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) – 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…
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) – 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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