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Breaking Hearts
Studio album by Elton John
Released June 1984
Recorded December 1983 - January 1984
Genre Pop, rock
Length 40:38
Label Geffen Records (US & Canada)
Rocket Records (Internationally)
Producer Chris Thomas
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Too Low for Zero
Breaking Hearts
Ice on Fire

Breaking Hearts is the eighteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1984. It features the classic quartet of Elton John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were two hit singles on this album, the U.S. number 5 hit "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" and the UK number 5 hit "Passengers". This was the last studio album until 2001's Songs from the West Coast that would feature Nigel on drums. It was also the last in which Elton played all keyboards in the studio. There would be a backup keyboardist for every album on. This is the first album since Rock of the Westies without strings. This is one of only two albums with the classic quartet without Ray Cooper, the other being Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. This would be the last album Dee Murray would play bass for before his death in 1992. This would also be the last Chris Thomas-produced album until Elton John's 1987 throat surgery and use of electronic and MIDI pianos in the studio. At just over 40 and a half minutes, this is the second shortest album of Elton's career, trailing only Victim of Love.


Track listing

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.


Side One

  1. "Restless" – 5:17
  2. "Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)" – 4:10
  3. "Who Wears These Shoes?" – 4:04
  4. "Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be)" – 3:34
  5. "Li'l 'Frigerator" – 3:37

Side Two

  1. "Passengers" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Phineas McHize) – 3:24
  2. "In Neon" – 4:19
  3. "Burning Buildings" – 4:02
  4. "Did He Shoot Her?" – 3:21
  5. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – 4:55



Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1984 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


Song Format
"Sad Songs (Say So Much) (Special Radio Mix)" Sad Songs (Say So Much) 7" (US)
"A Simple Man" Sad Songs (Say So Much) 7" (US/UK), 12" (UK)
"Lonely Boy" Who Wears These Shoes 7" (US) / Passengers 7"/12" (UK)
"Tactics" In Neon 7" (US)
"Tortured" Who Wears These Shoes 7"/12" (UK)
"Passengers (Extended Mix)" Passengers 12" (UK)
"Who Wears These Shoes (Extended Version)" Who Wears These Shoes 12" (UK)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Live)" Who Wears These Shoes 12" (UK)

"A Simple Man" was recorded in 1981 during the Jump Up!-sessions.

Preceded by
Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
July 9 - July 29, 1984
Succeeded by
Purple Rain (soundtrack)
by Prince and the The Revolution


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