Elton John is a British musical icon. Here, we pick 11 of his top songs.
Just a little bit rocky, this song reached number one in the US and Canada. ‘Philadelphia Freedoms’ were a tennis team competing in US tennis league World Team Tennis, which featured Elton’s friend Billie Jean King.
Despite this being another of Elton’s best-known songs, Tiny Dancer wasn’t a single in the UK. Fans of the film ‘Almost Famous’ will recognise it from a scene in which all the main characters sing along to it on a tour bus.
Rocket Man reached number two in the UK chart in 1972. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics crafted a tale of an astronaut torn between doing his work duty and leaving his family behind. One of Elton’s very best, we think.
One of Elton’s most upbeat songs, this was his first single from his Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player album. It was his first number one single in the US and reached number 5 in the UK.
This was the second single from Too Low For Zero and reached number four in the UK chart. The song was released a year after Elton’s own marriage to German recording engineer Renate Blauel.
This song signaled a recovery in Elton’s career, as album ‘Too Low For Zero’ became his first album to reach the UK top-10 since 1978. This song features Stevie Wonder on harmonica and was that album’s lead single. It reached number five in the UK chart.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight was written by Elton with Tim Rice for 1994 Disney animated musical The Lion King. An incredibly success song for Elton, as it won him an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
This classic was written in 1969 by Elton and his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin. It went in to the top 10 in both the UK and US.
Elton John didn’t have a solo number one in the UK before 1990 (his other British #1 had been the duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with Kiki Dee). Sacrifice changed that. The song was originally released in 1989 but stalled outside the top 40. However, it was re-released a year later.
Elton dusted off his disco ball for this duet with Kiki Dee. When released in 1976, it became his biggest hit up to that point. It also gave him his first UK number one.
Originally recorded as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe in 1974, this was re-recorded in 1997 following the death of John’s friend Diana, Princess of Wales. Elton’s only live performance of this version to date came at the Princess of Wales’s funeral in September 1997. It was released as a single and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide.