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Who is biggest music ICON Elvis or M. Jackson?

  1. Lgali profile image55
    Lgaliposted 8 years ago

    I think both will be equal

    1. andromida profile image62
      andromidaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I also think so.

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        yes

    2. RRRood profile image57
      RRRoodposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Elvis! Though both were amazingly talented and equally troubled.

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        i will say elvis and MJ 49.5 and 50.5

    3. lawretta profile image74
      lawrettaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Micheal Jackson is obviously the biggest Icon ever known. I love you Micheal. R.I.P

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I love MJ too

    4. vancouverdentist profile image36
      vancouverdentistposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think Elvis was but as the older generation passes away Michael will become the next biggest, and then so on.

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        good take

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Each was the biggest in his own time.

    I think John Lennon is bigger than both of them, but that is just me smile

    1. ngureco profile image81
      ngurecoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      John Lennon was a great rock musician with worldwide fame. He was shot to death by Mark Chapman. Had Chapman shot Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley, then Jackson and Elvis would be bigger music icons than they currently are.

    2. profile image43
      badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, I actually cried when I heard Lennon had been shot. John was sheer genius at songwriting and probably the best we will ever see. For me John Lennon was The Beatles and a much bigger talent than Jackson or Elvis. Good taste young lady smile

  3. Pete Maida profile image60
    Pete Maidaposted 8 years ago

    They are different.  Elvis is the king because he was there at the start of rock and roll and he had the voice.  He had moves but they weren't in the league of MJ.  MJ is the all time king of moves and rock choreography.  He had a good voice but his moves made him MJ.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      so one is king of pop other king of rock

    2. sunshine rivers profile image54
      sunshine riversposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Micheal J Jackson is the King of Pop and always will be. Elvis is the King of Rock. Both are icon's in their own right! One was White and the other African-American, yet musical icon's in their own right. In God's eyes and in mine they are equally talented to the world.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Which one was white? (That's a little joke.)
        On the serious side though, a lot of people thought Elvis' music --in his time-- was "too black". Odd that neither of these icons took the black or white distinction that seriously.
        In fact, I would say that both, in their own ways, helped make that distinction less relevant in the minds of a lot of people.

        1. Lgali profile image55
          Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          i totally agree with you

  4. anime_nanet profile image60
    anime_nanetposted 8 years ago

    Elvis. Age is a post.

  5. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years ago

    Well...obviously MJ's stardom icon will shine brighter for a few years to come...due to his recent passing.But...when the dust settles...I have to agree with you, Lgali...they both are equal given each era that they were in. You can say MJ had the music videos for his era...but Elvis got the movie deals for his era. Equal. Multiple Hits, Great Stage Presence, Original Moves, and talent to go along with a voice. Equal.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very good takes

  6. Ladybird33 profile image64
    Ladybird33posted 8 years ago

    Elvis made movies or musicals  whereas MJ didn't, my vote goes to Elvis, bigger icon.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good to know elvis still has fans

    2. rastrother profile image36
      rastrotherposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      me to, elvis was the king THE ONLY KING

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I think MJ is king of pop

  7. Lady_E profile image64
    Lady_Eposted 8 years ago

    Its really hard to say.  They were both very great.  However, I feel MJ touched more people's hearts. There was a message in his music and that song "Heal the world" had a big impact.

    Come to think of it, MJ was a mesmerizing dancer, but they will be both be known as one of "The Greats".

  8. girly_girl09 profile image75
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    Both are very iconic. But....personally, I believe that MJ will have greater success for years to come, more so than Elvis. This is because he had more materials published and his pop style is still listened to today by people of all ages. Where as, not many young people listen to Elvis.

    Both still have a very loving fan base and will always be viewed as two of the biggest music icons, but at the end of the day they're both very different entertainers.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very nice take both are good

    2. marcofratelli profile image69
      marcofratelliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed. I think Michael Jackson was the overall package for me, even though I am biased because he was from my era. He could sing, he could act and make brilliant short films, he was a brilliant songwriter on his own and man... the dance! He was everyone combined, plus some magic.

      1. Lgali profile image55
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        good take

  9. Ivorwen profile image73
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    I prefer Elvis to MJ.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I guess it all depends on who becomes the biggest seller after death... All sorts of stuff came out from Elvis after he died...

  11. Anti-Valentine profile image94
    Anti-Valentineposted 8 years ago

    My dad would say Elvis; he hated Michael Jackson.

    For the older people, it will likely be Elvis, and for anyone of the 80s era it would be Jacko.

    I would say that the newer generations don't really know or care about either. They think of Elvis as some dead guy, and MJ as some freak. They don't actually know about their careers, struggles, and such.

  12. AEvans profile image78
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    I believe equal, Elvis was my mom's time however I also grew up with the albums spinning so I love his music. Michael Jackson is from my time and I admired his talent. smile

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i agree to you

  13. Garrett McLee profile image38
    Garrett McLeeposted 8 years ago

    Apples and Oranges.  Different eras makes them incomparable.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      but both are icon

  14. carolegalassi profile image61
    carolegalassiposted 8 years ago

    I'm inclined to say Michael is only because Elvis was not in my era and did not have such an impact on me as MJ's music did.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i agree

  15. usmanali81 profile image57
    usmanali81posted 8 years ago

    It does not matter at all

  16. my-success-guru profile image58
    my-success-guruposted 8 years ago

    That's a tough one!

  17. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 8 years ago

    Sinatra's bigger than both of them put together!

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very different
      Sinatra is best but i just want comparison between two

  18. love my yorkies profile image60
    love my yorkiesposted 8 years ago

    Personally, I much prefer Elvis

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      both are good i think

  19. profile image43
    cccellardoorposted 8 years ago

    Michael Jackson, mos def!

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      another MJ vote

  20. profile image0
    Adam Bposted 8 years ago

    Elvis is far more the Icon that Michael Jackson was.  Elvis died before the age of the Internet, TMZ, Twitter, Facebook and everyone being at the cusp of all entertainment / celebrity news. 

    Elvis was Global before it was as easy to be that famous.  There was literally nowhere for Elvis to go and people wouldn't recognize him.  People in African tribes that were unknown to civilization knew who Elvis was.

    Michael Jackson got famous before the internet and all the things listed above, but he lived into the technology era I am referring to. 

    If Elvis was around as long as Michael Jackson...I can't even explain how huge a celebrity he would be...on par with Jesus I suspect.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very nice way to say how Elvis was great

  21. profile image43
    badcompany99posted 8 years ago

    Elvis was big no doubt about that, so was Jackson but Elvis was no songwriter like John Lennon. A true singer like a true poet must surely be the greatest songwriter of all time and sorry but I cant see either Elvis or Jackson even coming close to John Lennon for songwriting.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very nice take badcompany99

    2. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good one

  22. Enelle Lamb profile image86
    Enelle Lambposted 8 years ago

    Gotta go with Elvis

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good and thanks

  23. profile image0
    dennisemattposted 8 years ago

    do you have to be dead to be an icon? what about Madonna?

  24. Lisa HW profile image69
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I have to say I think Elvis was the bigger icon.  He came along before "
    my time" (Jackson came along a little after "my time"), so neither of them meant a whole lot to me, personally.  Both had a lot of music that had a good sound or rhythm or whatever.  Both were "showy" (but then so was Liberace - another one-of-a-kind icon).

    Elvis, though, ushered in rock and roll.  Also, he was among the first (if not THE first) to incorporate so much of the blues/jazz/sound of African American musicians into his music, bringing that sound into more into the mainstream, popular, music.  He was the first to cause so many parents to be "concerned" about the gyrations he did when performing.  His romance and marriage to Priscilla captured people's imaginations.  The fact that he entered military service was a big deal for a lot of people as well.  His death, the whole "Graceland Thing", the stories about whether or not he's still alive, etc.  In my memory, it seems he was a "first" for all of that kind of myth and weirdness.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very nicely said Thanks

  25. high an daydream profile image49
    high an daydreamposted 8 years ago

    MJ

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i think mJ too

  26. Lisa HW profile image69
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    People tend to overlook the icons the came along before they were around.  It was long before my time, but in my mother's generation Frank Sinatra was quite the thing.  Then, too, (and for whatever reason) there was Marilyn Monroe (not a music icon, of course).  The world has had tons of people who were more noticed, or had more impact, than either Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good take thanks

  27. 4ever Mo profile image57
    4ever Moposted 8 years ago

    2 very great Icons but Michael Jackson is the greatest! That's  my opinion :-)

  28. CEN7777 profile image54
    CEN7777posted 8 years ago

    Both are creator of music  still according to me "MJ is the biggest music icon".

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i think both are 50.1 to 49.9

  29. janni321 profile image59
    janni321posted 8 years ago

    MJ is the biggest music icon of all times

  30. elainevc profile image60
    elainevcposted 8 years ago

    I think they were both great in their own way and Elvis had the glory he deserved for his time, but IMO I think MJ is biggest for his moves, his voice, his music symbol, but that's just me smile

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      so MJ is better

  31. wesleycox profile image80
    wesleycoxposted 8 years ago

    For me it would be MJ.  I like some of Elvis's music but I like Michael's more.  Plus I don't know many people that did the elvis pelvis at a dance.  I do know many that moon walked at a dance.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i like mj too

  32. profile image0
    Louidam1posted 8 years ago

    I'm going to have to say Michael Jackson since I grew up with his music when I was little.  I knew really nothing of Elvis since I was too young.  Michael Jackson was a world icon.

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i like mj too

  33. killthegirls profile image59
    killthegirlsposted 8 years ago

    Michael Jackson is, without question, the biggest recording artist the world has ever seen.  Sure Elvis was large, important, and he had SOME talent, but he didn't innovate a goddamned thing.  Elvis was great at imitating negroes.  Michael Jackson, who reportedly didn't think to highly of Elvis, was unlike any other artist ever born of a woman.  Mike was so bad, he banged Elvis' daughter!  How gangsta is that?

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good take for MJ

    2. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good

  34. joaquincosta profile image56
    joaquincostaposted 8 years ago

    Well Elvis didn't play with kids...

    1. Lgali profile image55
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      very funny

  35. profile image0
    isis_dreams2002posted 8 years ago

    I think MJ  is the best

  36. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 8 years ago

    since you used the word icon - i would have to say Elvis.  If you used the word artist, I would say MJ

  37. Lisa HW profile image69
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    Wow.  The Michael Jackson versus Elvis debate is still going on six weeks later.   smile

 
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