The Top 50 songs Elvis fans wished he would have recorded

Elvis Presley (Texas Elvis Fan Club archives)

BONUS SONG: The recording Elvis never heard of himself

Over 3,000 Elvis fans around the world polled

Elvis Presley was flat out the world’s greatest singer. The King of Rock and Roll has been gone almost as long as the years he lived, but the truth of his legacy keeps marching on. Even now, the recorded voice of Elvis has been heard by more people on earth than any other human being in history.

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With his amazing versatility, he mastered and broke records (no pun intended) across music barriers. NEWS LEGIT polled Elvis fans across the world from August 1-December 1, 2017 to find out which songs they believe or wished he should have recorded. Over 3,000 fans (3,121 to be exact) responded. We have compiled the top 50 here.

His voice covered two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto breaking the D flat barrier. Most music aficionados agree Elvis’ best octave was in the middle—D-flat to the D-flat range—allowing an extra full step upward or downward.

In the 1960 hit “It’s Now or Never,” he finished the song in a full voice tempo (A,G,F) proving he was not confined to just one type of vocal production. His genre heritage includes recordings in rock, blues, country, gospel, and more.

‘Elvis’ lowest effective note was a low-G, as heard on ‘He’ll Have To Go’ (1976); on ‘King Creole’ (1958), he growls some low-F’s; going up, his highest full-voiced notes were the high-B’s in ‘Surrender’ (1961) and ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ (1971), the high-G at the end of ‘My Way’ (1976 live version), and the high-A of ‘An American Trilogy’ (1972); using falsetto, Elvis could reach at least a high-E, e.g, as in ‘Unchained Melody’ (1977), so, it was very nearly a three-octave range, although more practically two-and-a-half’.

Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, in his legendary studio on Union Avenue in Memphis, first thought of using Elvis as a baritone singer in a backup group on various recording sessions. But after he paired Elvis up with Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass, he recognized the extreme talent in the young man. Here is a bonus version of the Elvis hit, “Don’t Be Cruel” that Phillips recorded on December 4, 1956, at what has now been deemed “The Million Dollar Quartet” session. Elvis never heard this recording.

The Elvis recording he never heard

Elvis Presley in 1956. The recording he never heard.

 

Here are the top 50 songs Elvis fans wished he would have recorded

 

I Will Always Love You 

Originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” is the number one song Elvis fans wished he would have recorded. The song won an Emmy for Best Recording of the Year by Whitney Houston in 1992 (from the movie “Body Guard”). Other notable covers were by Kenny Rogers in 1983 and Connie Talbot in 2007.

Old Rugged Cross

“The Old Rugged Cross” is the number choice of Elvis fans. It is a popular hymn written in 1912, the year Elvis’ mother Gladys was born, by evangelist and song-leader George Bennard.

In order of Elvis fan choices here are the other 48 songs they wished he would have recorded:

3. Hallelujah

4. He Stopped Loving Her Today

5. I Fall to Pieces

Need You Now
Today I Started Loving You Again
The Most Beautiful Girl
I Love a Rainy Night
Save the Last Dance For Me
Fire & Rain
Brown Eyed Girl
All Summer Long
When a Man Loves a Woman
Autumn Leaves
The Prayer
One Pair of Hands
The Lighthouse
Tears From Heaven
Don’t Pull Your Love
Puddle of tears
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Rock n Roll is King
Miss Ann
It’s Only Make Believe
Send Me Some Lovin
I Told You SO
Don’t Close Your Eyes
Let It Be
Me and Bobby McGee
Fire
Only the Lonely
Piece of My Heart
Delilah
Only You
Bohemian Rhapsody
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
To Love Somebody
Candle in the Wind
Annies Song
Oh Holy Night
Sleigh Ride
You Lift Me Up
Behind Closed Doors
The Keeper of the Stars
In the Still of the Night
There Goes My Baby
Kansas City
Sittin on the Dock of the Bay
Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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