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Top 5 Elton John Songs
Whether singing the blues, a eulogy for the People’s Princess, or wailing out “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in a Donald Duck costume, Elton John perfectly captures a feeling, a moment, and our hearts with every turn of phrase. Each song rings with its own authentic emotional undercurrent, and Elton John’s charisma shines through every ballad, every disco throwback, and every piece of dirty, rock 'n roll.
Coming up with the top five songs from this legend is no easy task, but this collection is an eclectic mix of his best crafted and most beloved tunes. Go ahead and sing along as you read through the list.
1. Rocket Man
With lyrics written by Elton John’s longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story from "The Illustrated Man," John’s "Rocket Man" is the story of a Mars-bound astronaut struggling with leaving his family to pursue his duty to humanity. This pop ballad came out in 1972 on the "Honky Chateau" album.
2. Tiny Dancer
This 1971 tune shines with the spirit of California, as Taupin penned the words as an ode to a stunning women after a trip out West. This nostalgic ballad is one of John’s most well-crafted songs and was immortalized by Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film, "Almost Famous."
3. Your Song
This heartwarming ballad came out in 1970 and was one of John’s first big hits. Taupin wrote the lyrics one morning after breakfast, and with his strong vocal performance and the simplicity of his piano playing, John emerged as a major voice on the world stage.
4. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
This tune is a 1976 classic, with a duet between John and British songstress Kiki Dee. The groove nods to the Motown style and was the featured B-side of "Snow Queen." The song was John’s first No. 1 single in the U.K. and has known many variations, forms, and venues including a duet between John and Miss Piggy on "The Muppet Show."
5. Bennie and the Jets
A moderately paced boogie features the faux fan narration of a fictional, glitzy band in this unique tune. It was the song that put John on the R&B map and introduced his music to a wider audience in Canada and the United States. Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose also cites this track as a major inspiration.
In Bennie and the Jets, John sings of the “electric music, solid walls of sound” with anticipation for this wondrous glam band. It seems as if the glitz and the excitement is too good to be true, but never fear, the real Bennie and the Jets band is here at Lady Luck® Caruthersville, and they are ready to rock with an Elton John Tribute Show for the ages.
Boogie on by for the best gaming and music on Friday, August 19. There are two shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and tickets are on sale now at the Fan Club® for only $15. So bite your lip, head over to Lady Luck Caruthersville, and get up and dance!