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The Best Elton John Albums of All Time 

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Elton John is considered by many to be one of the greatest piano rock and soft rock artists of all time. And, while he doesn't write the lyrics for most of his top songs, he's still made some great albums throughout his prolific career. This is a list of the best Elton John albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Elton John discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Elton John albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Elton John singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

If you think the greatest Elton John album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Elton John album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular. If you want to know, "What is the Best Elton John album of all time?" or "What are the top Elton John albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List of albums include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Madman Across the Water and many more. 

This list of popular Elton John CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Vote up your favorite albums below, and vote down the ones you think shouldn't be near the top.

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Roa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1973); Tracks: This Song Has No Title, All the Girls Love Alice & Harmony

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Glam rock

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Captain Fantastic and th... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1975); Tracks: Tower of Babel, Someone Saved My Life Tonight & Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Producer: Greg Penny, Gus Dudgeon

Length (mins): 00:46:58

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Glam rock

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Madman Across the Water ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1971); Tracks: All the Nasties, Madman Across the Water & Tiny Dancer

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock, Piano rock, + more

4
Tumbleweed Connection is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1970); Tracks: Love Song, Come Down in Time & Country Comfort

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Country, Americana, Rock and roll, + more

5
Honky Château is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1972); Tracks: Susie (Dramas), Mellow & Amy

Genres (Music): Rock music, Piano rock

6
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1973); Tracks: Teacher I Need You, Crocodile Rock & Have Mercy on the Criminal

Producer: Gus Dudgeon

Length (mins): 00:42:54

Genres (Music): Rock music, Soft rock, Glam rock

7
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1970); Tracks: First Episode at Hienton, The King Must Die & Your Song

Producer: Gus Dudgeon

Length (mins): 00:39:31

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Symphonic rock

8
Caribou is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1974); Tracks: I've Seen the Saucers, Ticking & Stinker

Producer: Gus Dudgeon

Length (mins): 00:45:15

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Glam rock

9
Blue Moves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1976); Tracks: Out of the Blue, Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!) & Tonight

Genres (Music): Rock music

10
Too Low for Zero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1983); Tracks: One More Arrow, I’m Still Standing & I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

Producer: Chris Thomas

Length (mins): 00:44:08

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock

11
Rock of the Westies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1975); Tracks: Grow Some Funk of Your Own, Street Kids & Billy Bones and the White Bird

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock

12
Songs From the West Coas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock, Piano rock

13
Made in England is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1995); Tracks: House, Cold & Blessed

Producer: Greg Penny

Length (mins): 00:53:04

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music

14
Sleeping with The Past ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
15
Jump Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1982); Tracks: Spiteful Child, Ball & Chain & Blue Eyes

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock, Piano rock

16
The Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1981); Tracks: Fanfare, Just Like Belgium & Breaking Down Barriers

Producer: Chris Thomas

Length (mins): 00:45:38

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Soft rock, Pop rock

17
Empty Sky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1969); Tracks: Empty Sky, Skyline Pigeon & Western Ford Gateway

Length (mins): 00:40:53

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Art rock, Psychedelic folk

18
A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1978); Tracks: I Don't Care, Return to Paradise & Part-Time Love

Length (mins): 00:48:46

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Disco

19
The Captain & the Ki... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (2006); Tracks: I Must Have Lost It on the Wind, Just Like Noah's Ark & Old '67

Label: Mercury Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Piano rock

20
The One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1992); Tracks: The One, Simple Life & The Last Song

Producer: Chris Thomas

Length (mins): 00:58:07

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music

21
Breaking Hearts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1984); Tracks: Li'l 'Frigerator, Restless & Did He Shoot Her?

Producer: Chris Thomas

Length (mins): 00:40:48

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock

22
Peachtree Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (2004); Tracks: Turn the Lights Out When You Leave, Too Many Tears & All That I'm Allowed

Length (mins): 00:52:07

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Country rock

23
21 at 33 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (1980); Tracks: White Lady White Powder, Chasing the Crown & Dear God

Length (mins): 00:42:55

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Piano rock, Post-disco

24
The Union is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
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The Diving Board is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Elton John Albums of All Time
By Elton John (2013); Tracks: Mexican Vacation (Kids In the Candlelight), The Ballad of Blind Tom & Home Again

Genres (Music): Rock music, Soft rock