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The Best Elton John Songs, Ranked by Fans

List RulesVote 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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  • 1

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    432
    153

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

  • 2

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

    Honky Chateau
    448
    162

    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

  • 3

    Your Song

    Elton John
    450
    167

    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

  • 4

    Tiny Dancer

    Madman Across the Water
    470
    177

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

  • 5

    Daniel

    Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
    320
    155

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

  • 6

    Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

    Caribou
    336
    166

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

  • 7

    Bennie And The Jets

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    368
    187

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

  • 8

    Candle In The Wind

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    328
    167

    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

  • 9

    Crocodile Rock

    Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
    309
    158

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

  • 10

    Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    310
    159

    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

  • 11

    Levon

    Madman Across the Water
    308
    162

    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

  • 12

    I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

    Too Low for Zero
    319
    173

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

  • 13

    I'm Still Standing

    Ice on Fire
    329
    179

    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

  • 14

    Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters

    Honky Chateau
    259
    163

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

  • 15

    Honky Cat

    Honky Chateau
    220
    135

    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

  • 16

    Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    Don't Go Breaking My Heart
    249
    163

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

  • 17

    Philadelphia Freedom

    Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
    219
    140

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

  • 18

    Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

    Blue Moves
    217
    139

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

  • 19

    Madman Across The Water

    Madman Across the Water
    181
    130

    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

  • 20

    Sacrifice

    Sleeping with the Past
    152
    145

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

  • 21

    Burn Down The Mission

    Tumbleweed Connection
    141
    140

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

  • 22

    Something About The Way You Look Tonight

    The Big Picture
    148
    164

    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

  • 23

    Nikita

    Ice on Fire
    101
    171

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

  • 24

    Rotten Peaches

    Madman Across the Water
    68
    146

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

  • 25

    I Want Love

    Songs from the West Coast
    80
    169

    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