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The Best Elton John Songs, Ranked by Fans  

Amy Boal
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List Rules 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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Your Song Elton John

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

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

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

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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

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Tiny Dancer Madman Across the Water

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

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Bennie And The Jets Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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

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Daniel Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

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

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Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me Caribou

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

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Levon Madman Across the Water

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

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Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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

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I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues Too Low for Zero

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

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I'm Still Standing Ice on Fire

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

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Candle In The Wind Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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

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Crocodile Rock Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

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

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Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Blue Moves

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

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Madman Across The Water 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

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Honky Cat Honky Chateau

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

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Philadelphia Freedom Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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

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Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters Honky Chateau

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

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Don't Go Breaking My Heart Don't Go Breaking My Heart

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

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Something About The Way You Look Tonight The Big Picture

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

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Sacrifice Sleeping with the Past

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

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Nikita Ice on Fire

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

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Burn Down The Mission Tumbleweed Connection

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

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Rotten Peaches Madman Across the Water

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

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I Want Love Songs from the West Coast

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