Elvis Presley’s Top 5 Billboard Chart Records


Elvis Presley wasn’t just the King of Rock & Roll: He remains Billboard chart royalty. On the anniversary of his birthday — Jan. 8, 1935 — here’s a look back at five of his most impressive chart records.

108 Hot 100 Hits — the most among rock artists in the chart’s history. Of all acts, only the “Glee” cast (205) and Lil Wayne (110) have inked more charted hits — and “Glee” features many different singers, while Wayne is often featured on other artists’ songs. Presley’s career, however, predates the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; he charted more than 30 song entries on surveys that chronicled popular music beginning in 1956. The King’s 104th Hot 100 hit, “Way Down,” originally peaked at No. 31 the weeks of Aug. 6 and 13, 1977. After dipping to No. 53, following Presley’s death on the 16th of that month, 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.

126 Billboard 200 Charting Albums — the highest total in the chart’s 56-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.

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