Rock and roll did not dominate the charts in Presley's day the way it did after the Beatles hit.
Elvis was bucking the current trend. He was at the vanguard. That's much
more difficult to do than what the Beatles did. All they had to do was slightly revive an already massively popular form of music. Cripes, how can you not see the difference?
There were still loads of traditional pop and adult type records that were big on the charts in the 50s.
And not in the ensuing decades? Barbara Streisand has had 22 Top Ten Albums and 7 #1 albums from 1963 to 2009.
April 7, 1958, the top ten was not exactly loaded with rock and roll, here's the WMGM survey from that week.
TW LW WOC
1 1 TEQUILA - The Champs (Challenge) 9
2 5 TWILIGHT TIME - The Platters (Mercury) 3
3 3 FOR YOUR LOVE - Ed Townsend (Capitol) 4
4 2 LOLLIPOP - The Chordettes (Cadence) 7
5 11 HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD (In His Hands) - Laurie London
6 21 WITCH DOCTOR - David Seville (Liberty) 2
7 4 WHO’S SORRY NOW - Connie Francis (M-G-M) 10
8 7 BILLY - Kathy Linden (Felsted) 6
9 15 BOOK OF LOVE - The Monotones (Argo) 3
10 6 LAZY MARY (Luna Mezzo Mare) - Lou Monte (RCA Victor) 9
And here's one from 1959:
TW LW WOC
1 1 MACK THE KNIFE - Bobby Darin (Atco) 12
2 2 DECK OF CARDS - Wink Martindale (Dot) 9
3 3 MR. BLUE - The Fleetwoods (Dolton) 8
4 5 DON’T YOU KNOW - Della Reese (RCA Victor) 10
5 6 PRIMROSE LANE - Jerry Wallace with The Jewels (Challenge) 8
6 7 (Seven Little Girls) SITTING IN THE BACK SEAT - Paul Evans
7 4 PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER - Paul Anka (ABC-Paramount) 10
8 11 MARINA - Willy Alberti (London) 3
9 8 (If You Cry) TRUE LOVE, TRUE LOVE - The Drifters (Atlantic) 5
10 15 BELIEVE ME - The Royal Teens (Capitol) 6
Where's all the amazing rock and roll that Presley supposedly ushered in as the dominant music form of the day?
I don't like this idea that the chart ends at #10, but I looked at your lists of the 120 greatest songs of all pop genres for those years and both are absolutely jam-packed with Rock 'n' Roll, so who exactly do you think you're kidding?