Michael Jackson or Elvis...Who was the bigger musical influence?

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    Michael Jackson of course!! He broke every record Elvis set and nobody listens to Elvis much anymore but plenty of people still listen to MJ's music!!

    ♥♥We Love You Michael!!!!♥♥

  • 1 decade ago

    I personally would say Elvis, but I think they both influenced music tremendously in there own ways. I also know they both tarnished their names pretty good too! Michael has almost reversed every good thing he has done by becoming a public spectacle. If Elvis died 5 years earlier he would be larger then a Legend, damn near a GOD. And Michael shoulda kicked the bucked somewhere around 1988 and there would probably be a full religion built around him like he was the second coming!

  • 1 decade ago

    Elvis. I like Elvis because he is known as the king of rock and roll, and he is a really awesome singer, and yeah sure he's done a few stupid things in his life but not as many stupid things as Michael Jackson. I mean when you think about it.. who's the better role model? Elvis, someone that did some bad stuff and realized he was doing bad stuff and took control of his life... or Michael Jackson who did stupid stuff and still does it and continues to make a bad name for himself.

    I don't know about you, but I prefer Elvis more than M,ichael Jackson anyday!

  • suzieq
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    Elvis by far

    His recordings, dance moves, attitude and clothing came to be seen as embodiments of rock and roll. His music was heavily influenced by African-American blues, Christian gospel, and Southern country.

    Presley sang both hard driving rockabilly, rock and roll dance songs and ballads, laying a commercial foundation upon which other rock musicians would build their careers. African-American performers like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry came to national prominence after Presley's acceptance among mass audiences of White American teenagers. Singers like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others immediately followed in his wake. John Lennon later observed, "Before Elvis, there was nothing."

  • 1 decade ago

    Without question. Elvis had the most influence on music

  • 1 decade ago

    Elvis was the bigger influence on rock and roll. Although he was influenced by gospel singers.

    Jackson was derivative and copied James Brown, and used the same staging principles for the dance sequences in his hit videos for Thriller that he learned by being on his families musical variety show in the 70's.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that neither influenced music that much. Michael Jackson just sang pop, and I don't find it inspirational or talented.

    People "say" Elvis influenced alot, but all he did was bring to white people, what black people had been doing for years. Because of the prejudice around the time of Elvis, people wouldn't really listen to the blacks even if their music was good. But Elvis was a white boy who could make music along the lines of the blacks, so the white population of America could accept, listen, and make mainstream his music. Elvis is not the King of Rock and Roll. Sure there are alot of great early white rockers, but they simply stole from the blacks, like so many artists and bands have done.

  • atiana
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Elvis, all the way!

    Elvis was ahead of his time. he had a voice like no one else, he changed how people thought and felt about music. he was 100%original. and after all these years, his music is still just as loved as ever. his music has stood the test of time.

    Best wishes!

  • 1 decade ago

    elvis was a big influence on a lot of musicians but he mostly borrowed from james brown and little richard . micheal jackson had some originality to his style but he was very much influenced in his dance moves from james brown, but micheal jackson is a world wide influence.

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