The Official Top 50 biggest selling Elvis Presley singles revealed

40 years after his death, Official Charts counts down the King's 50 best sellers of all time.

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.

MORE: View Elvis Presley's full Official Chart history

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)

POS TITLE DATE ARTIST
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

POS TITLE ARTIST
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
25 DON'T 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
43 SURRENDER 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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