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"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
Single by Elton John
from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
B-side "Screw You"
Released October 15, 1973
Format Vinyl record (7" & 12")
Recorded Chateau d'Hierouville
Genre Pop/rock
Length 3:14
Label MCA (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"Step into Christmas"
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road track listing
Side One
  1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "Bennie and the Jets"
Side Two
  1. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  2. "This Song Has No Title"
  3. "Grey Seal"
  4. "Jamaica Jerk-Off"
  5. "I've Seen That Movie Too"
Side Three
  1. "Sweet Painted Lady"
  2. "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1903-34)"
  3. "Dirty Little Girl"
  4. "All the Girls Love Alice"
Side Four
  1. "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)"
  2. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  3. "Roy Rogers"
  4. "Social Disease"
  5. "Harmony"

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is a ballad performed by musician Elton John. The song was written by Bernie Taupin and composed by John for his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Its musical style and production is heavily influenced by 1970s soft rock. It was widely praised by critics, and some critics have named it John's best song.[1]

The song was released in 1973 as the album's second single, and entered the Top Ten in both the United Kingdom and the United States. It was one of John's biggest hits, and surpassed the previous single in sales and popularity quickly following its release.

The band Keane (with Faultline) covered the song for the Help: A Day in the Life compilation. There is also a Dream Theater version of this song, yet it has not been officially released.

The song is featured in Stephen King's novel Road Work, and was a personal favourite of late musician Elliott Smith. He once listened to the song for eighteen hours straight while doing mushrooms, and wrote the song "Waltz #1".[2]


Critical response

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" received a generally positive response from music critics. Allmusic wrote that the song is "a vocal triumph" and a "pinnacle of its style".[3] Janis Schacht of Circus describes it as "delicate and beautiful".[4] Ben and Jerry's later created the ice cream flavor Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road in honor of John's performance in Vermont.[5] In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #380 in the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

Chart performance

The single entered the U.S. charts at #62, the highest debut of that week. In seven weeks it rose to the #2 spot (December 8, 1973), where it stayed for three weeks. In the UK it peaked at #6. In Ireland it peaked at #4.


The song's flip side was a song called "Screw You", though the U.S. release re-titled the song "Young Man's Blues" so as not to offend conservative record buyers.


Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 7
UK Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 4


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2006.
  2. ^ Wilde, Autumn de (2007). Elliott Smith. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.  .
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2006.
  4. ^ Schacht, Janis. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Circus Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2006.
  5. ^




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