Best Elton John Songs


The Top Ten

1 Tiny Dancer

This song continues to grow on me. This technically might be his best song even if it's not his most famous or defining song. The lyrics and the nostalgic music really work well. This song certainly deserves to be higher than 7th.

One of my absolute favorites, the song is just so extremely well made and brings such joy to me, like chocolate for the ears!

I love this song so much, defiantly one of his finest works.

BY FAR the best

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2 Rocket Man

Definite number 1. This is the twin brother of David Bowie's Space Oddity, and like Space Oddity it has an astonishing amount of emotion in it. Tune is way better than Your Song in my humble opinion.

ROCKET MAAN BURNIN OUT HIS UP THERE ALONE! Gets me ripped every time I hear it, probably the greatest song to celebrate a win ever.

I know it's gonna be a long long time before we see this song at number one... But I still hope some day it does.

A classic that will stand the test of time

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3 Your Song

Best from the album "Elton John", with great romance lyrics :"I hope you don't mind / I hope you don't mind / That I've put down in words / How wonderful life is while you're in the world. " - MatrixGuy

How did this song get knocked down to # 3? It's a melody of beauty unparalleled by any other song Sir Elton John has written in his entire career. Mind you, Bennie and the Jets, Candle in the Wind, Can't You Feel the Love Tonight, Crocodile Rock, Don't Let the Sun Go Down, Goodbye Yellow Beick Road, Honky Cat, Rocket Man, Saturday Night's Alright, and Tiny Dancer are all excellent, but the way John plays his piano in Your Song soothes my ears like no other song of his, like no other song period. This is not just Elton John's best song; it's the most beautiful love song of all time!

This song is a very nice song that Elton John has sang, I remember watching live on stage on time he was great. Your Song is the best. give more than 11o/o give it about 100o/o.

This is his best song in my opinion and it should at least be in front of rocket man, this is much better song

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4 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I do not know why, but when I hear this song it makes me feel as if I am at peace, or something like that. Like there is nothing left to look for its nice to have that feeling for the first time in along time.

Sure "Rocket Man", "Tiny Dancer", "Daniel", and "Crocodile Rock" will resonate within you. But, they will not own a musical sector within your brain like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". This is a musical masterpiece! Cloud commercials anyone?

I was 16 when I first heard this. Today, as it did decades ago, this song continue to nudge its way into the depths of my soul. What I thought, at 16, were vague connections to pursuing one's dream and 'the yellow brick road' hold a broader and more profound meaning today. The passage of time only adds to and re-inforces its allure and relevance. Thank you Elton. Thank you Bernie, for the magic you bring to us all.

Easily the greatest song ever written. Taupin finds a way to work nostalgia and even anger into his lyrics. John creates another one of his countless, amazing melodies, and the song has a beautiful, dreamy feel.

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5 Bennie and the Jets

This is the most amazing classic rock song. I got hooked from the muppet show. then I would find myself in piano bars asking them to play/sing this song.

My favourite Elton John song of all time. Timeless and absolutely legendary. No wonder the Lakers used it for so many years.

"She's got electric boots, a mohair suit, you know I read it in a magazine"... good stuff. - Ned964

My sister played this song for me two years ago. I've been hooked since.

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6 Candle in the Wind

I cried when he first sang this on the People's Princess' funeral and till this day, there hasn't been a time when I heard this song and didn't cry.

Definitely his best song.. So much emotion in his voice. Made me cry. Hats off elton!

Well, the piano was well played in the song and of course Elton's emotions were simply mind-boggling

The lyrics, the piano, the vocal, everything seems so perfect in this song.

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7 Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

The hardest Elton song. He should have written more like this.

Easily his most awesome song

One of the greatest Rock tracks ever.


Put this to number one. this is the best Elton song ever!

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8 Crocodile Rock

This is the most up beat and fun song I have ever heard! It's so much fun to sing along to! This song should be number 1.

Perfect party dance song. Makes me happy

Everyone has this wrong! Crocodile Rock is number 1!


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9 Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

From back in the days when Elton produced a couple of albums every year - and still managed to pack them with variety and imagination. This proggy number is my favourite.

This is by far the best song he ever wrote (musically) and possibly the best lyrics Bernie Taupin ever wrote. However, this is one of those songs that would convey same emotion without lyrics. Simply put, in my humble opinion, one of the ten to fifteen greatest songs ever written, and Elton's best song.

The intro is absolutely epic and perfectly describes the pain of losing a loved one. Love Lies Bleeding is catchy and awesome. This song is number one in my book.

One of the best songs ever - NightmareCinema

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10 Can You Feel the Love Tonight

AWESOME it is the best song ever to exist by Elton John and deserves to be number one. Lyrically it is genius and has a great rhythm and feel to it.

Beautiful love song which speaks of the deeper connections that truly bind people together. I have sung it to my adopted daughter many times. I love you Annie!

Possibly one of the greatest love songs of all time. Elton John's voice is just so great

This song is just stunning - I love it!

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The Contenders

11 I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

One of the most brilliant love songs ever - its tune simply takes my breath away, and the lyrics are very touching - Elton's performance in it is the core as it combines the brilliance of the tune and the lyrics with perfect emotion. Its even more brilliant in Elton's live performances.

How is this so low? Granted, I've yet to listen to a lot of the other ones (that's what I'm doing next lol) but I hear this one on the radio all the time, and having this song stuck in my head is the entire reason I looked up this whole thing.

Damn good song. Listened to it ever since I was little, surprisingly enough it's a song my dad would always play real loud. The piano... The lyrics... It just comes together very nicely. Deffinetely should be higher up on this list; one of my all time faves

The outro is brilliant, a real piece of wonderful musicianship

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12 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

This one and Philadelphia Freedom should be top 5 songs.

How is this song not even on the list? I'm confused. This song is amazing!

My favorite, it should be on first place.

Yes! And I prefer Elton John singing this song on his own rather than with George Michael.

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13 Daniel

Such a unique song. Uses electric piano like no other. There are so many great Elton songs to choose from, but I would put this in the top five for sure.

Undoubtedly one of the most melodious songs ever..deserves to be in top 5 - sainnni

I can't trust people's tastes when I see this song this far down.

The best one.

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14 I'm Still Standing

Really Good Song, Should Be In The Top 10. - masoncarr2244

Uplifting, can't help but feel good listening to this song.

This is one of my favourite songs I think they should be in fourth or fifth or maybe third


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15 Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Actually it is a shame that this Songs not even appears on the "Best Songs of All Times" list. Great piano and bass guitar (especially on Live Versions) and keyboards/organs.

Simply a stunning piece of music, it really shows how amazing songwriter Elton is! - BiteUrLip

Those vocals though... Very powerful, great way of using strings to build suspension.

It tells a great story. Harmony. - Ned964

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16 Levon

This song is so utterly powerful. I listen to it and it just knocks my breath away. This song makes you forget everything around you for a moment and just sink into the lyrics. So beautiful and meaningful, but horribly underrated. Listen to this song and let it engulf you!

Please, this song is behind a bunch of other tracks that are high-rated because they're "fun to listen to". Seriously? Why does everyone just go for the fun party tunes and not the genuinely high-quality, meaningful music? This song deserves better.

I absolutely love this song. The best part is the verse leading directly to the chorus; I just get so involved every time I hear it. Sure, Your Song deserves to be #1, but this should be in the top ten.

The best there is...

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17 Sacrifice

The best song by elton john.

I Love this so much, I would love to listen some other songs which has rhythm like this

Wonderful Amazing Soothing! LOVE IT! - prateekjahead

The best!

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18 Don't Go Breaking My Heart

The duet and romance is amazing

With the great duet with Elton John and Kiki Dee, I had love this song!

Classic should be in the top ten - mneilan

I was looking for this song for a long time but not getting it in all records bar next to me in pretoria

19 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

The best song for making up with someone you love or care about. It really is the
Hardest word to say. I'm sorry. Thank you Elton John.

How could it be not #1?

Haunting melody, just his best effort ever...

20 Philadelphia Freedom

This is Elton John's best song, and my all time favorite song!

Tiny Dancer is my favorite song but I was blown away to see this song at 20. Philadelphia Freedom should be in the top 5 easily.

Marvellous orchestral arrangement. Just a superb song, I could listen to it all day

Love this song. End of story. Made me proud to be from Phildelphia.

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21 Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters

The mandolin in this song is beautiful. The line " I thank The Lord there are people out there like you" makes me think of the good friends I have.

Most underrated Elton John song. Fantastic lyrics, great piano, what more could you ask for?

He sings a heart-felt/soulful story.

Definitely most underrated. Great combination of musics and lyrics. Beautiful song.

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22 Indian Sunset

The best song I've ever heard by Elton John. The lyrics are so powerful yet sad that it brings a tear to my eye

More of a story than a song, beautiful either way

23 The Bitch Is Back

Amazing tune

24 Circle of Life

Good to see both Lion King songs are in the top 10.

I love those songs. Makes me want to watch the movies again.

A meaning for song with timeless lyrics all relate to

This song is a life lesson in itself...

Powerful, solid, magnificent, amazing and most of all one of the most meanigful songs I've ever listened to. Its an anthem and it's the best song by Elton John.

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25 Something About the Way You Look Tonight

It's elton john's all time best.. How couldn't it be in top 3. Very amazing song.

There is something about this song.

This should be the number 1 just listen to it its beautiful

I love this song...

Simply the best-in my mind.

26 Harmony

A true Elton fan favorite. Unfortunately, it's a not performing number, but it's lyrics tell a great story, and Elton shows off a sarcastic singing voice. I highly recommend listing to this RIGHT NOW

27 All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)
28 Sad Songs (Say So Much)
29 Tonight

Even after many years, all my body is vibrating during listening to this song.

If you haven't heard this song, you need to. A masterclass in musicianship, lyrics and melody. You will be moved.

30 Chloe

Such a beautiful song, I dedicate this one to my best friend Chloe

His greatest song very underrated maybe because taupin isn't invovled

This song is the most underrated song of all time.a true masterpiece of the 1980s.

31 Blue Eyes

This song was dedicated to me way back on 9 October 2010 it was the first time I had ever heard the song and love it

32 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

I had like this song because its melody was so brilliant and please put this at the top ten

One of Elton John's best song ever!

Great Song. Why so far down on the list. Gesh. Vote this song up. - blakematthew.tompkins

Best Beatles song ever,
Best Black Crowes song ever,
Best ELTON JOHN song ever! ��

33 We All Fall In Love Sometimes
34 Curtains
35 Talking Old Soldiers

Beautiful, sad song dealing with old age and loneliness. How many pop tunes venture into that territory?

36 Madman Across the Water

I agree, this song should be much higher in the poll. It's sad, haunting, and deep, and artfully arranged... All the reasons why it's so poorly understood and appreciated.

Powerful, haunting, and so tightly composed - this song is often overlooked, but remains as masterful as when it first premiered.

This guitar riff is almost unknown in Elton John songs. Amazing beautiful song. Aren't you a madman too?
This would have to be my favorite from Madman Across The Water album besides Tiny Dancer.

Polls can't be trusted. This song is 34th when it should be top 15. It's in my top 10 without a doubt.

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37 Did Anybody Sleep With Joan of Arc

One heck of a hidden gem, a b-side released in 2002, its an absolute masterpiece proving how Elton & Bernie are capable of writing top music comparable to their 70's material even this late in their career.

38 Razor Face
39 Border Song

Definitely should be in top 15. Border song has an indescribable feel to it

This song has a great gospel feel. Powerful lyrics and music.

40 Tinderbox
41 Sad
42 Believe
43 The Show Must Go On

Have they without that album cover or absolutely not! - Kevinsidis

44 Little Jeannie
45 Sweet Painted Lady
46 Grey Seal
47 Healing Hands
48 Empty Garden

Definitely a top five song in my opinion. He puts so much emotion behind it.

A beautiful song for John Lennon.

Subtle yet poignant; just perfect

Elton's greatest vocals. Bernies's greatest lyrics. Period.

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49 I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That
50 The Greatest Discovery

This song is absolutely amazing. The "Live in Australia" version is especially brilliant. I listened attentively to this song several times after introducing our newborn son to his big brother 22 years ago. A true masterpiece!


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Top Remixes (39)

1. Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
2. Indian Sunset
3. Tiny Dancer
1. Rocket Man
2. Tiny Dancer
3. Your Song
1. Tiny Dancer
2. Your Song
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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