On Friday, Jan. 8, Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday. Can you imagine what a 75-year-old Elvis would be like today? Would he perform duets with Bono in an attempt to save the world through song? Record with Auto-Tune? Could you follow him on Twitter? Or would rock 'n' roll still have a beacon of sexy, cool swagger and expert showmanship to remind us how it's done?
We'll never know 21st-century Elvis, but his music remains alive and well. Last month, Sony Legacy released a retrospective box set called Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight, as well as Elvis 75, a single disc featuring his greatest hits. In honor of The King's birthday, stream Elvis 75, in its entirety, and read NPR's staff picks of favorite Elvis songs. The fact that almost half of the reviews come from contributors born after Presley died in 1977 is a testament to his remarkable and enduring legacy.