There are a lot of Elton John songs. By our calculations, there's at least of them. It's a staggering number, but one which should be expected when you consider that John is one of the most important — and prolific — artists the UK has ever produced.
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Where does someone even start when making their way through the expansive catalogue of Elton John's music? That's about as easy of a question as the one that follows: which song is the best? With a career spanning five decades, over 50 Top 40 hits, and million records sold, it's not like finding a good Elton John song is particularly difficult. But of the whole crop, the flamboyant rocker has had a few that seem to rise to the top of the heap. From the song that serves as the name for his biopic , to the album that started his career, here are the 30 best songs to come from one of the greatest musicians of all time. While John is mostly known for his soft rock and rock pop hits, "Madman Across the Water" gives a little more of a glimpse into his purely rock artistry. It's easily one of the tracks he has the most fun with, but it's not as much of a standout as the song that followed it, "Crocodile Rock.
Captain Fantastic. Reginald Dwight. But you know him best as Sir Elton Hercules John , and his songs are some of the best in classic rock history. In his latter years, John found personal peace and happiness, a beautiful thing to see after the years he lost to wild rock star living and a portfolio of various addictions.
Elton starts a six-year break from otherwise career-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Recorded when Sir Elton Hercules John was still Pinner, Middlesex teenager Reg Dwight, a classically trained pub pianist and occasional session musician. A fine early career effort from his youthful rhythm and blues outfit. From late period, minimalist gem The Diving Board , EJ evokes the poetry and spiralling piano runs of his early years with this lovely insight into the mind of a blind Deep South bluesman. This is a beautiful song about a fading love. Three years after Rocket Man, space travel again provides inspiration via s comic character Dan Dare. The song was one of the first to use the talkbox, a wacky effects-pedal. According to some liner notes, this driving rocker from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was penned about Alice Cooper before being hurriedly rewritten to be about a tragic lesbian schoolgirl sex worker.