My Favorite Elvis Songs

Well, Elvis Presley would have been (conspiracies aside) 80 years old today. In November, I participated in a countdown to rank my 30 favorite Elvis Presley songs. A tall order–he recorded A LOT of songs. I knew I’d leave something worthy out. I narrowed my list to 66 and ranked those. I then posted some info about my top 30 from that list. Here’s the full list:


1. Suspicious Minds
2. Kentucky Rain
3. Burning Love
4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
5. Don’t Be Cruel
6. It’s Now Or Never
7. Can’t Help Falling In Love
8. In The Ghetto
9. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise
10. All Shook Up
11. Love Me
12. Love Me Tender
13. Little Sister
14. Good Luck Charm
15. The Wonder Of You
16. She’s Not You
17. If I Can Dream
18. Blue Christmas
19. Mystery Train
20. A Little Less Conversation
21. Separate Ways
22. Heartbreak Hotel
23. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I
24. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
25. Hound Dog
26. One Night
27. Jailhouse Rock
28. Don’t
29. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
30. It Keeps Right On-A-Hurtin
31. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
32. Stuck On You
33. (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame
34. Return To Sender
35. Bossa Nova Baby
36. Memories
37. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
38. My Way
39. Viva Las Vegas
40. I Just Can’t Help Believing
41. Surrender
42. Blue Suede Shoes
43. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
44. Hard Headed Woman
45. I Need Your Love Tonight
46. Crying In The Chapel
47. Suspicion
48. I Feel So Bad
49. Kissin’ Cousins
50. Way Down
51. Always On My Mind
52. Blue Moon
53. Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)
54. Pieces Of My Life
55. Doing The Best That I Can
56. Roustabout
57. Green Green Grass Of Home
58. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
59. Loving You
60. Too Much
61. I Beg Of You
62. I Got Stung
63. Gentle On My Mind
64. Moody Blue
65. A Big Hunk Of Love
66. Don’t Cry Daddy

Yes, there are some great songs with seemingly low rankings. “Jailhouse Rock” at 27?? Well, that’s no knock–Elvis was called the king for a reason! Any list like this is bound to stir some debate.

Note that the the late-’60s/early ’70s “comeback period” is heavily represented at the top. That’s my own bias. In my mind, that’s the period where Elvis shined.

I’ll try to post some more on my top 30 in the upcoming days, but for now, what do you think? What’s too low or too high or not there at all?

-Bob (1/8/2015)