Elton John’s Best Albums

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4. Honky Chateau
> Release date: May 19, 1972
> Peak chart position: 1 (5 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 61

“Honky Chateau” is an eclectic collection of songs that showcase the magic that was developing between John and collaborator Bernie Taupin. The album features the single “Rocket Man,” which spent 15 weeks on the Hot 100 pop chart.

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3. Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
> Release date: January 22, 1973
> Peak chart position: 1 (2 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 89

Elton John more fully embraced pop music on 1973’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” than he had on any release up to that point. The album features his first No. 1 hit “Crocodile Rock” and the ballad “Daniel,” which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100.

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2. Greatest Hits
> Release date: November 8, 1974
> Peak chart position: 1 (10 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 106

Only five years after the release of his debut album “Empty Sky,” John had produced enough singles to release his “Greatest Hits.” Eight of the album’s 10 tracks were Top 10 hits, with the two outliers being fan favorites “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Border Song.”

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1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
> Release date: October 5, 1973
> Peak chart position: 1 (8 weeks)
> Total weeks on Billboard 200: 111

This double album is perhaps Elton John’s greatest recorded musical statement. After opening the LP with the 11-minute “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” John explores a plethora of styles and sounds. Among the record’s most memorable songs are “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”