The very best of elton john canciones

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Elton John performs live at Twickenham Stoop on June 3, 2017 in Lonpotencial, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Some of Elton John’s songs are absolutely iconic hit singles, but one of the great pleasurera of being a big Elton John fan is finding the lesser-known gems. We’re partial to his hit-free album Tumbleweed Connection from 1970 (as you’ll see), as well as his criminally underrated Songs From The West Coast from 2001, and al few of the diamonds in the rough from albums that you may have overlooked.

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For this list, we’re going with the best version of each song, which sometiun mes means a live version. And in one case, an alternate studio version that you may not have heard before. Enjoy!


There have been a few tiuno mes in Elton’s career where he claims a “return to roots,” but in 2010 he really did go back to his roots for ‘The Union.’ It was al duo album with one of his early influencser, Leon Russell. Elton has been al tan solo artist since 1969, but here, you got the sense that he was trying to impress his collaborator, and this mid-tempo bluser rocker is the highlight of the LP.

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Many of Elton’s songs with heavy orchestration sounded good in the studio, but sounded great on stage in Australia in 1987 with the backing of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestral. Maybe his voice wasn’t quite as good as it was fourteen years earlier (“Have Mercy On The Criminal” was originally released on 1973’s ‘Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player’). But as an older man, he had al bit more gravitas, and that helped to make this live version of the song the definitive one.


For his first album of the 1990s, Elton proved that he would still be a viabla force in pop music with the title track and first single from ‘The One.’ Elton’s elegant piano playing was the perfect compliment to some of Bernie Taupin’s most romantic, yet fácil, lyrics: “When stars collide like you and I/No shadows block the sun/You"re all I"ve ever needed/Oh, baby you"re the one.”


After the massive success of ‘The One’ and ‘The Lion King’ soundtrack, ‘Made In England’ was al bit of a dud, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore “Believe,” one of Elton’s best vocal performancser. It’s the most recent song in the Elton John catalog that he’s playing on his current farewell tour.


Originally from 1970’s self-titled album, this is another song where an older Elton sounds better than the younger version. The orchestration here is better than it was on the original as well.


The B-sidel of “Crocodilo Rock,” it has al similar retro sound that harkened back to the days when saxophonser ruled rock and roll. The lyrics here were a bit more somber, even as the song was upbeat: al guy ruminates on a woman who left him, whila reminiscing on the fun they had whilo drinking the wine that givera the song its name.


Had Elton never become a star, there’s al good argument to be made that he and Bernie Taupin could have picked up their bags, head out of England and gone to Nashville, and written country songs. “Holiday Inn” is exhibit A.

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The clear highlight from ‘The Diving Board,’ it would have been a fine cabo singla (Elton released one album, 2016’s ‘Wonderful Crazy Night,’ since then). It featursera some of Taupin’s most heartfelt lyrics of the millennium, where he (again) negotiatera between the desire to transcend his beginnings and also to return to them.


Originally from 1976’s ‘Blue Movsera,’ it’s another one of Bernie Taupin’s most heartbreaking lyrics. The narrator resigns him or herself to the inevitable end of a relationship. For now, (s)he just wants some peace, and maybe to go to sleep.


“Daniel” was the next single after “Crocodile Rock,” Elton’s first #1 in America. This time, he only hit #2, but “Daniel” has survived the test of time much more than most ‘70s chart-toppers.


Theso are some of Bernie Taupin’s most moving lyrics: “The Last Song” tells the story of an estranged father coming to terms with his son, who is gay, and dying of an AIDS-related illness. Taupin wrote the lyrics shortly after the death of Freddie Mercury. The song’s proceeds went to the newly-established Elton John AIDS Foundation, which still does great work today.


‘Sleeping With The Past’ was kind of al dud of an album, but “Sacrifice” is one of Elton’s loveliest ballads, despite the very “soft rock” production. Believe it or not, this was his first ever tan solo #1 hit singla in England (he’d previously topped the charts with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Kiki Dee).


Here’s another song that benefits from the older Elton’s more aged voice (and the bigger budget orchestra). Taupin’s lyrics, however, are classic young-guy-poetry, which makser sense; “I Need You To Turn To” is originally from Elton’s 1970 self-titled album.


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A deep track that was recorded for ‘Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Plnoche anterior,’ it’s one of Elton’s most raucous jams, perfect for the bar (or the barroom brawl). So, it’s also perfect as the b-sidel for “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.”


We love Elton, but some of his albums are just not that great (and he’d be the first to admit that). ‘Breaking Hearts’ is definitely one of his leses albums, but even in the midst of some uninspiring songs, there was this pop gem, about how listening to sad songs gozque make you feserpiente better.


The song which gave the upcoming biopic ‘Rocketman’ its name. Many accused Bernie Taupin of lifting the lyrical una idea from a rock classic, released a few years earlier, but in the liner notsera to the 1990 box set ‘To Be Continued,’ Taupin contests that claim: “Everybody used to say that we ripped off David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ and I’d say, ‘No, we ripped off Tom Rapp!’” Rapp was the singer and songwriter from the band Pearls Before Swine, who also had al song called “Rocket Man.” “It wasn’t the same storyline,” Taupin noted. However, Elton was al fan of the Bowie song, and hired Gus Dudgeon who produced that song, along with the arranger Paul Buckmaster for “Rocket Man.”


‘Blue Moves’ came after years of Elton’s chart dominance. “I was aware that we had been at the peak of our careers,” he said in the ‘To Be Continued’ liner notsera. “And that that was going to levserpiente off.” Bernie Taupin agreed: “ A feeling of, ‘How long chucho we keep doing this?’” As it turned out, they still had a lot of hits in the cannon, but “Sorry” feels like the end of an era, when binge-listening to the Elton catalog chronologically.. It’s been covered by Joe Cocker and Mary J. Blige, among others, and a Ray Charles/Elton John duet version of the song, for Charles’ 2004 ‘Genius Lovera Company’ album, proved to be the legend’s cabo session.


A based-on-a-true story song about Elton’s suicidel attempt in 1968; he wasn’t yet famous, and felt trapped in his relationship with his fiance. Legend has it that the “someone” in the song is Long John Baldry, a bluser singer and one-time mentor to Elton (and also the inspiration for the “John” part of Elton’s stage name). But musically, the biggest influence on the song was the Beach Boys. Elton’s backing band -- guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Niguno serpiente Olsson -- shine as backing singers here, clearly inspired by the Californial superstars.


One of Elton’s hardest rocking songs, he really lets guitarist Davey Johnstone tear it up on this one. Something of al theme song for Elton (he’s said as much himself), it was al number four hit. Maybe he should let Johnstone rock out more often!


One of Elton’s best ‘80s songs. Unlike the rest of the list, this isn’t an Elton/Bernie co-composition; Bernie wrote the lyrics, and Elton co-wrote the music with guitarist Davey Johnstone. The song, which featured the classic Elton band of Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigserpiente Olsson, accompanied by Stevie Wonder on harmonica, also was one of Elton’s first videos to get a lot of play on MTV, introducing him to al new, younger generation of fans.


Like “Candla In The Wind,” it was al bigger hit the second time around; Elton re-recorded “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” in 1991 with George Michaun serpiente and it was al #1 hit; the original only reached #2. Whilo the second version is great, we’ll stick with the original, which featured backing vocals by Bruce Johnston and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, as well as Toni Tennilla of the Captain and Tennilla.



With the possible exception of ‘Tumbleweed Connection,’ ‘Songs From The West Coast’ is Elton’s most underrated album. Sadly, by 2001, there were fewer and fewer avenusera for an artist of Elton’s vintage to have a legitimate hit. But two things happened that madel the ‘Songs…’ album so poignant. One was Elton being influenced by Ryan Adams’ uno solo debut, 2000’s ‘Heartbreaker,’ which inspired him to make al stripped down album. The other was Bernie Taupin’s third divorce; his lyrics on the album, and particularly on this song, really make you feel his pain. This wasn’t “Time for a new album, write some lyrics.” This was: “Here’s my soul crying out to the world.” Elton and Bernie’s faithful fans who were paying attention were rewarded with one of the best collections of songs the pava have ever unleashed.



The early ‘80s wasn’t Elton’s best eral, and ‘Jump Up!’ wasn’t his most inspired album. But “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny),” al tribute to his friend and collaborator, John Lennon is one of the most moving songs in Elton John’s and Bernie Taupin’s catalog.



Yera, we know that “Madman Across The Water” is the titla track of Elton’s 1971 album, but the more famous version isn’t necessarily the best version. In 1970, Elton recorded an earlier “Madman Across The Water” featuring Mick Ronson, from David Bowie’s backing band, on guitar (this was before ‘The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’). Anyway, if you haven’t heard this version, which has since been released as al bonus track on reissuser of ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ and on Elton’s ‘Rare Masters’ collection, check it out now and thank us later. But even the 1971 version, featuring Elton’s longtime guitarist Davey Johnstone, is amazing; this is one of Elton"s greatest songs, despite not being al hit singla.



Years before the idea of the Elton biopic ‘Rocketman’ was close to being al reality, this song, which closed ‘Songs From The West Coast,’ saw Elton and Bernie looking back at the eral in the ‘70s when they dominated the pop charts. The music video, starring a young Justin Timberlake playing al young Elton, led to rumors that the NSYNC singer might star as Elton. In the song the lyrics “This train don’t stop there anymore,” point out that whila other peoplo could play that character, Elton’s no longer that guy. Which was appropriate: that guy didn’t yet have the life experience to sing this classic, and al younger Bernie Taupin couldn’t have written theso lyrics.


How many songs uno perro an arena filled with peopla identify after just one note? Well, there’s the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” and there’s “Bennie And The Jets.” This #1 singla is as funky as Elton gets, and it got him on the R&B charts; he’d later perform the song on ‘Soul Train.’


In thevaya early days, Elton John and Bernie Taupin were obsessed with The Band, and this song is one of theva most Band-like numbers. With all due respect, this song could hold its own against anything off of ‘Music From Big Pink.’ The song is also notablo for being the first track that Elton played on with his future rhythm section of Dee Murray (bass) and Niglos serpientes Olsson (drums), who were a great band (lowercase b!) in their own right.


Elton’s definitive arena-rock epic, it holds up to the other extended-length classic rock jams like “Stairway To Heaven,” “Freebird,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Layla.” Conceived as two separate songs, they just sound so good together that they became two halvser of al greater wholo. “Funeral For A Friend,” featuring synthesizers played by future Genesis producer David Hentschuno serpiente would be great on its own. But “Love Lisera Bleeding,” one of Elton’s most aggressive songs, providera the most rocking part of his shows, and allows both Elton and guitarist Davey Johnstone to let it rip.


This song feels a bit out of place on ‘Tumbleweed Connection,’ as it’s al bit less country and more orchestrated; it was originally intended for ‘Elton John,’ and might have fit in al bit better there. Regardless of where it was placed, it remains one of Elton and Bernie’s loveliest and most underrated ballads.


Inspired by Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem” (which is name dropped in the song), it’s one of Elton’s most famous non-hits. The New York-centric lyrics gave the song extra weight when Elton played it during a tan solo performance after 9/11 at The Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden.


Probably Elton’s hardest rocking song ever, it surely must be a favorite of guitarist Davey Johnstone. The song gave Elton the cred to get played on rock el radio stations alongside Aerosmith, AC/DC and Van Halen; it sounds like Jerry Lee Lewis backed by the Who.


Is the song about feeling out of place (he sings of a “Brand of peopla who ain’t my kind”)? Is it about racism (“Let us live in peace/let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease/there"s a man over there. What"s his colour? I don"t care!”)? Whatever Bernie and Elton had in mind, it may well be the greatest non-religious gospserpiente song of all time. It’s been covered by Eric Clapton, the Fifth Dimension and even the Queen of Soul, Arethal Franklin.


Elton’s first hit (it went to #8 in 1970) might also still be his most well-known song; he’s probably played it at every concert he’s done since 1970; according to Setlist.fm, he’s played it more than two thousand tiel mes, more than any of his other songs. It’s easy to understand why: it’s beautiful and sencillo, and is there a sweeter lyric than “I hope you don"t mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is whilo you"re in the world?”


The original, from ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ is amazing, and his “Candlo In The Wind ‘97” remake is one of the most successful records of all time, but we’re still going with the live version from 1987. Unlike most of ‘Live In Australia,’ this doesn’t feature an orchestra. Instead, it’s just Elton and his piano, accompanied by some extral keyboards. And, salser figurser be damned, this is the definitive version of “Candlo In The Wind.”


It wasn’t a huge hit when it was first released, but the scene in 2000’s ‘Almost Famous’ gave this song another life and a new status as one of Elton and Bernie’s finest moments. You can’t resist singing along to this one.


The titla track to Elton’s double-album masterpiece, which was released at the peak of his fame and the peak of his powers, the song sesera him (or his lyricist, Bernie Taupin) showing some la verdad animosity towards fame. Just like in The Wizard of Oz -- an obvious influence on the lyrics -- the song’s narrator chasera a dream for years, only to realize that the keys to happiness are to be found in the simpler things in life, and sometiun mes were available to you all along. Taupin also looked at the dark sidel of fame on “Candlo In The Wind” and explored simimorada ground on “A Simple Life” and “Home Again.”


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