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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Elvis’

The Elvis soundtrack includes music by Elvis Presley and Austin Butler. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Elvis stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, a Mississippi musician who transforms into the King of Rock and Roll. Tom Hanks co-stars as Colonel Tom Parker, a sketchy promoter who manages the protagonist’s career. The storyline follows Elvis as he develops a relationship with Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge) and adapts to a changing world. Composer Elliott Wheeler (The Get Down) scored the 159-minute film; music supervisor Anton Monsted (The Great Gatsby) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Elvis.

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Elvis Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2022 Movie

  • “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley (00:00:00): The Elvis soundtrack song scores the opening credits sequence. The Warner Brothers logo appears on screen.
  • “Cotton Candy Land” by Stevie Nicks (00:00:00): Colonel Parker holds a Christmas card box. He falls to the floor at his home. Colonel Parker introduces himself to the audience.
  • “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Elvis Presley (00:02:00): A doctor prepares medicine for Elvis. A concert crowd waits to see The King. Elvis takes the stage.
  • “An American Trilogy” by Elvis Presley (00:03:00): Elvis performs for a live audience. A split screen visual provides several camera angles. The King wears a blue suit while singing the Elvis soundtrack song.
  • “A Fool Such as I” by Chris Isaak (00:05:00): Hank Snow (David Wenham) performs at a concert event. Colonel Parker narrates about Jimmie Rodgers Snow (Kodi Smit-McPhee).
  • “That’s All Right” by Gary Clark Jr. (00:06:00): Colonel Parker speaks with carnival colleagues. Hank says that he hears “negro rhythms.” Colonel Parker says that Sam Phillips makes “race records.”
  • “How Do You Think I Feel” by Kodi Smit-McPhee (00:08:00): Jimmie performs at the Louisiana Hayride. The Elvis soundtrack song continues as the crowd claps along. Colonel Parker inquires about an upcoming artist.
  • “I’ll Fly Away” by Albert E. Brumley (00:09:00): Gladys (Helen Thomson) and Vernon (Richard Roxburgh) sing with friends. Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis’ late twin brother.
  • “Black Snake Moan” by Gary Clark Jr. (00:10:00): Young Elvis (Chaydon Jay) hangs out with Black friends in Tupelo. Colonel Parker narrates about “comic book heroes.” Elvis watches people dance as a musician performs.
  • “I’ll Fly Away” by Austin Butler (00:11:00): Young Elvis arrives at a Black revival gathering. The Elvis soundtrack song accompanies a dance sequence. Elvis immerses himself in the moment.
  • “Baby, Let’s Play House” by Austin Butler (00:15:00): Elvis performs a new single. Audio feedback interrupts the intro vocals. Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis transforming into a superhero.
  • “Hound Dog” by Shonka Dukureh (00:19:00): Big Mama Thornton (Shonka Dukureh) sings at Club Handy. A Memphis DJ tells the audience to listen up as “Brown America speaks.” The music continues during a transition sequence at Lauderdale Courts.
  • “Vegas” by Doja Cat (00:20:00): The Elvis soundtrack song scores a Memphis street sequence. The King walks around the city. He gains more attention from locals.
  • “Blue Suede Shoes” by Austin Butler (00:23:00): Elvis performs during a montage. Colonel Parker rides in an All Star Jamboree Attractions vehicle. He reveals that the next four concerts are sold out.
  • “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley (00:25:00): Gladys inquires about women waiting outside of her son’s hotel room. A radio DJ talks about a “new sensation.”
  • “Fever” by Elvis Presley (00:25:00): Elvis enjoys a private moment with a young woman. The Elvis soundtrack song continues as Gladys looks through a window during a transition scene. Elvis arrives in Daytona, Florida.
  • “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Elvis Presley (00:26:00): Elvis begins taking pills. He continues performing during a carnival tour. Hank becomes increasingly upset.
  • “Heartbreak Hotel” by Austin Butler (00:34:00): Elvis records a song at RCA. He is told not to move while singing. Colonel Parker narrates about supporting his new artist.
  • “I’m Coming Home” by Elvis Presley (00:34:00): Colonel Parker says, “My boy knew teenagers.” Elvis arrives at his new home. Gladys and Vernon visit Graceland for the first time as the Elvis soundtrack song plays.
  • “Hound Dog” by Austin Butler (00:37:00): Elvis performs on television. Colonel Parker hypes up his “wiggling boy.” Gladys and Vernon laugh while watching their son perform.
  • “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Austin Butler (00:38:00): The media criticizes “Elvis the Pelvis.” Butler’s character defends his music. A petition circulates to bar Elvis from performing on television.
  • “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley (00:40:00): The “new” Elvis performs on The Steve Allen Show. A fan says, “He used to be so hip.” Butler’s character argues with a band member as the Elvis soundtrack song continues.
  • “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley (00:43:00): Elvis drives a car. He changes the radio station as fans approach the vehicle.
  • “Tiger Man” by Rufus Thomas (00:43:00): The car scene continues. Elvis changes the radio station again. He drives away from fans.
  • “Let It All Hang Out” by Denzel Curry (00:44:00): The Elvis soundtrack song plays as Rufus Thomas of WDIA promotes an upcoming concert. B.B. King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) prepares to sing with Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Yola Quartey). He watches Elvis cruise around.
  • “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley (00:45:00): Elvis arrives at Club Handy. The song plays briefly.
  • “Tutti Frutti” by Les Greene (00:45:00): Little Richard (Alton Mason) performs at Club Handy. Elvis talks with B.B. They watch Little Richard own the stage.
  • “Working on the Building” by Yola and Austin Butler (00:47:00): Sister Rosetta Tharpe sings at Club Handy. She performs the Elvis soundtrack song for several musicians. Butler’s character sings along and enjoys himself.
  • “Strange Things Happening Everyday” by Yola (00:49:00): B.B. warns Elvis about being manipulated. Sister Rosetta Tharpe sings at Club Handy. Elvis poses for a photo with B.B. and receives criticism from white authorities.
  • “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa (00:50:00): A group of female dancers perform at Russwood Park. The music mashes up with “Strange Things Happening Everyday.”
  • “Trouble” by Austin Butler (00:54:00): Elvis performs at Russwood Park. He vows not to let people change him. Butler’s character excites the audience and upsets the local police as the Elvis soundtrack song continues.
  • “Crawfish” by Austin Butler (00:58:00): Elvis sings a song from King Creole (1958). He gets drafted into the military. Gladys worries about her son going to Germany for two years.
  • “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Alton Mason (01:03:00): Elvis sits with his father after Gladys’ death. The media gathers for a photo opportunity. Colonel Parker watches from afar.
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley (01:04:00): The Elvis soundtrack song sets in as Colonel Parker narrates about his plans for Elvis. Priscilla arrives at her home as young women gather outside the building. Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis’ future wife.
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kacey Musgraves (01:06:00): Elvis talks with Priscilla. He closes a door as the music sets in. Elvis and Priscilla kiss.
  • “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley (01:07:00): Elvis resumes his movie career. Colonel Parker narrates about music-centric films. Elvis navigates a movie set.
  • “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley (01:08:00): Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis’ life being a “big movie.” He introduces Priscilla as a primary star as the Elvis soundtrack song rolls on. The Memphis Mafia hangs out with Elvis.
  • “Toxic (Paul Oakenfold Remix/Radio Edit)” by Britney Spears (01:08:00): Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis and Priscilla’s fairytale wedding. The track mashes up with “Viva Las Vegas.”
  • “Bossa Nova Baby” by Elvis Presley (01:08:00): Colonel Parker continues narrating about his client’s glamorous life. Elvis and Priscilla celebrate the birth of their daughter, Lisa Maria.
  • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys (01:08:00): Colonel Parker narrates about Elvis getting distracted. The 1997 hit mashes up with “Bossa Nova Baby.”
  • “Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix)” by Tame Impala (01:09:00): Walter Cronkite reports the death of Martin Luther King. Butler’s character tries to adapt to a changing world. The Elvis soundtrack song fades as a 1968 sequence begins.
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Elvis Presley (01:09:00): Colonel Parker narrates about his client’s spending habits. The music plays during a studio sequence. Colonel Parker talks about Elvis’ hillbilly friends.
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Tom Hanks (01:10:00): Colonel Parker sings at a studio. Elvis holds Lisa Marie. Priscilla tells her husband that “Memphis is burning.”
  • “Take My Hand Precious Lord” by Lenesha Randolph (01:12:00): Mahalia Jackson sings the Elvis soundtrack song at Martin Luther King’s funeral. Butler’s character watches the broadcast with Priscilla.
  • “I Got a Feelin’ in My Body” by Lenesha Randolph and Shonka Dukureh (01:13:00): Elvis recalls seeing Mahalia Jackson perform at a church. He says, “That’s the music that makes me happy.”
  • “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley (01:21:00): Elvis performs during his ’68 special. Colonel Parker worries about the lack of Christmas music. Elvis entertains the audience.
  • “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Jazmine Sullivan (01:22:00): Elvis watches a Black dancer. He talks about new music and his special. Colonel Parker narrates about Butler’s character being brainwashed by hippies as the Elvis soundtrack song plays.
  • “Up Above My Head” by Elvis Presley (01:23:00): The ’68 special continues. Elvis performs at a studio. Colonel Parker gets upset and says the song won’t be part of the special.
  • “Guitar Man” by Elvis Presley (01:23:00): Elvis sings during the ’68 special. An executive says, “This has nothing to do with Christmas!”
  • “Tiger Man” by Elvis Presley (01:24:00): A concert medley continues. Elvis enjoys himself during the ’68 special. The Elvis soundtrack song stops as reports surface about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Austin Butler (01:29:00): Elvis plays a piano. He sings softly after learning about RFK’s death.
  • “If I Can Dream” by Austin Butler (01:30:00): Elvis recalls advice from a reverend. He plays the melody of the song. Elvis prepares for a big performance.
  • “If I Can Dream” by Elvis Presley (01:31:00): Butler’s character performs the Elvis soundtrack song during a ’68 special. Colonel Parker inquires about a “new song.” Elvis delivers an inspiring performance.
  • “Any Day Now” by Elvis Presley (01:33:00): Colonel Parker worries about being abandoned by Elvis. The music plays during a transition sequence. Elvis hangs out with family members and friends.
  • “Power of My Love” by Jack White (01:36:00): The track scores a Las Vegas sequence. Elvis sits in the back seat of a vehicle. The music fades during a hospital scene.
  • “Suspicious Minds” by Austin Butler (01:41:00): Elvis prepares for a Vegas show. He assembles various background singers. The vocalists sing the Elvis soundtrack song.
  • “Unchained Melody” by Elvis Presley (01:50:00): Elvis kisses women at a concert. Colonel Parker narrates about his client’s star power. The track is featured again at 02:24:00 during one of Elvis’ last live performances.
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Austin Butler (01:51:00): Priscilla watches her husband kiss women at a concert. Colonel Parker narrates about his observations. The song’s melody plays briefly.
  • “Polk Salad Annie” by Elvis Presley (01:55:00): Butler’s character performs the Elvis soundtrack song for a live audience. Colonel Parker discusses a potential international tour. He worries about the “crazies.”
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (01:59:00): The track scores a montage. Colonel Parker tells Elvis that he’ll have more security than the U.S. president. Butler’s character receives medication from Dr. Nick (Tony Nixon).
  • “It’s Only Love” by Elvis Presley (02:00:00): Colonel Parker narrates about organizing the first satellite concert. Elvis performs in Hawaii.
  • “In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley (02:28:00): Elvis passes away at age 42. The Elvis soundtrack song  scores an epilogue sequence.
  • “Product of the Ghetto” by Nando Wick (02:31:00): The track plays during the end credits. It mashes up with “In the Ghetto.”
  • “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears” by Elvis Presley (02:32:00): The song plays briefly after “Product of the Ghetto” during the end credits.
  • “The King and I” by Eminem and Ceelo Green (02:32:00): The Elvis soundtrack song sets in during the credits after “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears.”
  • “Don’t Fly Away” by Elvis Presley and Pnau (02:35:00): The upbeat tune plays during the end credits.
  • “If I Can Dream” by Maneskin (02:36:00): The cover from the Italian band is the final credits song.

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The Elvis soundtrack also includes:

  • “Edge of Reality” by Elvis Presley
  • “Cotton Candy Land” by Elvis Presley
  • “That’s All Right” by Elvis Presley
  • “Tupelo Shuffle” by Swae Lee and Diplo
  • “Come Together” by Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
  • “Let’s Forget About the Stars” by Elvis Presley
  • “Love Me, Love the Life I Lead” by Elvis Presley
  • “Heartbreak Hotel” by Ann Nesby
  • “Suspicious Minds” by Paravi
  • “Let Yourself Go” by Elvis Presley
  • “Power of My Love” by Elvis Presley
  • “Without a Song” by Elvis Presley
  • “Men with Broken Hearts” by Elvis Presley
  • “I Got a Feelin’ in My Body” by Elvis Presley

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.