Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Sept. 24, 2002: Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits released

Originally posted April 2, 2008. Last updated September 16, 2018.

Elvis Presley Compilations

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. Golden Records (1954-57)
  2. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2 (1956-59)
  3. Golden Records Vol. 3 (1960-62)
  4. Golden Records Vol. 4 (1958-67)
  5. Golden Records Vol. 5 (1968-77)
  6. The Top Ten Hits (1956-72)
  7. 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  8. 2nd to None (2003)

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Elvis Presley: Golden Records

Recorded: 1954-1957


Released: March 1958


Sales (in millions): US: 6.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 10.0


Peak: US: 3, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Quotable: “Rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


Awards:

Review:

“This was rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album, and it set the standard for all others to follow. As originally conceived, it was a 14-song collection of most of the King’s biggest hits up to that time, released on the eve of his start of military service – a dearth of material being in the offing, it seemed only logical to assemble these hits. Each of the 14 songs had earned a gold-record award for a million sales, a record unequaled at that time by anyone else in rock & roll. The album wasn’t intended as a history lesson, so Hound Dog and Loving You precede Heartbreak Hotel – the 1997 remastering also tampers with the concept a bit, adding six bonus tracks.” BE

“Elvis’ singing never sounded richer or more expressive, and one can fully appreciate in vivid detail the delicate nuances of his phrasing on songs like Too Much. On the downside, the remastering has made the sound so clean on some of the harder songs that some of the raw, ‘dirty’ ambience that characterized this stuff on the radio and the original 45s is lacking. Still, Scotty Moore’s groundbreaking lead guitar part on ‘Hound Dog’ and the Jordanaires’ backup singing never came through more sharply or cleanly, and the all-important rhythm section is almost up front in the mix.” BE

“Those who own the first Elvis box from RCA, covering the ‘50s masters, may hesitate to pick up this or the other parts of this latest remastered series, but the sound has been upgraded one more level, and Golden Hits does give a bite-sized glimpse of where Elvis had come from and where he was going (for better or worse) musically on the eve of heading into the Army.” BE

Elvis Presley: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2

Recorded: 1956-1959


Released: Nov. 13, 1959


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0


Peak: US: 31, UK: 4, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The initial release of Elvis’ second greatest-hits collection, Gold Records, Volume 2 (also known as 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong), featured singles released in 1958 and 1959, dating back to recording sessions from 1957. A reissue of the album added bonus tracks dating back to 1956.

Among the songs were the #1 hits Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, and Big Hunk O’ Love and the top ten hits I Beg of You, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, I Got Stung, One Night, I Need Your Love Tonight, and Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I.

The title on the original label for the album was Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 2. The phrase “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” did not appear on the original label, but was added from 1959 to 1961 to the labels of some mono records and the newly released “electronically reprocessed stereo” records.” WK2 The phrase was removed in 1968 and not added again until the CD release. WK2

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 3

Recorded: 1960-1962


Released: August 11, 1963


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0


Peak: US: 3, UK: 6, Canada: --, Australia: 79

Review:

Elvis’ third Golden Records collection compiled singles from 1960 to 1962 – eight A-sides and four B-sides. Five of the singles went to #1: Stuck on You, It’s Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, and Good Luck Charm. WK3

“It’s Now or Never” was adapted from “the 1898 Neapolitan song ‘O Sole Mio,’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight,’ a ballad from 1926, had been a rare request from [Elvis’ manager, Tom] Parker to Presley for Parker’s wife.” WK

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 4

Recorded: 1960-1967


Released: January 2, 1968


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 0.5


Peak: US: 33, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The fourth album in the Golden Records series came five years after its predecessor. Sales has cooled for Elvis and his singles were no longer automatic top 40 hits. Ten of the twelve cuts on this collection did go top 40, but only one song (You’re the Devil in Disguise) reached the top ten.

Three of the B-sides (Lonely Man, A Mess of Blues, Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello) were old enough that they could have been on the previous Golden Records album and Ain’t That Loving You Baby, another B-side, was recorded back in 1958. WK4

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 5

Recorded: 1968-1977


Released: March 1984


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 0.5


Peak: US: --, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The fifth and final entry in the Golden Records series came in 1984, seven years after Elvis’ death. The collection, which tapped material from the last decade of his career, included nine top 40 hits and a B-side.

“The first half of the album focused on Elvis’ late 1960s comeback-era recordings: If I Can Dream was taken from his comeback special, three singles from the American studios sessions Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, and In the Ghetto.” WK5 Clean Up Your Own Backyard was a soundtrack recording from The Trouble with Girls.

“The second half of the records focused on Elvis’ late period singles including Burning Love and Moody Blue. RCA did not base the selection solely on commercial factors, as they omitted two top ten hit singles from this time period, ‘Don't Cry Daddy’ from 1969 and ‘The Wonder of You’ from 1970.

Elvis Presley: The Top Ten Hits

Recorded: 1956-1972


Released: August 1987


Sales (in millions): US: 4.0, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 4.1


Peak: US: 117, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

All 38 of Elvis’ top ten hits from his career are gathered here on this two-disc collection. This retrospective walks the listener through from 1956’s Heartbreak Hotel to 1972’s Burning Love. These songs “are absolutely first-rate – there’s no arguing with I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, …All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, …Can’t Help Falling in Love, …Return to Sender, Suspicious Minds, and many, many others. It’s the perfect way to start an Elvis collection and, for many casual fans, the only set to own.” ET

Even so, “there’s a huge amount of terrific material that isn't included on the compilation. There’s none of his Sun recordings, none of his gritty blues, none of his gospel, precious little of his country recordings, and many great singles for RCA aren’t included.” ET

Elvis Presley: 30 #1 Hits

Recorded: 1956-1977 (+ a 2002 remix)


Released: Sept. 24, 2002


Sales (in millions): US: 6.0, UK: 1.86, IFPI: 3.0, World: 12.88


Peak: US: 13, UK: 12, Canada: 15, Australia: 14

Quotable: “This is the best way to hear Elvis the Superstar.” – Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, Time magazine

Awards:

Review:

“RCA and the Elvis estate made no bones about their intention on replicating the blockbuster success of the Beatles’ The Beatles 1 with their own single-disc collection of number one hits — hence, the 2002 release of Elvis: 30 #1 Hits. The idea of collecting all the number one hits is simple enough, but there are problems inherent with the concept, not the least of which is that RCA did this once before. Unlike the Beatles, who went through numerous changes in just seven years of recording, Elvis had nearly three times as many years’ worth of material and hits to choose from. Also, he hit on a number of different charts – not just pop, but also R&B, country, and adult contemporary. Furthermore, where almost all of the Beatles’ number one hits sampled at least part of their music, there are significant chunks of Elvis' best material – including the visionary sides for Sun – that didn’t hit the top of the charts.” E30

“All of this makes assembling a similar comprehensive sampler of Elvis’ biggest hits much more difficult, and it doesn’t help that RCA has decided not to have a rigid aesthetic and sample from different charts all over the world, resulting in a collection that feels more of a patchwork than it should, even if the bulk of the material is from the early ‘60s; at least five songs feel like they should have been replaced with better, and better-known, sides.” E30

“It's no great surprise that the second half of this chronologically ordered collection sags in direct proportion to the Big E’s waistline. Still, given that most of his RCA albums had valleys of filler that would shame anyone but Colonel Parker, this is the best way to hear Elvis the Superstar. Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Are You Lonesome Tonight and the ever zany Suspicious Minds still sound fresh and immediate – impressive given how many times most the world has heard them – and show off the diversity of Elvis’ singing, from the purity of his gospel falsetto to his rock and roll purr.” TL

“Even if much of this material is exceedingly familiar, there also feels like there is a lot missing because, frankly, there is. No Sun singles and very little from his classic 1968 comeback or early-‘70s hits like ‘Moody Blue,’ not to mention sides that would showcase Elvis ‘the rocker’ better than what’s here, which plays closer to Elvis the ‘60s pop crooner than anything else. And, let’s face it, no matter what the packaging is, Elvis: 30 #1 Hits can’t feel that new because of the veritable flood of Elvis collections RCA has issued since the King started having hits. This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics, but it’s hardly close to the only Elvis disc you’ll ever need, and it's not even that great of a starting place, since it lacks so much of his best material.” E30

“Also, even though this is one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits, it can’t help but feel a little shoddy since there’s actually 31 number one hits here, with the addition of the JXL remix of A Little Less Conversation tacked onto the end, no matter how good the single is.” E30

Elvis Presley: 2nd to None

Recorded: --


Released: 1954-1976


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 1.26


Peak: US: 3, UK: 4, Canada: 3, Australia: 4

Review:

They say all good things come to an end; apparently no one notified the compilers of Elvis collections – they just keep coming and coming. This album was considered the “follow-up” to the hugely successful single-disc greatest hits 30 #1 Hits released the year before. This collection is obviously not as strong as that one and isn’t really the next place to go if you were introduced to Elvis by the 30 #1 Hits package. You’d be better off turning to his ‘50s material like The Sun Collection or Elvis’ official debut album, simply called Elvis Presley. If you really are hooked, go straight to the box set The King of Rock and Roll: The Complete ‘50s Masters.

Album Tracks – All Collections

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.


1954-1957:

  1. That’s All Right, Mama (7/54, #3 UK, sales: ½ million) G1*, 2N
  2. Baby Let’s Play House (4/55, #5 CW) G1*
  3. I Forgot to Remember to Forget (7/21/55, #1 CW) 2N
  4. Mystery Train (9/17/55, #25 UK, #11 CW) G1*
  5. Heartbreak Hotel (3/3/56, #1 US, #2 UK, #1 CW, #3 RB, sales: 5 million, airplay: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  6. I Was the One (3/3/56, #19 US, #8 CW) G1*
  7. Blue Suede Shoes (4/7/56, #20 US, #9 UK, sales: 5 million) G1*, 2N
  8. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (5/26/56, #1 US, #14 UK, #3 RB, #1 CW, sales: 2 million) G1, TT, 2N
  9. My Baby Left Me (5/26/56, #31 US, #19 UK, #13 CW) G1*
  10. Don’t Be Cruel (8/11/56 – double A-side with “Hound Dog,” #1 US, #24 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 10 million) G1, TT, 30
  11. Hound Dog (8/11/56, #1 US, #2 UK, #1 RB) G1, TT, 30
  12. Paralyzed (10/19/56, #59 US, #8 UK) G2*
  13. Love Me Tender (10/20/56, #1 US, #11 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB, sales: 5 million, airplay: 3 million) G1, TT, 30
  14. Anyway You Want Me That’s How I Will Be (10/20/56, #20 US, #12 RB) G1
  15. Love Me (11/17/56, #2 US, #7 RB, #10 CW) G1, TT, 2N
  16. Too Much (1/4/57, #1 US, #6 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB, sales: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  17. Playing for Keeps (1/4/57, #21 US) G2*
  18. There’ll Be Peace in the Valley for Me (4/1/57, #25 US) G2
  19. All Shook Up (4/6/57, #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 7 million, airplay: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  20. That’s When Your Heartache Begins (4/13/57, #58 US) G1
  21. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (6/11/57, #1 US, #3 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 5 million) G1, TT, 30
  22. Loving You (6/24/57, #20 US, #24 UK, #15 CW) G1, 2N

1957-1959:

  1. Mean Woman Blues (7/1/57, #11 RB, #11 CW) G2*, 2N
  2. Party (7/1/57, #2 UK) G2*
  3. Got a Lot O’ Livin’ to Do (7/1/57, #17 UK) G2*
  4. Jailhouse Rock (9/24/57, #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 9 million) G1, TT, 30
  5. Treat Me Nice (9/24/57, #18 US, #7 RB, #11 CW) G1, 2N
  6. Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me (11/15/57, #7 UK) G2*
  7. Santa Claus Is Back in Town (11/15/57, #41 UK) G2*
  8. Don’t (1/7/58, #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #4 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 30
  9. I Beg of You (1/7/58, #8 US, #4 CW, #5 RB) G2, TT
  10. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (4/7/58, #2 US, #3 UK, #3 CW, #1 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 2N
  11. Doncha Think Its Time (4/7/58, #15 US, #10 RB) G2
  12. Ain’t That Loving You Baby (recorded 6/10/58, released 9/22/64, #16 US) G4
  13. Hard Headed Woman (6/30/58, #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #2 RB, sales: 2 million) G2*, TT, 30
  14. King Creole (9/19/58, #2 UK) G2*, 2N
  15. Trouble (9/19/58) 2N
  16. One Night (10/21/58, #4 US, #1 UK, #24 CW, #10 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 30
  17. I Got Stung (10/21/58, #8 US, #1 UK) G2, TT, 2N
  18. Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (3/10/59, #2 US, #1 UK, #16 RB, sales: 5 million) G2, TT, 30
  19. I Need Your Love Tonight (3/10/59, #4 US) G2, TT, 2N
  20. A Big Hunk O’ Love (6/23/59, #1 US, #4 UK, #10 RB, sales: 1 million) G2, TT, 30
  21. My Wish Came True (6/23/59, #12 US, #15 RB) G2

1960-1962:

  1. Stuck on You (3/23/60, #1 US, #3 UK, #27 CW, #6 RB, sales: 2 million) G3, TT, 30
  2. Fame and Fortune (3/23/60, #17 US) G3
  3. The Girl of My Best Friend (album: 4/8/60, single: 9/4/76, #9 UK) G3*
  4. It’s Now or Never (7/5/60, #1 US, #1 UK, #6 RB, sales: 22 million) G3, TT, 30
  5. A Mess of Blues (7/5/60, #32 US, #2 UK) G4, 2N
  6. Crying in the Chapel (recorded 10/31/60, released 4/24/65, #3 US, #2 UK, #1 AC, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G4*, TT, 30
  7. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (11/1/60, #1 US, #1 UK, #22 CW, #3 RB, sales: 9 million) G3, TT, 30
  8. I Gotta Know (11/1/60, #20 US) G3
  9. Wooden Heart (3/11/61, #2 UK, 5 million) G3*, 30
  10. Surrender (2/7/61, #1 US, #2 UK, sales: 6 million) G3, TT, 30
  11. I Feel So Bad (2/7/61, #5 US, #15 RB, #4 UK) G3, TT, 2N
  12. Lonely Man (2/7/61, #32 US) G4
  13. Wild in the Country (5/2/61, #26 US, #4 UK, sales: 1 million) G3*
  14. Marie’s the Name of His Latest Flame (8/8/61, #4 US, #3 UK, #2 AC, sales: 1 million) G3, TT, 30
  15. Little Sister (8/8/61, #5 US, #1 UK) G3, TT, 2N
  16. Rock-A-Hula Baby (10/1/61, #23 US, #1 UK, sales: 0.8 million G4*, 2N
  17. Can’t Help Falling in Love (12/4/61, #2 US, #1 AC, sales: 2 million) G3*, TT, 30
  18. Anything That's Part of You (2/27/62, #31 US, #6 AC) G3
  19. Good Luck Charm (3/17/62, #1 US, #2 UK, sales: 5 million) G3, TT, 30
  20. Follow That Dream (4/1/62, #15 US, #5 AC, sales: 2 million) G3*
  21. She’s Not You (7/17/62, #5 US, #3 UK, #2 AC, #13 RB, sales: 1 million) G3, TT, 30
  22. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (7/17/62, #55 US, #14 AC) G4
  23. King of the Whole Wide World (9/22/62, #30 US) G3*

1962-1968:

  1. Return to Sender (10/20/62, #2 US, #5 UK, #5 RB, sales: 5 million) G4*, TT, 30
  2. You’re the Devil in Disguise (6/18/63, #3 US, #2 UK, #9 RB, sales: 1 million) G4, TT, 30
  3. Please Don’t Drag That String Around (6/18/63, --) G4
  4. Bossa Nova Baby (10/1/63, #8 US, #20 RB, #13 UK, sales: 1 million) G4*, TT, 2N
  5. Witchcraft (10/1/63, #32 US) G4
  6. Kissin’ Cousins (2/10/64, #12 US, #10 UK) G4*
  7. It Hurts Me (2/10/64, #29 US) G4
  8. Viva Las Vegas (3/12/64, #29 US, #15 UK, sales: 1 million) G4*, 2N
  9. What’d I Say (4/28/64, #21 US) G4
  10. Ask Me (9/22/64, #12 US) G4
  11. I’m a Roustabout (1964) 2N
  12. Love Letters (6/8/66, #19 US, #6 UK, #38 AC) G4
  13. Indescribably Blue (1/10/67, #33 US) G4
  14. Big Boss Man (9/26/67, #38 US) G5*
  15. Guitar Man (1/9/68, #28 US, #19 UK, #16 AC, #1 CW, airplay: 1 million) G5*
  16. U.S. Male (2/28/68, #28 US, #15 UK, #55 CW) G5*
  17. If I Can Dream (11/5/68, #12 US, #11 UK, sales: 1 million) G5, 2N
  18. Edge of Reality (11/5/68, --) G5*

1969-1977:

  1. Memories (2/25/69, #35 US, #7 AC, #56 CW) G5*, 2N
  2. In the Ghetto (5/3/69, #3 US, #2 UK, #8 AC, #60 CW, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, TT, 30
  3. Clean Up Your Own Backyard (6/17/69, #35 US, #21 UK, #37 AC, #74 CW, sales: 1 million) G5
  4. Suspicious Minds (9/13/69, #1 US, #2 UK, #4 AC, sales: 7 million, airplay: 5 million) G5, TT, 30
  5. Don’t Cry Daddy (11/5/69, #6 US, #8 UK, #3 AC, #13 CW, sales: 2 million) TT, 2N
  6. Kentucky Rain (2/14/70, #16 US, #21 UK, #3 AC, #31 CW, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, 2N
  7. The Wonder of You (5/16/70, #9 US, #4 UK, #1 AC, #37 CW, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million) TT, 30
  8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (10/6/70, #11 US, #9 UK, #1 AC, #56 CW, sales: 1 million) G5*, 2N
  9. An American Trilogy (5/6/72, #66 US, #8 UK, #31 AC) 2N
  10. Burning Love (8/19/72, #2 US, #7 UK, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, TT, 30
  11. Always on My Mind (12/2/72, #9 UK, #16 CW, sales: 1 million) 2N
  12. If You Talk in Your Sleep (5/10/74, #17 US, #40 UK, #6 AC) G5
  13. Promised Land (10/19/74, #14 US, #9 UK) 2N
  14. For the Heart (3/27/76, #45 CW) G5
  15. Moody Blue (12/18/76, #31 US, #6 UK, #2 AC, #1 CW) G5, 2N
  16. Way Down (6/25/77, #18 US, #1 UK, #14 AC, #1 CW, sales: 5 million) G5, 30
  17. A Little Less Conversation (JXL remix) (7/13/02, #50 US, #1 UK, sales: ½ million) 30
  18. Rubberneckin’ (remix) (9/27/03, #94 US, #5 UK) 2N

G1 Golden Records
G2 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2
G3 Golden Records Volume 3
G4 Golden Records Volume 4
G5 Golden Records Volume 5
TT The Top Ten Hits
30 30 #1 Hits
2N 2nd to None

* Songs added to reissue.


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