is America’s Favorite Singer/Musician Followed by U2

The Beatles and Elvis tie for the number three spot

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The Harris Poll Wrap-Up: What is American's favorite band or musician? Hear the data and see on-the-street interviews.

NEW YORK--()--No matter the medium—8-track, cassette, CD or a download—everyone has that one artist or band whose albums they play over and over again. According to Americans, their “Hearts Will Go On” for Celine Dion, as she is the country’s favorite singer. “It’s a Beautiful Day” for U2, as they are number two on the Harris Poll list of favorite musicians. One eternal debate has been Elvis versus the Beatles or “Blue Suede Shoes” versus “Hey Jude”. Well, that remains un-answered here, as they are tied for number three on the list. Maybe “It’s the Cowboy in” him, but whatever the reason, Americans place Tim McGraw at number five on the list of favorite musicians.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,320 adults surveyed online between March 1 and 8, 2010 by Harris Interactive.

The Bottom Line

She just made a splash on the charts recently and already she has “Paparazzi stalking her. Lady GaGa is also number six on the favorite musician list. The next two on the list are country stars. George Strait is “Living and Living Well” at number seven while “These Days” Rascal Flatts can be found at number eight. “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” so Alan Jackson can toast his tie for the ninth spot on the list. Rounding out the list, also tied for ninth, is the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra who always did it “His Way”.

Who Can It Be Now?

When it comes to favorite artists, it’s definitely a case of “different strokes for different folks.” Celine Dion is tops for women while U2 is number one for men. And, even among women, there is a difference of opinion, as Rascal Flatts is number one for single women and Celine Dion for women who are married.

Americans need to “Come Together” not just with their votes, but also their favorite artists. Among both Republicans and among Conservatives, U2 is the favorite. Among Democrats Celine Dion is number one and for Independents it is The Beatles. However there is a flip, as among Liberals, the number one is The Beatles and for Moderates, it is Celine Dion.

Depending on where people live, they will likely have a different favorite artist. Among Easterners as well as Southerners, Celine Dion is number one. Tim McGraw is tops for those in the Midwest, and for Westerners, U2 is their favorite.

As one might expect, generation and a different taste in music go hand in hand. For Echo Boomers (those 18-33), Rascal Flatts is their favorite while for Gen Xers (those 34-45) it is U2. Baby Boomers (those 46-64) say The Beatles are their number one while for Matures (those aged 65+) it is Celine Dion.




“Who is your favorite singer/musician?”

Unprompted responses


Base: All adults

  Celine Dion       1  
  U2       2  
  Elvis Presley       =3  
  Beatles       =3  
  Tim McGraw       5  
  Lady Gaga       6  
  George Strait       7  
  Rascal Flatts       8  
  Alan Jackson       =9  
  Frank Sinatra       =9  

“=” prior to a number indicates a tie





Base: All adults

  Group       Favorite Singer/Musician or Band  
  Men       U2  
  Women       Celine Dion  
  Marital Status of Women          
  Single Women       Rascal Flatts  
  Married Women       Celine Dion  
  Political Party Identification          
  Republican       U2  
  Democrat       Celine Dion  
  Independent       Beatles  
  Political Ideology          
  Conservative       U2  
  Moderate       Celine Dion  
  Liberal       Beatles  
  Echo Boomers (18-33)       Rascal Flatts  
  Gen X (34-45)       U2  
  Baby Boomers (46-64)       Beatles  
  Matures (65+)       Celine Dion  
  East       Celine Dion  
  Midwest       Tim McGraw  
  South       Celine Dion  
  West       U2  
  Household Income          
  $34.9K or less       Beatles  
  $35K—$49.9K       Celine Dion  
  $50K—$74.9K       Celine Dion  
  $75K+       U2  


This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between March 1 and 8, 2010 among 2,320 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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The Harris Poll® #60, April 29, 2010

By Regina Corso, Director, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive

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