Elton John turns 70 years old today. The flamboyant pop legend has been entertaining us for decades now with his soulful, stirring melodies. On the occasion of his birthday, here are a list of his top 10 tracks:
1. “Rocket Man”
The song is inspired by the short story “The Rocket Man” and is about the bittersweet feelings of a Mars-bound astronaut leaving his family to go on a space voyage. It is widely-regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time
2. “Your Song”
This 1970 song is one of the greatest romantic ballads of all time. Personal and heart-felt.
3. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
The song was inspired by the yellow brick road in the The Wizard of Oz and is about going back to one’s roots.
Bernie Taupin, a long-time collaborator of Elton John describes it as “one of the best songs we’ve written.” The song and the accompanying music video is about the hardships a young couple with a chid face while deciding to separate.
5. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
Disney fans will remember this song being played in The Lion King while Simba and Nala rediscover their love for each other. It certainly is one the greatest movie songs of all time.
6. “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”
“What do I do to make you want me
What I gotta do to be heard
What do I say wen its all over
Sorry seems to be the hardest word”
This is why Elton John is one of the greatest songwriters ever.
7. “Candle in the Wind”
“Candle in the Wind” was originally written in 1973 in memory of Marilyn Monroe. Elton John’s recreation of the song during the funeral of Princess Diana is hauntingly beautiful. It is the second best-selling single of all time.
8. Crocodile Rock
Elton can belt out some fine tunes as well as evidenced by this song which was inspired by Aussie band Daddy Cool’s hit single “Eagle Rock”.
9. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
The song is about having a rollickin’ good time on a Saturday time, what else?
10. Tiny Dancer
The song was written by Elton’s longtime collaborator Bernard John “Bernie” Taupin and is based on the many beautiful women he met in California in the 1970s. Although not a romantic song in the traditional sense, it is a popular wedding song couples dance to.