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Elvis Presley’s 40 Best Songs

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Forty years ago this Wednesday (Aug 16), the day was shaping up to be just another hot and humid summer afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. Then, about 3 p.m. in the afternoon — the world changed forever for millions of Elvis Presley fans around the world with the sudden passing of “The King Of Rock and Roll.”

Though much has been written in the years since of his passing — and the excessive lifestyle that contributed to it — one thing that remains all of these years later is the music. There was no other musical performer who left such a unique and indelible stamp on the American music landscape than Elvis Aron Presley. Whether it was rock and roll, gospel or country, the singer did it all — as nobody else before him or since.

To narrow Presley’s recorded legacy to a simple 40 recordings is quite the impossible task. Some prefer the era of the early Elvis, while some enjoy the ’60s sounds after his discharge. And, to an extent his later catalog doesn’t get the respect it deserves — he turned in covers of “My Way” and “Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues” that, at the very least, equaled the original — with all due respect to the “Chairman of the Board.” So, here are 40 Elvis Presley songs that can fit on any playlist, any time.

40. Elvis Presley – “Always On My Mind” (1972)

39. Elvis Presley – “For The Heart” (1976)

38. Elvis Presley – “Moody Blue” (1977)

37. Elvis Presley – “U.S. Male” (1968)

36. Elvis Presley – “Bossa Nova Baby” (1963)

35. Elvis Presley – “Way Down” (1977)

34. Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm” (1962)

33. Elvis Presley – “My Boy” (1975)

32. Elvis Presley – “Return To Sender” (1962)

31. Elvis Presley – “Separate Ways” (1972)

30. Elvis Presley – “In The Ghetto” (1969)

29. Elvis Presley – “A Little Less Conversation” (1968)

28. Elvis Presley – “Fever” (1960)

27. Elvis Presley – “It’s Midnight” (1974)

26. Elvis Presley – “Stuck On You” (1960)

25. Elvis Presley – “If I Can Dream” (1968)

24. Elvis Presley – “She’s Not You” (1962)

23. Elvis Presley – “Steamroller Blues” (1973)

22. Elvis Presley – “Kentucky Rain” (1970)

21. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds” (1969)

20. Elvis Presley – “Little Sister” (1961)

19. Elvis Presley – “Too Much” (1957)

18. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Cry Daddy” (1969)

17. Elvis Presley – “Crying In The Chapel” (1965)

16. Elvis Presley – “Hard Headed Woman” (1958)

15. Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” (1968)

14. Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog” (1956)

13. Elvis Presley – “One Night” (1958)

12. Elvis Presley – “Memories” (1969)

11. Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

10. Elvis Presley – “Burning Love” (1972)

9. Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender” (1956)

8. Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)

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7. Elvis Presley – “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” (1957)

6. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

5. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961)

4. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

3. Elvis Presley – “It’s Now Or Never” (1960)

2. Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)

1. Elvis Presley – “All Shook Up” (1957)

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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Premiere: KRYER Is Back With The Sultry Single ‘Skin’

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The fearless Alternative Rock artist hailing from Tottenham, KRYER, is back with a sultry new single which can be exclusively streamed here on Tune Collective until it drops tomorrow.

While KRYER draws influence from folk-rock greats such as Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits, and Soundgarden, he still infuses his music with the grime scene that surrounded his neighbourhood growing up. These influences blend together for a unique listening experience that help him dive into social narratives in his writing like mental-health, sex, and excess.

“If I answered the question ‘What’s ‘Skin’ about?’ without thinking too much, I’d say that it’s just about sex. I realise now that it’s about a little more than that. I think it’s about the first time I really learnt someone’s body, and how I subsequently forgot everything I’d learnt about anything else at all. That moment when you’re reduced from an anxious and analytical mess with a loose screw to the most basic and carnal state. Funny really, saying it like this… ‘Skin’ is about how there is no longer anything left to separate me from an animal.” – KRYER

‘Skin’ comes as an angsty and passionate track that will have you lost in the music from the sexy guitar all the way to KRYER’s fierce voice. With so much talent and such a distinct sound, we here at Tune Collective are excited to see what he has next.

Check out ‘Skin’ below, and enjoy!

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Video Release: Eric Anders ‘This Fire Has Burned Too Long’

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In the Spring of 2017, I was privileged to have covered the release of Eleven Nine, the 7th album by indie artist Eric Anders.

The project, a hard-hitting, heartfelt plea for change, truly made an impact on me. Its messaging really invoked a sense of wanting to know more about the political climate of America, and willed me to remain educated when it came the powers that be. Being able to do this through music is a huge achievement, as it is a medium that spans countries, cultures, and various other classifications we find have become integrated into the world that we live in.

That said, I had absolutely no idea that Eric Anders would be making further significant impact through the release of his music video for the track titled ‘This fire has burned too long’.

To understand the emotions that Anders manages to bring to light, you need to watch the video.

Its opening frame, the burning of trees, sets the tone for the stark contrast between the peaceful nature of his music and the havoc that seems to flooded into the lives of average Americans through political unrest, and other issues that simply cannot be ignored. What I love about the style of Anders’ music is that it carries the quintessential Middle-American sound, despite it rallying support against a man elected into office by the people forming part of the very same working class of middle-America, who ironically were integral to initiating this genre of music.

Another contrast is introduced – frames celebrating the seemingly successful Donald Trump, amid supporters, applause and achievements, scattered between shots of devastation, war, and destruction, news headlines that illustrate the truth rather than the facade that is so easily believed when remaining ignorant.

Don’t let the intense messaging put you off though – the crooning vocals and beautiful instrumentals put together by Anders will lull you into a true state of musical appreciation.

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Soccer Mommy On How Nashville, Mitski & Taylor Swift Influenced Her Sound

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It’s no secret that Nashville has been brewing a ton of DIY musicians for years (Bully, Diarrhea Planet, JEFF The Brotherhood), but the newest rising star in the community is Sophie Allison. The 20-year-old indie-pop singer-songwriter has been splitting her time between Nashville and New York, studying music business at NYU.

Quietly uploading her music to Bandcamp from 2015 on, Soccer Mommy has garnered a fan base within the DIY community. With her nostalgic pop sensibility, Soccer Mommy makes her songs feel intimate as she explores lost love, crushes and growing up. Earlier this month, Soccer Mommy released her mini album Collection, which is ideal for fans of Jay Som, Mitski and Waxahatchee.

Allison filled us in on her love for Taylor Swift, how Bandcamp helped her rise to success and how the Nashville music scene influenced her.

How did you come up with the name Soccer Mommy for your project?

I don’t remember. It was my Twitter name — not my @handle, but my name for a while. I thought it would be funny and cutesy. I was going to go by my name on my Twitter, Soph Arela.

How did people first start recognizing your music?

It happened from Bandcamp — that and my friends from home that were in the music scene would say to check out my post on Facebook. For six months, no one was really listening to it. It probably wasn’t until December 2015 or January of 2016 people started listening to it at a bigger capacity, but it was really due to Bandcamp.

What artists have you been influenced by? What were you listening to when you made Collection?

A lot of music that’s my favorite doesn’t sound like the music I write. I love Mitski — she’s one of my favorite artists. I listen to Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, The Strokes and indie rock, but I wouldn’t say that I sound like it that much. Some people say it reminds them of Taylor Swift, which would make sense because I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift as a child secretly for a while. That probably influenced my songwriting style at least a little bit. Mitski is an influence to me as a writer.

What do you think about Taylor Swift putting her music on Spotify?

I was so happy. My boyfriend showed me that Stereogum thing that said it was coming back on because I’m a Spotify user and not an Apple Music user. I own a lot of her music on iTunes, but I’ll remember a deep cut off of Fearless and I’ll be like oh man I want to listen to it because I don’t have Apple Music. Now I have it all.

What are some of the themes you sing about?

I would say relationships that start right, not toxic, but people who don’t fit for you. I think that’s what “Out Worn” is about: it’s about men who have been in very close relationships with me in a friendship way or a relationship way that haven’t been right for my self-esteem or personality. Not that they’ve done anything toxic or abusive to me, but not in their faults, but in the way that people mesh together isn’t always right. That can kind of cause personal issues when you don’t mesh with someone very well. It’s where my own flaws are made to shine because of the way we are as people. It’s about feeling like someone doesn’t have the capacity to care for you like you need emotionally. Regardless of whether or not they love you, it’s just not the right kind of love that a person needs sometimes. That’s something I’ve experienced in my life.

What’s your process like for songwriting?

I always feel like I start with a chorus first. I think I’m much more of a guitar-songwriter than a singer. I start with chords and then test out melodies rather than improvising over it. Lyrically and melodically I try to see what works well together. Usually the melody comes to me and the lyrics come to me a little after I workshop it.

Who would you love to tour with in the future?

I’d love to tour with Mitski. I’d love to be able to see her play every night. That would be an amazing tour because I would get to see her play a lot. Slowdive would be really crazy. I love Jay Som, and that would be really cool. Bully would be really cool, and she’s also from Nashville.

How do you think Bandcamp helped you launch your career?

I didn’t know it would at all. I didn’t think about that when I was first making stuff. I didn’t like Soundcloud that much because it was so track-based. Even if you’re just starting out it looks nice and professional. It looks like you’re uploading actual albums instead of demos. That’s what I was doing at my house recording during the summer. It was a way for me to not just write on the guitar and that be the end of it. It was a chance for me to fully realize the songs by using different instruments. For a long time I posted them on my Tumblr or my Twitter if I was feeling outgoing. Some people would tell me that they liked it and it was a nice way to put my music out there. Then it gained a little bit of traction. I would have people I didn’t know like it. Eventually it got big enough where it got attention from people. Bandcamp unknowingly gave me a nice start to music, so that was pretty cool.

How have Nashville and New York influenced your music?

I think they both have. I listen to a lot of Nashville local music, which for the most part is punk and grunge music but also alt-country stuff down here. I think it’s more about being around Nashville musicians growing up because I’ve been playing since I was five years old. Being here has pushed me in the direction of doing music. It also pushed me to try that scene in New York when I went to school, which helped me get to where I am today. I draw more influence from New York style.

How did you go about choosing songs for Collection?

I just knew instantly which songs were the best from Bedroom or Bandcamp. I pretty much went off of what our live set was in Nashville and picked a few filler songs and then I had two new songs I liked, which were “Out Worn” or “Allison.” It was a progression of the stuff I do live and the new stuff I’m going to be doing. After Collection, I’m working on a new album this summer. It’s a lot different than the music I’ve been doing — more in the direction of “Out Worn” and “Allison.” It’s a little bit less pop-sounding, but it’s bedroom pop, indie rock. It’ll be a little bit of a darker album, tone-wise, but similar to what I’ve been doing.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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