Some popular Elvis Presley songs include “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “In the Ghetto.” These songs rank as some of Elvis’s biggest hits and his best-known singles.Continue Reading
“Heartbreak Hotel” was Elvis’ first single released after his 1956 move from Sun Records to RCA Victor, and the song was the first of many hits on his new record label. Attempting to hold onto the classic Sun sound, RCA allowed Presley to use his old backing band in the studio, along with prominent country musicians Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer. The tale of a suicidal loner was a major hit, and Billboard named “Heartbreak Hotel” the No. 1 single of 1956.
Featured in Elvis' third film, the eponymous “Jailhouse Rock” soared to the top of the Billboard charts upon its release in October 1957, staying there for seven weeks. Based around a simple two-chord riff, the song was written by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who were also responsible for Elviss hit “Hound Dog.” The song was also a major hit outside of the United States, becoming the first record to enter the British pop charts at No. 1.
Released in 1969, the reserved poverty ballad “In the Ghetto” didn’t reach number one, but it did mark a comeback for Elvis, who had struggled musically throughout much of the 1960s. Spending 13 weeks on the Billboard charts, the song returned Elvis to artistic relevance.Learn more about Art & Literature