THE Beatles have topped a poll as the greatest entertainment icons of the past 100 years.

The ever-popular Fab Four beat off competition from Elvis Presley, screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and jazz hero Louis Armstrong in the survey, which was conducted by US showbiz magazine VARIETY to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Executive editor STEVEN GRAYDOS says, "It seemed only natural to celebrate 100 of the people who gave us something to talk about.

"We are excited to honour The Beatles, giving special recognition to the sole group which has most shaped the face of modern showbusiness."

The top ten legendary figures in entertainment are:

1. THE BEATLES

2. LOUIS ARMSTRONG

3. Lucille Ball

4. Humphrey Bogart

5. Marlon Brando

6. Charlie Chaplin

7. James Dean

8. MARILYN MONROE

9. Mickey Mouse

10. ELVIS PRESLEY.