Elton John’s Best Albums

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9. The Union
> Release date: October 19, 2010
> Peak chart position: 3 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 17

“The Union” is a duet album by Elton John and fellow rock and roll pianist Leon Russell. The record was the first of three Elton albums produced by legendary producer and musician T-Bone Burnett.

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8. Blue Moves
> Release date: October 22, 1976
> Peak chart position: 3 (1 week)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 22

“Blue Moves” is one of John’s numerous double LPs from the 1970s. The album spent a shorter amount of time on the Billboard 200 than some of his other releases. Still, it produced two successful singles: “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” which hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 pop chart, and “Bite Your Lip (Get up and dance!)” which peaked at No. 28.

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7. Rock of the Westies
> Release date: October 24, 1975
> Peak chart position: 1 (3 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 26

The mid-1970s were the peak years for Elton John, and “Rock of the Westies” climbed to No. 1 in November 1975 and spent three weeks in the top position, though it’s not considered to be one of Elton’s best efforts. Among the notable songs on the album were the No. 1 single “Island Girl,” “Grow Some Funk of Your Own,” which reached No. 14, and “I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford).”

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6. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
> Release date: May 19, 1975
> Peak chart position: 1 (7 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 43

“Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” was Elton John’s ninth studio album. It’s an autobiographical piece that details the struggle he and lyricist Bernie Taupin experienced early in their career. The lone single, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” about his tumultuous relationship with a woman, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

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5. Caribou
> Release date: June 28, 1974
> Peak chart position: 1 (4 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 54

While not as successful as its predecessor “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” 1974’s “Caribou” spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 pop chart, while “The Bitch Is Back” peaked at No. 4.