In the years after Elvis died, RCA continued to release Presley albums, but there was little attempt to treat the music as his legacy. Each executive who handled the Presley account treated it differently, but most viewed it as commercial output rather than as music history.
Albums and songs were reissued, and original
tapes were overdubbed. Sometimes the instrumentation was overdubbed; sometimes
a fake stereo effect was added; sometimes the background vocals were
enhanced. This changed in 1986, when the German publishing group
Bertlesmann Music Group purchased RCA. The company now issues Elvis' music
without vocal and instrumental enhancement, and it tends to package the
material in contents that acknowledge the significance of Elvis' music.
The Top Ten Hits includes Elvis Presley's biggest hit tracks.
Presented as an "Elvis Presley Commemorative Issue," The Top Ten Hits is a two-record set originally released in June 1987. A poster was included in the packaging, and the set came with special commemorative inner sleeves. In 1995, a compact-disc version of The Top Ten Hits was released (RCA 6383-2-R). Chart information, including the recording date, chart debut, and peak position, was included for the record set and the CD set.
Elvis' top-ten hits spanned the three decades of his career, and 38 of them are included here. The packaging of over three dozen top-ten singles into one set focuses on Elvis' career-long ability to chart hit records and indicates the diversity of his singles output.
Organized chronologically by release date, The Top Ten Hits begins with Elvis' first number-one single, "Heartbreak Hotel," released in 1956, and ends with the platinum-selling hit "Burning Love," released in 1972. The Top Ten Hits was awarded gold status by the RIAA in 1992.
The Top Ten Hits
Want You, I Need You, I Love You" "Hound
Be Cruel" "Love
Me Tender" "Love
Me" "Too Much" "All
Shook Up" "Teddy
Bear" "Jailhouse Rock" "Don't" "I Beg
of You" "Wear
My Ring Around Your Neck" "Hard
Headed Woman" "One
Night" "I Got
Fool Such As I" "I
Need Your Love Tonight" “A Big Hunk o' Love" "Stuck
on You" "It's
Now or Never" "Are
You Lonesome Tonight?" "Surrender" "I
Feel So Bad" "Little
Latest Flame" "Can't
Help Falling In Love" “Good Luck
Not You" "Return
to Sender" "Devil
In Disguise" "Bossa
Nova Baby" "Crying
In the Chapel" "In
the Ghetto" "Suspicious
Cry Daddy" "The
Wonder of You” “Burning
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