Rocketing the Charts: Ranking the Top 20 Elton John Songs
Grab your sequined hats — we're blasting off on a magical musical tour of the best Elton John songs! From his flamboyant outfits to his iconic oversized glasses, Elton is the epitome of fabulousness, and his music provides a soundtrack for queer history.
We've curated a list of Sir Elton John’s greatest hit songs that have not only topped the charts but made their way into the annals of pop culture. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual listener, this Elton John song list is your ultimate guide to the man, the myth, the legend.
The greatest Elton John songs of all time
Join us on this glittering journey through Elton's discography that shaped the pop culture landscape and defined generations. Whether you're a "Daniel" dreamer or "Levon" storyteller, get ready to be dazzled by the iconic sounds and looks that have made Elton John a glamorous rock ’n’ roll legend!
1. “Rocket Man”
Ready to blast off? "Rocket Man" isn't just a song; it's a whole cosmic experience, baby!
Inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story, this tune takes you on an interstellar journey that even NASA astronauts jam to when they wake up in space on the ISS. A pop culture staple for decades, this one’s literally out of this world.
2. “Tiny Dancer”
With lyrics written by longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin as an ode to the women of California, this song embodies free-spirited love.
Remember that iconic bus scene in Almost Famous? Yeah, that's the power of "Tiny Dancer." It's the kind of song that makes you want to belt it out at the top of your lungs — perfect for any karaoke night.
3. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
This classic is a powerful ballad about ditching the glitz and glam for something real. It's the kind of song perfect for those introspective nights when you're swiping left and wondering what you're looking for. And if you're going through a romantic rough patch, this song is a must-add to your breakup playlist.
4. “I'm Still Standing”
Talk about a comeback anthem! "I'm Still Standing" is Elton's middle finger to the haters, and it's as relevant today as it was in the ’80s. This bop is all about resilience, and it's the song you need when you're feeling down but not out. It's the kind of track that deserves a spot on everyone’s Pride playlist.
5. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
The song that made us all believe in love and talking lions. If anything was gonna make you like girls, it was Nala’s bedroom eyes.
This Lion King classic is more than just a Disney hit; it's the soundtrack to countless romantic evenings. Whether you're cuddling up with your date or just feeling the love in the air, this Elton John love song is the perfect mood-setter.
6. “Bennie And The Jets”
Jet into a world of futuristic glam. Inspired by Bernie Taupin’s vision of a glitter-rock group of androids, this song is a trip. It's got that dramatic, high-fashion, high-fantasy flair that's perfect when you're feeling extra. The studio recording even features applause from a Jimi Hendrix concert to give it the electricity of a live performance.
7. “Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)”
Get ready to rumble! This song is a go-to anthem for those wild nights out. Inspired by Bernie Taupin's rebellious teenage years and bar fights, this track is a throwback to early rock and roll with a glam twist. And we aren’t the only ones who love it; it’s been covered by legends like The Who and Queen.
8. “Don't Go Breaking My Heart”
If you're a fan of duets, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is the ultimate collab! Originally intended for Dusty Springfield, Kiki Dee stepped in and made it a chart-topping hit. The song is an affectionate imitation of Motown-style duets of the ’60s.
9. “Your Song”
Grab the tissues! "Your Song" is a heartfelt love ballad that gives you emotional whiplash. The down-to-earth lyrics and earnest delivery make this song as intimate as your late-night Grindr chats. Everyone from Rod Stewart to Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding has covered this timeless classic.
This arguably underrated gem in Elton's discography is all about young love and the thrill of the chase. It's got that sultry summer vibe that makes you want to hop in a convertible and drive down the coast with your latest Grindr catch. Although it may not have topped the charts, it's a fan-favorite that's perfect for those intimate moments.
11. “Blue Eyes”
"Blue Eyes" is the kind of song that makes you want to stare deeply into someone's... well, eyes. It's a tender ballad that captures the essence of romantic yearning. Whether you’re a heartbroken hunk or a tender-loving sap, this song fits the vibe.
12. “Crocodile Rock”
If "Crocodile Rock" doesn't make you want to let loose, check your pulse! This international chart-topper was a throwback to the ’50s rock ’n’ roll era but with that unique Elton twist.
13. “Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
A soulful ballad about facing harsh realities, this beauty hits all your emotions. When love's got you feeling vulnerable under the setting sun, no one delivers the emotional experience like Elton.
14. “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters”
A poetic masterpiece that delves into the complexities of life and the human condition. It's got that introspective vibe that makes you want to ponder life's big questions. No wonder Elton has said it’s one of his all-time favorites.
15. “I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)”
This song is a raw emotional journey, inspired by Bernie Taupin's crumbling marriage in 1976. It's a deep cut that compares love to the fatal bullet that killed Jesse James. Truly an underrated gem. Perfect for those moments when love feels like a battlefield.
16. “I Want Love”
Screaming vulnerability, “I Want Love” is all about the search for genuine connection. And if that wasn’t enough, the video stars a smoldering Robert Downey Jr. All in all, this song captures the essence of modern love.
17. “The Bitch Is Back”
The ultimate clapback anthem! It's the song you blast when you're feeling yourself and don't care who knows it. Just hearing it makes us want to put on something with animal print and get catty.
18. “The Captain and The Kid”
This country-inspired storytelling marvel takes you on a rollercoaster ride through life's ups and downs. The track closes out Elton’s 2008 album of the same name, an autobiographical sequel to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
19. “Pinball Wizard”
Strut your stuff with this rock opera moment that is pure magic! "Pinball Wizard" was initially recorded by The Who for their rock opera, Tommy. But Elton John famously performed his glammed-up cover of the classic in the 1975 film adaptation.
20. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”
Last but not least, "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" is the ultimate mood lifter. It's a paradoxical tune that celebrates the power of music to heal, even when the lyrics are downbeat. It's the kind of song that makes you want to dance your troubles away.
Elton John: The soundtrack to your Grindr love story
Elton John is more than just a musician; he's a cultural icon. His tunes blend pop, rock, and a sprinkle of gospel and blues, creating a musical cocktail as flamboyant and grandiose as the man himself. Yet, his songs also delve deep, touching on love, loss, and redemption.
A global sensation for more than half a century, Elton's music transcends age and continues to inspire fresh talent. So, whether you're up or down, in love or heartbroken, Elton's got a song for you.
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