Top 10 Best Elton John Songs

The Top Ten
1 Tiny Dancer

This song continues to grow on me. It 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 together. This song certainly deserves to be higher than 7th.

It wasn't just his meaningful lyrics. It was his piano. If it wasn't for his piano in this song, it wouldn't have been my number one song. It is a wonderful song.

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

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. The tune is way better than Your Song in my humble opinion.

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

Too many great Elton John songs to really pick a favorite, but I do really love this one.

3 Your Song

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 Brick 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 defines Elton John. It's one of the best songs ever made, in my opinion, very inspiring and beautiful. The meaning of the song makes you appreciate life. Your Song goes way beyond this list, along with Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Tiny Dancer. This song is the reason I play piano. His '70s albums were a masterpiece, if you ask me. Sure, there are many other hits, but to be honest, this song hits differently than the others, in a sweet way.

4 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I was 16 when I first heard this. Today, as it did decades ago, this song continues 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' now hold a broader and more profound meaning. The passage of time only adds to and reinforces its allure and relevance. Thank you, Elton. Thank you, Bernie, for the magic you bring to us all.

I love how the song opens, closes, and everything in between. Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, and Daniel resonate within me, but Goodbye Yellow Brick Road owns a sector of my musical memory. I play it on repeat over and over. It's a true musical masterpiece!

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 song is a musical masterpiece! Cloud commercials anyone?

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

This song has a feel to it that no other rock/jazz rock, or whatever else you want to call it, has. No song makes me want to get up at a karaoke bar quite like this one.

6 Candle in the Wind

I cried when he first sang this at the People's Princess' funeral, and to 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!

Number one for fourteen weeks and best-selling song of all time should be in the top 20!

7 Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

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

One of the greatest rock tracks ever.

Period.

Perhaps the most ass-kicking stanza ever put to music:

"A couple of the sounds that I really like,
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike.
I'm a juvenile product of the working class,
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass..."

Brilliant... Sounds like it belongs more in a song by The Who though. And that song absolutely should be on Meaty, Beefy, Big and Bouncy.

8 Crocodile Rock

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

This song should be first. Bennie and the Jets isn't exactly one of my favorites, and Your Song is good but kind of overrated.

Everyone has this wrong! Crocodile Rock is number 1!

9 I'm Still Standing

This song is one of the top hits in the movie 'Sing', as Johnny sang it. It has good lyrics that make you sing along. The movie also has a good purpose. I'm Still Standing shows kids that working hard and persisting helps, and you should always be standing. Therefore, I have to honestly say, this song is truly, and always, amazing, and should be at the top.

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

Yes, this is a very good song, probably my favorite by him.

10 Can You Feel the Love Tonight

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!

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.

I grew up watching The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado, and that's how I became a fan of Elton John. This song deserves better.

The Contenders
11 Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

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 the same emotion without lyrics. Simply put, in my humble opinion, it is 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.

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 favorite.

12 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. It's even more brilliant in Elton's live performances.

Damn good song. I've 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. Definitely should be higher up on this list. One of my all-time favorites.

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

13 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

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

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

This one and Philadelphia Freedom should be top 5 songs.

14 Daniel

Such a unique song. It 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.

This song just makes me feel the best emotions. The lyrics and instrumentals, and everything about this song just move me in the best way. Definitely number one for me.

Everyone, please listen to this song! It has great meanings, and the melody is awesome, just like you were sent into the blue heaven of music. I was surprised to see it in this position.

15 Don't Go Breaking My Heart

With the great duet between Elton John and Kiki Dee, I have always loved this song!

Went to #1 in the US.

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 number 1, but this should be in the top ten.

17 Philadelphia Freedom

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.

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

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

18 Circle of Life

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

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

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

This song is a life lesson in itself...

19 Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Wow. This is amazing. It's my third favorite song. My favorite is Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, and second is A Day in the Life. I especially love the ending of this song:

Someone saved
Someone saved
Someone saved my life tonight.

This should be Number One!

Elton has had decades of brilliant songs, but this one still stands out to me as his most deeply heartfelt ever. The music, the lyrics, and Elton's vocal all make it his greatest song ever - and that's saying a lot!

Actually, it is a shame that this song doesn't even appear on the "Best Songs of All Times" list. Great piano and bass guitar (especially in live versions) and keyboards/organs.

20 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.

Haunting melody, just his best effort ever...

How could it not be #1?

21 Sad Songs (Say So Much)
22 Amoreena

Top 10 Elton song ever. Theme to Dog Day Afternoon.

23 Sacrifice

This emotional and touching song deserves to be number one because we can all relate to it, and I think we all have felt this way sometime in our lives.

Seriously? I'm shocked, this song deserves 1st place. This song has melodies that cannot be ignored and that vibe.

I'm hurt to see this song not even in the top 10. This song deserves a better position.

24 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?

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

25 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.

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