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What’s the ultimate band?

We crunched the numbers and used historical data to pit classic groups against each other. Who is the greatest? Let the debate begin.

Everyone has a favourite band – but what makes one better than the other? And is it possible to decide on an overall winner?

Using information from album sales to longevity, infighting to social media, BBC Culture compared the data on everyone from Abba to U2. 

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