According to anti-piracy company MUSO, The Beatles are the most pirated band of all time.

The Liverpool lads have 186,687 files appearing online, with an average of 1000 downloads per file - leading the Jack Sparrow list well ahead of their closest rivals, Fleetwood Mac. Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cliff Richard, and Elvis also appear on the Top Ten.

The results reflect the takedown requests in recent years due to copyright violations, which not only includes files, but illegal streaming services and torrents too. [via FACT]

Here's the Top 10:

  • 1. The Beatles - 187687 uploaded files
  • 2. Fleetwood Mac – 72984 uploaded files
  • 3. Bob Marley – 60024 uploaded files
  • 4. Led Zeppelin – 59011 uploaded files
  • 5. Cliff Richard – 56576 uploaded files
  • 6. Stevie Wonder – 45496 uploaded files
  • 7. Jimi Hendrix – 44093 uploaded files
  • 8. Elvis – 40794 uploaded files
  • 9. ABBA – 35193 uploaded files
  • 10. The Rolling Stones – 34444 uploaded files