17: Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1960s

Entered Charts: 5 November 1969
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 19

Hard to believe that with 35 top 40 hits in Australia during the 1960’s, this is the only Elvis Presley track to make it into the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Songs of The 1960’s. And it ALMOST didn’t make it – only because of timing.

Suspicious Minds entered the Australian charts with eight weeks left in the 1960’s and, during those eight weeks, rose to number 1 – in fact, it was the number 1 track in Australia as we passed from December 1969 into November 1970.

So, why this track ahead of others?

To my mind (sorry Elvis fans), he was producing great music in the late 1950’s and very early 1960’s before going on something of a hiatus with military service and movies. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that between mid-1964 and mid-1969, the songs that he recorded whilst commercially successful to an extent seemed to be lacking some of the Elvis magic we’d come to expect. After his 1968 comeback concert, the hits began to flow again and this to me was the standout during the remaining years of the 1960’s.

To me, the song captures that Elvis-ness that only he could produce and therefore, deserves recognition here at number 17.