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The King’s Vinyl Legacy

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Elvis was great and was definitely a prolific recording artists of unquestionable talents, but in spite of career matched by few (if any) he was not my favorite.  There were many songs along the way that I did appreciate – even a few among my favorites – but he was just  – not my favorite.  But was he really “The King”?

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(All ratings drawn from Joel Whitburn and his rather anal ranking system methodology which I won’t explain)

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Top Artists of All Time

  1. Elvis
  2. The Beatles
  3. Elton John
  4. Madonna
  5. Stevie Wonder

Top Artists 1955 through 1959

  1. Elvis
  2. Pat Boone
  3. Perry Como
  4. Fats Domino
  5. Nat “King” Cole

Top Artists 1960’s

  1. The Beatles (thank goodness)
  2. Elvis
  3. Ray Charles
  4. Brenda Lee
  5. The Supremes

Top Artists 1970’s

  1. Elton John
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. Bee Gees
  4. The Carpenters
  5. Chicago
    (Elvis was number 10)

Top Artist By Year

Elvis 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964 (hard to believe), 1965 (again hard to believe but don’t mess with the Presley Fan Base)

Top Male Artist 1955-1959

  1. Elvis
  2. Pat Boone
  3. Perry Como
  4. Fats Domino
  5. Nat “King” Cole
    Just like the “Top Artist” Category above

Top Male Artist 1960’s

  1. Elvis
  2. Ray Charles
  3. James Brown
  4. Marvin Gaye
  5. Bobby Vinton (oh my goodness again)

Most Chart Hits

  1. Elvis 153
  2. James Brown 99
  3. Ray Charles 77
  4. Aretha Franklin 76
  5. The Beatles 73

Most Top 40 Hits

  1. Elvis 104
  2. Elton John 57
  3. The Beatles 51
  4. Stevie Wonder 46
  5. Madonna 45

Most Top 10 Hits

  1. Elvis 38
  2. Madonna 35
  3. The Beatles 34
  4. Janet Jackson 29
  5. Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson 28

Most Number One Hits

  1. The Beatles 20 (thank goodness)
  2. Elvis 18
  3. Mariah Carey 15 (goodness – goodness….)
  4. Michael Jackson 14
  5. Madonna and The Supremes 12

Most Weeks at the Number One Position

  1. Elvis 80
  2. Mariah Carey 61 (whaaa…??)
  3. The Beatles 59
  4. Boyz to Men 50 (glad they finally became men)
  5. Michael Jackson 37

Most Consecutive Number 1 Hits

  1. Elvis 10
  2. Whitney Houston 7
  3. The Beatles  – Bee Gees and Paul Abdul 6

Most Consecutive Top 10 Hits

  1. Elvis 30
  2. The Beatles 24
  3. Janet Jackson 23 (runs in the family…)
  4. Michael Jackson  and Madonna 17

Artists with Longest Chart Careers (in the Rock Era)

  1. Pat Boone 1955 thru 2003
  2. Bing Crosby 1954 thru 2003
  3. Elvis 1956 thru 2002
  4. Ray Charles 1957 thru 2002
  5. Louis Armstrong 1956 thru 2000

Most Two Sided Hits

  1. Elvis 52
  2. The Beatles 26
  3. Fats Domino 24
  4. Pat Boone and Nat “King” Cole 21
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