Special Report

Most Popular Elvis Presley Songs

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10. Stuck On You
> Release date: March 1, 1960
> Certified copies: 1 million

“Stuck On You” was the first single released by Elvis upon returning to the U.S. after his time abroad in the army. Elvis was so popular that RCA reportedly printed 1.4 million record sleeves for the release before the music was even recorded. The song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stayed there for four weeks.

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9. Return To Sender
> Release date: October 20, 1962
> Certified copies: 1 million

Elvis recorded “Return to Sender” for his 1962 film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” The song spent 16 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking in the No. 2 position.

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8. It’s Now Or Never
> Release date: July 18, 1960
> Certified copies: 1 million

Songwriters Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold borrowed the melody from the Italian song “O Sole Mio” for this 1960 hit. Elvis recorded the vocally challenging track in a single take. The song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for five weeks.

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7. Are You Lonesome To-Night?
> Release date: November 14, 1960
> Certified copies: 2 million

Romantic ballad “Are You Lonesome To-Night?” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Nov. 28, 1960, and stayed there for six weeks. The song was recorded following Elvis’s stint in the Army at the suggestion of his manager Col. Tom Parker. The track — originally written in 1926 — was reportedly a favorite of Parker’s wife.

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6. Heartbreak Hotel
> Release date: January 1, 1956
> Certified copies: 2 million

“Heartbreak Hotel” was Elvis’s first nationwide hit. Fans who have credited it with having life-changing effects include John Lennon, Keith Richards, and Elton John. Songwriters Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton said the song was inspired by a newspaper article about a man’s suicide; his final note read, “I walk a lonely street.”