MUSIC MONDAY: MY TOP FIFTEEN ELVIS PRESLEY SONGS, RANKED
Inspired by @Diplomatic_diva's MUSIC MONDAY: MY TOP 10 ELVIS PRESLEY SONGS, RANKED (P.S. I plan to cover my favorites from his film career tomorrow.)
- 15."Bossa Nova Baby (1963)I wish I could offer some deep insight into why I think this is such a great song but I can't because the fact of the matter is I just think it's catchy & fun. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- 14."Roustabout" (1964)Another one that's just a whole lot of fun. But so you don't feel cheated out of a piece of trivia: the Roustabout soundtrack would be Elvis's final soundtrack to hit Number One and host last album to do so until 1973's Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite.
- 13."Return to Sender" (1962)What can say other than its just downright catchy? Well... how about the fact that it ended up being such a hit that it soon found itself included in his 1962 film, Girls, Girls, Girls.
- 12."(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" (1961)An ear worm of a song that'll have you humming it long after it's finished playing.
- 11."Jailhouse Rock" (1957)I'm convinced that even if the song hadn't been a hit, it would have still be remembered due to its use in one of the most iconic dance sequences in cinematic history.
- 10."Don't Be Cruel" (1956)This wasn't just the first song that Elvis self-produced, it was the one that helped introduce his (then) new sound.
- 9."(You're the) Devil in Disguise" (1963)This marked Elvis's return from somewhat forgettable pop tunes to the rock 'n' roll roots that made him famous, a move that made the world shout thank you and amen.
- 8."Viva Las Vegas" (1964)Much like with Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide", The Kinks' "You Really Got Me", and Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine", this has an opening capable of telling what the song is long before the first word's sung.
- 7."Love Me Tender" (1956)Luckily the song was way more memorable than the movie of the same name.
- 6."Heartbreak Hotel" (1956)The lyrics are already depressing enough but knowing that they were inspired by a real-life suicide note that was printed in The Miami Herald is what gives the song an almost eerie sense of tragedy.
- 5."Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (1960)The only song that Col. Tom Parker ever specifically asked Elvis to record turned out to be one of his very best.
- 4."Crying in the Chapel" (1965)Recorded during the same sessions as his 1960 gospel album, it would take five years before "Crying in the Chapel" would see release. But oh gosh was it ever worth the wait.
- 3."In the Ghetto" (1969)Not only is this the King's most socially aware song, it's also the one that helped to further cement his return after the '68 comeback special.
- 2."Suspicious Minds" (1969)With his two year marriage to Priscilla already starting to crumble, Elvis channeled his heartbreak and disappointment into the song and was rewarded with his first Number One hit in seven years.
- 1."Can't Help Falling in Love" (1961)One of music's ultimate love song that's been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to U2 to Celine Dion.