The Full Wiki

Elton John's Greatest Hits: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elton John's Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Elton John
Released November 8, 1974
Recorded January 1970-January 1974
Genre Rock
Pop
Length 47:40
Label MCA, Polydor (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Professional reviews
Elton John chronology
Caribou
(1974)
Elton John's Greatest Hits
(1974)
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
(1975)

Elton John's Greatest Hits is the ninth album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on MCA Records, catalogue MCA 2128, in November 1974. Spanning the years 1970 to 1974, it compiles ten of John's singles, with one track variation for releases in North America and for Europe and Australia. It topped the album chart in both the United States and Great Britain, staying at number one for ten consecutive weeks in the former nation and the eleven weeks in the latter. It is his best-selling album to date, being his first to have received an RIAA Diamond certification for US sales of more than 17 million copies and has sold over 32 million copies worldwide.

Contents

Contents

The single "Bennie and the Jets" appeared on the American and Canadian edition of the album, which had topped the charts in both nations but had not been a single in the United Kingdom. It was replaced by "Candle in the Wind" for the U.K. and Australian edition, having been a hit in both of those countries but never released as a single in the U.S. and Canada. The 1992 reissue contains eleven tracks, with both songs included.

"Border Song," an album track on Elton John outside of the U.S. and Canada, went to #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a single in 1970. All other songs made the Top 40 in the UK and the US, most also making the top ten, with "Bennie and the Jets" and "Crocodile Rock" topping the chart in the States. John would wait until 1976 to top the singles chart in the UK, via his duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

With only ten tracks total, the compilers left off several other hit singles from the time period. "Tiny Dancer" and "Levon" from the Madman Across the Water album made it to #41 and #24 respectively as singles in the U.S., and "The Bitch Is Back," his most recent single, was a #4 in the U.S. and topped the chart in Canada. Although all of these charted higher than "Border Song," its inclusion may have been owing to the fact that it was the first Elton John single to chart in any market.

In 2003, Elton John's Greatest Hits was ranked at number 135 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The first of his many compilation albums, later ones include Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II, Elton John's Greatest Hits 1976-1986, and Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970-2002.

Track listing

All music by Elton John, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

Advertisements

Side one

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Daniel"
  3. "Honky Cat"
  4. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  5. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"

Side two

  1. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time)"
  2. "Candle in the Wind" (UK) "Bennie and the Jets" (US)
  3. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
  4. "Border Song"
  5. "Crocodile Rock"

1984 MCA reissue

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Daniel"
  3. "Honky Cat"
  4. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  5. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  6. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be A Long Long Time)"
  7. "Bennie and the Jets"
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
  9. "Border Song"
  10. "Crocodile Rock"

1990 Polydor reissue

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Daniel"
  3. "Honky Cat"
  4. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  5. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  6. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be A Long Long Time)"
  7. "Bennie and the Jets"
  8. "Candle in the Wind"
  9. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
  10. "Border Song"
  11. "Crocodile Rock"

1996 Mercury reissue

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Skyline Pigeon"
  3. "Daniel"
  4. "Crocodile Rock"
  5. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  6. "Take Me to the Pilot"
  7. "Rock n' Roll Madonna"
  8. "Candle in the Wind"
  9. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee)
  10. "Honky Cat"
  11. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  12. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  13. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
  14. "Border Song"
  15. "It's Me That You Need"

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 1
1975
1975 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1

See also

External links

Preceded by
Rollin' by Bay City Rollers
UK number-one album
23 November 1974 - 1 February 1975
Succeeded by
His Greatest Hits by Englebert Humperdinck
Preceded by
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll by The Rolling Stones
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 30, 1974 - February 7, 1975
Succeeded by
Fire by Ohio Players
Preceded by
Serenade by Neil Diamond
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
January 20 - February 23, 1975
Succeeded by
Living in the Seventies by Skyhooks

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message