Elvis at 80. Still More Popular Than -- Well, Almost Everyone

Jan 8, 2015

Today on WKNO’s Culture Desk, we celebrate the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley, born in a shotgun house in Tupelo, Miss. He would later become the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

Though the first generation of Elvis fans are well into their 60s and 70s, Elvis' popularity on the Internet is remarkably stable, consistently hovering above many young artists with huge national exposure. 

Below is a Google Trends graph showing the interest in Elvis Presley versus popular former "American Idol" contestants Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Phillips Phillips. Elvis -- represented by the blue line -- has maintained a steady popularity over the past decade, while other artists rise and fall with changing trends.