Elvis The Greatest American?

Which single person, dead or alive comes to mind as its best example as being the one who seized a moment, saw thing differently, stood out in a crowd, demonstrated determination, vision or hard work? Who changed the way we think, work or live? You can now vote for "The Greatest American" on the AOL site. The site offers you some hints ... see the silhouettes. The countdown to the greatest american will be shown on the Discovery channel.
Source: Greatest American / Updated: Jan 15, 2005 

Related Links

Elvis Presley on: eBay, iTunes, Amazon, Sheetmusic

Reactions

RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2005report abuse
Hes a footballer Jan and you compare him to Jesus Christ! shame one you, sure Jesus never played a match in his life.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2005report abuse
ok Jan I'll go research JC, both of them maybe.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 26, 2005report abuse
Elvis is the greatest American to me.I remember Johan Cruyff . He was a great football player I have seen him play !
jan van gulik (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
Rob, I expected this question. I don't know where you come from, but people who don't know Johan Cruyff (same initials as Jesus Christ, both called the messias) were not on earth this life.
forelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
For me is the greatest american. And vote for hem please because he wen again with his single
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Johan who ??
jan van gulik (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
For me Elvis is the greatest American, without a doubt. He's one of the few people who doesn't need a last name to be known. If we talk about Jezus.....we know who we mean. If we talk about Elvis....we all know who we mean. But if we talk about Mohammed...we don't know which Mohammed. I mean, every person on earth knows Elvis. My three year old son knows him.
Here in the Netherlands we also had such a question. In my opinion the greatest Dutch is without a doubt Johan Cruyff. Also well known all over the world.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Sorry Doctor, Your argument wouldn't hold up. More people visit Graceland each year than they go to FDR, Matin Luther King, and JFK, combined. That's just for starts, and if you look at the tradjic aspect, FDR, JFK, and Martin Luther King certainly displayed character Flaws .. JFK had a severe prescription drug problem. Martin Luther King was a known Infidel who shamed not only his wife, but all his children with his indesretions, so please, these men you mention are great, but they are flawed, and should be held to a higher standard because their not entertainers. Trust me Elvis is , was and always will be greater than the men you mentioned.
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Elvis fits the title of Greatest American better than anyone else in my opinion. He believed in America.

Someon mentioned about ending wars, in that case perhaps Oppenheimer or Truman should get the title! After all without Oppenheimer we would undoubtedly have had conventional World War Three by now.

Anyone can make political, religious or racial statements. With any "cause" only a percentage of people get served by it. Few are great enough to keep their opinions to themselves and still make the world immeasurably better.

Elvis wasn't perfect but, he was easily the Greatest American.
Lamar Fike (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Greatest entertainer? YES!!!
Greatest American? No.
I would perhaps say one of the most important presidents or maybe Martin Luther King... I don't know! Ask the Americans!!!;D

- Mathias, DK
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
You could apply this question to any country and you'd get several different answers. It can only be applied to an individual in their given sphere of influence and the impact they made to it. Quite right, Elvis didn't made political statements - and thank heavens for it! No he didn't get his country out of a war or economic crisis - neither did he get it into one. It is, as all these polls are, totally pointless. several of you have given a criteria that you think should determine who is the greatest American but isn't that just giving your own personal take on things? But that's the whole point isn't it? You'll all have your own personal reasons for choosing who you choose. Each group will think the other one is wrong in their choice. In other words, human beings always want their own personal thoughts and feelings to prevail. We are, to put it bluntly, hypocrites. Pointing out Elvis' failings is hardly a reason for excluding him either. Dr Martin Luther King had affairs with other women so he's hardly a paragon of virtue in that respect. In my opinion "Greatest American" is too small an achievement for Elvis - a person who not only changed popular music but also the way young people see themselves. He gave them a voice (even though most of them these days don't appreciate what he has done for them), and it affected not only the youth of his country but the youth of all nations. By changing music and giving youth a voice, young people realised that they didn't have to follow the same path as their parents. That their opinions also counted for something. Although indirectly, it should also be noted that his breaking down of black/white barriers in the music field should count for something towards greater racial harmony. That said, I still think it's a load of pointless nonesense anyway.

Elvis was the WORLDS greatest entertainer, that's all that matters to me. If the likes of Dr Martin Luther King are voted America's greatest then by the same token I couldn't care less. As I said, it's all down to what lights your own fire
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
What about Jonas Salk among others ?
What about Neil Armstrong ?
Elvis ?
No.
He was a hell of a good singer.
Anf that's not so bad, after all.
lsp2231 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Hi everyone:

I think that Elvis was, in fact, the GREATEST ENTERTAINER ever. However, I agree with some people on this message board that he was not the greatest American in relative terms, because he never made any political statements, never ran a country nor ended a war or got his country out of an economic crisis. If this vote were for the greatest entertainer of all time, then yes, that would definitely have to be Elvis. Now, as for Arnold - as far as I know, he's from Austria!
Ged (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Without: Martin Luther King
Muhamed Ali
John F Kennedy
Elvis Presley
Sean O'Donnell
This counrty would be back in the dark ages both socially muscicaly and sexually, without these fine, brave people; so take the time time to recognise the impact these people have made on this great country. And remeber you can vote for Elvis 15 times.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
elvis , lincoln , jefferson , reagan and roosavelt .
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Get everyone out to vote. Elvis fans. Send this to all your mail lists and have them vote. Facts dictate Elvis is the most famous star ever. That you can't argue. However, it's debatable when deciding the most important person. I can put a good argument together that will show Elvis to be, but it's hard to convince the majority..
Miss Clawdy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
I think, Elvis had a great impact on millions of people. Maybe he didn't solve political problems. Maybe he didn't even share his views on them. But who in the world has ever managed to transfer feelings to millions of people, without using their language, in every part of this world. Feelings of love, faith and hope? Have you never remembered a moment, that you bring in to assosiation with an Elvis song? Who has ever been loved by so many generations. Who deserves the name "King" more than Elvis, even he never wanted to be called that way? Who has still, 27 years after his passing, this kind of success and this many fans? Who is still earning the most money of all dead VIPs? Who has managed to get another No. 1 UK chart hit just this week??
Elvis is unique, he is superlative, he is the greatest star that ever lived. Even tipping dirt all over him and his name didn't stop his popularity.
Elvis was close to us fans. He never did anything because of money or because it helped his popularity. He was sincere and he was full of concideration for others. He was kind and he was giving. He supported a lot of charitys all his life. He felt fortunate, even he was lonely. For me Elvis Presley is the greatest person of the world!
doctor (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Reality check: ELvis the Greatest American? The greatest American what? You know, I've been a fan of the King for 35 years. I happen to think that he was one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived, American or otherwise. I love his music, his sense of charity and the fact that he knew the difference between right and wrong. But hey, folks -- was he the greatest American ever? Jimmy Carter was one of the best American Presidents ever. He is still active with Habitats for Humanity, trying to make peoples' lives around the world better. Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt helped pulled his nation out of the Great Depression, saw iot through WW II and made his country a better place to live. Martin Luther King Jr. took up the cause of civil rights and brought dignity and hope to black Americans.I remember Elvis humbly telling a reporter that "I'm just an entertainer ...". Yes, he was one of the greatest Americans, but not the single greatest. He was a complex and flawed human being who in the end, sadly, was unable to overcome the difficulties that fame imposed on him, turning to drugs to relieve the pain and dying a sad and lonely person. If this contest was qualified by asking who was "the greatest American entertainer ever" then I would gladly vote for Elvis. We would do him an injustice by trying to put him on a pedestal that labels him "greatest American".
hillbillycatlover (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Yes, you certainly can vote for Elvis in all 5 slots ! I did, and I voted three times at once as allowed, but then you can go back at a later time and vote again...let's do it everyone ~~
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
It looks like those three figures are Arnold, Elvis, and Marilyn in the ad.

Elvis changed the world more than any other person. Without Elvis, there would be no rock and roll, no Beatles, no Stones, no Bob Dylan, no 60s generation. I can't think of anyone more important than Elvis in terms of impact, influence. He was the Artist of the 20th Century.
forelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I voted for Elvis Presley.
And I have a question: Can I repeat the same name?
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
My vote is for Elvis. Then for Tony Blair!
Tigerman-GB (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Can anyone vote? or do you have to come from the Land of the Free?
Elvistheking77 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Elvis Presley Is Surely The Greatest American In The World. I Would Better Say The Best Performer From The Whole Wide World

Recently Added Shop Items