Elvis' Life in Music

Elvis in the studioIt is estimated that Elvis Presley has sold over one billion record units worldwide, more than anyone in record industry history. In America alone, more than 150 Elvis Presley singles and albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

It is estimated that 40% of Elvis' total record sales have been outside the United States. Elvis Presley’s trophy room at Graceland is filled with gold and platinum records and awards of all kinds from around the world. Some of the countries represented are: Norway, Yugoslavia, Japan, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

No fewer than 149 top Elvis songs appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in America. Of these, 114 were in the top forty, 40 were in the top ten, and 18 went to number one. Elvis Presley singles spent a total of 80 weeks at number one. He has also had over 90 charted albums with ten of them reaching number one. These figures are only for the pop charts and only in America. He was also a leading artist in the American country, R&B, and gospel fields, and the chart success of top Elvis songs in other countries was substantial.