Elvis had had five number one singles in a row. “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck” broke that string when it peaked at number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during late April of 1958. It was only the second RCA label single not to reach the top of the pop charts. Oddly it did reach number one on the Rhythm & Blues Chart, which was a stretch. It also reached number three on the country chart, which was another stretch.
By 1958, Elvis was beginning to move in a more pop direction. “Wear My Ring Around Your Neck” was the middle ground between rock and pop and was very catchy, which was perfect for AM radio at the time. Like many of his releases, the flip side also received quite a bit of radio play. “Dontcha Think It’s Time” reached number 15 on the pop chart.
“Wear My Ring Around Your Neck” is a very recognizable Elvis hit and has appeared on numerous compilations. Just for the record it was kept from the number one position by “Witch Doctor” by David Seville.