Top 5: Elvis Country Songs

We remember Elvis Presley on the anniversary of his death.

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, still considered by many to be the greatest entertainer ever to have lived. In memory of the King’s passing in 1977, our friends at Rhapsody put together this playlist of country songs that pay tribute to Elvis. Check it out here.

We decided, however, to focus on the country songs that Elvis himself covered. From tunes by Willie Nelson to Kris Kristofferson, we count down our Top 5 moments of Elvis going country.

5. “Blue Moon of Kentucky”

Elvis supercharged Bill Monroe’s bluegrass chestnut on the Louisiana Hayride radio program in 1954, offering a glimpse of the hip-swiveling rock ’n’ roll that was to come.

4. “Help Me Make It Through the Night”

Elvis takes Kris Kristofferson’s plea for late-night companionship and ratchets up the despair. The results are heartbreaking.

3. “Green, Green Grass of Home”

Nearly everyone covered this prisoner’s lament at one time or another, but aside from Porter Wagoner, few matched Elvis’ interpretation, especially when he performed it live with his ace band.

2. “Funny How Time Slips Away”

Well, hello there, King. Willie Nelson’s dissertation on the quick passing of the days, weeks and years is especially poignant when viewed through the prism of Elvis’ own short life.

1. “Make the World Go Away”

Hank Cochran penned a gem in this gorgeous ballad, a No. 1 for Eddy Arnold back in 1965. Elvis revisited the song a few years later, recording it for a country album and making it a showstopper of his Las Vegas engagements in the 1970s.

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