The Legend Slot: Elton John

The monthly playlists are back baby! After the success of last years monthly music series I knew I had to carry on with the regular playlists this year too. Last year I had Music Monthly which you might have been following along with throughout 2019. (and if you haven’t listened yet then make sure to give that a listen here!) But this year it’s all about The Legend Slot.

The Legend Slot

The concept for this series is actually something that I thought of a little while ago (I even tweeted about it back in October) and I’ve been so excited to share it with you. So, what is The Legend Slot? you might be asking yourself. Well, similar to last years music series, The Legend Slot will consist of me sharing a different playlist for every month of 2020. However, last year I focused on genres of music whereas this year I’m focusing on artists. More specifically, legendary artists. You see where I’m going with this now right?

The Legend Slot is going to follow the same format as last years series, Music Monthly, so I’ll be sharing a different playlist each month, totalling to 12 playlists of 12 artists throughout 2020. I’ll be listening to every studio album of 12 different artists throughout the year and picking out my favourite tracks to put into a playlist. I’m thinking around 30 songs per playlist, but it obviously depends on just how many songs each artist has!

The idea for this series is to try and encourage us all to discover new tracks from older artists that most of us will probably be familiar with already. I feel like although a lot of us will have heard of the musicians featured within the series, and their more famous hit songs, we might not necessarily be familiar with the artists’ other album tracks. (I know I’m not anyway…). So with this new series I’m hoping for us all to learn a bit more about some really great musicians.

Elton John

So you might ask why I decided to start off the series with Elton John… well why not eh? I actually spent New Year’s Eve and the first hour or so of 2020 watching Rocketman for the first time. I’d been meaning to watch the film since it first came out in the cinema but I never actually got around to seeing it. What better way to kick off the New Year than ticking off a film from my watchlist?

Anyway, whenever I watch a 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 satisfying my need to listen to Elton John’s entire back catalogue of music than to make him the first musician in my new series. He is pretty legendary after all.

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

When I set myself the challenge of listening to all of Elton John’s studio albums for the first post in this 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.

The Legend Slot: Elton John

Approximately 360 songs later I managed to narrow down my favourites to 35 tracks. Going into this first playlist I already knew about 15 songs that HAD to be on it. We’re talking classics like Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (which is just an absolute TUNE). But there were so many other tracks that I’d never heard before that quickly became my favourites.

A few of my “old but new to me” favourites (this is definitely going to be a recurring phrase in this series) were Daniel and Honky Cat. 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!

Something that I did find when I was listening to his music was that I caught myself thinking “oh wow I completely forgot he sang that!”. I feel like when you think about such huge artists you always forget so many of their hits. They just have so many! It was such a great feeling to rediscover tracks that I’d completely forgotten about. And I’m hoping that this might continue when it comes to the other 11 playlists!

So there you have it. The monthly playlists are back with a classic twist! Hopefully you’re all equally excited about this new series as I am because I’m going to be looking for artist recommendations for the upcoming playlists. Which legendary musicians/bands do you want me to feature in this series? Let me know! Also, what are some of your favourite Elton John tracks? I’d love to find out.

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16 Comments

  1. Macey @ Brine & Books
    January 30, 2020

    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 πŸ™‚ xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 19, 2020

      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

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  2. Britt K
    February 4, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 26, 2020

      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

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  3. Sophie Wentworth
    February 4, 2020

    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

    Sophie

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 5, 2020

      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 πŸ™‚ x

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  4. Lauren
    February 5, 2020

    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!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 6, 2020

      It’s definitely a lot of fun to put together πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to sharing the other playlists throughout the year! x

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  5. Ash
    February 7, 2020

    I love this concept! I’m looking forward to who features next. I’m not a huge Elton John fan but he’s a very deserving legend

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 26, 2020

      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

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  6. Jenny in Neverland
    February 11, 2020

    What a cracking idea for a blog series! There’s definitely a few legends that I hope to see crop up at some point! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 11, 2020

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

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  7. Ellie
    February 22, 2020

    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

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 27, 2020

      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 πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Jaya
    February 26, 2020

    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. πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 27, 2020

      It’s a great track! I love when a song can make you feel a certain emotion πŸ™‚ x

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