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Elvis Presley: His five greatest songs

Elvis Presley fans gathered at the Graceland Memorial in Memphis today to show appreciation for The King. It is the 34th anniversary of the day Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977 at his home. Fans remember the romantic crooner whose gyrating hips and curled lip were the stylistic signatures of an icon who permanently altered American music and pop culture.
Elvis grew up with musical influences of pop and country. Although Elvis had many hits, here's our compilation of the best five. What's your favorite?

By , Staff

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Elvis Presley performs what would be his last Memphis concert July 5, 1976 before a crowd of 12,000 at Mid-South Coliseum, in Memphis, Tenn.

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1. Hound Dog

The lyrics of "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog..." were made famous by Elvis Presley. Elvis released the song in 1956, but his version of "Hound Dog" is actually a remake of blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's 1952 original recording. Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, put Hound Dog at No. 19.

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