The hips, the hair, the snarly smile … oh, and the voice, the energy and the music. Elvis was, in the beginning anyway, a monumental force, arguably the biggest weapon of mass seduction ever to explode onto the music scene.
So it wasn’t surprising that Rolling Stone conducted a Readers Poll on the 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs around about the time of (what would have been were it not for all that pie) his 80th birthday.
Not surprised to see Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, and Jailhouse Rock on the list, and I’ve always loved Suspicious Minds. Maybe I’d feel differently if I’d seen him live, but it’s disappointing to see An American Trilogy on the list. It just seems to exemplify the sad caricature he devolved into.
And I know it’s a readers poll, so we don’t get a panel of experts assessing his impact and legacy, but it’s still kinda strange not to see the likes of Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel and All Shook Up on the list. It was those early, bluesy rockers that set Elvis apart.
But what do I know? I’m just a Canadian kid who discovered music in the 60’s, when it was, sadly, all over but for the black velvet paintings.