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Suspicious Minds Tops Poll Of Best Elvis Songs

August 08, 2007 | Other
The song "Suspicious Minds," Elvis Presley’s last No. 1 U.S. record, has been named his best song in a new British poll, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. The Radio Times survey asked 12,000 fans to name their favorite Presley songs, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the music legend’s death Aug. 16.

"Jailhouse Rock" and "Always on My Mind" followed a close second and third, with "In the Ghetto" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" rounding out the top five.

Although 63 percent of those who participated in the poll said they preferred the King of Rock and Roll when he was young and sexy in the 1950s to when he was older and working the Vegas circuit in the 1970s, 32 percent of his fans said they loved him either way. Radio Times columnist Stuart Macone said Presley would still be revered if he was alive today.
Jerome wrote on August 08, 2007
as the legend goes, Joe Esposito pitched the song to Elvis (or convinced him to record it) while Elvis didn't feel much for it..
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on August 08, 2007
While I like SM & JR I think JR & SM are mostly over played on all radio station's while a lot of his earlier song's get un noticed, like Trying To Get To You and many other's that never get air play, but I suppose it's a matter of taste.
Elvisnites wrote on August 08, 2007
I am sick to death of "Suspicious Minds". When it first came out I was not fond of it, but it got bought because it was Elvis. I've even heard him say on stage "I'm not fond of this song, so lets get through it" Unless he was not in a good mood that night, I agree with him. There are so many more that are better. In my opinion "That's the wonder of you". It's almost like he's singing it to and for his fans. Just my opinion.
Shakingruud wrote on August 09, 2007
In my humble opinion SUSPICIOUS MINDS is simply the very best song Elvis ever recorded. Its also one of those songs you can play on pop radio today. It still sounds modern. What a song!!!
Paul Reno wrote on August 09, 2007
Suspicious Minds was superbly interpreted by Elvis. There hasn't been anyone come close to the feeling Elvis gives to the song. Joe Esposito may take the credit, but if Elvis disliked the song that much, he wouldn't have included it in his shows for years. In 1969 Elvis had matured vocally to do the song justice and made it the classic song it is now.
FJE wrote on August 09, 2007
In all the years I have been an Elvis Fan (over 45 years!) I have been asked countless times which is my favourite Elvis song. I always said that it's impossible to choose just one so I opt to name 3 favourites (leaving out about 500 others!), one from each 3 phases of Elvis' career. The 3 I keep mentioning as my favourites are Good Rockin' Tonight, Reconsider Baby and Suspicious Minds. SM is a tour-de-force for Elvis and for anyone to say it's a boring song has no idea about music at all. Besides the feel in Elvis' voice, the backing musicians are in top form, especially Gene Chrisman on drums.
ta2k wrote on August 09, 2007
Suspicious Minds is obviously a great song.It isn't my favourite,but then again i never have a permanent favourite ! Let's get it to No.1 though people...
Colonel wrote on August 09, 2007
Since when is a "favorite" song the same as the "best" song ? Anyway, I like SM, but I think the liveversion is much better.
Rob Wanders wrote on August 09, 2007
Susp minds, I think is the best song Elvis ever recorded but it's not my favourite song though it belongs definitly to my favourite top 10. i think I can live with the given top 5, although my top 5 would be completely different; so you see there is a difference between "favourite" songs and "best" songs. Favourite songs has a lot to do with personal (private) matters, matters outside the song itself.
Steve V wrote on August 09, 2007
I remember when it came out and was starting to get a lot of radio airplay. People I knew who were not Elvis fans loved the song & bought it. They couldnt believe this was Elvis as it was a new style for him with the horns, etc. Yes its been overplayged thru the years but that is why it is voted #1. When a song is constantly in your brain you think of it first. But it was a very important song for Elvis and brought him all the way back in that great year for music, 1969! I love it. In my top 5 songs of all time.
Joe Carr wrote on August 09, 2007
Like so many of the songs Elvis recorded, Suspicious Minds was brilliantly done. The recordings from 69, were and still are incredible! That blue-eyed soul as they call it, is a testament to his genius.
Nimy wrote on August 09, 2007
It's my all-time favorite. I've heard many versions by different singers, but ELVIS is the best.
artfromtex wrote on August 10, 2007
ONCE AGAIN "Do The Clam" gets robbed!!
tk10 wrote on August 12, 2007
i remember when mark james played it to me in kent and marks attic in 1969 on guitar. we would go up there to get away from the wives and kids downstairs ha i told him then it was good and it still is a good no great song! right on mark, johnny, milsap, butch and all the american songwriters from then! paul terry king bmi wtr mbr 69-07