Elton John

PRS celebrates 50 years of Elton John’s self-titled album

The album Elton John released 50 years ago today on 10 April 1970.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 10 Apr 2020
  • min read

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Elton John’s eponymous album, PRS for Music have released a list of Elton’s most streamed, downloaded, broadcast and performed songs. 

Elton John was the multi-award-winning artist’s second studio album, securing five weeks in the Top 10 UK album chart. All songs on the album were co-written by Elton’s longstanding writing partner, Bernie Taupin.

Topping the chart is Your Song, the album’s opening track. Your Song was Elton’s breakthrough single and his first track to chart in the UK. Last year, Your Song received over 3.7 million seconds (or six continuous weeks) of UK radio airtime.

In the fifty years since its release, Your Song has been covered by the likes of Rod Stewart, Ellie Goulding and Lady Gaga.

Elsewhere in the chart you can find Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, which was co-written by Jason Sellards and Scott Hoffman and performed by Scissor Sisters, and Candle In The Wind, a song originally written in memory of Marilyn Monroe in 1973 but re-recorded as a tribute to Princess Diana in 1997.

You can see the full list of Elton John’s most successful songs below.

1. Your Song
2. Rocket Man
3. I’m Still Standing
4. Circle Of Life
5. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
6. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
7. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
8. Candle In The Wind
9. Tiny Dancer
10. Crocodile Rock
11. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
12. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
13 Nikita
14. Sacrifice
15. Daniel
16. I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
17. Sad Songs Say So Much
18. Bennie And The Jets
19. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
20. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Fifty years on, Elton John continues to be a driving force in music. In 2019, his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was the second largest-grossing world tour. Most recently, this year he was honoured with his second Oscar for Best Original Song for (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from the Rocketman film soundtrack. 

Listen to the iconic album below.

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