Not many performers have a rich career to draw from like Elton John has. From his fairly unknown Empty Sky (1969) debut (released in the UK way before the US), and his first album that generated a hit (“Your Song”), Elton John (1970), to his best known Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), through his ambitious Blue Moves (1976), released on his newly formed Rocket Records, and his later years efforts, Elton John is one that can fill multiple legitimate ‘best of’ collections…and not repeat a single huge hit.
Through all of these rich periods, Elton kept a steady evolutionary path, a very satisfying path, that paid off handsomely for him.
Many have favorite EJ periods. Some will point to the stunning perfection of Madman Across The Water (1971), with “Levon”, “Tiny Dancer”, and seven other indispensible gems. It was followed up by my personal favorite, Honky Château (1971), which produced “Honky Cat”, and “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be a Long, Long Time)”.
But there are so, so many Elton John classics, albums and songs, that represent not only the man (and his songwriter – let’s not forget Taupin), but nearly every musical change that Rock and Roll has endured, the last decade excepted.
With so many hits and excellent albums available to Elton John fans, it stands to reason that there will be solid favorites. I wonder just how many fans from the beginning were able to follow EJ all the way to his current status. For me, I count “Crocodile Rock” as one of the great pop songs in our long history. But then, Elton John could entertain me with many of his songs. Not all…but many.
I’m quite interested in what you may consider the best album from Elton John’s catalog. I’m also interested in which song you might feel is Elton’s best.