The 100 Greatest Elvis Presley Songs Of All Time (Part 1)

What'd I Say (1963)

This week marks 35 years since Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 in his Memphis home. Each year, many fans choose to use this anniversary not to dwell on his death but to celebrate his life.

Music was an important part of that life. In many ways, Elvis is still giving gifts to his fans all these years later through the music he left behind – whether we are listening to old favorites or hearing a new surprise for the first time.

In the spirit of Elvis Week and to honor the man and his music, I present a countdown of what I currently consider the 100 greatest Elvis songs. This is, of course, one fan’s opinion.

#100 It’s Still Here (1971)
Elvis [Fool]

#99 Thinking About You (1973)
Promised Land
Other notable versions: 1973 Take 3 (Made In Memphis), 1973 Rehearsal (Promised Land [2011 FTD Edition])

#98 You Asked Me To [Take 2B] (1973)
Rhythm & Country
Other notable version: 1973 Master (Promised Land)

#97 Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas
Other notable versions: 1971 Take 2 (Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas [2011 FTD Edition]), 1971 Take 8 (If Every Day Was Like Christmas)

#96 Clean Up Your Own Backyard [Undubbed Master] (1968)
Double Features: Live A Little, Love A Little/Charro/The Trouble With Girls/Change Of Habit
Other notable versions: 1980 Remix (Guitar Man), 1968 Master (Almost In Love)

#95 Moody Blue (1976)
Moody Blue

#94 For The Heart (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#93 Don’t (1957)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong

#92 You’ll Be Gone [Take 2] (1962)
Elvis By The Presleys
Other notable version: 1962 Master (Girl Happy)

#91 Do You Know Who I Am (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#90 A Fool Such As I (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong
Other notable version: 1970 Rehearsal (That’s The Way It Is [2000 Special Edition])

#89 By And By (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#88 For Ol’ Times Sake (1973)
Raised On Rock

#87 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#86 Silent Night (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#85 Make The World Go Away (1970)
I’m 10,000 Years Old: Elvis Country
Other notable versions: 1970 Take 3 (Welcome To My World), 1970 Live (That’s The Way It Is [2000 Special Edition])

#84 Like A Baby (1960)
Elvis Is Back!
Other notable versions: 1960 Take 4 (Fame And Fortune), 1960 Take 2 (Collectors Gold)

#83 Pieces Of My Life (1975)
Today
Other notable version: 1975 Rough Session Mix (Today [2005 FTD Edition])

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

#81 Indescribably Blue (1966)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#80 You Don’t Know Me (1967)
Clambake

#79 My Way (1971)
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Other notable versions: 1977 Live (Elvis In Concert), 1972 Live (Elvis Summer Festival)

#78 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (1973)
Good Times
Other notable versions: 1973 Undubbed/Unedited Master (Good Times [2009 FTD Edition]), 1973 Take 7 (Good Times [2009 FTD Edition])

#77 It’s Midnight (1973)
Promised Land

#76 What’d I Say (1963)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4
Other notable version: 1970 Rehearsal (A Life In Music)

To Be Continued . . .


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2 thoughts on “The 100 Greatest Elvis Presley Songs Of All Time (Part 1)

  1. This i could never do. My list would continually change based on my mood and attitude, One day “Like a Baby” may be top of the list then maybe “True Love Travels on a Gravel Road” or ” Power of my Love” or Heartbreak Hotel or or or… I just couldn’t pocket these great songs in order of the greatest . I hear different things just about every time I listen to Elvis that makes me think God that was great even in songs such as “Wolf Call or “Thanks to Rolling Sea” good beats great vocals, lousy lyric….on any given day one of those might find it’s way in to my top 100 !!! (doubtful but possible). So you see I take my hat off to you Troy for putting this list together, it takes a strong minded, decisive fan to list Elvis like this.

    Did you set any criteria? eg: Considering only E’s vocals or the sound of the music or is it purely overall like for the song? if you know what I mean…LOL :) Keep up the great posts.

    Cheers

    Ray

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