It’s Valentine’s Day, Elvis Presley

In honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, here is my top ten list of Elvis songs released during his lifetime that contained some form of the word “love” in the title.

Can you believe I had about 70 different songs to choose from to compile this list? Here are the best of the best.

Elvis in 1967

Elvis in 1967

#1 Can’t Help Falling In Love (1961)
Blue Hawaii
Other notable versions: 1968 live (ELVIS-TV Special); 1969 live (From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis)

#2 Love Me (1956)
Elvis
Other notable version: 1968 live (A Legendary Performer, Volume 1)

#3 Burning Love (1972)
Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Volume 2
Other notable version: 1973 live (Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite)

#4 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Live-1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#5 Pledging My Love (1976)
Moody Blue

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

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

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

#9 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (1956)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#10 Love Me Tender (Live-1968)
ELVIS-TV Special

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

14 thoughts on “It’s Valentine’s Day, Elvis Presley

  1. Though it didn’t make my top ten (there were so many to choose from), I agree that “And I Love You So” is a great song – especially that version.

    Whoever put that video together did a terrific job, by the way.

    Thanks for commenting, and welcome to the train.

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  2. Love your list…impressed that you included ‘I WantYou, I Need You, I love You’! I believe i was a 14 yr old when I first heard that song…one from his classic ’50’s. Wish you had included, ‘What Now My Love?’ Have a Happy Valentines Day!

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  3. Troy…great thought about Elvis….re-interpeting his classic ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’! I don’t believe he ever sang that song again…in concert either. Elvis sometimes referred to some of the ’50’s songs as his….’Bubble Gum Songs’. Perhaps, he felt that way about it . It is a real shame that he didn’t put his …mature voice…. to that classic…It is one of my all-time favs!
    There is another fact about that song worth mentioning. I could be wrong, but I believe that he recorded that song in Nashville…immediately after landing in a light plane… that had gone into a ‘stall’ in the air. The pilot was able to change over to a second tank…to come out of the stall. I would conclude that Elvis never forgot that near miss….and for a long time, would prefer driving a bus to LA…because of that fact.
    Perhaps…that may have colored his perception of that song, later in his career! Would be interesting to know if anyone close to him knows the answer to this.
    Anyhow….It would have been great to have another version as you suggested!

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    • Great comment, Clementine. You’re right about Elvis being on a flight with plane trouble just before recording “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” We do, of course, have subsequent live versions from his 1956 television appearances on The Milton Berle Show and The Steve Allen Show, and from one of his Tupelo concerts that September. Presumably he was performing it on other shows of his concert tours around that time as well.

      Interesting theory that over the years Elvis began to subconsciously associate the song with the plane troubles and, thus, never returned to it. While many of his friends and family would have us believe that they know what he was thinking at any given time, I think there’s no way we can ever know the answer to this one – no matter what they may say, either way.

      Elvis did seem to later become bored with performing some of his 1950s material in the comeback era, and he probably would have been better served to rotate different 1950s and early 1960s numbers in and out of his setlist more often.

      For instance, he performed excellent renditions of “Love Me” in 1968 and 1970, but by 1972, he should have temporarily put that one back in the vault, so to speak, and brought out “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” or one of the others. Of course, he did re-introduce “A Big Hunk O’ Love” at that time, so it’s not like things were completely stale. It’s just that he’s obviously grew bored on certain songs, so why not put them aside in favor of others – considering his vast catalog of hits.

      Some chalk it up to laziness, and there may be some truth to that, but I also think he was “superstitious” (for lack of a better term) and did not want to mess with his winning formula too much – much like an athlete who goes through the same ritual or wears the same lucky shirt at every game.

      Overall, I think he kept his setlist fresh most years. It was just some of the throwback songs that could have used some more consideration.

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  4. Hi – Just came across your blog and I was blown away! I’m such a big Elvis fan myself that I actually got married at Graceland. It’s fabulous to find someone else who cherishes Elvis’s music & persona. What’s your connection to The King? […]

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    • Keith,

      Thanks for the nice comments. That’s pretty cool you were married at Graceland. My wife enjoys the occasional Elvis song or movie, but I don’t think she would’ve gone for getting married in Memphis. I guess I should’ve tried, though!

      My connection to Elvis is through listening to his music for my entire life. You can read a little more about my background on the About page.

      Welcome to the train!

      Troy

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