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Elvis Has To Share Record?

November 25, 2005 | Music
As Madonna's "Hung Up" jumps seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the pop icon matches Elvis Presley's tally for top-10 hits: 36, the most for any artist in the rock era.

Madonna racked up that tally in about 21 and a half years, starting with "Borderline." Presley scored his 36 top 10 hits in 16 and a half years, from 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel" until 1972 with "Burning Love."

Depending the source, Elvis has 38 Top 10 hits. Elvis Presley has 38 Top 10 hits on the Billboard chart and that is officially listed in The Billboard Book of US Top 40 Hits, written by Joel Whitburn.

Elvis has had 32 different singles in the Billboard Top 10, 6 of those singles were "Double A Sides" like "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" where both sides reached #1. On the Official Elvis Presley website the following list is featured:

Top 20 Pop Singles (Song Title / Pop Chart / Year Released)

Heartbreak Hotel 1 1956
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 1 1956
Don't Be Cruel 1 1956
Hound Dog 1 1956
Love Me Tender 1 1956
Love Me 2 1957
Too Much 1 1957
All Shook Up 1 1957
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 1 1957
Jailhouse Rock 1 1957
Don't 1 1957
I Beg of You 8 1957
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2 1958
Hard Headed Woman 1 1958
One Night 4 1958
I Got Stung 8 1958
(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I 2 1959
I Need Your Love Tonight 4 1959
A Big Hunk O' Love 1 1959
Stuck On You 1 1960
It's Now or Never 1 1960
Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1 1960
Surrender 1 1961
I Feel So Bad 5 1961
Little Sister 5 1961
(Marie's the Name of) His Latest Flame 4 1961
Can't Help Falling in Love 2 1961
Good Luck Charm 1 1962
She's Not You 5 1962
Return to Sender 2 1962
(You're the) Devil in Disguise 3 1963
Boss Nova Baby 8 1963
Crying in the Chapel 3 1965
In the Ghetto 3 1969
Suspicious Minds 1 1969
Don't Cry, Daddy 6 1969
The Wonder of You 9 1970
Burning Love 2 1972
Viva wrote on November 25, 2005
The fact that Elvis hasn't had a top 10 hit on the "Hot 100" since 1972 says a lot about the amount of fans he has in his own country. That, and the fact that the Billboard charts are about as straight as Liberace in a dress.
mikem wrote on November 25, 2005
I thought elvis had 38 top ten hits????
forelvis wrote on November 26, 2005
Elvis Presley had 38 Top 10 Hits on the Billboard charts. Then ... 1. Has Billboard magazine now eliminated 2 of Elvis Presley's Top 10 Hits 2. Well, Madonna isn't dead. So she'll continue to score some hits. 3. But Elvis Presley make a new era with his music. A new era that continue until now. 4. Why Elvis Presley is always the point of view in popular music? 5. For then hit of Madonna is just an industry device that artificially propels into the league of true sale champion like Elvis Presley 6. EPE should do something to keep Elvis achievements untouchable. 7. The Hits 1. Heartbreak Hotel (1) 2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (1) 3./4. Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog (1/1) 5. Love Me Tender (1) 6. Love Me (2) 7. Too Much (1) 8. All Shook Up (1) 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1) 10. Jailhouse Rock (1) 11. /12. Don't / I Beg of You (1/8) 13. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (2) 14. Hard Headed Woman (1) 15. /16. One Night / I Got Stung (4/8) 17. /18. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I / I Need Your Love Tonight (2/4) 19. A Big Hunk o' Love (1) 20. Stuck on You (1) 21. It's Now or Never (1) 22. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1) 23. Surrender (1) 24. I Feel So Bad (5) 25. /26. Little Sister / (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (5/4) 27. Can't Help Falling in Love (2) 28. Good Luck Charm (1) 29. She's Not You (5) 30. Return to Sender (2) 31. (You're the) Devil in Disguise (3) 32. Bossa Nova Baby (8) 33. Crying in the Chapel (3) 34. In the Ghetto (3) 35. Suspicious Minds (1) 36. Don't Cry, Daddy / Rubberneckin' (6) 37. The Wonder of You / Mama Liked the Roses (9) 38. Burning Love (2) 8. Just to bring Madonna down to size, look at the following chart facts from the UK: Elvis has 21 No.1 Singles - Madonna has 11 Elvis has 17 No. 2 Singles - Madonna has 12 Elvis has 54 Top 5 Singles - Madonna has 42 Elvis has 77 Top 10 Singles - Madonna has 57 Elvis has 100 Top 20 Singles - Madonna has 62
forelvis wrote on November 26, 2005
Please comment about the resumé. But read carefuly. But Elvis Presley is the one and only.
ElvisDayByDay wrote on November 26, 2005
Why is everyone so in defense? So Madonna has the same amound of Top 10 hits as Elvis (if the counting is right) ... Elvis is bound to loose his #1 hits record in the US any moment to Mariah Carey. Elvis will loose more records, but at the same time he will set new ones. If you look at the USA charts they are compiled in mysterious ways anyway. Most of it is based on airplay, Elvis only has that on the oldies stations. Look at the remixes of "A Little Less Conversation" and "Rubberneckin'", both were #1 on the sales list, but didn't reach the Top 10 Billboard singles chart. Should they count in the total list? Look at the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation with one of the above mentioned mixes on it, it is listed in the Country chart and "Ultimate Gospel", listed on that same Country Chart too ...
JerryNodak wrote on November 26, 2005
Records are made to be broken(even Elvis'). It was inevitable that one day this record would fall. Get over it! Better Madonna than some no talent rapper, crapper.
Greg Nolan wrote on November 27, 2005
What some of you here are forgetting is not that that there's something wrong with records being broken or even Madonna (I like some of her stuff), but that it's that the game is over. That is, the *Singles era* is over. The "top ten hit" is a fiction in today's splintered market where no one buys (or can buy) a top ten hit by and large. And it has been gone awhile too. The Billboard article calls it the "rock era" - better they refer to the now-dead "singles era." The industry succeeded in killing it years ago when the CD was introduced and they effectively made people buy the album, particularly in the USA. Madonna and Mariah Carey have some savvy handlers who will milk this "device" all they can. Billboard and others are clearly all to happy to keep the "top singles" charts going even when no one buys them anymore. Elvis, Sinatra, the Beatles...These are the legends to beat in sales. These gals are not in that league. Music historians down the road will not confuse Madonna with Elvis in terms of record sales.
see see rider wrote on November 28, 2005
isn't there a thing called a cd single, much like the old 45 rpm vinyl single's that one can buy instead of the whole album? i wouldn't say the "single" is completely gone.
Greg Nolan wrote on December 02, 2005
Yes, there is the CD-single , but it's all but dead in the USA and frankly never took off. The changed the way they compute "number one hits" so its no longer even sales-based but instead it's based on air-play. And that is in most cases bought and paid for. Go into many U.S. stores and you may find some CD singles but, no, they barely sell. At a Tower Records I went to recently (and these have everything) there were zero singles. I'm not the first to say this: the singles era is over, so may Madonna, Mariah, etc. enjoy their phony "number one" accomplishments...!