Some of Elvis Presley's most popular songs are "Don't Be Cruel," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Love Me Tender." Each of these tracks reached number one on the charts, and modern audiences still consider them to be among his most popular and enduring hits.Continue Reading
Released in the summer of 1956, "Don't Be Cruel" featured harmonized backing vocals and Presley's signature singing style. This recording, along with its B side "Hound Dog," stayed at number one for 11 weeks.
"Heartbreak Hotel" was the track that introduced Elvis to America. Before this recording, his hits had mostly been regional, but with "Heartbreak Hotel," Elvis had signed with RCA records, who introduced this song to a wider audience. It stayed in the top 100 for seven weeks and landed Presley his first TV appearance.
"Jailhouse Rock," the title track of Presley's third film, was written by the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for the film's soundtrack. It also stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for seven weeks straight.
"Love Me Tender," Presley's final hit of 1956 after a massively successful year, was a tender ballad that he famously played on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was also featured in a movie of the same name starring Presley.Learn more about Art & Literature