Top #17 - #20

#20 - Baby Let's Play House (1955)

"Baby Let's Play House" is a song written by Arthur Gunter and covered by Elvis in 1955 on his fourth issue recorded at Sun Studio.

Presley's version differs greatly from the original: Elvis started the song with the chorus, where Gunter began with the first verse, and he replaced Gunter's line "You may get religion" with the words "You may have a Pink Cadillac", referring to his custom-painted 1955 Cadillac auto that had been serving as the band's transportation at the time.

#19 - Hurt (1976)

It had been almost a year since Elvis had recorded anything new, and his enthusiasm for making records, let alone his ability to enter a recording studio, seemed very much in question. In an attempt to address the situation, RCA moved into Graceland, turning the den into a makeshift recording studio with the RCA remote sound truck and engineers outside.  The two absolute highlights of the sessions – performances that could have taken their place with recordings at any stage of his career – were the songs chosen for the initial single. Elvis’ cover of one of his great early models, R&B singer Roy Hamilton’s “Hurt,” offered the kind of vocal challenge he was never able to resist. It immediately entered his on-stage repertoire, and he was often so caught up in its performance that he sang the operatic ending twice. The record sold 300,000 copies and charted in the Top 30.  Below is the master recording as well as a live version from Elvis' final CBS-TV Special "Elvis In Concert".

Over 50% of fans voted Hurt as their favorite of these four songs.

 
 

#18 - You Don't Know Me (1967)

"You Don't Know Me" was released on September 26, 1967 and utilized in the movie "Clambake".  At the time Elvis effort on movie soundtracks were not well focused however this track was an exception.  Originally recorded by Eddy Arnold, Elvis puts a genuine effort in the recording of this track and this wonderful ballad is one of Elvis best during this time period.  Below is two different versions of the song as apparent by the intros with the movie version having more of a piano influence.

#17 - Anything That's Part Of You (1962)

"Anything That's Part Of You" was the B-side to Elvis' hit Good Luck Charm and was released on February 27, 1962.  

The song was written by Don Robertson and Elvis performs exceptional vocals on this wonderful ballad.  The majority of the Always Elvis experts ranked this song high up their list so bring it to #17 on the overall list.


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Top #21 - #24

#24 - One Broken Heart For Sale (1963)

"One Broken Heart For Sale" was released on January 29, 1963 and was utilized for the movie It Happened At The Worlds Fair.  The song was written by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott.

Unfortunately, whether due to mechanical error or misguided commercial considerations, the Blackwell cut was released at a full minute less than its actual length of 2:25. In addition, both sides were issued with none of the post-production studio touches that are generally applied to give a record radio presence; instead it retained the “flat” sound that made it most susceptible to cinematic adaptation. The not unpredictable result was that this was the first regularly scheduled Elvis single not to reach the Top 10.  Below is the full audio version as well as the full length audio adapted to additional segments of the movie "It Happened At The World's Fair".

 
 

#23 - Mean Woman Blues (1957)

Mean Woman Blues was recorded January 12, 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood and was written by Claude Demetrius.  The EP was released on June 26, 1957 and sold over 500,000 copies.  

The songs inclusion in the movie Loving You is one of the classic production numbers in an Elvis Presley film.  Below is the video segment from the movie in which a restaurant patron requests that the character played by Elvis sing a song for his girlfriend.

 
 

#22 - Doncha Think It's Time (1958)

"Doncha Think It's Time" was cut two months earlier in the midst of filming King Creole, with Elvis’ army induction hovering over both artist and record company. The sessions were set up at short notice with the understanding that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller would supervise the recording. When it turned out they were not able to do so, mainly due to Leiber’s recent hospitalization for pneumonia, Elvis was at first reluctant to record at all, and when he did the studio atmosphere was strained. The result was a somewhat mixed bag, including twenty-two arduous takes of “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck” and forty-eight of “Doncha’ Think It’s Time.” More than anything else, the difficulties of the session bore witness to Elvis’ frayed musical partnership with guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black, the two musicians who had been with him from the start (there had been a very public spat over recognition and money the previous September). Whether Elvis had outgrown their contributions or it was simply a matter of business friction, this was the last session in which Bill Black would participate, and Scotty would be relegated to a subsidiary musical role in future. 

#21 - Any Way You Want Me (1956)

"Any Way You Want Me" was recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios in New York.  The "B-side" to Love Me Tender the song was released on September 28, 1956.

In our social media poll "Any Way You Want Me" edged out Mean Women Blues for the favorites of these four song. 

 
 

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Top #25 - #28

#28 - You're A Heartbreaker (1954)

"You're a Heartbreaker" was recorded on December 1954 during the fourth of Presley's now-legendary eight sessions at Memphis' Sun Studio. The recording was released as Presley's third single on the Sun label (Sun 215), whose B-side was a cover of Kokomo Arnold's "Milkcow Blues Boogie".

The single was reissued on RCA Victor records (47-6382). It was also later included on Elvis' seventh studio album, For LP Fans Only in 1959.

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#27 - American Trilogy (1972)

Mike Newbury originally released American Trilogy in June 1072. The three numbers used by Newbury to make up the Trilogy are: "Dixie," written in 1859 by Dan Emmett; "Battle Hymn Of The Republic," written in 1861 by Julia Howe (set to the tune of "John Browns Body"); "All My Trials," which is a traditional number whose composer is unknown. The songs are intended to represent the three factions involved in the US Civil War, namely the Confederate South (Dixie), the Unionist North ("Battle Hymn"), and the slaves ("All My Trials"). The live recording of this number, made by Elvis during his February 1972 series of concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton, was released as a single (with The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face). Other live recordings by Elvis have also been released.

There was about half an album’s worth of new material, and it was Elvis’ intention to put out a single of his live version of “The Impossible Dream” from Man From La Mancha. For all of his investment in both the song and its message, though, and for all of its success in a characteristic big-ballad treatment, he set it aside in favor of Mickey Newbury’s “An American Trilogy,” with which he had become totally enamored in its author’s recent Top 40 version.  The song spoke to Elvis not just about inescapable historical divisions but about the resolution to which he hoped those divisions might some day come. With a swelling arrangement by TCB keyboard player Glen D. Hardin, Elvis delivered a passionate performance, and while his commercial instincts for a hit single were no more borne out by this number than by his last half-dozen choices, it became a staple of his live act (and one of his most requested numbers) over the years.  Below is audio of the first live recording of "Trilogy" from the Hilton In Las Vegas as well as the version performed for "Elvis On Tour" in Greensboro, NC April 14, 1972.

American Trilogy with the fan choice in our Social Media surveys with 54% choosing "Trilogy" of these four songs.

#26 - Guitar Man (1968)

"Guitar Man" is a 1967 song written by Jerry Reed, who took his version of it to number 53 on the country music charts in 1967.

Soon after Reed's single appeared, Elvis Presley recorded the song with Reed playing the guitar part, and it became a minor country and pop hit.

“Guitar Man” was not only the high point of the September session, it was also in its own way different from anything Elvis had ever done. The difference was one of tone and approach, with both qualities influenced by the wit of Jerry Reed’s lyrics and the dextrousness of his picking. From a commercial point of view, the song had already been thrown away as a bonus track on the Clambake album, but for Elvis’ more discerning fans it marked a brilliant moment of illumination after a long dark period. Below along with the master recording there is recording takes with Jerry Reed and banter regarding his original recording.

#25 - Memories (1969)

"Memories" was written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis specially for Elvis to perform at Elvis' comeback NBC-TV Specia, that would air on NBC on December 3, 1968. Later Mac Davis recalled: "They had asked for a song about looking back over the years, and oddly enough, I had to write it in one night. I stayed up all night at Billy Strange's house in Los Angeles. He had a little office set up in his garage. I wrote it right there."

Released in the United States in 1969 as a B-side to Charro!, the title song from the movie. "Memories" reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of April 12, 1969.

The song is also included on the album Elvis, the soundtrack album for the NBC TV Special at which it was first performed. For the TV show itself the song was recorded live, but the album features a studio version recorded on June 24.

 
 

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Top #29 - #32

#32 - I Gotta Know (1960)

"I Gotta Know" was recorded by Elvis on April 3, 1960 and was the B-side to the hit "Are You Lonesome Tonight".  I Gotta Know made it to #14 in the charts despite being on the flip side.

The song was actually first recorded by Cliff Richards in September 1959 preceding Elvis recording by 7 months.  

 

#31 - Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Doc Pumus and Mort Shuman wrote Viva Las Vegas which was the title track of the movie of the same name that co-starred Ann Margret.  The Colonel had protested during filming of Elvis' costars Ann Margret and the attention she was receiving including movie close ups and musical participation. The song was actually the B-side to What I Say.  The song which captures the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas was never performed by Elvis on a live stage setting.

#30 - Blue Christmas (1964)

"Blue Christmas" was recorded on September 5, 1957 and was included in the LP in that same year Elvis' Christmas Album.  Although it was also released in extended play format as well it was not commercially available as a single until 1964 with Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me).

Elvis performed this song during his 1968 TV Special "Elvis" during a sit down session as well occasionally during his live concert performances.  We include an impromptu version from September 24, 1974 recorded in College Park, MD.

#29 - Separate Ways (1972)

Separate Ways is a song written by Red West and Richard Mainegra and recorded by Elvis on March 27, 1972 and released in November 1972.  Red West who co-wrote the song was one of the members of the "Memphis Mafia" - Elvis bodyguard and long time friend.  The song released with the B-side of Always On My Mind reached over a half million copies sold in the U.S providing Elvis another gold record.  

In the Always Elvis social media song poll Separate Ways was by far the most popular song of these four with 44% of fans choosing it.  Below we have the single audio version of the song as well as the clip of Elvis performing the song during his concert movie "Elvis On Tour"


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Top #33 - #36

#36 - My Baby Left Me (1956)

"My Baby Left Me" was written and recorded by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup in 1949.

Elvis released "My Baby Left Me" as the B-side to the hit I Want You, I Need You, I Love You on May 4, 1956.

The song then appeared for the first time on the full length album "For LP Fans Only" when released on January 23rd, 1959.  This album was a compilation of the earliest (and best) of Elvis’ sides that had not yet appeared on LP. 

#35 - Pieces of My Life (1975)

Troy Seals wrotes "Pieces of My Life" in the mid-sixties and Johnny Darrell recorded his original version in June of 1974 for his album "Waterglass Full Of Whiskey"

Elvis recorded "Pieces of My Life" on Thursday March 13, 1975 for his upcoming album Today.  The single release was paired with the song Bringing It Back.

In our social media survey 46% of Elvis fans choose this song as their favorite of these four in this weeks selection.

#34 - I Got A Women (1956)

"Elvis recorded "I Got A Women" on January 10, 1956 which was several days after his 21st birthday.  Originally written and recorded by Ray Charles in 1954 Elvis version was released on his debut album "Elvis Presley" on March 23, 1956.  The song was released as a single along with "I'm Counting On You"on August 31st, 1956. 

Whether simply to maximize sales in every format, or in the belief that many teenagers either didn’t have a long-playing record player or wanted the individual sides at the lowest per-unit price, RCA simultaneously released seven 45s incorporating every one of Elvis’ songs not previously available on a single. None of the singles charted, but the combined sales figures totaled up to 1.5 million copies.  Elvis performed this song during his return to Las Vegas in 1969 and throughout his concert repertoire in the 1970's.

#33 - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (1956)

Elvis recorded "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" on September 2nd, 1956 and was included in his second album simply title "Elvis".  The song was also released on an extended play format record with three additional songs EPA-992 Volume 1.  The song reached #19 on the billboard charts and was a favorite of several of our list experts.

Elvis performed this song for a short duration during the sit down version of his TV Special "Elvis" in 1968. 


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Top #37 - #40

#40 - Love Letters (1966)

"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young.  Released by Elvis as a single on June 8, 1966 it reached #19 on the pop charts.  The flip side of the single was "Come What May" and the cover promoted the soundtrack LP for Elvis' upcoming movie Paradise Hawaiian Style.

This was the first single to come out of a four-day stint at RCA’s Nashville studio just two weeks earlier whose primary purpose was to record an ambitious new gospel album. These were Elvis’ first non-soundtrack recordings in over two years, and was produced by Felton Jarvis who was assigned to replace Chet Atkins. Felton brought a whole new tone in the studio at the time.

Love Letters can also be found on the album Elvis Golden Records Volume 4.

From our social media fan voting Love Letters was the fans choice out of this weeks four set of songs with over 37% of the popular vote.

#39 - I'm Leavin' (1971)

The song was released June 22, 1971 as a single, with "Heart of Rome" (from the album Love Letters from Elvis) on the B-side. Written by Sonny Charles and Michael Jarret the song reached number 36 on Billboard Hot 100 for the week of August 21, 1971. In the UK Singles Chart, it reached number 23 for the week of October 2, 1971.

The song was later released on the 8 record box set "Elvis Aron Presley" under the LP title the Lost Singles.

 

#38 - Fools Fall In Love (1967)

"Fools Fall in Love" is a song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by the Drifters, who took it to number ten on the R&B chart in 1957.

Elvis recorded his more up-tempo version on May 28, 1966 and the single was released along with Indescribably Blue on January 10, 1967.

Fools Fall In Love was released on the compilation album "I Got Lucky" in October of 1971 and is the only non-movie track on the album.

#37 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget (1955)

"I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is a country song written by Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers. It was recorded at Sun Studio on July 11, 1955 and released on August 20, 1955, along with "Mystery Train" (Sun 223). It was re-released by RCA Victor (#47-6357) in December 1955.

Elvis was voted “Most Promising C&W Artist” by Billboard magazine, and the song was just beginning to take off nationally when Phillips sold his contract to RCA for $40,000 on November 21, 1955. The record went to Number One on the country and western charts in its RCA re-release in early 1956.


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