10 Must-Have Elvis Albums

These are the Elvis Presley Albums Everyone Must Have

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With more than 70 albums to his credit, Elvis Presley had an extremely prolific career. If you want to build a collection of Elvis albums, but you don't know where to start, no worries. Here is a list of some of his best albums, designed to give you an extensive sample of The King's work. Follow this list, and even the most loyal Elvis fans will be impressed with your knowledge. 

Learn more about Elvis' life and work in our All About Elvis information roundup.

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Elvis Presley

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This is the 2006 re-release of Elvis' debut album,

. It is a two disc set that contains practice takes not included on the original 1956 album.

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The Essential Elvis Presley

A photograph promoting the film Jailhouse Rock depicts singer Elvis Presley.
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This is a great starter album for any Elvis fan. The Essential Elvis Presley is a two disc set of the King's greatest hits, arranged in chronological order. If you are only going to own one Elvis album, this is the one to buy.

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Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

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A great CD for the Elvis music collector,

was recorded at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1974. It was Elvis' first hometown performance in 13 years.

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50 Greatest Love Songs

Elvis Presley and Priscilla with Lisa Marie, February 1968
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For the hopeless romantic, Elvis'

is a must have. This two disc set includes some of Elvis' most popular love songs like "Love Me Tender," "I Can't Help Falling in Love," and "Make the World Go Away."

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The Sun Sessions

Lance Wiedower

This is a great album packed full of hits from Elvis' early career, recorded at Sun Studio. It is definitely a must have for Elvis fans as well as fans of Memphis music.

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Elvis' Christmas Album

Elvis Presley Christmas Ornament
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Released in 1957,

is considered to be one of pop music's best Christmas albums.

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He Touched Me

Young Elvis Presley
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was the last gospel album Elvis ever recorded. Unlike his very traditional previous gospel albums, this one was a bit more modern and soulful, all the while remaining distinctly Elvis-like.

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Elvis Ultimate Gospel

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If Elvis' later gospel recordings just aren't enough,

will give you a full sampling of The King's best loved gospel songs including "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."

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Elvis: 30 #1 Hits (Limited Edition)

Elvis Presley
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This limited edition album offers something for new Elvis fans and old collectors, alike. It is chock full of Elvis' greatest hits but also includes rehearsals and multiple takes of the hits.

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Moody Blue

Portrait of Elvis Presley

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was the last album that Elvis released during his lifetime. The title track was also Elvis' last #1 hit before he died. Interestingly enough, the original vinyl record was blue in color.