Across his career, John has had 57 top 40 hits in the United States , second only to Elvis Presley in total,  with 27 of these hitting the top ten and nine reaching number one. In his native United Kingdom , he has accumulated 69 top 40 singles, including 32 top tens and 7 number ones. It subsequently hit number one in every country that it charted in and became the biggest-selling single of all time since the UK and US charts began in the s, with sales of 33 million. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 April Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is still recognized as the best selling single of all time, but since it was released prior to the start of many charts, its sales prior to the s are estimated. John's song has sold the most copies when looking at copies sold since charts began, as verified in Guinness World Records. Archived from the original PDF on 26 February Retrieved 27 February
10 Best Elton John Songs
The arrival of Rocketman , the movie that tells the story of how a shy, short-sighted young fellow called Reginald Dwight became one of the most successful musicians of all time, will bring his timeless music to yet another vast audience all around the world, ensuring that the best Elton John songs continue to resonate. His work has been part of the very fabric of our culture, and a language we all understand, for what seems like forever. Carl Fortina played the elegant accordion solo. His lyrical partner Sir Tim Rice who was knighted that year, four years before Elton could only marvel at his productivity: he gave the singer a set of lyrics at 2pm one day and was open-mouthed to hear a well-rounded demo and a winning melody at about 3.
A look at the icon's nearly-50-year chart career.
Greatest Hits is the eleventh official album release for Elton John , and the first compilation. Released in November , it spans the years to , compiling ten of John's singles , with one track variation for releases in North America and for Europe and Australia. It topped the album chart in both the United States and the United Kingdom, staying at number one for ten consecutive weeks in the former nation and eleven weeks in the latter. It was the best-selling album of in the United States , and is his best-selling album to date, being his first to have received an RIAA diamond certification for US sales of more than 10 million copies — as of April the album has been certified for 17 million units in the US. The single " Bennie and the Jets ", which had topped the charts in both the US and Canada but which had not been released as a single in the United Kingdom at that point, appeared on the American and Canadian edition of the album. It was replaced by " Candle in the Wind " for the UK and Australian edition, having been a hit in both of those countries but never released as a single in the US and Canada.
As the singer-songwriter sets off on one last bombastic world tour, we rank his greatest 50 songs. Elton starts a six-year break from otherwise career-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Recorded when Sir Elton Hercules John was still Pinner, Middlesex teenager Reg Dwight, a classically trained pub pianist and occasional session musician. A fine early career effort from his youthful rhythm and blues outfit. From late period, minimalist gem The Diving Board , EJ evokes the poetry and spiralling piano runs of his early years with this lovely insight into the mind of a blind Deep South bluesman. This is a beautiful song about a fading love. Three years after Rocket Man, space travel again provides inspiration via s comic character Dan Dare. The song was one of the first to use the talkbox, a wacky effects-pedal. According to some liner notes, this driving rocker from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was penned about Alice Cooper before being hurriedly rewritten to be about a tragic lesbian schoolgirl sex worker.