Elvis Presley: The 40 Best Deep Cuts

August 18, 2017 

At Graceland in Memphis, 40 years ago this week, Elvis Presley passed away at the age of 42.

In his 23-year career as an entertainer, Elvis released 711 master recordings, 198 of which appeared as single A or B sides – including classic hits like “Suspicious Minds,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Burning Love.”

What of those other 513 recordings that never became singles in the United States during his lifetime?

This countdown presents the 40 best “deep cuts” from the body of work that Elvis left behind. These recordings only appeared on Long Play (LP) or Extended Play (EP) albums.

These deep cuts are among Elvis Presley’s best recordings, though the general public is not as familiar with them.

To prevent this list from simply becoming “greatest hits live,” note that over 50 live versions and alternate takes of singles were also disqualified from consideration.

As always, this is one fan’s opinion.

#40 You Asked Me To (1973)
Promised Land

#39 Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

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

#37 By And By (1966)
How Great Thou Art – As Sung By Elvis

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

#35 Silent Night (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#34 Make The World Go Away (1970)
Elvis Country – I’m 10,000 Years Old

Elvis Presley in 1970

Elvis Presley in 1970

#33 Like A Baby (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

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

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

#30 Stranger In My Own Home Town (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#29 So High (1966)
How Great Thou Art – As Sung By Elvis

#28 My Babe [Live] (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#27 Runaway [Live] (1969)
On Stage – February, 1970

#26 Early Morning Rain (1971)
Elvis Now

#25 I’m Comin’ Home (1961)
Something For Everybody

#24 Baby, I Don’t Care (1957)
A Date With Elvis

Elvis Presley in 1957

Elvis Presley in 1957

#23 I Want You With Me (1961)
Something For Everybody

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

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

#20 Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1970)
Elvis Country – I’m 10,000 Years Old

#19 As Long As I Have You (1958)
King Creole

Elvis Presley in 1958

Elvis Presley in 1958

#18 Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#17 When It Rains, It Really Pours (1957)
Elvis For Everyone!

#16 Funny How Time Slips Away (1970)
Elvis Country – I’m 10,000 Years Old

#15 Amazing Grace (1971)
He Touched Me

#14 Run On (1966)
How Great Thou Art – As Sung By Elvis

#13 Tomorrow Never Comes (1970)
Elvis Country – I’m 10,000 Years Old

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

#11 I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#10 Walk A Mile In My Shoes [Live] (1970)
On Stage – February, 1970

#9 Johnny B. Goode [Live] (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#8 Stranger In The Crowd (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#7 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ [Live] (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#6 Just Pretend (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#5 How The Web Was Woven (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#4 Polk Salad Annie [Live] (1970)
On Stage – February, 1970

#3 Tiger Man [Live] (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#2 Reconsider Baby (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#1 Love Me (1956)
Elvis

Elvis Presley in 1956

Elvis Presley in 1956

Demonstrating the power of Elvis in 1956, “Love Me” managed to climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without even being released as a single. Therefore, it shows up on many greatest hits compilations. In any event, “Love Me” fits within the parameters defined for this list, and it is no doubt the greatest of the deep cuts, even if not the deepest of them.

Whether you are playing deep cuts or greatest hits, be sure to crank up some Elvis this week and every week. It’s good for you!