It's the age-old question ... Elvis or The Beatles? (Hey, I love them both ... but rock music purists always seem to want you to choose. Uma Thurman even asks John Travolta that question in a scene cut from Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"!) Why can't it be Elvis AND The Beatles???
According to Billboard Magazine, Elvis had eighteen #1 Hits and The Beatles had twenty ... this makes The Beatles the chart champions, right?
Or does it?
The Beatles' #1 Records spent a total of 59 weeks on top of the charts ... while Elvis' eighteen chart-toppers stayed there for a total of 80 weeks ... so NOW who wins the battle?
For this special edition of SWEET 16 we rank their Biggest #1 Hits side by side. (By the way, Elvis and The Beatles also scored the most two-sided hits ... for a complete listing as to how THESE records rank, be sure to visit our other Forgotten Hits web page ...
And now (he says in his best Casey Kasem voice), ON WITH THE COUNTDOWN!!!
#16 - LET IT BE - The Beatles (1970)
#15 - DON'T - Elvis Presley (1958)
#14 - STUCK ON YOU - Elvis Presley (1960)
#13 - CAN'T BUY ME LOVE - The Beatles (1964)
#12 - GET BACK - The Beatles (1969)
#11 - IT'S NOW OR NEVER - Elvis Presley (1960)
#10 - JAILHOUSE ROCK - Elvis Presley (1957)
# 9 - TEDDY BEAR - Elvis Presley (1957)
# 8 - ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT - Elvis Presley (1960)
# 7 - LOVE ME TENDER - Elvis Presley (1956)
# 6 - HOUND DOG - Elvis Presley (1956)
# 5 - I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND - The Beatles (1964)
# 4 - HEARTBREAK HOTEL - Elvis Presley (1956)
# 3 - ALL SHOOK UP - Elvis Presley (1957)
# 2 - HEY JUDE - The Beatles (1968)
# 1 - DON'T BE CRUEL - Elvis Presley (1956)
Hands-down winner: Elvis Presley, with 11 of the Top 16 #1 Hits. And just look at what's missing!!!
"Yesterday" ... "She Loves You" ... "Help!" ... "Suspicious Minds" ... "Something" ... "Return To Sender" ... "In The Ghetto" ... you won't find a stronger one-two punch in rock and roll, 1956 - 1970.