A study from the University of New South Wales, Curtain University and Roehampton University has concluded that Abba, Queen and Coldplay should be held in the same esteem as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
“There are now some new, truly great music artists,” Professor Emery Schubert from UNSW’s Empirical Musicology Laboratory said.
“While controversial some decades ago, we now have evidence that the Beatles should be added to the list of greats.
“Perhaps more surprising are recommendations that ABBA, Queen, Coldplay and Whitney Houston have now joined these great masters of music.”
“It seems that undisputed greatness just takes a long time to establish,” Professor Schubert said.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen received the highest number of nominations for great pieces of music.
Other nominated great pieces of music included Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune and My Heart Will Go Onby Celine Dion.
But My Heart Will Go On and Bohemian Rhapsody were sometimes disliked.
Friday by Rebecca Black received the highest number of nominations for disliked piece of music, followed by Happy by Pharrell Williams, Gangnam Style by Psy and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson.
But Gangnam Style, Happy and Uptown Funk were sometimes loved, with the Mark Ronson song even considered a great classic song by some.
The artists considered the greatest were Queen, followed by the Beatles, then Beethoven and Coldplay, while Nicki Minaj received the most nominations for disliked artist, followed by PSY, Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black and Taylor Swift.