Elvis Presley Songs & Biggest Hits – Top 10 All-Time
Last Updated: September 5, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and veteran DJ)
Elvis Presley is an American (Mississippi) Rock and Roll, Country, Rockabilly, R&B musician, and actor. He moved to Memphis, TN at the age of thirteen and also died there. Elvis is proclaimed the “King of Rock and Roll”. Elvis is inducted into four halls of fame: Rock and Roll, Gospel, Country, and Rockabilly.
Elvis Presley still reigns supreme as the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis recorded many love songs throughout his career, and many of them can be used to make your wedding day special.
Elvis Presley was the only son of poor sharecroppers from Mississippi. He grew up in a tiny shack in Tupelo but went on to become the biggest rock and roll star the world has ever known.
Elvis was drafted into the U.S. Army in the 1950s, and many believed that the world would forget about the singer. Upon being discharged Presley resumed his career with a long string of movies and hit records. He continued performing until his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42.
The home of Elvis was called Graceland and is still a major tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee today. Fans flock to Graceland each year to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley’s music career started in 1953 when his first “acetate disc” with singles My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin was released. Elvis had his first number one hit in 1956 and his last in the U.S.A. in 1969 with Suspicious Minds.
Top Elvis Presley Songs
#1 Can’t Help Falling In Love
1961, Blue Hawaii
This song from the movie Blue Hawaii is one of the world’s most enduring love songs and wedding ballads, and it can be used in many parts of the wedding ceremony. Many couples choose to have this song played for their first dance as husband and wife, but it can also be used to accompany cutting the wedding cake.
Take my hand
Take my whole life too
For I can’t help falling in love with you
#2 Burning Love
1972, Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2
Burning Love was Elvis’ last Top 10 hit.
‘Cause your kisses lift me higher
Like a sweet song of a choir
And you light my morning sky
With burning love
#3 Jailhouse Rock
1957, Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock was featured in the film of the same name. It also is considered one of the Rock and Roll songs that shaped American music.
Let’s rock everybody, let’s rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock
#4 Hound Dog
1956, Elvis Presley
Did you know the song was first released by Big Mama Thornton?
You went away and every day was misery
But now you’re coming back to me
Hot dog, my heart is gonna go insane
#5 Suspicious Minds
1969, Elvis Presley
Did you know the song was first released by Mark James?
Here we go again
Asking where I’ve been
You can’t see the tears are real
#6 Blue Suede Shoes
1956, On Album Elvis Presley
Did you know the song was first released by Carl Perkins? The lyrics stemmed from Johnny Cash’s story of a military regulation airmen’s blue suede shoes.
Well, you can do anything
But stay off of my blue suede shoes
#7 A Little Less Conversation
The song was released as a single but was featured in the film Live a Little, Love a Little. A remix of the song was released in 2002 by Junkie XL to become a super dance hit.
A little less conversation, a little more action, please
All this aggravation ain’t satisfactioning me
#8 Heartbreak Hotel
1956, the song was released as a single hit song.
The song is based upon a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.
Well now, if your baby leaves you
And you have a sad tale to tell
Just take a walk down Lonely Street
To Heartbreak Hotel
#9 All Shook Up
In 1957, the song was released as a single hit song.
The song stayed atop the Billboard Top 100 for eight weeks.
I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup
I’m in love
I’m all shook up
Released in 1968
The song was shown on the TV Show Elvis
And quiet nights and gentle days with you
Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Other great Elvis Wedding Songs
Love Me Tender
1956, Love Me Tender
Love me tender, love me long
Take me to your heart
For it’s there that I belong
And will never part
This song was the theme from the King’s very first movie, and it is still a favorite of modern wedding couples. The song is well-suited as an alternative processional and can be played as the bride makes her way down the altar, or it can be played as guests are being seated.
This was one of the first love ballads that became a number one hit for Elvis, and it still makes lists of the King’s very best songs. You should play “Love Me” during a tender wedding reception moment or add this ballad to the songs that are playing while your wedding guests are being seated.
I would beg and steal
Just to feel your heart
Beatin’ close to mine
I’ll Remember You
1966, Spinout Soundtrack
To your arms someday I’ll return to stay
Till then I will remember too
Every bright star we made wishes upon
Love me always, promise always
This song was a hit for the Hawaiian crooner Don Ho before Elvis covered it during his legendary 1973 Hawaiian concert performance, a show that was broadcast live around the world. This is a song of tenderness expressed from a man to his bride, so save it as a special dedication to her at the wedding reception.
1978, Recorded live
And time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine
I need your love
This is a song that was originally made famous by The Righteous Brothers, but it was covered to perfection by Elvis Presley. The King was fond of playing the song solo on a piano during his concerts, but you will want to choose the studio recording with all the instruments when playing this song at your wedding.
In the 1957 movie Loving You
I will spend my whole life through
Loving you, just loving you
Winter, Summer, Springtime too
This was the title song from Elvis’ second major motion picture, a soft guitar ballad that speaks of eternal love and dedication. The slow tempo and lyrics make it a good choice if your bride wants to walk down the aisle to something a bit different.
A Big Hunk O’ Love
I ain’t askin’ much of you
Just a big-a big-a big-a hunk O’ love will do
Elvis was known for rock songs, and this lively rocker has been covered by many modern artists including country star Tanya Tucker. Even though it has a fast tempo the lyrics are still meaningful, and she’ll appreciate your expression of love when you have the wedding DJ spin this Elvis classic.
Hawaiian Wedding Song
In the 1961 film Blue Hawaii
Here and now dear
All my love
I vow dear
Promise me that you will leave me never
I will love you longer than forever
Elvis performed this song for the movie Blue Hawaii, but it has endured for more than 40 years as a wedding classic. You don’t have to be from the islands to appreciate this song, and it is easy for any wedding band to learn and play.
I Just Can’t Help Believing
1971, That’s The Way It Is
I just can’t help believin’
When she smiles up soft and gentle
With a trace of misty morning
And the promise of tomorrow in her eyes
Elvis was big on covering the hits of other artists, but he freely admitted that he did not like this song by B.J. Thomas. Even though it was not his favorite song to sing, Elvis lent his emotional delivery to lyrics that describe how it feels to find true love.
Performed it on his 1973 Aloha from Hawaii TV special.
Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she moves me
I don’t want to leave her now
This song was originally recorded by George Harrison of the Beatles and became a top hit for the Fab Four, but Elvis introduced the tune to a whole new audience. We would suggest using this love ballad at a wedding to introduce the happy couple for the first time, but it is sometimes used for the send-off.
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Are you lonesome tonight
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
This love ballad became of the most-requested songs in Elvis’ live performances, and it still gets requested today by modern wedding couples who crave love songs from a simpler era. The best way to include the song in your wedding is as a dance selection, or it can be added to the musical interlude as the bridal party exits the chapel.
It’s Now or Never
1960, B-side of “A Mess of Blues”
It’s now or never, come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling, be mine tonight
This love song is one of the most iconic that was ever recorded by Elvis, and it is based on the Italian “O Sole Mio” ballad that has been used in many Italian weddings. This is a song that you should save for the first dance between the husband and wife, and ask everyone to join in midway through.
Pledging My Love
1977, Moody Blue
Forever I’ll love you
for the rest of my days
I’ll never part from you
or your loving ways
Making vows and promises is what the wedding day is all about, and that is what Elvis sings of in this love song. A minor hit for the King, the song enjoys renewed importance today as a staple of modern wedding reception playlists.
I Love You Because
1956, Elvis Presley
I know your love will always see me through
I love you for the way you never doubt me
But most of all I love you ’cause you’re you
This song has been covered by many country and pop artists, but the Elvis version is the one that endures in popularity today. It can be used in many ways, but most couples seem to like playing it as they are lighting a unity candle.
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Elvis Presley Highest Charting Songs – US
- #1″Heartbreak Hotel”, 1956
- #1 “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, 1956
- #1 “Don’t Be Cruel”, 1956
- #1 “Hound Dog”, 1956
- #1 “Love Me Tender”, 1956
- #1 “Too Much”, 1957
- #1 “All Shook Up”, 1957
- #1 “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, 1957
- #1 “Jailhouse Rock”, 1957
- #1 “Don’t”, 1958
- #1 “Hard Headed Woman”, 1958
- #1 “A Big Hunk o’ Love”, 1959
- #1 “Stuck on You”, 1960
- #1 “It’s Now or Never”, 1960
- #1 “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, 1960
- #1 “Surrender”, 1961
- #1 “Good Luck Charm”, 1962
- #1 “Suspicious Minds”, 1969
- #2 “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I”, 1959
- #2 “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, 1961
- #2 “Return to Sender”, 1962
- #2 “Burning Love”, 1972
- #3 “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise”, 1963
- #3 “Crying in the Chapel”, 1965
- #3 “In the Ghetto”, 1969
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