The Best Elton John Songs, Ranked by Fans

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Vote up the songs you love the most, even if they aren't just "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." No Lion King soundtrack.

A list of the best Elton John songs, ranked by fans like you. Sir Elton Hercules John CBE has a humongous catalog, filled with hits, underrated gems, and crocodiles. But what are the best Elton John songs? Whether you're an early Bernie Taupin-era purist, into the sparkly '90s/2000s years, or you just think "Tiny Dancer" is pretty, cast your votes below for the best of Elton John's hits.

Elton John has released dozens of studio albums and contributed to the soundtracks and scores for films and Broadway musicals. From "Levon" to "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to "Rocket Man," and even underrated Elton John songs like "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters," this definitive ranking of the top Elton John songs is shaped by you. Vote up your favorite Elton John songs and vote down the ones you of which you have never understood the appeal.

I have chosen to not include any songs from the soundtrack for the Disney animated film The Lion King on this list. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" is a very nice song, but let's stay focused.

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  • Tiny Dancer
    1

    Tiny Dancer

    Lay me down in sheets of linen
    You had a busy day today

  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    2

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    You can't plant me in your penthouse
    I'm going back to my plough

  • Your Song
    3

    Your Song

    I hope you don't mind
    I hope you don't mind
    That I put down in words
    How wonderful life is
    Now you're in the world

  • Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
    4

    Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)

    And I think it's gonna be a long long time
    'Till touch down brings me round again to find
    I'm not the man they think I am at home

  • Levon
    5

    Levon

    He was born a pauper
    To a pawn on a Christmas day
    When the New York Times
    Said God is dead and the war's begun
    Alvin Tostig has a son today

  • Daniel
    6

    Daniel

    Your eyes have died, but you see more than I
    Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky

  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
    7

    Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

    It's much too late to save myself from falling
    I took a chance and changed your way of life

  • Bennie And The Jets
    8

    Bennie And The Jets

    She's got electric boots a mohair suit
    You know I read it in a magazine

  • Candle In The Wind
    9

    Candle In The Wind

    And it seems to me you lived your life
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing who to cling to
    When the rain set in

  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
    10

    I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

    And I guess that's why they call it the blues
    Time on my hands could be time spent with you

  • Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
    11

    Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

    Oh, don't give us none of your aggravation
    We had it with your discipline
    Oh, Saturday night's alright for fighting
    Get a little action in

  • Crocodile Rock
    12

    Crocodile Rock

    Oh Lawdy mama those Friday nights
    When Suzie wore her dresses tight

  • Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters
    13

    Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters

    For unless they see the sky
    But they can't and that is why
    They know not if it's dark outside or light

  • I'm Still Standing
    14

    I'm Still Standing

    Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did
    Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
    I'm still standing after all this time
    Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

  • Honky Cat
    15

    Honky Cat

    They said, get back, honky cat
    Better get back to the woods
    Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
    And, oh, the change is gonna do me good

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart
    16

    Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    When I was down
    I was your clown
    Nobody knoh oooh ooooows it

  • Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    17

    Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

    What have I got to do to make you want me
    What have I got to do to be heard

  • Philadelphia Freedom
    18

    Philadelphia Freedom

    Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
    From the day that I was born I've waved the flag

  • Madman Across The Water
    19

    Madman Across The Water

    There's a joke and I know it very well
    It's one of those that I told you long ago
    Take my word I'm a madman, don't you know

  • Sacrifice
    20

    Sacrifice

    Cold, cold heart
    Hard done by you
    Some things look better, baby
    Just passing through

  • Burn Down The Mission
    21

    Burn Down The Mission

    Burn down the mission
    Burn it down to stay alive
    It's our only chance of living
    Take all you need to live inside

  • Something About The Way You Look Tonight
    22

    Something About The Way You Look Tonight

    With your smile
    You pull the deepest secrets from my heart
    In all honesty
    I'm speechless and I don't know where to start

  • Nikita
    23

    Nikita

    When you look up through the wire
    Nikita do you count the stars at night

  • Rotten Peaches
    24

    Rotten Peaches

    Mercy I'm a criminal, Jesus I'm the one
    Rotten peaches rotting in the sun

  • I Want Love
    25

    I Want Love

    But I want love, just a different kind
    I want love, won't break me down
    Won't brick me up, won't fence me in