Memphis! Elvis no stranger to hometown hits

Of those released during his lifetime, Elvis recorded over 100 songs in his adopted hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Though this represented only 15% of his total output, there is no doubt that many of his greatest recordings originated from Memphis. Below is my personal ranking of his best Memphis songs.

#1 Suspicious Minds (1969)
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1

#2 Mystery Train (1955)
For LP Fans Only

#3 Baby, Let’s Play House (1955)
A Date With Elvis

#4 Kentucky Rain (1969)
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1

#5 Promised Land (1973)
Promised Land

#6 Good Rockin’ Tonight (1954)
A Date With Elvis

#7 That’s All Right (1954)
For LP Fans Only

#8 In The Ghetto (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#9 Any Day Now (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#10 Pledging My Love (1976)
Moody Blue

#11 Don’t Cry Daddy (1969)
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1

#12 After Loving You (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#13 Stranger In My Own Home Town (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis [Back In Memphis]

#14 Wearin’ That Loved-On Look (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#15 Power Of My Love (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#16 Rubberneckin’ (1969)
Almost In Love

#17 Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (1973)
Promised Land

#18 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (1973)
Good Times

#19 Way Down (1976)
Moody Blue

#20 It’s Midnight (1973)
Promised Land

#21 Blue Moon (1954)
Elvis Presley

#22 Long Black Limousine (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#23 Moody Blue (1976)
Moody Blue

#24 You Asked Me To (1973)
Promised Land

#25 Thinking About You (1973)
Promised Land

Besides being recorded in Memphis, another thing that most of these songs have in common is that their associated albums have not yet received the Classic Albums treatment by Sony’s Follow That Dream collectors label.

In fact, it was wishing for albums such as Promised Land, Moody Blue, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, The Sun Sessions, and From Elvis In Memphis that inspired me to create this list in the first place.

So, if not Memphis, where did Elvis record the most?

Some might guess Nashville, but it turns out that Elvis recorded most often in Hollywood, representing about 275 songs released during his lifetime (around 38% of his total output).

A last bit of trivia, Elvis recorded the song “Memphis, Tennessee” in Nashville, rather than Memphis, so it fails to even qualify for consideration on today’s Memphis list.

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