Most Popular Elvis Presley Songs

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5. All Shook Up
> Release date: March 1, 1957
> Certified copies: 2 million

Songwriter Otis Blackwell, who also wrote “Don’t Be Cruel,” authored Elvis’s 1957 hit “All Shook Up.” According to Elvis authority Ernst Jorgensen, the song’s beat is the sound of the singer drumming on the back of a guitar.

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4. Teddy Bear
> Release date: June 1, 1957
> Certified copies: 2 million

“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” is often omitted from lists of Elvis’ greatest songs, yet it is one of his most commercially successful. The song was included on the soundtrack of his second movie — “Loving You” — and is one of four singles by the artist to be certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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3. Jailhouse Rock
> Release date: September 1, 1957
> Certified copies: 2 million

“Jailhouse Rock” was penned by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for Elvis’s upcoming movie, then titled “The Hard Way.” Following RCA’s decision to release the song as a single, the movie was retitled to “Jailhouse Rock,” and both were scheduled to be released on the same day.

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2. Love Me Tender
> Release date: August 1, 1956
> Certified copies: 3 million

The ballad “Love Me Tender” was performed by Elvis for his first movie, which went by the same name. The song borrows the tune from “Aura Lee” — a song which gained popularity during the Civil War — and features lyrics by Ken Darby, who was the music director for the film. Elvis’s recorded performance of the song was accomplished in two takes.

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1. Hound Dog
> Release date: July 1, 1956
> Certified copies: 4 million

Elvis’s scandalous performance of “Hound Dog” on “The Milton Berle Show” in June of 1956 is among his most iconic moments and has been credited as being essential in shaping rock and roll. Complete with hips swinging, the appearance cemented his status as a national sensation. The song is Elvis’s best selling single in the United States.