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We know that Elvis Presley was much more than just good songs, a pair of swivelling hips and a curled lip. But how does an academic go about ranking his recordings? Vintage Rock finds out.


Elvis performs on the set of Jailhouse Rock with songwriter Mike Stoller (on piano), Scotty Moore (guitar), Judy Tyler, Bill Black, Mickey Shaughnessy and DJ Fontana in 1957 in Hollywood
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Mark Duffett, a reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Chester, has a new book out called Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). In this compilation, the music academic documents and evaluates key Elvis songs and places them in his personal order of merit, based on his views of the singer’s creative contribution to popular music.

“I hope the book offers insight into particular recordings, and sheds light on their social, cultural and political context.”

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