Here is a list of some popular songs referencing Elvis Presley. Some are poignant and some poke fun, but all remind us that he will always be “The King.”
Remembered as one of the greatest American musical and cultural icons, Elvis has been memorialized in every conceivable way. His image graces postage stamps, collectors’ plates, jewelry and clothing, but the greatest tributes are those from your colleagues and peers.
- Country – Emmy Lou Harris – Boy From Tupelo
This song speaks to the end of a relationship, and mentions the irrevocable loss of Elvis and other irreplaceable treasures.
- Country – Tim McGraw – Things Change
Tim McGraw’s song pays tribute to several innovations in music that were first viewed as controversial, then treasured, then finally lost.
- Rock – Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis
Walking in Memphis is not a song about Elvis Presley, but it does contain several references to him, to his home at Graceland and to other aspects of Elvis’ history. It is largely a song about an awakening of spirit following surviving a car crash.
- Rock – Elvis Costello – Worthless Thing
This song makes reference to the dark, final days of Elvis’ life as part of a statement about how fleeting, damaging and worthless fame can be.
- Country – Boxcar Willie – Day Elvis Died
This song is a tribute to both Elvis Presley and Hank Williams. It references Williams as the King of Country and Presley as the King of Rock and Roll.
- Pop – Linda Ann McConnell – The Memphis Lullaby
This is one of the most highly rated tribute songs that memorialize Elvis Presley, and it is featured in a documentary to his life.
- Jerry Reed – Elvis Has Left the Building
This song is a plea from a man to the woman he loves to stop pining and mourning for Elvis Presley after his death, and start paying attention to him again. Elvis Presley was instrumental in Reed’s career, and the song is viewed as a tribute.
- Pop – Paul Simon – Graceland
Graceland was Elvis Presley’s home and the place of his burial, and it has become a national tourist attraction, known for its glitzy furnishings. Although the song does not specifically reference Elvis, it does reference the pilgrimage that many still make in tribute to the “King”.
- Rock – Stray Cats – Elvis on Velvet
This is another song that bemoans the fall from the innocent days of Elvis’ youth, when his talent was on fire and pure, to the end when he was commercialized and taken advantage of.
Many songs about money have been written throughout the years. It is a topic that is easy to relate to. Here is a list of songs about the evils of money. This list also includes songs about working hard and dreaming of more money. There are also songs about loving what you do for money.
- Soul – O’Jay – For the Love of Money
Probably best known as the theme song to TV show ‘The Apprentice’, this song cautions of many terrible things people have been known to do for the love of money. The lyrics also implore the listener to do good things with money.
- Dance Pop – Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
The lyrics of this song describe a woman who has always worked hard for her money. To her it seems strange that some people have everything.
- Pop Rock – Abba – Money Money Money
The lyrics in this song describe a lady who is always working hard yet never has any money left for her. She often daydreams about having a rich man and never having to work again.
- Electronic – Jacknife Lee – Making Me Money (switch remix)
There aren’t a lot of lyrics to this catchy tune. However, people who love what they do for money will easily relate.
- Experimental Rock – The Flying Lizards – Money
In my opinion, even today this cover of Barrett Strong’s classic provides a fresh and unique sound. The singer in this song knows exactly what she wants, and that’s money. She has no use for anything else.
- Rock – The Beatles – You Never Give Me Your Money
This song is rumored to describe some less than ideal dealings between the Beatles and their record label. At the beginning of the song, the lyrics describe a person who is fresh out of college, broke and unemployed.
- Rock – Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
It is said this song is about a certain shop owner complaining about how easy rock stars have it. They pretty much have money for nothing.
- Progressive Rock – Pink Floyd – Money
To me, the lyrics of this song are an abstract collection of general beliefs surrounding money, such as ‘money is the root of all evil’ or ‘get a good job and you will be ok’. Overall, the lyrics paint a negative picture of money.
- Indie Rock – The Drums – Money
This song seems tell a story of a man trying to make ammends with a friend after an argument. He would like to buy his friend something, but he doesn’t have any money.
- Alternative Rock – Radiohead – Dollars and Cents
To me, this song comments on the world’s current financial situation and the evils of money.