Elton John’s Best Albums

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19. The Big Picture
> Release date: September 22, 1997
> Peak chart position: 9 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 23

This ’90s release featured Elton John and songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin leaning more in the direction of adult contemporary. The song “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” was released as a double A-side single with “Candle in the Wind 1997” in memory of Princess Diana,, who died earlier that year. This release is the best selling standard single of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

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18. Rocket Man: Number Ones
> Release date: March 26, 2007
> Peak chart position: 9 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 88

Originally released in Britain as “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits,” this compilation was destined to do well, consisting of John’s chart topping hits from throughout his career onto a single disc. The album’s release date lined up with John’s 60th birthday.

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17. Wonderful Crazy Night
> Release date: February 5, 2016
> Peak chart position: 8 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 4

“Wonderful Crazy Night” is John’s most recent album to break into the Billboard 200 top 10, having been released in 2016. It’s the singer’s 32nd studio album.

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16. Madman Across the Water
> Release date: November 5, 1971
> Peak chart position: 8 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 51

Elton John’s fourth studio album features only nine tracks, the majority of which clock in around five minutes. The album features two memorable singles, both of which charted on the Hot 100: “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer.”

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15. The One
> Release date: June 22, 1992
> Peak chart position: 8 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 53

Elton John originally had trouble recording “The One,” as it was the first album he’d recorded sober in many years, according to his manager John Reid in a 1992 article in the Los Angeles Times. He eventually conquered the task and released this top 10-charting album, which shares its name with its lead single that peaked at No. 9 on the Hot 100 pop chart.