What are your three favorite Elton John songs?

Elton John

This is one of the hardest music questions I’ve ever been asked.

A few weeks ago my girlfriend asked me this one. And I thought – what a hateful question. Seriously – three? With some effort I might be able to get it down to ten or fifteen.

But it was a music question. So I thought. And pondered. And listened and relistened.

I may finally have an answer.

Number 1 is:

  • Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

And numbers 2 and 3 are, I think:

  • Tiny Dancer
  • Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Although don’t hold me to it. My mind is prone to sudden changes. And I can’t stress enough just how close these are:

  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • Rocket Man
  • Bitter Fingers
  • Tower of Babel
  • Teacher I Need You
  • Texan Love Song

And there are several others on the “strong maybe/honorable mention” list.

  • Your Song
  • Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Island Girl
  • Bennie and the Jets
  • I Feel Like a Bullet in the Gun of Robert Ford
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Candle in the Wind (original, not the Princess Die wankfest)
  • I’m Still Standing
  • Little Jeannie
  • Madman Across the Water
  • Take Me to the Pilot
  • I’ve Seen That Movie Too
  • We All Fall in Love Sometimes
  • Grow Some Funk of Your Own

Your turn. What are your three favorite Elton John tunes?


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