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Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born
August 16 marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll.
Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's 56th birthday, we likewise note the 37th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, who died on the same date in 1977 at age 42.
In honor of two of the most prolific hitmakers in Billboard history, here is a look at some of the chart records that the icons claim.
38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. The Beatles, with 34, rank second. Madonna's first top 10 was 1984's "Borderline," which started a streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989's "Cherish" (No. 2). Her most recent top 10 was 2012's No. 10-peaking "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
Seven Hot 100 No. 1s in the '80s, tying her with Whitney Houston for most among women during the decade. Madonna's total haul of No. 1 Hot 100 hits is 12, placing her fifth for the most leaders all-time. (The Supremes also boast 12 toppers). Only the Beatles (with 20), Mariah Carey (18) and Michael Jackson and Rihanna (13) have earned more No. 1s.
Coincidentally, Madonna claimed her fourth No. 1, "Papa Don't Preach," on this date in 1986, her 28th birthday. (Aug. 16 also doubles as the launch date of Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in 2003, a list that Madonna has led seven times).
43 No. 1s on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance Club Songs, it's a safe bet to assume it'll go to No. 1. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. Rihanna ranks second with 22 toppers, followed by Beyonce (21).
20 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, the most such sets among all artists dating to her first week in the top tier (Oct. 6, 1984) with her self-titled debut. Of those efforts, eight reached No. 1, including MDNA in 2012. In that nearly 30-year span, the Kidz Bop Kids franchise places second with 19 top 10s, followed by George Strait (18) and Carey (17).
Meanwhile, Madonna's influence is reaching the latest generation of divas. "She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension," Ariana Grande beams of her top idol in the cover story of the new Billboard Magazine. When suggested that the two should record together, "Oh my God, my heart would stop," she gasps.
80 top 40 Hot 100 hits, the most such showings in the tally's archives. Lil Wayne ranks second with 66, followed by Elton John (57). On the first Hot 100, dated Aug. 4, 1958, Presley ranked at No. 4 with "Hard Headed Woman" and at No. 34 with "Don't Ask Me Why," each featuring his longtime gospel backing band, the Jordanaires.
129 Billboard 200 charted albums, the highest total in the chart's 58-year history. Ten of those sets reached No. 1, beginning with Elvis Presley, which ruled for 10 weeks in 1956. His most recent reign came courtesy of Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits in 2002.
67 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most time spent at the top for a solo act. Garth Brooks is next with 52 frames in charge, followed by Jackson (51). Presley's longest command? The "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack lei'd claim to 20 weeks at No. 1, beginning in December 1961.
Presley became the first rock artist to make two trips to the Hot 100 summit, as "Stuck on You" began a four-week command April 30, 1960. That song, recorded shortly after Presley's discharge from the Army, followed "A Big Hunk O' Love," which led the Aug. 15, 1959, chart.
While Presley last perched atop the Hot 100 No. 1 with "Suspicious Minds" (Nov. 1, 1969), a song he sent to No. 2 in 1962 at last reached the pinnacle 31 years later: UB40's take on "Can't Help Falling in Love" spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 1993. The reggae cover was amid its chart dominance on this date 21 years ago.