40 years ago this week, Elvis Presley tragically died and music lost its King of rock n roll.
But despite his untimely death aged just 42, Elvis remains one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of all time and an icon of the '50s and '60s.
In memory of the music legend, a new retrospective called The 50 Greatest Hits is out this week, featuring – you guessed it – 50 of Elvis’s best-known songs, including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and Love Me Tender. It’s currently vying for Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, locked in a seriously tight race with Ed Sheeran.
Meanwhile, a new exhibition called Elvis On Tour has been announced, opening on November 3 at London’s O2 Arena for 90s days. The show, which follows the mammoth success of the Elvis at the O2 exhibition in 2014/2015, the new shows covers the years 1969 – 1977 and will showcase more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives in the UK for the first time.
Elvis's legacy and monetary worth remain immensely strong in 40 years after his untimely death. According to Forbes' list of top earning dead stars, he earned $27m (£21m) in 2016 and sold one million albums. And since 2000, he has sold 4.5 million singles in the UK alone.
To mark the occasion, Official Charts is revealing the King’s 50 best-selling singles in the UK. At Number 1 is It’s Now Or Never (with the Jordanaires), a song that spent eight weeks at the top in 1960-1961 and returned to the summit again in 2005 for a single week - 28 years after his death. To date, the ballad has sold 1.3 million copies in the UK alone.
Elvis’s second best-selling single is 1958’s Jailhouse Rock (985,500 sales), the theme song of the motion picture he also starred in, and Are You Lonesome Tonight? is third with sales of 911,000. Released in the UK in January 1961, the song spent four weeks at the Official Singles Chart summit.
Elsewhere among the Top 10 hits is A Little Less Conversation at Number 4 (sales of 894,000). The song became a worldwide hit in 2002 including four weeks at the top of the Official Singles Chart when JXL released a remix of the track, originally performed by Elvis for the 1968 film Live A Little, Love A Little.
Rounding off the Top 5 is The Wonder Of You. The track logged six weeks at Number 1 in the summer of 1970, and has sold 891,000 copies to date in the UK.
Other notable entries include his double A-side of Rock A Hula Baby/Can't Help Falling In Love with 760,000 sales, and 1969's Suspicious Minds, which just misses out on a Top 10 placing at Number 11 with 640,000 sales. The track narrowly missed out on reaching the top spot in the UK, peaking at Number 2 in January 1970.
The Official Top 50 Best Selling Elvis Presley singles and tracks appears below:
(Note: the chart is based on all-time sales of all Elvis digital track and physical single releases up to August 2017)
|1||It's Now Or Never||Nov-60||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|2||Jailhouse Rock**||Jan-58||Elvis Presley|
|3||Are You Lonesome Tonight||Jan-61||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|4||A Little Less Conversation||Jun-02||Elvis vs JXL|
|5||The Wonder Of You||Jul-70||Elvis Presley|
|6||Way Down||Aug-77||Elvis Presley|
|7||Wooden Heart||Mar-61||Elvis Presley|
|8||Rock A Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love*||Feb-62||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|9||All Shook Up||Jun-57||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|10||Surrender||May-61||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|11||Suspicious Minds||Nov-69||Elvis Presley|
|12||Return To Sender||Nov-62||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|13||Good Luck Charm||May-62||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|14||A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight*||Apr-59||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|15||In The Ghetto||Jun-69||Elvis Presley|
|16||Devil In Disguise||Jul-63||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|17||Hound Dog||Sep-56||Elvis Presley|
|18||(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister*||Nov-61||Elvis Presley|
|19||It's Only Love / Beyond The Reef*||Aug-80||Elvis Presley|
|20||Crying In The Chapel||May-65||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|21||She's Not You||Aug-62||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|22||One Night / I Got Stung*||Jan-59||Elvis Presley|
|23||Heartbreak Hotel||May-56||Elvis Presley|
|24||A Mess Of Blues||Jul-60||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|25||Always On My Mind||Dec-72||Elvis Presley|
|26||Don't||Feb-58||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|27||(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear||Jul-57||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|28||Burning Love||Sep-72||Elvis Presley|
|29||King Creole||Oct-58||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|30||Hard Headed Woman||Jul-58||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|31||Party||Oct-57||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|32||Stuck On You||Apr-60||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|33||Wear My Ring Around Your Neck||May-58||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|34||An American Trilogy||Jun-72||Elvis Presley|
|35||A Big Hunk O' Love||Jul-59||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|36||My Boy||Nov-74||Elvis Presley|
|37||If I Can Dream||Feb-69||Elvis Presley|
|38||Wild In The Country / I Feel So Bad*||Sep-61||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|39||Moody Blue||Mar-77||Elvis Presley|
|40||Blue Christmas||Dec-64||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|41||Viva Las Vegas||Mar-64||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|42||Blue Suede Shoes||May-56||Elvis Presley|
|43||It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)||Dec-79||Elvis Presley|
|44||My Way||Dec-77||Elvis Presley|
|45||Until It's Time For You To Go||Apr-72||Elvis Presley|
|46||Love Me Tender||Dec-56||Elvis Presley|
|47||The Girl Of My Best Friend||Sep-76||Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires|
|48||Love Letters||Jul-66||Elvis Presley|
|49||I Just Can't Help Believing||Dec-71||Elvis Presley|
|50||There Goes My Everything||Mar-71||Elvis Presley|
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* - Double A Side Releases includes digital tracks sales
** Includes sales of the Jailhouse Rock EP
A look at how Elvis’s songs are holding up in the streaming age paints a very different picture from his sales-based chart. Since streaming started counting towards the Official Chart in summer 2014, the icon has notched up 164 million plays across all services in the UK.
Topping the list is Can’t Help Falling In Love, which has notched up 13 million plays. Released in 1961 as a double A-side with Rock-A-Hula-Baby, the song reached Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and became his signature ballad, closing many of his live performances in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Taking second place on Elvis’s most streamed songs is 1969’s Suspicious Minds (11.5m), followed by Burning Love (7m). Interestingly, 1964’s Blue Christmas, which makes Number 40 in his sales chart, is his sixth most streamed song in the UK (6.2m), no doubt bolstered by the annual surge in streaming festive songs.
Elvis Presley’s Official Top 20 most streamed songs
|1||CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|2||SUSPICIOUS MINDS||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|3||BURNING LOVE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|4||JAILHOUSE ROCK||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|5||IN THE GHETTO||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|6||BLUE CHRISTMAS||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|7||HOUND DOG||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|8||ALWAYS ON MY MIND||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|9||LOVE ME TENDER||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|10||IF I CAN DREAM||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|11||THE WONDER OF YOU||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|12||HEARTBREAK HOTEL/I WAS THE ONE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|13||IT'S NOW OR NEVER||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|14||ALL SHOOK UP||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|15||(YOU'RE THE) DEVIL IN DISGUISE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|16||DON'T BE CRUEL||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|17||RETURN TO SENDER||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|18||AN AMERICAN TRILOGY||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|19||BLUE SUEDE SHOES||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|20||BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|21||ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|22||VIVA LAS VEGAS||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|23||A BIG HUNK O' LOVE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|24||(MARIE'S THE NAME) HIS LATEST FLAME||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|26||STUCK ON YOU||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|27||YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|28||FEVER||ELVIS PRESLEY FT MICHAEL BUBLE|
|29||HOW GREAT THOU ART||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|30||BLUE CHRISTMAS||ELVIS PRESLEY/MARTINA MCBRIDE|
|31||(LET ME BE YOUR) TEDDYBEAR||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|32||AND THE GRASS WONT PAY NO MIND||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|33||THAT'S THE WAY IT IS||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|34||WOODEN HEART||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|35||WAY DOWN||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|36||THERES ALWAYS ME||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|37||THAT'S ALL RIGHT||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|38||GOOD LUCK CHARM||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|39||STEAMROLLER BLUES||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|40||SHE'S NOT YOU||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|41||ONE NIGHT/I GOT STUNG||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|42||CRYING IN THE CHAPEL||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|44||A FOOL SUCH AS I||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|45||I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVIN'||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|46||TOO MUCH||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|47||HARD HEADED WOMAN||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|48||I'VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|49||AMAZING GRACE||ELVIS PRESLEY|
|50||JUST PRETEND||ELVIS PRESLEY|
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