The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song: Top 20 Results and Winner

If your wondering which song was voted The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song, here’s the full results list from the ITV music special.

Spoiler warning, if you haven’t yet watched the show and don’t want to know which song won, best stop reading now.

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

With tracks that would’ve been the highlight of most artists careers not even making the list, in the eyes of the mainstream these are truly the best of the best. So in reverse order, here’s the complete top 20 as they were revealed:

20. King Creole 1958

19. If I Can Dream 1969

18. Don’t Be Cruel 1956

17. Viva Las Vegas 1964

16. Heartbreak Hotel 1956

15. An American Trilogy 1972

14. It’s Now or Never 1960

13. All Shook Up 1957

12. Blue Suede Shoes 1956

11. The Wonder of You 1970

10. Are You Lonesome Tonight 1961

9. Return to Sender 1962

8. Love Me Tender 1956

7. Hound Dog 1956

6. Jailhouse Rock 1958

5. A Little Less Conversation 1968/2002

4. In The Ghetto 1969

3. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1962

2. Suspicious Minds 1969

Winner and Number 1. Always On My Mind 1972

Always On My Mind which was originally a country song first recorded by Brenda Lee, was written by Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James.

While watching The Nation’s Favorite Elvis Song as the show quickly motored through the list, it became apparent ITV could easily have made the chart into a full series. The story behind many of Elvis songs could easily be made into a documentary all of their own.

As with many charts, this line-up is perhaps more notable for the tracks left out than those which made it. There’s no doubt though that the top 20 would have far more credibility as the nation’s favorites, if ITV had actually conducted a full public vote prior to the making of the programme.

Though the 90 minute chart rundown may leave Elvis biggest fans wanting more, the show will at least add new members to the Kings already massive following.


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  30 comments for “The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song: Top 20 Results and Winner

    Tuesday 14 January, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Well really folks it depends on which 20 you are listening too at the time as 95 % of his recordings

  2. Al Sharpie
    Tuesday 14 January, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Reconsider Baby…got everything…check it out!
    Long Live The King.

  3. Mark O'Neill
    Sunday 22 December, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I think what most people are missing is the fact that in spite of an imperfect top 20, surely this made some new Elvis fans.

  4. Multi Strickland
    Thursday 12 December, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Seems to me a lot of people here just want to show how much ‘knowledge’ of Elvis’s back catalogue they know, so chuck some obscurities into their top 20! Personally it’s Polk salad Annie for me…… Have I just done the same?!!

  5. shakin mikey
    Wednesday 27 November, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    top hunred would have been better

  6. Amelia Poon
    Saturday 23 November, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    All Elvis songs are No.1 to me. I can’t live without them.

    Must say ‘Always on my mind’ and ‘Softly, as I leave you’ are so connected to me right now. Especially the latter one, Elvis does not have to sing to move us, just listening to his soft voice, it really melts everyone’s heart.

    Long live the King.

  7. elvis alan
    Saturday 16 November, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    what a man.( THE KING )

  8. Jay
    Friday 15 November, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Way Down should have been in there somewhere!

  9. Chris
    Tuesday 12 November, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Not a bad list. Winner isn’t mine (I’d go for ‘That’s alright’) but half the fun of top 20s is the debate after.

  10. roxanne black
    Tuesday 12 November, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Moody Blue is my favourite song and Kentucky Rain is also a brilliant song. I was pleased to see Little Less Conversation there. I also like Blue Christmas, Lonely this Christmas, One Night. Oh I could go on for ever, let’s face it, ALL Elvis songs are amazing and everybody has a particular favourite. How can you ever choose really

  11. anon
    Monday 11 November, 2013 at 10:37 AM


  12. Lawrence Watts
    Monday 11 November, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    1. Anyway you want me, 2. Give me the right, 3.Mess of Blues, 4. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 5. Trying to get to you, 6. Blue Christmas, 7. I was the one, 8. I want you, I need you, I love you, 9.One Night, 10. There’s always me,
    How about making an album of real classics called:-

  13. Sally
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    ‘I just can’t help believing’ is easily my favourite Elvis song, followed by ‘Kentucky Rain’.

  14. Anonymous
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    All I can say is elvis is and always will be the king.the greatest singer that ever lived

  15. Johnny 5
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Agree with many of the comments. It was a list made for people who know nothing about Elvis. My faves are Is it do strange, milky white way, Any day now. Many many more. Top 20 isn’t enough

  16. dave
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    and what about….. she’s not you; marie’s the name; guitar man; such a night; hard headed woman to name but few

    • Susan
      Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      I’m much more with David’s list. Dave again you seem to have focused upon hits which I think David is deliberately challenging given his selections. I think the result was more a reflection of songs which have connected film than anything else! Even if the film and record versions had nothing in common eg An American Trilogy and The Wonder of You etc. What i found sickening was the role Priscilla played in the programme – but then anything for her for a bit of publicity. They focused upon Elvis’ so-called affairs but didn’t mention hers with Mike Stone. And to claim credit for bringing Elvis ‘Trilogy – everyone knows this was Marty Lacker!

  17. David
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Heartbreak Hotel. “But, even regardless of that, it is easily one of Elvis’s Top 5 songs”. As someone with around 12000 Elvis cds, I wouldn’t put Heartbreak Hotel in a top 100 of Elvis’ best recordings. The Wonder of You, I wouldn’t put in a top 300. This is a lazy list. No Sun songs? no Don’t?, No Reconsider Baby? Or any of the following” Stranger In My Own Hometown; Any Day Now; Long Black Limousine; Anything That’s Part Of You; How Great Thou Art; Merry Christmas Baby; I’m Leaving; Twenty Days & Twenty Nights; It’s Midnight; Tomorrow Is A Long Time; I Just Can’t Help Believing; Like A Baby; The Girl Of My Best Friend; My Baby Left Me; Loving Arms; And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind; Lawdy Miss Clawdy etc etc. A lazy list indeed.

    • Housemartin
      Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      “As someone with around 12000 Elvis cds, I wouldn’t put Heartbreak Hotel in a top 100 of Elvis’ best recordings.” You have 12,000 CDs by Elvis Presley? I know they keep rehashing all of his stuff…. but 12,000 CDs Apart from such a thing sounding totalling b-o-r-i-n-g, when would you ever listen to them and how do you get time to listen to anyone other the Elvis Presley???? Oh… and what right-thinking individual makes a “Top 100” of anybody’s songs? If you go back to the criteria stated for the show, the program was not about a random fan listing a load of relatively obscure songs; it was about the songs that had the greatest impact, sales and cultural significance. I don’t think “And The Grass Don’t Pay No Mind” fits into any of those categories.

  18. Housemartin
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Always On My Mind? Really???? In The Ghetto and Suspicious minds I can understand. If cultural significance had anything to do with it, “Heartbreak Hotel” would’ve been No. 1 as that was the song which made both The Beatles and Cliff Richard (and, I’m sure many others) sit up and take notice. But, even regardless of that, it is easily one of Elvis’s Top 5 songs. Always On My Mind? Really????

    • Jennieh Hill
      Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      To all the posts that have said ‘crap’ chart what are you people thinking about, we all have our favorites and what an impossible task for the Presley Estate who if you had listened to the show had an input into what songs were chosen.

      Be grateful that Elvis left behind a huge legacy that covers everyones taste. I am not going to comment on my favorite but will say I enjoyed every moment of the show and the archive footage and the wonderful comments from all those who took part.

  19. Amy
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Bracey I am far from melt down over it! All I’m sayin is that who ever decided on the “chart” has clearly never listened to anything by Elvis other than what is on his most popular chart stuff, when there are so many others that are better I grew up in a house that was stuffed with anything and everything that was Elvis and as I know that there are other songs out there that are more deserving of the title lol

  20. tomd
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I could listen to elvis all day long and have many favourites but i think it was just a ploy by itv and others to make money off elvis estate by re releasing his songs,as per all the adverts ever since .

  21. Paul
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Some people have their own favourite elvis song many people can’t choose one they have so many but it should have done two shows one voted by the the public and one by elvis fans he had 100s of songs on albums in films that the public never heard.

    • Tony
      Thursday 19 December, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Well said!

  22. Damian
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Where the hell is Burning Love?? That is a dreadful top 20 imo

    • Tony
      Thursday 19 December, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      I agree!

  23. Bracey
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Wowzers, Amy 🙂 I understand it could be argued for eternity about which should have made the cut. But to say it’s crap is a bit of an over exaggeration.

    I would have argued ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’ should have been in, and ‘Wonder of You’ higher up. But then, i wouldn’t go into a full scale meltdown over it x

    Oh, and if anyone is reading this, and hasn’t listening to ‘Heart of Rome’ by Elvis, i would highly recommend it.

    • Tony
      Thursday 19 December, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Hi Bracey. I agree with your comments. I would find it impossible to list 20 of my favorite songs. There are lots more.

  24. Amy
    Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    CRAP! Always on my mind?? In the ghetto was amazing! N what about old shep ?? Don’t cry daddy ?? Who was actually asked to get these results??!! I didn’t !! It’s a mockery!

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