Here are the best music artists to beat the January blues - including Halifax born Ed Sheeran

As the post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and a longer wait until payday cast over the UK, it's no wonder that January has long been known as the saddest month of the year.

Monday, 14th January 2019, 8:27 am
Updated Monday, 14th January 2019, 9:49 am
Here are the best music artists to beat the January blues

In order to battle these January blues, Mecca bingo, as part of their Meccarena campaign, has conducted a study revealing which artists the UK should be listening to in order to beat the blues. The study was conducted by asking 2000 UK music fans to rate the top-selling artists between 2013-2017 on how happy their music made them feel.

The iconic Liverpudlian band formed in 1960 with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.The Beatles have sold over 600 million records worldwide to date.
With over 300 million records sold worldwide2, sell-out tours and even an upcoming film based on his life, Elton John has cemented himself as a legendary performer and artist globally.
Originating from Brixton, London, David Bowie was known for his innovative songs and work, which resulted in a staggering 140 million records sold. Classic songs performed by Bowie, such as Starman, Life on Mars and Heroes, changed the landscape of music and inspired a generation of musicians.
Known as The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential icons of the 20th century. Songs such as Hound Dog and Suspicious Minds saw Elvis sell a staggering 600 million records worldwide.
Born in Halifax, Ed Sheeran stormed to success with his song The A Team and has since released hits such as Perfect and Shape of You.
Manchester-born Take That shot to success in the 90s with band members Robbie Williams, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald. After a split in 1996, the band reformed without Robbie Williams in 2006 and shot back into the charts with their song Patience.
Known for classics such as In The Air Tonight and Against All Odds, Phil Collins was the drummer and singer of rock band Genesis, as well as being known as a solo artist.
Neil Diamond is an American singer-songwriter known for his songs Sweet Caroline and I Am I Said. Neils music has managed to sell over 100 million records worldwide and have landed him with 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.
George Michael was a British singer, songwriter and record producer who originally rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! Michael achieved seven number one singles and eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US as a solo artist.
Sir Rod Steward CBE is a British rock singer and songwriter. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and having sold over 100 million records worldwide