9 Songs Referencing Elvis Presley

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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”.
  9. 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.

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