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.
Well, Kanye West should pleased to be included on a list featuring Woody
Guthrie and Frank Sinatra.
And Perrey and Kingsley – whoever they were - should be mighty proud to
be on a list that includes Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.
Are we surprised to see pioneers like Nirvana, The Ramones, The Allman
Brothers, Paul Butterfield or James Brown on such a list?Of course not.Or masters such as Michael Jackson, Marvin
Gaye or Carole King?Nope.
Nor, though I’ll never understand it, can we be surprised to see The
Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, The Velvet
Underground’s Nico, The Mothers of
Invention, or Sabbath.
This couldn’t have been an easy list to assemble.It covers every major music genre over seven
decades.And I know I’m just a rabid
fan, which in no way qualifies me as an expert, but I do wonder why there are
so many entries on the list that I have never heard of.I mean, I have
been paying attention and all.And while
it’s nice to see The Beatles with two entries, how can such a list omit Elvis,
Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry?I’m just
Buzz Hummer is a singer/songwriter living in Niagara, Canada.
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