40 years on from his death and Elvis Presley is a streaming star

Spotify are celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s biggest deaths – Elvis Presley.

Tomorrow, August 16th, marks 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley. The Hound Dog star’s life and legacy is being celebrated by Spotify who have shared how Elvis is still heard across generations, all around the world.

Although he may have died way back in 1977, long before the digital revolution, Presley’s influence is still heard all around. Whether it be your uncle’s sleazy “thank you, thank you very much” impression or the soundtrack to a TV show, Elvis is still a big deal almost half a century since his death.

Now with the advent of music streaming Presley’s music can be heard all over, by anyone. Spotify have shared some interesting facts about the controversially titled “King of Rock N’ Roll”. For example his home country isn’t actually where he’s most popular today, Sweden is followed by the UK.

Spotify revealed that overall Elvis has been streamed over a billion times on their music streaming platform – or about 4000 years of streaming. His most popularly streamed song is Can’t Help Falling in Love with over 90 million streams, followed by Suspicious Minds with 69 million streams. Jailhouse Rock is somehow down in 3rd place, only just, with 68 million streams.

They also found that the UK loves Elvis Presley, with 3 of the top 5 Presley streaming cities based in the UK. Glasgow, Manchester, and Birmingham all came in the top 5 cities who love Presley on Spotify at first, third and fifth respectively. Santiago in Chile took second place whilst Göteborg in Sweden came fourth.

Spotify have launched a special Elvis Presley playlist to celebrate the iconic musician you can listen to here: This Is: Elvis Presley.

Top Global Elvis Tracks:

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love
  2. Suspicious Minds
  3. Jailhouse Rock
  4. Blue Christmas
  5. In the Ghetto
  6. A Little Less Conversation – JXL Radio Edit Remix
  7. Hound Dog
  8. Always On My Mind
  9. Burning Love
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. Don’t Be Cruel
  12. Blue Suede Shoes
  13. All Shook Up
  14. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Viva Las Vegas
  17. Are You Lonesome Tonight
  18. It’s Now or Never
  19. Return to Sender
  20. That’s All Right

 

Top US Elvis Tracks:

  1. Can’t Help Falling in Love
  2. Blue Christmas
  3. Jailhouse Rock
  4. Suspicious Minds
  5. Hound Dog
  6. Burning Love
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. A Little Less Conversation – JXL Radio Edit Remix
  9. In the Ghetto
  10. Don’t Be Cruel
  11. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  12. All Shook Up
  13. It’s Now or Never
  14. Blue Suede Shoes
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Stuck on You
  17. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise
  18. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  19. Always on My Mind
  20. That’s All Right

 

Top Countries (normalized*):

  1. Sweden
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Chile
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Ireland
  7. Belgium
  8. Norway
  9. Liechtenstein
  10. Cyprus
  11. Spain
  12. Andorra
  13. Greece
  14. Malta
  15. Australia
  16. New Zealand
  17. Italy
  18. Switzerland
  19. Monaco
  20. Austria

 

Top Cities (normalized*):

  1. Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK
  2. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, CL
  3. Manchester, Manchester, UK
  4. Göteborg, Vastra Gotaland, SE
  5. Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  6. Dublin, Dublin, IE
  7. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, SE
  8. Oslo, Oslo, NO
  9. Melbourne, Victoria, AU
  10. Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, NL
  11. Curitiba, Parana, BR
  12. Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BR
  13. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, AR
  14. Mexico, Distrito Federal, MX
  15. Montréal, Quebec, CA
  16. London, London, City of, UK
  17. Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK
  18. Barcelona, Catalonia, ES
  19. Perth, Western Australia, AU
  20. Auckland, Auckland, NZ

 

*Elvis listening was normalized by dividing his streams by all streams in a country or city.

Head of Social Media and Marketing, RouteNote