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My 21 all-time favorite Elton John tunes

  • Dec 9, 2010
His music has transcended the generations.  Elton John first hit the charts in the summer of 1970 and just never looked back. His music was a fixture on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart for 30 years.  So many styles, so many memorable songs!  I would like to present for your consideration a list of my very favorite Elton John songs.  There are just so many and I have listed them in no particular order.  You may disagree with some of my selections so I would invite you to make up a list of your own.  I have added several dozen of Elton's biggest hits and most popular songs to the "Music Matters" data base so you should be able to make up your own list very quickly.  Of course if I missed one of your personal favorites please do not hesitate to add it to the data base.
Your Song
The first time I heard this song back in late 1970 I thought to myself "This guy is great!" His problem is going to be that he will never be able to top this one. How wrong I was. He has done it many, many times over the years.
With the release of this amazing tune in 1971 I became an Elton John fan for life. Younger fans may never have heard this one. Check it out!
Honky Cat
A new and different sound for Elton at this point but I loved it!
Crocodile Rock
One of my all time-faves! Just good ole honest rock and roll!
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Another example of why Elton John was among the finest songwriters and ballad singers of his generation.
Mama Can't Buy You Love
Guided by veteran R&B producer Thom Bell, Elton took the popular "Philadelphia sound" of the 1970's and made it all his own.
Part-Time Love
From the 1978 album "A Single Man". A great Top 40 radio tune.
Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)
Elton's memorable 1982 ode to his friend John Lennon who had been senselessy gunned down about a year earlier in New York City.
Blue Eyes
Yet another exquisite ballad.
I Guess Why They Call It The Blues
Listen carefully and you can hear Stevie Wonder's harmonica solo in the background.
I'm Still Standing
Elton was still rocking here in the summer of 1983.
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Elton John was really on a roll in the 1980's with hit after hit on the radio.
Another beautiful ballad about the Cold War. From his 1985 album "Ice On Fire".
A Word In Spanish
Yet another new sound from Elton. He has successfully experimented with so many different sounds over the years.
Healing Hands
Definitely one of my favorites from the late 1980's.
Candle In The Wind 1997
A rework of Elton's 1987 hit, this version was dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana. The song was recorded "live" at Princess Diana's funeral and was released just a couple of weeks later. An enormous worldwide hit, this song topped the charts in the U.S. an amazing 14 weeks!
A terrific pop tune from 1980.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Many consider this to be Elton John's finest work. What's your opinion?
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
This tune has kind of grown on me over the years. The song won an Oscar for "Best Song" and a Grammy for "Pop Male Vocal" in 1994.
Philadelphia Freedom
A huge hit for Elton way back in 1975.

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December 18, 2010
Great list -- I prefer his early 70s stuff.
December 14, 2010
You're taking me back in time -- I grew up with his music and his songs bring back so many happy memories. You've written a wonderful list!!
December 13, 2010
#'s 13 and 10 are my faves! great list! Thanks!
December 13, 2010

Sad Songs is my favorite Elton John tune.  Notching in at a close second is Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Eldorado.  I'm a sucker for movie soundtracks if you couldn't tell.  Great list!

December 12, 2010
I would include "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" that is his duet with Kiki Dee from 1976.
December 12, 2010
Great list! I'm a big Elton John fan but, two of my faves Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer are missing!
December 09, 2010
Great list. I know it is hard to find top songs. I don't know what happened to Goodbye Yellowbrick Road and Funeral for a Friend. I also like a few of the tunes from The Lion King (Circle of Life) and Whatever Gets You Through the Night (with John Lennon).
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