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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs

See what song managed to top “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Love Me Tender”

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Had Elvis Presley lived, he would have turned 80 years old this month. It's hard to imagine Elvis doing concerts in 2015, but Leonard Cohen is a few months older and manages to do three-and-a-half hours without breaking a sweat. Hell, Chuck Berry is 88 and still at it. If Elvis had managed to lose the weight and get healthy, there's no reason why he couldn't still be shaking his hips onstage. Sadly, that's not the way his life worked out. But he's still the king of rock & roll, and to celebrate his birthday we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Presley song. Here are the results. 

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5

“Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Fans at the final Elvis concerts knew the opening notes of "Can't Help Falling in Love" meant it was time to get ready to go. The dreamy song, which was written for his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, ended every single one of his post-comeback shows. The sweet ode to true love was the perfect way to wrap up the evening. It has since been covered by everybody from Bob Dylan to U2 to UB40, who turned it into a huge hit in 1993. 

Elvis Presley

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Elvis Presley Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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4

“Jailhouse Rock”

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote "Jailhouse Rock" specifically for Elvis Presley's 1957 movie of the same name. It's unclear if Elvis realized exactly what they meant by lines like "You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see/I sure would be delighted with your company," but the suggestion of inter-inmate romance also flew by most listeners and the song ended up knocking "Wake Up Little Susie" off the top of the charts. 

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Elvis Presley Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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3

“In the Ghetto”

Elvis spent much of the 1960s churning out cheesy B-movies and lifeless soundtracks while new acts like the Beatles and Bob Dylan made him seem like a relic. His brilliant 1968 comeback special shot him back to the forefront, and he took his newfound energy into the studio to cut "In the Ghetto." It's a song about the vicious cycle of poverty and despair in America's inner-cities, and it eventually hit Number Three, cementing the fact that Elvis was back. 

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Elvis Presley Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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2

“If I Can Dream”

Just two months after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Elvis Presley stepped into the Western Recorders studio and laid down this moving tribute to the civil rights hero. It was the stirring climax to his 1968 comeback special, and he belted it out with incredible passion. The song rose to Number 12 on the Hot 100, and today many see it as one of the greatest vocal performances of his career. 

Elvis Presley

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Elvis Presley Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

1

“Suspicious Minds”

Elvis was just two years into his marriage with Priscilla when he recorded "Suspicious Minds," but things were already falling apart. It's clear he poured some of that disappointment, particularly over his own failings as a husband, into the song. Written by Mark James, it became his first Number One hit in seven years and was a regular highlight of his live show. 

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