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Elton John discography

Elton John on stage in July 2008
Releases
Studio albums 29
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 17
Singles 128
Soundtracks 5
Tribute and cover albums 3

The discography of English musician/singer-songwriter Elton John. Over the course of his many-decades career, he has recorded approximately thirty albums in recording studios, some additional ones in concert and via motion picture soundtrack, and has seen many repackagings \of his work.

Contents

Albums

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Studio albums

Year Album UK U.S. AUS DE FR IT JP CA NO CH SE RIAA Certification[1] BPI Certification
1969 Empty Sky - 6
(1975)
- - - - - 30
(1975)
- - -
1970 Elton John 11 4 2 - - - 40 4 - - - Gold
Tumbleweed Connection 2 5 4 - - - 30 4 - - - Platinum
1971 Madman Across the Water 41 8 8 - - 14 13 13 - - - 2x Multi-Platinum
1972 Honky Château 2 1 4 43 - 5 21 3 8 - - Platinum Platinum
1973 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player 1 1 1 16 - 1 4 1 1 - - 3x Multi-Platinum 2x Multi-Platinum
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1 1 1 41 - 5 22 1 5 - - 7x Multi-Platinum 3x Multi-Platinum
1974 Caribou 1 1 1 30 - 8 20 1 6 - - 2x Multi-Platinum Platinum
1975 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 2 1 1 22 5 12 20 1 2 - - 3x Multi-Platinum Gold
Rock of the Westies 5 1 4 33 - 16 47 1 6 - 6 Platinum Gold
1976 Blue Moves 3 3 8 39 12 9 53 5 5 - 12 Platinum Gold
1978 A Single Man 8 15 8 17 12 - 74 12 4 - 26 Platinum Platinum
1979 Victim of Love 41 35 20 - - - - 28 18 - -
1980 21 at 33 12 13 7 21 10 25 56 10 6 - 16 Gold Gold
1981 The Fox 12 21 2 34 10 - - 43 5 - 25 Silver
1982 Jump Up! 13 17 3 47 12 - - 19 3 - 15 Gold Silver
1983 Too Low for Zero 7 25 2 5 11 - 71 17 6 6 30 Platinum 2x Multi-Platinum
1984 Breaking Hearts 2 20 1 5 - - 54 10 7 1 11 Platinum Gold
1985 Ice on Fire 3 48 6 5 - - - 49 2 2 16 Gold Platinum
1986 Leather Jackets 24 91 4 21 - - - 38 12 13 31 Gold
1988 Reg Strikes Back 18 16 13 18 - 3 - 6 8 5 18 Gold Silver
1989 Sleeping with the Past 1 23 2 9 2 6 - 30 7 1 23 Platinum 3x Multi-Platinum
1992 The One 2 8 2 1 1 1 35 7 2 1 8 2x Multi-Platinum Gold
1993 Duets 5 25 12 10 - 3 38 14 3 3 23 Platinum Platinum
1995 Made in England 3 13 6 4 2 4 13 3 3 1 8 Platinum Gold
1997 The Big Picture 3 9 5 8 - 1 19 14 2 1 2 Platinum Platinum
2001 Songs from the West Coast 2 15 7 14 19 3 68 9 2 7 8 Gold 2x Multi-Platinum
2004 Peachtree Road 21 17 44 31 62 25 168 11 16 11 38 Gold Gold
2006 The Captain & the Kid 6 18 37 25 56 21 171 ? 10 10 27
New Album TBR 2010

Live albums

Year Album UK U.S. AUS DE FR IT JP CA NO CH SE RIAA Certification[1] BPI Certification
1971 17-11-70 (US title 11-17-70) 20 11 20 - - - - 10 - - -
1976 Here and There 6 4 11 - - - - 13 19 - 30 Platinum Silver
1987 Elton John live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 43 24 5 - - - - 43 - 9 - Platinum
2000 Elton John One Night Only - The Greatest Hits 7 65 32 - - 20 - - 14 12 16 Gold Platinum

Soundtracks, scores & theatre albums

Year Album UK U.S. AUS DE FR IT JP CA NO CH SE RIAA Certification[1] BPI Certification
1971 Friends - 36 19 - - - - 17 - - - Gold
1999 Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida 29 41 - - 24 - - - 12 13 - Gold
1999 The Muse - - - - - - - - - - -
2000 The Road to El Dorado - 63 - - - - - - - - -
2005 Billy Elliot The Musical - - - - - - - - - - -
2006 Lestat: The Musical - - - - - - - - - - -

Notes

  • 1 Not considered an Elton John album by the RIAA

Compilation albums

Year Album UK U.S. AUS DE FR IT JP CA NO CH SE RIAA Certification[1] BPI Certification
1974 Elton John's Greatest Hits 1 1 1 43 - - - 1 - - - 16x Multi-Platinum Multi-Platinum
1977 Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II 6 21 46 - - - - 6 - - - 5x Multi-Platinum Gold
1980 Lady Samantha 56 - 74 - - - - - - - -
Milestones - - - - - - - - - - -
1985 Your Songs - - - 1 - - - - - - - Gold
1987 Elton John's Greatest Hits Vol. 3 - 84 - - - - - 33 - - - 2x Multi-Platinum
1990 To Be Continued - 82 - - - - - 21 - - - Platinum
The Very Best of Elton John 1 - 1 2 1 1 - - 1 1 1 9x Multi-Platinum
1992 Rare Masters - - - - - - - - - - -
Elton John's Greatest Hits 1976-1986 - - - - - - - - - - - 2x Multi-Platinum
1996 Love Songs 4 24 7 7 - 2 12 10 1 2 2 3x Multi-Platinum 4x Multi-Platinum
2002 Greatest Hits 1970-2002 3 12 6 19 3 13 45 18 6 12 12 3x Multi-Platinum 4x Multi-Platinum
2005 Elton John's Christmas Party - - - - - - - - - - -
2007 Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits 2 9 10 47 - - - 8 3 13 6 Gold Gold

From the vault

DVDs

  • The Very Best of Elton John (2000; original video released 1990)
  • Elton John Live in Barcelona (2000; original video released 1992)
  • Love Songs (2001; original video released 1995)
  • Classic Albums - Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2001)
  • Elton John One Night Only: The Greatest Hits Live at Madison Square Garden (2001)
  • Live In Australia (2003?; original video released 1987)
  • To Russia with Elton (2004; original video released 1979)
  • Dream Ticket (DVD) 4-Disc Box Set (2004)
  • Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin (2005; original video released 1991)
  • Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden (2 DVD set) (2007)
  • Elton John: The Red Piano (2 DVD, 1 CD set; 1 Blu-Ray Disc, 2 CD set) (2008; Best Buy exclusive)

Singles

1968-1974

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
AUS
CAN
GER
US
1968 "I've Been Loving You" withdrawn non-album single
1970 "Your Song" 7 11 3 8 Elton John
1971 "Friends" 96 13 34 Friends OST
"Levon" 94 6 24 Madman Across The Water
1972 "Tiny Dancer" 13 19 41
"Rocket Man" 2 13 8 18 6 Honky Château
"Honky Cat" 31 78 10 41 8
"Crocodile Rock" 5 2 1 3 1 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
1973 "Daniel" 4 7 1 27 2
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" 7 31 12 44 12 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 6 3 1 49 2
"Step into Christmas" 24 non-album single
1974 "Candle in the Wind" 11 5 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
"Bennie and the Jets" 37 5 1 1
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" 16 13 1 2 Caribou
"The Bitch is Back" 15 53 1 4
"Cold Highway" 53
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" 10 3 1 31 1 non-album single

1975-1979

Year Title Album UK AUS CAN U.S. U.S. A/C U.S. R&B GER RIAA Certification[2]
1975 "Philadelphia Freedom" 12 4 1 1 32 50 Platinum
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 22 54 2 4 36 Gold
"Island Girl" Rock of the Westies 14 12 4 1 27 42 Platinum
1976 "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" 8 14
"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)" 8 14 21
"Pinball Wizard" Tommy soundtrack 7 88
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee) 1 1 1 1 1 5 Gold
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Blue Moves 11 19 3 6 1 29 Gold
1977 "Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)" 28 72 51 28
"Crazy Water" 27
"The Goaldigger's Song"
1978 "Ego" 34 40 21 34
"Part-Time Love" A Single Man 15 12 13 22 40 40
"Song for Guy" 4 12 110 37 22
1979 "Are You Ready for Love" The Thom Bell Sessions (EP) 42 63
"Mama Can't Buy You Love" (N/R) 9 10 9 1 36 Gold
"Victim of Love" Victim of Love 38 46 31
"Johnny B. Goode"

1980s

Year Title Album UK AUS CAN U.S. U.S. A/C U.S. R&B GER RIAA
certification[2]
1980 "Little Jeannie" (John/Osborne) 21 at 33 33 9 1 3 1 23 Gold
" Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?)" (John/Tom Robinson) 44 91 57 39 45
"Dear God" (John/Osborne) 82 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1981 "28 November 1974" (with John Lennon) (EP) ("I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon/McCartney), "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" (Lennon) & "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Lennon/McCartney) - all live) 40 81 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"Nobody Wins" (Jean-Paul Dreau/Gary Osborne) The Fox 42 46 23 21 23 43
"Just Like Belgium" (John/Taupin) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"Chloe" (John/Osborne) (N/R) (N/R) 34 34
"Loving You is Sweeter than Ever" (with Kiki Dee) (Stevie Wonder/Ivy Hunter) Kiki Dee: Perfect Timing (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1982 "Blue Eyes" (John/Osborne) Jump Up! 8 16 5 12 1 51
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" (John/Taupin) 51 63 8 13 18
"Ball and Chain" (John/Osborne) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"All Quiet on the Western Front" (John/Taupin) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1983 "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" (John/Johnstone/Taupin) Too Low for Zero 5 4 9 4 2 22
"I'm Still Standing" (John/Taupin) 4 3 1 12 28 10
"Kiss the Bride" (John/Taupin) 20 25 37 25 58
"Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)" (John/Taupin) 33 52 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1984 "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (John/Taupin) Breaking Hearts 7 4 4 5 2 18
"Passengers" (John/Taupin/Johnstone/Phineas McHize) 5 9 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"Who Wears These Shoes?" (John/Taupin) 50 76 36 16 11
"In Neon" (John/Taupin) (N/R) (N/R) 92 38 11
"Breaking Hearts (Ain't What it Used to Be)" (John/Taupin) 59 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1985 "Act of War" (with Millie Jackson) (John/Taupin)
7" single release dubbed "Act of War (Part I)". "Act of War (Part 3)", and "Act of War (Part 5)" released on 12".
Ice on Fire [original CD/cassette version only] 32 50 94 39
"Nikita" (John/Taupin) Ice on Fire 3 3 2 7 3 1
"Wrap Her Up" (John/Taupin) 12 22 26 20 54
"That's What Friends Are For" (performed by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) (Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager) 16 (N/R) 1 1 (N/R) (N/R) Gold
1986 "Cry to Heaven" (John/Taupin) Ice on Fire 47 86 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"Heartache All Over the World" (John/Taupin) Leather Jackets 45 7 58 55
"Slow Rivers" (with Cliff Richard) (John/Taupin) 44 82 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1987 "Flames of Paradise" (with Jennifer Rush) (Bruce Roberts/Andy Goldmark) Jennifer Rush: Heart Over Mind 59 31 17 36 32 8
"Your Song" [live] (John/Taupin) Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 85 100 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"Candle in the Wind" [live] (John/Taupin) 5 92 5 6 2 55
1988 "Take Me to the Pilot" [live] (John/Taupin) (N/R) (N/R) 37
"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (John/Taupin) Reg Strikes Back 30 16 1 2 1 22
"Town of Plenty" (John/Taupin) 74 95 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"A Word in Spanish" (John/Taupin) 91 10 19 4 43
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)" (John/Taupin) (N/R) (N/R)
1989 "Through the Storm" (with Aretha Franklin) (Albert Hammond/Diane Warren) Aretha Franklin: Through the Storm 41 (N/R) 16 16 17 56
"Healing Hands" (John/Taupin) Sleeping with the Past 45 14 8 13 1 39
"Sacrifice" (John/Taupin) 55 7 19 18 3 36

1990s

Year Title Album UK AUS CAN U.S. U.S. A/C U.S. R&B GER RIAA
certification[2]
1990 "Club at the End of the Street" (John/Taupin) Sleeping with the Past 47 19 12 28 2 45
"Sacrifice" (John/Taupin) / "Healing Hands" (John/Taupin) 1 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
"You Gotta Love Someone" (John/Taupin) Days of Thunder soundtrack 33 32 1 43 1 43
"Easier to Walk Away" (John/Taupin) The Very Best of Elton John + To Be Continued... 63 59 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R) 51
1991 "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (live, with George Michael) (John/Taupin) Duets 1 3 1 1 1 4 Gold
1992 "The One" (John/Taupin) The One 10 15 1 9 1 20
"Runaway Train" (with Eric Clapton) (John/Taupin/Olle Romo) 31 (N/R) (N/R) 41
"The Last Song" (John/Taupin) 21 32 7 23 72
1993 "Simple Life" (John/Taupin) 44 3 30 1 63
"True Love" (with Kiki Dee) (Cole Porter) Duets 2 34 12 56 21 38
1994 "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with RuPaul) (John/Taupin) 7 45 92 62
"Shakey Ground" (with Don Henley) (Jeffrey Bowen/Eddie Hazel/Alphonso Boyd) (N/R) (N/R) 64
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (with Marcella Detroit) (Nickolas Ashford/Valerie Simpson) 24 (N/R) (N/R)
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John/Tim Rice) The Lion King soundtrack 14 9 1 4 1 14 Gold
"Circle of Life" (John/Rice) 11 3 18 2 10
1995 "Believe" (John/Taupin) Made in England 15 23 1 13 1 56
"Made in England" (John/Taupin) 18 48 5 52 12 59
"Blessed" (John/Taupin) (N/R) 3 34 2 83
1996 "Please" (John/Taupin) 33 27 (N/R) (N/R)
"You Can Make History (Young Again)" (John/Taupin) Love Songs [US version] (N/R) 19 70 4
"Live Like Horses" (with Luciano Pavarotti) (John/Taupin) 9 (N/R) (N/R) (N/R)
1997 "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (John/Taupin) / "Candle in the Wind 1997" (John/Taupin) The Big Picture (except "Candle 1997" non-album) 1 1/32 13/14 1 1/5 1 11x Platinum
1998 "Wake Up Wendy" South Park: Chef Aid
"Recover Your Soul" (John/Taupin) The Big Picture 16 39 55 5 73
"If the River Can Bend" (John/Taupin) 32 (N/R) (N/R) 95
1999 "Written in the Stars" (with LeAnn Rimes) (John/Rice) Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida 10 35 29 2 79 Gold
"A Step Too Far" (John/Rice) (N/R) 15

2000s

Year Title Album UK AUS CAN U.S. U.S. A/C U.S. R&B RIAA
certification[2]
2000 "Someday Out of the Blue (Theme from El Dorado)" (John/Rice/Patrick Leonard) The Road to El Dorado soundtrack (N/R) 49 5
"Friends Never Say Goodbye" (John/Rice/Leonard) (N/R) 21
2001 "I Want Love" (John/Taupin) Songs From the West Coast 9 110 6
2002 "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" (John/Taupin) 24 10
"Original Sin" (John/Taupin) 39 18
"Your Song" (with Alessandro Safina) (John/Taupin) 4
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (with Blue) (John/Taupin) Blue: One Love 1 43
2003 "Are You Ready for Love" [remix] (Bell/Bell/James) 1 (N/R) (N/R)
"The Heart of Every Girl" (John/Taupin) Mona Lisa Smile soundtrack 24
2004 "All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)" (John/Taupin) Peachtree Road 20 24
"Ghetto Gospel" (Tupac Shakur featuring Elton John) 1 1
2005 "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" (John/Taupin) 32
"Answer in the Sky" (John/Taupin) 7
"Electricity" (John/Lee Hall) 4 (N/R)
"Where We Both Say Goodbye" (with Catherine Britt) (Catherine Britt/Jerry Salley)A (N/R)
2006 "The Bridge" (John/Taupin) The Captain & The Kid (N/R) 19
"Tinderbox" (John/Taupin) (N/R)
2007 "Rocket Man" [reissue] (John/Taupin) Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits 62
"Step into Christmas" [re-entry] (John/Taupin) Elton John's Christmas Party 65
"Calling It Christmas" (with Joss Stone) (John/Taupin) 138
2008 "Joseph, Better You Than Me" (The Killers featuring Elton John and Neil Tennant) (John/Brandon Flowers/Neil Tennant) 88
2009 "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)" (Ironik featuring Elton John) 3

A"Where We Both Say Goodbye" peaked at #38 on U.S. Hot Country Songs.

References

  1. ^ a b c d RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Elton John May 22, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for singles by Elton John May 22, 2008

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