Working together with his backup crew Attraction, Costello recorded several successful albums, the style of which varied from power-pop to country. The second LP This Year's Model (1978) was much more successful than his previous work. It reached the 4th spot on the UK Albums Chart and earned a gold certification. In the next seven years, Costello and Attractions released six more albums.
In 1983, Costello recorded one of his most successful songs "Everyday I Write the Book," which was featured in the LP Punch the Clock (1983). The song entered many charts. It climbed to the 28th spot of UK Singles Chart and the 36th position of Billboard Hot 100. His next very successful single was "Veronica" from Spike (1989). It was followed by "The Other Side of Summer" from the LP Mighty Like a Rose (1991).
Costello wasn’t just working on his solo career. He often collaborated with successful artists, such as Paul McCartney. Elvis also acted as a producer for such bands as The Pogues and Squeeze. It was very hard to book Elvis Costello for any private event.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Costello’s popularity started to wane. His albums still reached fairly high spots on the charts but couldn’t sell as many copies as before. Elvis started working with other musicians, such as The Imposters, The Roots, and Allen Toussaint. Their names appeared on his LPs.
In 2013, Elvis recorded his last album to date and called it Wise Up Ghost. The LP reached the 6th spot on Billboard 200 and the 28th spot on UK Albums Chart. However, the number of sold copies wasn’t enough to earn a silver status.
In 2015, Costello wrote an autobiography, which he called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.
The artist continues his work as a producer and writes new songs. In 2017, he recorded a new single “American Tune”.