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2012-11-24 09:25:24 AM
Carla Etude Fanfare/Chloe (Track 6 and 7 from the album 'The Fox' hey subby picked 2 so can I)
 
2012-11-24 11:52:45 AM
I'm with Subby

/and I think technically that's just one track
 
2012-11-24 11:52:46 AM
"Bad Side of the Moon" is my favorite if I have to pick just one.
 
2012-11-24 11:52:53 AM
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.
 
2012-11-24 11:58:19 AM
Levon.

I'm not saying it's his "best" but it's my favorite, and one that still tugs at what I like to think of as my heart.
 
2012-11-24 12:03:47 PM
My favorite is 'Tiny Dancer'.
 
2012-11-24 12:04:03 PM
The Border Song.
 
2012-11-24 12:04:58 PM
Although on any given day I could say that about 'Levon' and 'Rocket Man'.
 
2012-11-24 12:08:05 PM
Not like it could be anything else

Yes, it could be, and I hate it when thread titles are phrased in this manner.

That said, I'm going with Coco LaFemme and picking "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

"Blessed" would rank a close second.
 
2012-11-24 12:08:24 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.


Good list, but I'd add Daniel at the end.
 
2012-11-24 12:35:17 PM
Subby is correct.
 
2012-11-24 12:46:01 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


You forgot Rocketman.
 
2012-11-24 12:52:36 PM
The wife and I picked Your Song as our first dance song. Our first concert together was Sir Elton.

That said, I'd go for Funeral For a Friend-Love Lies Bleeding or Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.
 
2012-11-24 12:55:12 PM

The English Major: The wife and I picked Your Song as our first dance song. Our first concert together was Sir Elton.

That said, I'd go for Funeral For a Friend-Love Lies Bleeding or Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.


Totally forgot that one! Ooh, that might narrowly edge out Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
 
2012-11-24 12:57:55 PM
The Last Song may not be his best ever, but it absolutely guts me every time I hear it. So many friends gone...
 
2012-11-24 12:58:15 PM
I could add that The biatch is Back is just a frickin' kick ass song. It was a staple of Pre-Gaming when I was younger.
 
2012-11-24 01:01:36 PM

Ennuipoet: I could add that The biatch is Back is just a frickin' kick ass song. It was a staple of Pre-Gaming when I was younger.


GET EQUIPPED WITH ELTON JOHN
 
2012-11-24 01:03:13 PM

dahmers love zombie: The Last Song may not be his best ever, but it absolutely guts me every time I hear it. So many friends gone...


That was the song that played at the end of And The Band Played On, right? If we're thinking of the same song, I agree; that song is like the musical equivalent of Jurassic Bark.
 
2012-11-24 01:07:59 PM

Coco LaFemme: dahmers love zombie: The Last Song may not be his best ever, but it absolutely guts me every time I hear it. So many friends gone...

That was the song that played at the end of And The Band Played On, right? If we're thinking of the same song, I agree; that song is like the musical equivalent of Jurassic Bark.


Yup. That song hits me every time too. Didn't he record it in memory of Ryan White?

Honorable mention: Runaway Train.
 
2012-11-24 01:32:55 PM
Anything from the Lion King, you know this to be true.
 
2012-11-24 01:47:37 PM
Madman Across the Water is my favorite.
 
But, yeah, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is his best all around.
 
2012-11-24 01:54:03 PM
Far and away my favorite lyrics of his (or maybe in rock history) are:

What do you think you'll do then
I bet that'll shoot down your plane
It'll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again
 
2012-11-24 02:38:51 PM
Don't let your son go down on me
Hold me closer tony danza
 
2012-11-24 02:40:47 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm with Subby

/and I think technically that's just one track



Depends on how you look at it.  I believe its listed so on the album.  And the CD has it as one track.  But it wasn't intended to be.  After both songs were complete it became apparent that they worked really well together (and synch up in the same key).
 
2012-11-24 02:46:34 PM

The English Major: Coco LaFemme: dahmers love zombie: The Last Song may not be his best ever, but it absolutely guts me every time I hear it. So many friends gone...

That was the song that played at the end of And The Band Played On, right? If we're thinking of the same song, I agree; that song is like the musical equivalent of Jurassic Bark.

Yup. That song hits me every time too. Didn't he record it in memory of Ryan White?

Honorable mention: Runaway Train.


I don't know. I do know he sang Skyline Pigeon at the funeral. Some of his late 80s tracks I've always loved were I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues and Sad Songs Say So Much.
 
2012-11-24 02:48:55 PM
Also forgot, Blue Eyes is another underrated track.
 
2012-11-24 02:55:15 PM

downstairs: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm with Subby

/and I think technically that's just one track


Depends on how you look at it.  I believe its listed so on the album.  And the CD has it as one track.  But it wasn't intended to be.  After both songs were complete it became apparent that they worked really well together (and synch up in the same key).


Heh... yeah. It's just, you know, like, my opinion, man

/the band I worked with played it nearly every gig
//gave me time to get a beer
 
2012-11-24 03:18:23 PM
Pfft! Love Lies Bleeding is a Thompson Twins song, man.
 
2012-11-24 03:22:44 PM
I Am Your Robot

/duh

//My serial number is 44357
 
2012-11-24 03:23:50 PM
I'm with downstairs on this one... Madman Across the Water is awesome...

Second place goes to I'm Still Standing because reasons.
 
2012-11-24 03:23:52 PM
Ballad of a Well Know Gun.

Everybody who agrees stand over here >>>>>

Everyone else... OFF MY LAWN.
 
2012-11-24 03:24:17 PM
What about the one where he over-uses the piano/keyboards? No, not that one. No, not that one either. No. I remember it had really melodramatic and kind of sappy lyrics. No, that's not it. No. No. No. No.....etc.

It may not be your favorite Elton John song, but it sounds just like it.
 
2012-11-24 03:24:29 PM

John the Magnificent: Ballad of a Well Know Gun.

Everybody who agrees stand over here >>>>>

Everyone else... OFF MY LAWN.


Known, damnit!
 
2012-11-24 03:25:14 PM
Hmmm....

Simple Life is my favorite to listen to.
 
2012-11-24 03:28:24 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Don't let your son go down on me
Hold me closer tony danza


Don't give me none of your aggravation, you had to steal the Death Star plans.
 
2012-11-24 03:30:21 PM

Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.: Dead for Tax Reasons: Don't let your son go down on me
Hold me closer tony danza

Don't give me none of your aggravation, you had to steal the Death Star plans.


Elton John really was the king of writing lyrics that are sure to be misunderstood.
 
2012-11-24 03:32:00 PM
Fine choice Subby, though I'm partial to Indian Sunset.
/so many great songs
 
2012-11-24 03:32:15 PM
Usually I would agree with Subbers, but I friggin' LURVE Tumbleweed Connection.

/Where to now, St. Peter?
 
2012-11-24 03:32:26 PM
Who'd a thunk this would be such a hard question for me?

/Go ahead. Say it.
 
2012-11-24 03:33:20 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 

I don't have an opinion on this question, but staring at this album art, for hours as a young boy, must have certainly had some sort of an affect on me.
 
2012-11-24 03:33:58 PM
I can't argue with subby's pick. Awesome song(s).
 
2012-11-24 03:35:30 PM

Robo Beat: Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.: Dead for Tax Reasons: Don't let your son go down on me
Hold me closer tony danza

Don't give me none of your aggravation, you had to steal the Death Star plans.

Elton John really was the king of writing lyrics that are sure to be misunderstood.


Bernie taupin would beg to differ
 
2012-11-24 03:36:22 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Robo Beat: Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.: Dead for Tax Reasons: Don't let your son go down on me
Hold me closer tony danza

Don't give me none of your aggravation, you had to steal the Death Star plans.

Elton John really was the king of writing lyrics that are sure to be misunderstood.

Bernie taupin would beg to differ


Oh yes, how dense of me. Mea culpa.
 
2012-11-24 03:37:39 PM
Madman Across the Water and Take me to the Pilot
 
2012-11-24 03:37:46 PM
Grey Seal. Some of the best percussion!!!!!
 
2012-11-24 03:38:00 PM
What, no love for "Nikita"???


/kidding, I agree with subby
 
2012-11-24 03:41:17 PM
Sixty Years On is an excellent song - doesn't get mentioned a lot. One of my favorite live albums is the one he did in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
 
2012-11-24 03:41:25 PM

Ennuipoet: Levon.

 
2012-11-24 03:42:04 PM

PhiloeBedoe: My favorite is 'Tiny Dancer'.


Hold me closer, Tony Danza.
 
2012-11-24 03:42:46 PM
Grey Seal
Alice
Levon

Subby's pick is way down on my list.
 
2012-11-24 03:45:08 PM

Jocundry: Grey Seal
Alice
Levon

Subby's pick is way down on my list.


That is All the Young Girls Love Alice.
Madman Across the Water is great too.
 
2012-11-24 03:45:43 PM
Dream Theater does a pretty decent cover of Funeral...Link

/All the young girls love Alice is my favorite, but Funerals is one of his best
 
2012-11-24 03:48:14 PM
B-B-B-BENNY!!!
 
2012-11-24 03:57:35 PM
I love everything on GYBR. I also liked his version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Empty Garden and Candle In The Wind still get me choked up.
 
2012-11-24 03:58:44 PM
It's hard to pick a favorite with so much to choose from. I really like Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding but then I think of

Amoreena
Bitter Fingers
Border Song
Madman Across the Water
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Idol

Elton John is a genius. Bernie Taupin as well
 
2012-11-24 03:59:49 PM
Funeral for a Friend was ruined for me by association with all the Diana hoopla. Well, actually it was never a big favorite anyway.

Daniel, maybe. Or Levon.
 
2012-11-24 04:04:38 PM
Done in 0
 
2012-11-24 04:13:23 PM
thegentlemanblog.files.wordpress.com

Thinking hard about his favorite EJ song...
 
2012-11-24 04:16:16 PM
Grey Seal
(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket
The biatch is Back
 
2012-11-24 04:22:35 PM
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is probably my favorite. I remember going to see him in the 90's and was absolutely blown away by him. My mom got tickets for her and my father, and he ended up not being able to go because of some work emergency and I went in his place. At the time I was kinda meh about it, but count that as one of my top 5 concerts.
 
2012-11-24 04:23:02 PM
Oh and High Flying Bird is another good one.
 
2012-11-24 04:25:00 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-24 04:27:35 PM

Onkel Buck: Dream Theater does a pretty decent cover of Funeral...Link

/All the young girls love Alice is my favorite, but Funerals is one of his best


If Dream Theater got a better singer I'd enjoy them a lot more, but that was indeed pretty decent. I did miss the background vocals, tho.
 
2012-11-24 04:33:12 PM
I remember the mid to late seventies as a time when Elton John always had at least one top 10 song.

I just looked on Wikipedia and holy crap!! TEN consecutive platinum albums!!!
 
2012-11-24 04:36:54 PM
Subby ftw.
 
2012-11-24 04:39:15 PM
Somebody shaved my wife tonight.

/sugar bear
 
2012-11-24 04:41:17 PM
I personally love Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
 
2012-11-24 04:42:26 PM
Hold Me Closer Tony Danza would make a great Fark handle.

That said, I vote for Empty Garden as Elton's best song.
 
2012-11-24 04:44:54 PM
That's like asking which one of your kids you love most. You love them equally for different reasons......except Billy.Cause fark that kid. He knows what he did.
 
2012-11-24 04:45:20 PM
Subby may be right, but I liked "Grimsby" and "Ticking."
 
2012-11-24 04:56:17 PM

Philadelphia Freedom!

Quadriplegics boogie to that song! 

www.disco-disco.com

Whack Like Me! 
 
2012-11-24 05:00:35 PM
I'm with Subby for #1. But I did buy the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack cassette right when it came out (I was 9 at the time), so Love Is A Cannibal always ranks high on my Elton John list.
 
2012-11-24 05:10:31 PM
liviuoros.com
 
2012-11-24 05:11:34 PM
country comfort is underrated

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-24 05:16:36 PM
No love for Victim of Love?

/ducks
 
2012-11-24 05:21:12 PM
John the Magnificent: Ballad of a Well Know Gun.

Everybody who agrees stand over here >>>>>

Everyone else... OFF MY LAWN.


B-side / bonus track "The Old Man's Shoes" is way better than the worst tracks on Tumbleweed (ie. "Love Song', "Amoureena").
 
2012-11-24 05:22:12 PM
"We all fall in love sometimes / Curtains" always gets me right in the heart.


/heck, the whole album is Fantastic.
 
2012-11-24 05:24:28 PM
Of his (rightly) underrated "blue period" (ie. 1976 -1979) the following songs are my fav:

"Tonight", "Crazy Water", "idol", "shine on through"
 
2012-11-24 05:25:43 PM
Tough to choose between, Madman Across the Water, I Need You to Turn To or Ballad of A Well-known Gun. But those were all written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
 
2012-11-24 05:29:13 PM
I was always partial with that duet he did with K.K. Downing or somebody called "Don't Go Smelling My Fart" or something like that.
 
2012-11-24 05:31:24 PM
Burn Down the Mission, with subby's picks just a shade behind.
 
2012-11-24 05:43:49 PM
Faster to list the ones I wouldn't care if I never heard again:

Tiny Dancer
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bennie and The Jets
Daniel
Candle in the Wind

Everything else is OK by me
 
2012-11-24 05:43:51 PM
Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for
Corn flakes and classics
Two teas both with sugar please
In the back of an alley

While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it's hay make and "Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods"

Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing, city slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey the hive could be holding
Well it's weak-winged young sparrows
That starve in the winter
Broken young children on the
Wheels of the winners
And the '68 summer festival wallflowers
are thinning


Why doesn't anyone write with that kind of imagery anymore?
 
2012-11-24 05:52:44 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Captain Fantastic, raised and regimented, hardly a hero
Just someone his mother might know
Very clearly a case for
Corn flakes and classics
Two teas both with sugar please
In the back of an alley

While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
Sweet chocolate biscuits and red rosy apples in summer
For it's hay make and "Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
Should I make my way out of my home in the woods"

Brown Dirt Cowboy, still green and growing, city slick Captain
Fantastic the feedback
The honey the hive could be holding
Well it's weak-winged young sparrows
That starve in the winter
Broken young children on the
Wheels of the winners
And the '68 summer festival wallflowers
are thinning

Why doesn't anyone write with that kind of imagery anymore?


So true. This is my favorite Elton John song.
 
2012-11-24 05:56:03 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


It's one of the best ever, by anybody
 
2012-11-24 06:04:26 PM
Considering the season, I'd like to give an honorable mention to "Step into Christmas"
 
2012-11-24 06:12:38 PM
John/Taupin together are goddamn geniuses. For me, they kind of lost it after 1976, but prior to that, sheer genius. So many great tunes from that era, I won't name them all. Tiny Dancer is beautiful, and used to great effect in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, and the wonderful, Almost Famous.
Here's Elton, just him and his piano, live in 1971, performing Tiny Dancer.

Here he is, also in 1971, performing Levon.

One song stands above them all, for me: Someone Saved My Life Tonight. Fantastic lyrics, beautiful melody, great production, and it HAS to be the pinnacle of Elton's vocal efforts. When you factor in it's autobiographical content, it's easy to see why this song might mean enough to him to bring out his best. Just simply. . .perfection.

/post-1976 exception: Empty Garden. An incredible curtain call for their earlier work.
 
2012-11-24 06:40:01 PM

23FPB23: [25.media.tumblr.com image 640x331] 

I don't have an opinion on this question, but staring at this album art, for hours as a young boy, must have certainly had some sort of an affect on me.


Album art was truly art back in the day. Then CDs came along and they tried. They really did. Then digital MP3's.

Then all album art was lost. They don't even try anymore.

/hang on. there might be some seeds there somewhere
 
2012-11-24 06:43:17 PM
Jamaica Jerk-Off

fark in one song.
 
2012-11-24 06:47:57 PM
I always like "Social Disease."
 
2012-11-24 06:47:58 PM

jj325: It's hard to pick a favorite with so much to choose from. I really like Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding but then I think of

Amoreena
Bitter Fingers
Border Song
Madman Across the Water
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Idol

Elton John is a genius. Bernie Taupin as well


I would go with Sweet Painted Lady.
 
2012-11-24 06:48:25 PM
I like Too Low For Zero, from the album of the same name, and Harmony from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It's hard to choose a favorite.
 
2012-11-24 06:54:38 PM
empty sky. he peaked early
 
2012-11-24 06:57:41 PM

The English Major: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters


Okay dammit that one might make me change my mind
 
2012-11-24 06:58:04 PM

Tergiversada: I like Too Low For Zero, from the album of the same name, and Harmony from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It's hard to choose a favorite.


It is from the one album. This Song Has No Title is also pretty awesome.

Harmony is a great song.
 
2012-11-24 07:17:12 PM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


I actually feel Captain Fantastic is a better album, but Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has better songs (if that makes any sense)
 
2012-11-24 07:33:04 PM
Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.
 
2012-11-24 07:43:14 PM

jake3988: Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.


I was listening to Tumbleweed Connection as I read your comment so I'm getting a kick...

Actually a lot of [old] people have heard of it.

"#463 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time...It peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In the US, it was certified gold on 22 March 1971 and platinum on 26 August 1998 by the RIAA."
 
2012-11-24 07:45:54 PM

jaytkay: jake3988: Pick any song from The Tumbleweed Connection. By far his best album ever.

/Sadly, few people have ever heard of it.

I was listening to Tumbleweed Connection as I read your comment so I'm getting a kick...


Listening now on Spotify. This thread has opened my eyes to a lot of his stuff other than "the hits."
 
2012-11-24 08:07:47 PM
Elton's best 70s album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
80's: Too Low For Zero
90's: Made In England
00s: Songs From The West Coast
10's: The Union.
 
2012-11-24 08:39:51 PM
Ummmm. Yeah Everyone knows Love Lies Bleeding is by Secession.
 
2012-11-24 08:48:49 PM
Anyone for "I'm Still Standing"? Anyone?

Personally, I'd say "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word".
 
2012-11-24 09:24:48 PM
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
We All Fall in Love Sometimes/Curtains
Levon
I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues
 
2012-11-24 10:15:01 PM
"Sacrifice" holds a special place in my heart.

"Daniel" always makes me cry. Always.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" isn't a song I appreciated until I got much older, but when I did, it became one of my favorites.

"Your Song" is one of the best love songs ever written. Period.
 
2012-11-24 10:52:52 PM
Technical point:
Funeral for a friend and Love lies bleeding are two different songs.

/Learned Every Single Farking song of his from the sheet music.
//Not easy.
///Damn, it improved my game.
 
2012-11-24 11:17:20 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Not like it could be anything else

Yes, it could be, and I hate it when thread titles are phrased in this manner plagiarized directly from the comments of tfa.


Boo subby.
 
2012-11-24 11:21:31 PM
Okay, nice to know that my liking EJ isn't "Not Cool" here because he has been the soundtrack to my entire life, so many lyrics just mirrored what was happening in my life.

Favorites, so many for as many reasons as they rang true.

Your Song, I saw that words could be a perfect gift.
I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues, how did they know?
Little Jeannie
Someone Saved My Life Tonight, been through that.
Healing Hands, because, yes...
Sacrifice
One More Arrow
Almost every other song too, hey, those words, that voice, sometimes you can't explain why or how something becomes yours, it just is.
 
2012-11-24 11:21:58 PM
I don't know if it could be considered his "best" song, but Philadelphia Freedom is an awesome song from start to finish and everything in between. I have never not listened to Philadelphia Freedom all the way through.
 
2012-11-24 11:24:03 PM
Your Song/Tiny Dancer if I'm feeling schmaltzy.

And either Subby's pick or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road otherwise.

/used to be Rocket Man but it's been Shatnerized so...
 
2012-11-24 11:24:12 PM
1. Funeral / Love Lies
1a. Madman
 
2012-11-24 11:36:52 PM
Cheddar Cheese Girl.



/ sub's choice is solid, but how do you pick among masterpieces?
 
2012-11-24 11:42:39 PM
Sacrifice
 
2012-11-25 12:06:50 AM
Rocket Man and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Also, I have a soft spot for Nikita even though I know it's a dumb song.
 
2012-11-25 12:06:55 AM
Border Song.
 
2012-11-25 12:08:14 AM
Oh crap how could I forget Daniel?
 
2012-11-25 12:13:54 AM
1. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.

The only misstep in that song is the end of the guitar solo. There's no resolution. It abruptly trips back into the chorus in a way that's almost jarring. For a song that is otherwise so impeccably composed and performed it's bewildering. I cringe every time I hear it. Nevertheless, it's a masterpiece.

And for those of you who have never seen the Classic Albums episode on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", do so. I had no idea Elton basically wrote each song in a single sitting in about an hour or so. The band would then record them in the same day live in the studio. Often in only a couple takes. He knocked out the entire album in about two weeks. Ridiculously talented man (and band).
 
2012-11-25 12:14:09 AM
i'm not familiar with much of elton john's work, but all of his songs that they play on classic rock stations are unforgivably terrible. benny and the jets makes me want to stab people in the face. i can't stand any of his "popular" songs, i think they are all awful. but i'm sure he has other songs that are excellent, they just don't play them 5 times a day on classic rock radio.

candle in the wind is a good song, i guess.
 
2012-11-25 01:10:46 AM
One of my favorite musicians and songwriters for my entire life. A goddamm treasure. Personally, I celebrate the man's entire catalog.
 
2012-11-25 01:19:04 AM
Well, there was only one Elton John song ever that brought me to tears, honest to goodness, lump in throat emotion, and when you add in the subject being the death of John Lennon...

Empty Garden
 
2012-11-25 01:29:10 AM
Oh, no, no ,no...

http://i628.photobucket.com/download-albums/uu10/davisdom/Rocket-Man- S tewie.jpg 

link
 
2012-11-25 01:33:01 AM
Kinda pisses me off that you can't just buy "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" as a direct download from any Elton John album on iTunes or Amazon. You have to buy the whole album if you want the song.

It's fine if you don't have any Elton John in your music collection. Buying the whole GYBR album is well worth it in that case but for me it would be like paying $10-$12 for the one song I don't have.

I wonder why that particular song is locked down on all Elton John mp3 downloads. Seems unlikely that it would just be $$$ but what do I know.

My personal favorites are Burn Down the Mission and Harmony. Also love Tiny Dancer, Levon, Someone Saved My Life Tonight and Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me.
 
2012-11-25 01:45:55 AM
Do I have to pick just one? I don't think I can.

Talking about awesome Elton albums. 17-11-70 doesn't just rock. It boulders. A stripped down trio which it sounds like he's getting back to with his most recent album.
 
2012-11-25 03:50:14 AM
Bennie and The Jets
 
2012-11-25 04:43:36 AM
I'll go along with the love for "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"

Runner up: "Madman Across the Water"

Honorable Mention: "Where to Now, St. Peter?"
 
2012-11-25 05:19:06 AM
Going for some of the non-obvious stuff here:

Talking Old Soldiers & Burn Down the Mission (Tumbleweeds Connection)
Legal Boys (Jump Up)
I Cry At Night (Bonus track on A Single Man cd)
Breaking Hearts, In Neon & Burning Buildings (Breaking Hearts)
Ticking (Caribou)
Blessed (Made In England)
Indian Sunset (Madman Across the Water)
High Flying Bird (Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player)
Skyline Pigeon (Empty Sky/Here and There/Bonus on Don't Shoot Me...)
The King Must Die & Sixty Years On (Elton John)
Gypsy Heart (Leather Jackets)
Since God Invented Girls (Reg Strikes Back)
The Last Song (The One)
Shiloh (The Union)
Blues Never Fade Away (The Captain and the Kid)
I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) (Rock of the Westies)
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Honky Chateau)
and I agree with subby's choice as well, but would add I've Seen That Movie Too, Roy Rogers and Harmony (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
 
2012-11-25 06:32:31 AM
Much like some of the Fark Photoshop threads, the Elton John music catalog needs a 'Vote All' button.
 
2012-11-25 07:38:52 AM
"Susie (Dramas)" - (B-side to Rocket Man 45, for your kids out there)
"The Greatest Discovery"
... dear lawd, too many to choose from....
 
2012-11-25 09:43:48 AM

BizarreMan: Do I have to pick just one? I don't think I can.

Talking about awesome Elton albums. 17-11-70 doesn't just rock. It boulders. A stripped down trio which it sounds like he's getting back to with his most recent album.


Great recall. I had totally forgotten about that album. I had it, along with the soundtrack to the "Friends" movie that he did (which was not nearly as good.)

back in the early'80sI used to perform at wedding ceremonies until I got tired doing it, but when I did, one of the songs I always played was " I need you to turn to." There's a great version on 11/17/70
 
kab
2012-11-25 10:13:59 AM

Coco LaFemme: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Followed by Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Tiny Dancer, Benny and the Jets, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is not only his best song, it's his best album.


I like the way you think.
 
2012-11-25 11:04:21 AM
Solar Prestige a Gammon.

Sing it out loud and make people look at you funny.
 
2012-11-25 12:09:13 PM
I'm going to cheat a little and say "Whatever gets you thru the night" is my favorite. It was Lennon's only number one song, and probably wouldn't be without Elton.

Worst Elton John song: His cover of "Pinball Wizard".
 
2012-11-25 12:23:04 PM
I've always been enchanted by the guitar line in "Love Lies Bleeding." It seems to come out of nowhere, musically speaking, and yet it's the perfect fit for that song.
 
2012-11-25 12:48:31 PM

Gunderson: Worst Elton John song: His cover of "Pinball Wizard".


If you just listen to it, yes. But the scene from Tommy is all kinds of AWESOME.
 
2012-11-25 04:02:54 PM
Subby is totally right.
 
2012-11-25 04:11:08 PM

vudukungfu: Technical point:
Funeral for a friend and Love lies bleeding are two different songs.

/Learned Every Single Farking song of his from the sheet music.
//Not easy.
///Damn, it improved my game.


I had a boyfriend in my teen years that played guitar and sang Elton John songs to me. Yes, chicks dig that.
 
2012-11-25 05:25:28 PM

oh_please: Gunderson: Worst Elton John song: His cover of "Pinball Wizard".

If you just listen to it, yes. But the scene from Tommy is all kinds of AWESOME.



Elton with The Who as backing band is fantastic. It's by far, the best version of that song. Wish it was available in whole, in audio form, instead of just in the movie.
 
2012-11-25 06:48:07 PM

quickdraw: Subby is correct.


Requoted for emphasis.

Though DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME is a close 2nd.
 
2012-11-25 09:03:33 PM
More than some people have mentioned "Madman Across the Water".

But which version? The rockin' 8 minute version with Mick Ronson on guitar?
Or the strings-drenched album version?
 
2012-11-25 10:04:31 PM
Daniel
Your Song
Candle in the Wind

Damn, I got the urge to grab a couple of his albums for old times sake. But I've done that enough to know my memory is better than reality.
 
2012-11-25 11:38:10 PM

Majick Thise: Carla Etude Fanfare/Chloe (Track 6 and 7 from the album 'The Fox' hey subby picked 2 so can I)


I was going to say exactly this. Well done, kindred spirit!!
 
2012-11-25 11:49:19 PM
Carla Étude Fanfare / Chloe
Blue Eyes
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Candle in the Wind original
Sixty Years On
Levon
Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters
Hercules
All the Young Girls Love Alice
Meal Ticket
Tonight (Blue Moves)
Part-time Love (reminds me of a girl I was desperately in love with...)
I Don't Care
Two Rooms at the End of the World
Breaking Hearts
This Town
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Three Way Love Affair

I'll probably be reminded of more....
 
2012-11-25 11:58:13 PM
Adding:

I Need You To Turn To
Ticking
Harmony
Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding -- studio very is terrific, but the live Thanksgiving 1974 MSG show in NYC IS EVEN MORE TERRIFIC-er.
 
2012-11-26 01:43:07 AM

NDP2: I'll go along with the love for "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"

Runner up: "Madman Across the Water"

Honorable Mention: "Where to Now, St. Peter?"


That would be my top 3 as well, in no particular order.
 
2012-11-26 06:18:35 AM

makjr33: Majick Thise: Carla Etude Fanfare/Chloe (Track 6 and 7 from the album 'The Fox' hey subby picked 2 so can I)

I was going to say exactly this. Well done, kindred spirit!!


I was beginning to think I was the only one..
 
2012-11-26 05:13:54 PM
Let's all just agree to agree - every Elton John song is freakin' awesome!
 
2012-11-26 05:48:45 PM
I'm with you sub, but that holds for almost every GYBR song, even Jamaica Jerk-Off, Social Disease, and Dirty Little Girl. The album is a masterpiece from start to finish and certainly deserves credit for being one of the best ever made. Also, 11-17-70 is one of the best live albums I've ever heard. I know the John/Taupin magic wouldn't continue forever, but I love the fact that Bernie shared equal billing with the band. Elton also gave real credit to others usually kept in the shadows such as Paul Buckmaster (orchestral arrangements for the early albums), Ray Cooper (percussion), and Jean-Luc Ponty (violin on Honky Chateau).

That said, I think All the Young Girls Love Alice is my fave. Honorable mentions from other albums include Ballad of a Well Known Gun, Captain Fantastic, Burn Down the Mission, Skyline Pigeon, 60 Years On...

Dammit, just too many.

/we all miss you Dee Murray.
 
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