Elvis Billboard Statistics: Published in the latest Edition of Billboard Magazine are the following interesting facts about Elvis' chart successes.
- 108 Hot 100 hits, the most among solo artists in the chart's history (Elvis' career even predates the Hot 100's 1958 inception). The King's 104th charted title, "Way Down," originally peaked at No. 31 the weeks of Aug. 6 and 13, 1977. After dipping to No. 53, following Presley's death, the song roared 35-24-21-18, marking his last top 20 track.
- 80 top 40 Hot 100 hits, the most such showings in the tally's archives. Elton John ranks second with 57. On the first Hot 100, dated Aug. 4, 1958, Presley ranked at No. 4 with "Hard Headed Woman" and at No. 34 with "Don't Ask Me Why," each featuring his longtime gospel backing band, the Jordanaires.
- 122 Billboard 200 charted albums, the highest total in the chart's 55-year history. Ten of those sets reached No. 1, beginning with "Elvis Presley," which ruled for 10 weeks in 1956. His most recent reign came courtesy of "Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits" in 2002. Presley last appeared on the survey when "Elvis Is Back!" spent a week at No. 199 on the March 26, 2011, chart.
- 67 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most time spent at the top for a solo act. Garth Brooks and Michael Jackson follow, each with 51 frames in charge. Presley's longest reign? The "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack totaled 20 weeks at No. 1, beginning in December 1961.
- Presley became the first rock artist to make two trips to the Hot 100 summit, as "Stuck on You" began a four-week command April 30, 1960. That song, recorded shortly after Presley's discharge from the Army, followed "A Big Hunk O' Love," which led the Aug. 15, 1959, chart.
While Presley's last perched atop the Hot 100 No. 1 with "Suspicious Minds" (Nov. 1, 1969), a song he sent to No. 2 in 1962 at last reached the pinnacle 31 years later: UB40's take on "Can't Help Falling in Love" spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 1993. The reggae cover was amid its chart dominance on this date 18 years ago.
IMO, Billboard did more than anyone to destroy ELVIS, they have taken away the two biggest years that he had, 1956 & 1957, it should show 150 charted hits, at the very least, and Jack 409 seems to be the only one else here who understands that.
Kenneth, I agree with Jack409. When I was a young boy I already realised hoe crooked Billboard was/is. He is not the only one (luckily). However, Billboard will never listen to us! STill we should keep on mentioning it.
Jack, what can be done about the valid points you are making? Who can get the ball rolling with Billboard? I know there has to be many of us that want Elvis to have the recognition that he deserves. Billboard is always taking something away from him every year. Always changing the rules or manipulating how they feel it should be. I think they know that if they did the stats accurately our man would be so far in front of everybody, it might be embarrassing
Gradually the 60's bias at Billboard and Rolling Stone Magazines will wane and then they will be seen for the inaccuracies they have unleashed on the general public. In the long run I am convinced the Editors of such magazines will be 'dragged out of their caves kicking and screaming' and having to acknowledge that Elvis was indeed the greatest record seller of all-time.
According to the R.I.A.A., the governing body that certifies Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Record Sales, (Recording Industry Association of America) the Leading all time Artist in Record Sales is ELVIS PRESLEY. Elvis is the leading sales artist for both Solo Artist or Group. Elvis has sold over 2.5 Billion Records Worldwide. ( A Billion is 1 Thousand Million). Elvis has been on the charts more times than any other artist or group. Elvis has the most hits in the Top 100, the Top 40, The Top 10, and has had 32 Number 1 Records. Elvis is the only artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and The Rythm and Blues Hall of Fame. Elvis was nominated for 41 Grammy Awards, but won only 3... all for Gospel Music.