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Elvis Ranks #1 on Encyclopedia Britannica's '10 Musical Acts That Scored #1 Hits'

By Elvis Australia
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica
December 8, 2012 - 8:04:50 PM

Topping the list for the Encyclopedia Britannica's '10 Musical Acts That Scored #1 Hits' is none other than the King of Rock 'n' Roll. In a recent article, Elvis' 1960 'It's Now or Never' single is ranked first among famous acts including The Beatles, The Supremes and more. Also a picture of Elvis is featured on the introduction page, and Elvis even gets a mention on the third page that covers the No. 2 listed #1 Hit, 'Yesterday' by The Beatles!

The comment for Elvis 10th #1 hit is .... 'Wedding Elvis’s operatic-style vocals to a snappy back-beat, 'It’s Now or Never' appealed to bobbysoxers and adult easy-listening fans alike, in the process becoming one of his most enduring number-one hits'. The new list looks at artists who have landed a number-one hit on Billboard's Hot 100 which is the premiere pop singles chart in the U.S. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the list includes some of the biggest pop, rock, and rhythm and blues stars of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Link Encyclopedia Britannica's : 10 Musical Acts That Scored #1 Hits

Landing a number-one hit on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 - the premiere pop singles chart in the United States - is by itself a remarkable achievement. A handful of recording artists, however, have managed the feat at least 10 times since the 1950s, when the chart originated. As you might expect, the initial members of that exclusive club include some of the biggest pop, rock, and R&B stars of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Encyclopedia Britannica's : 10 Musical Acts That Scored #1 Hits

Tenth #1*: 'It's Now or Never' (1960)

Elvis helped usher in the rock-and-roll era with the single 'Heartbreak Hotel', which shot to number one in 1956. By the end of the decade, he had become a singular presence on the shifting American musical landscape. In 1960, shortly after returning from his stint in the U.S. Army, the King of Rock and Roll recorded 'It’s Now or Never', a ballad based on the popular Italian tune 'O sole mio'. Wedding Elvis’s operatic-style vocals to a snappy backbeat, 'It's Now or Never' appealed to bobby-soxers and adult easy-listening fans alike, in the process becoming one of his most enduring number-one hits. He went on to score four more.

*Count includes Presley's number ones from the Top 100, a short-lived precursor to the Hot 100.

Tenth #1*: 'It's Now or Never' (1960)

Tenth #1: 'Yesterday' (1965)

Much like Elvis had, the Beatles landed their 10th number one with a mature-sounding single that veered from the sound that had made them famous.

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