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* Compilation *

Recorded: 1956 to 1977
(+ a 2002 remix)

Released: Sept. 24, 2002

Rating: 4.596 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: early rock and roll

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Don’t Be Cruel
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. Too Much
  6. All Shook Up
  7. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
  8. Jailhouse Rock
  9. Don’t
  10. Hard Headed Woman
  11. One Night
  12. Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I
  13. A Big Hunk O’ Love
  14. Stuck on You
  15. It’s Now or Never
  16. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  17. Wooden Heart
  18. Surrender
  19. Marie’s the Name, His Latest Flame
  20. Can’t Help Falling in Love
  21. Good Luck Charm
  22. She’s Not You
  23. Return to Sender
  24. You’re the Devil in Disguise
  25. Crying in the Chapel
  26. In the Ghetto
  27. Suspicious Minds
  28. The Wonder of You
  29. Burning Love
  30. Way Down
  31. A Little Less Conversation (remix)


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 60,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 3 million
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 3
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heartbreak Hotel (3/3/56) #1 US, #2 UK, #1 CW, #3 RB. 2x platinum single.
  • Hound Dog (8/11/56) #1 US, #2 UK, #1 RB. 4x platinum single.
  • Don’t Be Cruel (8/11/56) #1 US, #24 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB. 4x platinum single (double A-side with “Hound Dog”)
  • Love Me Tender (10/20/56) #1 US, #11 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB. 3x platinum single.
  • Too Much (1/26/57) #1 US, #6 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB. Platinum single.
  • All Shook Up (4/6/57) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB. 2x platinum single.
  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (6/24/57) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB. 2x platinum single.
  • Jailhouse Rock (10/14/57) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB. 2x platinum single.
  • Don’t (1/27/58) #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #4 RB. Platinum single.
  • Hard Headed Woman (6/30/58) #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #2 RB. Platinum single.
  • One Night (11/10/58) #4 US, #1 UK, #24 CW, #10 RB. Platinum single.
  • Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (3/23/59) #2 US, #1 UK, #16 RB. Platinum single.
  • A Big Hunk O’ Love (7/6/59) #1 US, #4 UK, #10 RB. Gold single.
  • Stuck on You (4/4/60) #1 US, #3 UK, #27 CW, #6 RB. Platinum single.
  • It’s Now or Never (7/18/60) #1 US, #1 UK, #6 RB. Platinum single.
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (11/14/60) #1 US, #1 UK, #22 CW, #3 RB. 2x platinum single.
  • Surrender (2/20/61) #1 US, #2 UK. Platinum single.
  • Marie’s the Name of His Latest Flame (8/21/61) #4 US, #3 UK, #2 AC. Gold single.
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (12/4/61) #2 US, #1 AC. Platinum single.
  • Good Luck Charm (3/17/62) #1 US, #2 UK. Platinum single.
  • She’s Not You (8/4/62) #5 US, #3 UK, #2 AC, #13 RB. Gold single.
  • Return to Sender (10/20/62) #2 US, #5 UK, #5 RB. Gold single.
  • You’re the Devil in Disguise (6/29/63) #3 US, #2 UK, #9 RB. Gold single.
  • Wooden Heart (12/5/64) #2 UK
  • Crying in the Chapel (4/24/65) #3 US, #2 UK, #1 AC. Platinum single.
  • In the Ghetto (5/3/69) #3 US, #2 UK, #8 AC, #60 CW. Platinum single.
  • Suspicious Minds (9/13/69) #1 US, #2 UK, #4 AC. Platinum single.
  • The Wonder of You (5/16/70) #9 US, #4 UK, #1 AC, #37 CW. Gold single.
  • Burning Love (8/19/72) #2 US, #7 UK. Platinum single.
  • Way Down (6/25/77) #18 US, #1 UK, #14 AC, #1 CW. Platinum single.
  • A Little Less Conversation (JXL remix) (7/13/02) #50 US, #1 UK

Notes: Go to Elvis Presley: Selected Anthologies to see more compilations, including box sets, from Elvis.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums.

30 #1 Hits
Elvis Presley
“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” (Erlewine).

“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” (Erlewine).

“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” (Tyrangiel/ Light).

“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” (Erlewine).

“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” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 2, 2008.