sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest to answer. this one is easy....elvis by miles!!
First of all, Elvis Presley had a really rare animal magnetism. By this I do not mean simply sex appeal. He drew heterosexual men in with that dynamic force about as strongly as women. I don't know how to analyze this magnetism, how to break it down. I don't know that it would do any good. This magnetism may be more a gift from God than the result of any study or work, but it sure comes through. Obviously, watching Elvis just draws you in, even in ridiculous movie roles. Then, there's the prime experience of watching him singing on stage.
It comes right through even just in his voice, however, as evidenced by his actual records. Anyone can make a great song sound good, but Elvis could turn a mediocre, generic song like "Milkcow Blues Boogie" or "I Love You Because" into an unforgettable classic. He breathed life into all kinds of material that would lie there flat for most people. Elvis' famous 1968 television special, "If I Can Dream." he reached out toward something holy and transcendent that Jackson could never touch.
Gospel, in short, is the biggest critical artistic difference between Elvis and Jackson, who didn't have that kind of SOUL. Soul music comes from the church. Elvis was there, Jackson wasn't. Listen to Elvis sing "Peace in the Valley" and weep at the purity and unearthly peace. What's Jackson got to compete with that?
he was the most beautiful star ever, his looks often overwhelmed other famous stars. When the Beatles visited him, they said they just sat there and stared at him.
The dude just showed up at the White House...went in, and met the President without an appointment. He even gave Nixon guns as a present! How many stars today could just walk up to the white house, talk to the guards...secret service, and walk into the oval office! Let alone take guns in there!! Elvis could.
Now, more than 31 years after his death, Elvis remains the foremost pop icon of the 20th and 21st century His image, especially his trademark, is instantly recognizable. He is still the gold standard against which modern notions of fame are measured. Among his many accomplishments, Elvis Presley is only one to ever have two Top 5 albums on the charts simultaneously. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), the Country Music Hall of Fame (1998), and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2001). In 1993, Presley's image appeared on a United States postage stamp.
This one isn't even close..........