9 Best Elvis Presley Movie Soundtrack Cuts

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Elvis Presley starred in 31 feature films, two documentaries and during the 1960s was called the “only sure thing in Hollywood,” by one producer. Though Elvis did not set out to record movie soundtracks, he ended up singing in every film he appeared in. In fact, 241 of Elvis’ master recordings were made specifically for the big screen.

Some of Elvis’ biggest hits were from his movie projects and these are our favorites:

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” from “Blue Hawaii”

Elvis’ soulful, almost Gospel-esque tune is not just one of Elvis’ greatest songs, it is also one of the most covered songs in pop music with Doris Day, Bob Dylan, Corey Hart, U2, The Pretenders, Harry Connick Jr., Chris Isaak and Dave Matthews all recording their own versions of it. None better than the original.

“Crawfish” from “King Creole”

Elvis’ last recording before entering the Army is this bass-heavy and rhythmic gem. And those call-and-response vocals? So good.

“Jailhouse Rock” from “Jailhouse Rock”

The AFI lists “Jailhouse Rock” as the 21st most important song in America cinema history. There are plenty of jokes in the lyrics, but Elvis sings it as serious as any other song.

“Viva Las Vegas” from “Viva Las Vegas”

Originally a modest hit, it’s become one of Elvis’ most well-known songs since its in 1963. At one point, the city of Las Vegas even requested to use “Viva Las Vegas” as the official song of the city. 

“Flaming Star” from “Flaming Star”

Not only is this one of Elvis’ best songs, most critics agree that Elvis’ role in “Flaming Star” was one of his best acting jobs, too.

“Bossa Nova Baby” from “Fun in Acapulco”

Elvis had the interesting role of lifeguard and nightclub singer in this film, but he also had the important job of introducing the Brazilian bossa nova dance craze to the world.

“City By Night” from “Double Trouble”

Elvis sings like he’s in an actual jazz club during this tune and the backing trombone drone and bass sax make this one of Elvis’ most haunting numbers.

“You Don’t Know Me” from “Clambake”

Hard to believe such a tender moment could happen in a movie called “Clambake,” but Elvis delivers this song as a soliloquy in one of his best on-screen moments.

“Rubberneckin'” from “Change of Habit”

A legitimate Top 10 hit on the Billboard charts, Elvis is down-right groovy in this tune. It should also be noted that in “Change of Habit” Elvis plays an inner-city doctor trying to date his co-worker (Mary Tyler Moore) before realizing she is a nun. Totally groovy.

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