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"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a remake of his own 1973 hit "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales it is "the best-selling single of all time."[1] The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies," and is furthermore the second best-selling single worldwide of all time.[2][3] On release in September 1997, "Candle in the Wind 1997" entered number one in the UK, becoming John's fourth UK number one single.[4] In October it became John's ninth US number one single, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for fourteen weeks, topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks, the Australian ARIA Charts for six weeks, reached number one in Japan, Canada, France and music charts around the world.[4][5][6]

The lyrics of the earlier version of "Candle in the Wind", written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, "Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all," were adapted to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts." In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana's life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, "Even when you died, the press still hounded you..." which was replaced with the lyric, "Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears..."

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Label:  MCA
Release Date:  October 11, 1997
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