The Best Songs by Elton John from 4 Decades of Music
Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have brought us a lot of music over the years. For more than four decades and still rolling, the team has spun a hit parade that few other artists can match. With only a few valleys in his career, Elton John has had peak after peak, #1 hit after #1 hit. Many of his best songs are from the early years, but a few songs from recent albums made the list. Not all his best songs were hits; some of his finest tunes come from album cuts. Here are the 25 best Elton John songs.
25 - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (1973) from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
24 - Pinball Wizard from the Tommy rock musical soundtrack (1976)
23 - Madman Across the Water (1971) title song from the incredible Madman album
22 - Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word (1976) from Blue Moves
21 - Sacrifice (1989) from the CD: Sleeping with the Past
20 - Take Me to The Pilot (1970) from the self-titled Elton John LP.
18 - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (1974) from Caribou
17 - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (1985) from Too Low for Zero
16 - Tiny Dancer (1971)
16 - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, a remake of the Beatles songs. Elton's version hummed.
15 - The Bitch is Back (1974) from Caribou
14 - Nikita (1984) from the album: Ice on Fire
13 - Island Girl (1975) great beat, great forward island tempo! From the Rock of the Westies LP.
12 - Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?) from the unpopular "21 at 33" album of 1980. It was a good song in the only lull of his career.
11 - Circle of Life from the 1994 musical The Lion King
10 - Daniel (1972) from "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just the Piano Player"
9 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1975) fun single with Kiki Dee
8 - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) The title song is one of the greatest songs from the 70's.
7 - Rocket Man (I think it's gonna be a long, long time) from the 1972 album Honky Château
6 - Bennie and the Jets (1973) another track from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5 - Little Jeanie (1980) Smooth tune, unforgettable.
4 - Philadelphia Freedom (1975) a single-only release. I always loved the fast tempo.
3 - Levon (1971) from Madman Across the Water
2 - Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (1973) a mesmerizing set.
1 - Your Song (1970) one of his earliest songs, but still the most memorable of the Bernie Taupin/Elton John career.
I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one's for you
With wild glasses, fantastic outfits, and a natural talent for entertaining, Elton John gave us a lot of great memories. His songs will endure long after the newest rap hit wonder has come and gone.
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