The best ever Elton John songs (Legends Slot)

40 Best Elton John Songs (The Legend Slot) - Female Original

How much do you know about legendary musician Elton John? I listened to ALL of Elton John’s studio albums in ONE month and picked out what I thought were his best tracks. This is the first post in my ongoing music blog series The Legend Slot. For each post in the series I listen to ALL of the studio albums of a specific legendary musician or band. Then I put together a playlist of what I think are their best songs, along with some information about the artist and an insight into my favourite tracks, as well as new discoveries that I found through my listening.

The idea behind the series is to inspire us all to discover more about iconic musicians. We all know the big hits from some of the biggest names in music but can we actually say we really know their music? Probably not! After reading this post I’m hoping you’ll be able to say that you know a little bit more about Elton John.

40 Best Elton John Songs (The Legend Slot)

So you might ask why I decided to start off the series with Elton John… well why not eh? It’s actually because I finally got around to watching Rocketman. Now I don’t know about you but whenever I watch any sort of music-focused film I always feel the need to listen to the films soundtrack afterwards. And that was no different when it came to Rocketman. So I thought what better way to satisfy my need to listen to Elton John’s music than to make him the first musician in the series. He is pretty legendary after all.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) - 40 Best Elton John Songs (The Legend Slot) - Female Original

‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ (1973) – Elton John.

Elton John: A Brief History

Before I get to the playlist, I’m just going to give a very brief history of Elton John. Born in 1947 in Middlesex, England, Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is a songwriter, pianist and composer. Beginning his career in 1960s, Elton John has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin (who he met in 1967) on over 30 albums and has sold over 300 million records. Throughout his career so far Elton has had more than 50 UK top 40 and Billboard 100 hits, 7 of which reached no. 1 in the UK. He’s received Grammys, Brits, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Tonys and even a Disney Legends Award. And was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to music and charitable services. If you want to learn a little bit more about Elton John you can check out his full Wiki page here.

40 Best Elton John Songs (The Legend Slot): The Playlist

When I set myself the challenge of listening to all of Elton John’s studio albums for the first post in the series I had absolutely no idea that he had 30 of them (bloody hell!). And when I started up the first album and saw that its title track, Empty Sky, was 8 minutes and 30 seconds long I almost regretted it. The fact that I didn’t start until 5 days into January didn’t exactly help me get a head start either… Anyway, enough with the drama, obviously I managed to do it despite the faff because I’ve shared this post haven’t I? And I have to admit that despite the fact that it took an age, I did have a pretty great time listening to all 30 of his studio albums. Approximately 360 songs later I managed to narrow down my favourites to 40 tracks.

A Few Of My Favourites…

Going into this first playlist I already had about 15 favourite songs that I knew HAD to be on it. We’re talking classics like Tiny Dancer from Madman Across The Water (1971), Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, again from GYBR (1973) (which is just an absolute TUNE). But aside from those 15 or so songs, that I already knew would be on the playlist, I really didn’t know many other Elton John songs. When you consider the fact that he has 30 studio albums I barely knew any of his music. So there were more than a few new discoveries, which I’ll go into now…

New Discoveries

The new discoveries were in their hundreds when it came to Elton John. But obviously I’m not going to breaks down each and every one of them. Instead I’ll just pick out a few standout tracks. My two main “old but new to me” discoveries (this is definitely going to be a recurring phrase in this series) were Daniel from Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player (1973) and Honky Cat from Honky Chateau (1972). Honky Cat was a track that I heard for the first time in the film and absolutely loved. Whereas Daniel was one that I’d never come across before. Both are completely different to each other though, which is what I enjoyed so much about listening to Elton John’s music. You never really know what’s going to come next.

Empty Sky (1969) - 40 Best Elton John Songs (The Legend Slot) - Female Original

‘Empty Sky’ (1969) – Elton John.

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What are some of your favourite Elton John songs? Have you listened to much of his music before? Maybe he’s a completely new artist to you. Let me know in the comments. Also, don’t forget to comment below which legendary musicians/bands you want me to feature next in this series.

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24 thoughts on “The best ever Elton John songs (Legends Slot)

  1. I love that you’ve decided to take Music Monthly into this direction in 2020!! This is so funny because I just recently decided to start listening to Elton John, back in December. He’s such an icon & makes quality music; I adore older music, and I felt it was time I went beyond knowing his biggest hits. Currently, Crocodile Rock is my favourite 🙂 xx

    1. Ahh that’s so cool! It’s fab to hear that you’re liking the new series idea – I can’t wait to share the other 11 playlists throughout the year x

  2. While I’ll be honest, Elton John isn’t on my daily playlist, I really do enjoy some of his music. He’s got a talent, whether it’s your style of music or not – it’s hard to deny that!

    1. He was never someone that I listened to either (aside from a few of his hits every now and then) so it was really interesting to listen to his music properly! x

  3. I love this concept as a series. I can’t wait to see who else you choose to feature. I always forget that certain people sing certain songs too, especially when they’ve had a career as long as his. Narrowing it down from a back catalogue that large must be so hard! x


    1. I’m so glad that you like the concept! I’ve got my next few months planned out so I’m excited to share them 🙂 x

  4. This series sounds like good fun to write and share! I like seeing what other people are listening to and maybe find some new music. Thank you for sharing!

    1. It’s definitely a lot of fun to put together 🙂 I’m looking forward to sharing the other playlists throughout the year! x

    1. Ahh thanks! So glad you like the series idea. I’ve never been a big Elton John listener but it was really interesting listening to his full back catalogue – there were some really amazing songs in there x

    1. Ah thank you! I’m so excited to share each playlist – just need to figure out who I’ll be featuring haha x

  5. This is great for discovering music from well known artists when I’m only familiar with their more popular songs! Great idea for a series
    Ellie x

    1. Ah I’m so glad that you like the series! Hopefully you can learn a bit more about some other musicians throughout the year as well 🙂 x

  6. I love “candle in the wind’.
    It almost wants to make me cry but at the same time I just have to smile and sing along. I did just that this morning. 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Aw that’s such a shame, at least it’s been rescheduled though – it’ll be an incredible show I’m sure x

  7. What a great idea for a monthly blog! Good job that you can add a playlist rather than having to describe the songs in words (like the old music magazines) – that would take forever! I’m not a huge fan of Elton John (some I like, some I find meh) but I look forward to your other Legend choices.

    1. It’s such a great film isn’t it! I learned so many new Elton John tracks from the film and even more as I was making this playlist 🙂 x

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