Gay pop star Will Young has beaten the Beatles, Robbie Williams and Coldplay to be named the most popular British artist of all time in a poll of radio listeners.

The 27-year-old came out as gay shortly after winning the first Pop Idol contest in 2002. He beat fellow British artists to top the poll of the 40 most popular artists by listeners of commercial radio.

Young said he was “honoured” to have reached the number one spot. He added: “What makes it so special is that it`s voted for by the public.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and made the effort to vote. I`m over the moon.”

The full chart as voted by listeners is as follows:

1) Will Young

2) Robbie Williams

3) Paul McCartney

4) Spice Girls

5) Coldplay

6) Sugababes

7) Take That

8) Gorillaz

9) Oasis

10) Beverley Knight

11) Pink Floyd

12) Arctic Monkeys

13) Simply Red

14) Jamiroquai

15) George Michael

16) Kaiser Chiefs

17) James Blunt

18) Girls Aloud

19) Keane

20) Sir Elton John

21) Queen

22) Lemar

23) McFly

24) Eurythmics

25) Basement Jaxx

26) David Gray

27) KT Tunstall

28) David Bowie

29) Franz Ferdinand

30) Craig David

31) Stereophonics

32) Duran Duran

33) Texas

34) Beatles

35) Snow Patrol

36) Richard Ashcroft

37) Charlotte Church

38) Sting

39) Blue

40) All Saints