Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
Elvis Presley had double their chart success. I've said this before and I think it bears repeating:
At one point Billboard's top 5 artists of all time included the Beatles and Paul McCartney and Wings.
If you combined their points, they still didn't equal Elvis. Number 1 was better than 2 and 4 combined.
I guess you can argue that chart success doesn't mean anything, and I'm sure that there are many lists where the Beatles are on top.
But 100 plus top 40 hits all by yourself is pretty tough to beat.
Sure thing, but Elvis didn't have very strong competition for those spots. Not that The Beatles particularly did either, but it was a bit more by their time.
I'm also more inclined to give the edge to The Beatles, seeing as their music was a bit more artistically sincere, and as such, has remained very relevant even long after their career ended. The Beatles still influence tons of artists.
btw, are those American chart numbers or worldwide charts? I'd never heard that number before.