** "Hound Dog" was written by Music/LeiberAndStoller and first recorded by blues singer Big Mama Thornton, though it was the version by white vocal group [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Bell_and_the_Bellboys Freddie Bell & The Bellboys]] on which Elvis based his rendition.
** "Blue Suede Shoes" is another one; it was actually a big hit for Carl Perkins before Elvis' own version was successful.
** Presley was also late to the party in recording "Shake Rattle and Roll"; his version actually combines elements of the previous hit versions by Big Joe Turner and [[Music/BillHaleyAndHisComets Bill Haley]] (Turner's lyrics, Haley's arrangement, though alternate takes with Haley's lyrics have been released, too).
** Later in his career there was "Suspicious Minds" (originally written and recorded by Mark James), "Burning Love" (first recorded by Arthur Alexander) and "Guitar Man" (originally a minor 1967 hit on the CountryMusic charts for Jerry Reed, who went on to play guitar on the Elvis version).
** The holiday standard "Blue Christmas", first popularized by Ernest Tubb a decade before Elvis's version.
** "Always On My Mind" is a messy situation. B.J. Thomas was the first to record it, but it didn't get released for another 25 years. Gwen [=McCrae=] released it first, but Brenda Lee recorded it before her and released it shortly after. Elvis had the first hit version in 1972 (though it was a bigger hit in Britain than the US). Music/WillieNelson's version became a major crossover hit in the US in 1982. 5 years after that, Music/PetShopBoys had a huge worldwide hit with it. These days, Nelson's is the most popular version in North America, with the Elvis take mainly being a fan favorite. In the UK, Elvis' rendition still gets regular airplay but the Pet Shop Boys version is much more popular.
* DorkAge: The mid-sixties. Nowadays, even die-hard fans find it difficult to enjoy some of the musical comedies he was making at that time.
** In fact, if one were to ask who Music/TheBeatles' favorite artist was, they'd always insist it was "pre-Army" Elvis.
* FandomRivalry: With Music/TheBeatles. The fact that they had their artistic zenith which helped transform popular music in the [[UsefulNotes/TheSixties late 1960's]] while Elvis was going through his DorkAge draws a lot of unfavorable comparisons. The fact that Elvis then tried to get US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon to ban the band from the USA, seemingly out of sheer jealousy, even as he regularly covered their songs in his concerts also embitters fans.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Pretty much sums up why even the worst Elvis movies made money. Col. Tom Parker was quoted as saying that the content of the films was irrelevant, that audiences bought tickets to see Elvis on screen singing a few songs.
* MemeticMutation: The Jailhouse Rock one, the glittery white Vegas one, take your pick.
** Also the black leather one from the comeback special.
** His then-scandalous hip shaking.
** His iconic "Uh huh huuuuh" VerbalTic, so much so that one of the promotional advertisements for his 1968 Comeback Special was built around this (an outtake of Elvis doing the "uh huh huuuuh" numerous times can be found on one of the DVD editions of the special), and it was also built into his 1962 #1 hit, "Good Luck Charm."
** "I never wrote a song in my life".
* MisattributedSong: Elvis ''never'' sang "Lonely This Christmas" (Despite what several uploads of the song would have you believe). It was actually written and performed by British GlamRock band Mud. It's easy to see why people would think it was Elvis singing, though, since Les Gray did indeed sound ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ6kJ7GWtv0 a lot]]'' like The King.
** After his death, a number of songs recorded by a singer named Jimmy Ellis (who also performed under the name "Orion") were mistaken for Elvis tunes due to Ellis' physical and vocal similarity to Elvis.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Elvis' hip-swiveling and rock-star sneer aren't nearly as "bad boy" now as they were in TheFifties. In fact, compared to what some pop stars in the 2010s get away with now, Elvis' performances, which were once infamously censored on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', look almost quaint. What's more, the image of Elvis now, for a lot of people, is the latter-day image of an out-of-shape Elvis in the white Vegas jumpsuit.
* SignatureSong: A few candidates here, actually! "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes."
** For latter-day Elvis, it's "Suspicious Minds", "Burning Love" and (for his live concerts) "Can't Help Falling in Love".