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Elvis Presley – King of the U.S. Charts

Written by admin on July 13, 2013 – 9:34 am -

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley has again topped Joel Whitburn’s list of the Top 500 Artists of All Time. The list is included in the 14th edition of Whitburn’s “Top Pop Singles” book, which compiles Billboard chart stats in an easy-to-read format.

Whitburn bases his artist rankings on Billboard chart performances from 1955 to 2012. The Beatles are in second place, followed by Madonna, Elton John, and Mariah Carey.

Here’s the Top 20, with changing rankings highlighted (compared to the 2011 edition) where appropriate:

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. The Beatles
  3. Madonna (+1)
  4. Elton John (-1)
  5. Mariah Carey
  6. Stevie Wonder
  7. Michael Jackson
  8. Janet Jackson
  9. James Brown
  10. The Rolling Stones
  11. Aretha Franklin
  12. Whitney Houston (+1)
  13. Pat Boone (-1)
  14. Rod Stewart
  15. Marvin Gaye
  16. Paul McCartney
  17. Taylor Swift (+33)
  18. Prince (-1)
  19. Ray Charles (-1)
  20. Usher (+8).

“Top Pop Singles – 1955-2012 (14th edition)” chronicles the more than 8,600 artists and nearly 42,000 songs over six decades that ever appeared on Billboard magazine’s early pop singles charts (Best Seller, Disc Jockey, Juke Box, Top 100), “Hot 100,” Bubbling Under the Hot 100, Breakout, Territorial, and Hot 100 Airplay charts, as well as thousands of non-charted classics.

New for the 14th edition:

  • songwriter(s) and B-sides of every song
  • a return to true chronological order for artist discographies
  • a streamlined approach to the listing of “Featured artists”
  • more classic non-Hot 100 songs
  • chronological and alphabetical listings of all Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees
  • over 500 new artist photos from picture sleeves, cassette and CD covers
  • a new clover symbol, indicating whether the artist had at least 24 hits and is therefore in Whitburn’s “24 Club.”

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