Elvis Presley is one of the biggest names in rock and roll. At one point he was the tallest, by far.
One of the things that made Elvis special was that he could apply his crooning voice, snarling lips, and beautiful stage presence to almost any song. In fact, he wrote a few of his own tunes, but usually performed songs written for him or songs he loved to sing.
In this way, there are a number of famous Elvis covers, of which the one that comes to mind is “Fools Rush In”. If you know the song, it’s easy to hear Elvis’ great voice singing it right now.
But there are a number of other songs you might be surprised the king sang. Below are seven of them for you to learn more here and enjoy. So, without further ado, let’s jump into these songs.
1. “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His songs have been covered countless times and Elvis Presley is one of the artists to do so. Here, Elvis sings the remorseful love song originally written by Outlaw Cowboy.
2. “Bridge over troubled water” by Paul Simon
Elvis had the incredible ability to look both triumphant and sad. His round, strong voice was so charged with emotion that he could use it to express many things at once. This made it perfect for performing even the trickiest songs, like this one from legendary songwriter Paul Simon.
3. “Run On (God’s Gonna Cut You Down)” by Johnny Cash
While Cash may have made this song famous in his American recordings series, Elvis did a great job on his own, which made it a success. The song, however, is itself a traditional American folk song, first recorded by Heavenly Gospel Singers in 1937. It’s an incredible piece. Check it out below.
4. “What Did I Say” by Ray Charles
Written by Ray Charles, this song was perfect for dancing. It was played at the black clubs that Charles passed through early in his career. Even when others play it today, you can hear Charles in every word and accented piano chord. Here, Elvis does a great job of keeping the energy and the hips moving. Check it here.
5. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”
Like others since him (hello, Mariah Carey!), Elvis is sometimes as synonymous with his holiday hits as he is with his pop hits. “White Christmas” is no different. First made famous by classical singer Bing Crosby, Elvis put his own skills into it and the track has become a staple for many as they prune the tree. Check it out below.
6. “Yesterday” by The Beatles
One of the most famous songs of the 20th century, Elvis put his own spin on this Paul McCartney-penned classic. According to legend, McCartney dreamed up the lyrics and melody one night. Well, here Elvis makes it a fantastic sonic treat.
7. “You Lost That Loving Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers
One of the best choruses in all of popular music, the chorus here sounds much better coming from the lips of the great Elvis Presley. You can just imagine him on a stage in Vegas performing this one for thousands of people. What a perfect piece for the deep, guttural crooner.
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