What Are Some Famous Songs by Elvis?


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Some famous songs by Elvis are "That's All Right," "Mystery Train," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel." "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas" are some other famous songs by Elvis.

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What Are Some Famous Songs by Elvis?
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"That's All Right" was released in the summer of 1954 and was Elvis's first commercial single. The song is a cover of the uptempo blues number "That's All Right, Mama" by Arthur Crudup. Elvis recorded the song live at Sam Phillips's Memphis Recording Service and is credited with the acoustic guitar and vocals on the track. "Mystery Train," Elvis's reworking of Junior Parker's original recording, heralded the emergence of rockabilly music. The track is an example of Presley's trademark emoting, as he sings of the sadness he has for his "baby's" departure.

The first of his many recordings to top the Billboard's Top 100 chart, "Heartbreak Hotel" was released in 1956. The song, also named the No. 1 Single of the Year by Billboard, is about a sorrowful loner and features Elvis' signature baritone vocals. "Don't Be Cruel," composed by Brooklyn songwriter Otis Blackwell, stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard for 11 weeks. It features a swinging groove, harmonized backing vocals and Elvis's famous hiccup. "Jailhouse Rock," released in 1957, is the title track for Presley's third film and remained at the top of the Billboard charts for seven weeks.

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