Top 100 Songs
Pop/rock singer/songwriter and pianist born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 3/25/1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. At age 7, he started formal piano lessons. At 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He joined his first group, Bluesology, in 1962. He took his name from members Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967; they’ve since collaborated on more than 30 albums. Formed Rocket Records in 1973. Played the “Pinball Wizard” in the movie version of Tommy. Elton was the #1 pop artist of the ‘70s; in 2013, Billboard ranked him the third all-time Hot 100 artist behind The Beatles and Madonna.
Two of his songs (“Candle in the Wind (Goodbye England’s Rose)” and “Your Song”) are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. His album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.
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Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose) (1997) #1 US, UK, CN, AU
DMDB Top 2%:
9. Rocket Man (1972)
DMDB Top 5%:
15. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1974) #1 US, CN
21. Island Girl (1975) #1 US
DMDB Top 10%:
29. Honky Cat (1972)
31. Mama Can’t Buy You Love (1979) #1 AC
DMDB Top 20%:
43. Written in the Stars (w/ LeAnn Rimes, 1999)
51. The Last Song (1992)
61. Honky Tonk Women (live, 1970)
71. I Saw Her Standing There (live w/ John Lennon, 1974)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
74. Recover Your Soul (1997)
81. Runaway Train (w/ Eric Clapton, 1992)
91. Love Song (1970)
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First posted 3/25/2017; updated 3/22/2022.