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February 18, 2009 | People

Elvis Presley has been voted the pop icon fans would most like to meet - despite being dead.

The singer - who passed away at home in 1977 - narrowly beat '4 Minutes' singer Madonna to the top spot in a list which contained six dead stars.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury - who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 - came in third, with assassinated Beatles legend John Lennon in fourth place.

'No Woman No Cry' singer Bob Marley, guitar hero Jimi Hendrix and The Doors frontman Jim Morrison were the other deceased stars to make the list, compiled by digital music channel Music Choice.

Ellen Lesemann-Andreandi, a spokesperson for Music Choice, said: "Classic hits hold more memories the older they are."

Other musicians who fans would most like to meet include ailing 'Thriller' star Michael Jackson, former Take That singer Robbie Williams and U2 rocker Bono.

Meanwhile, Elvis' former Memphis home, Graceland is celebrating its 70th birthday with new exhibitions about the 'Suspicious Minds' singer.

Elvis In Hollywood examines the singer's movie career with memorabilia from his big-screen successes, while Elvis Lives: The King and Pop Culture shows the star in action via a video presentation.

The Elvis Presley Auto Museum will introduce new additions, including the six-door Mercedes Benz limousine featured in 'Elvis on Tour'.

The 70th Anniversary exhibition, included as part of the VIP Tour package, also features the original architectural drawings of Graceland, a signed cheque from Elvis for the down payment - $102,000 - on the home in 1957, the deeds to Graceland, which was built in 1939, and a video presentation that includes memories from those who lived there.

Music Choice's Top 10 pop idols music fans would like to meet:

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Madonna
  3. Freddie Mercury
  4. John Lennon
  5. Bono
  6. Bob Marley
  7. Jimi Hendrix
  8. Jim Morrison
  9. Michael Jackson
  10. Robbie Williams
Steve V wrote on February 18, 2009
Great to see Elvis #1 and I couldnt agree more, but why does Madonna constantly make these lists? I did see her once in New York and believe me , she is not a person one would want to meet.
NONE000000 wrote on February 18, 2009
I am 100% with you SteveV. I personally might swap out Madonna for Prince, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole. Personally, I would lose Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Bono.... Actually, wow, I only agree with 4 on this list. Surprised Kurt Cobain is not on the list. Still--always nice to see Elvis in his rightful place: number 1
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on February 19, 2009
Maddonna/ Bono/Jim Morrison/Michael Jackson all very boring people who constantly make these lists.
Jerome-the-third wrote on February 19, 2009
why isn't Jeff Trachta on that list? I don't get it..