Our Top 10 Elton John Love Songs list presents a group of songs that express the sentiment of love in various ways. With a lyricist as brilliant as Bernie Taupin and a melody maker as talented as Elton John, the concept of love songs can take on a meaning far deeper than just your average tear-jerker ballad. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics have always dug deep into personal consciousness and the human experiment. Of course, at times there was also a simplicity about them defined by class and originality. Almost nothing that Elton John and Bernie Tapupin have composed together has been disappointing. Elton John’s first big hit single entitled “Your Song” bore the fruits of a classic love song. It put Elton John and Bernie Taupin on the map of music immortality for good. As we all know, there was a lot more to come.
# 10 – The Greatest Discovery
Love songs can take on many meanings. The greatest love songs are not always about the love between two people who want to live their lives together as one. Some of the greatest love songs can be about the love between parents and their children. Elton John and Bernie Tapin wrote one of the most beautiful love songs dedicated to a newborn son with the song “The Greatest Discovery.”
What makes this song so special is that the meaning behind the song does not lay in the love that the parents have for their newborn son, but rather the gift of love they gave to the other child in the form of a brand new brother. The lyrics are just stunning. On first listen, one is not really sure where the song is heading until the heartwarming end. The song was released on Elton John’s debut US album entitled Elton John. The album was released in 1970.
# 9 – The One
Elton John was probably the single biggest rock star of the 1970s. You can pick between Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen, but in the end, Elton John had so many hits, that he really was the musical artist who replaced the Beatles in the 1970s. Of course, his reign of hits did not last into the 80s. He had a few big ones in the early to mid-80s, but he wasn’t the same artist in the 80s as he was in the 70s. During the second half of the 80s, he delivered some of the weakest albums of his career with records like Leather Jackets and Ice On Fire. However, in the early 1990s, Elton John came roaring back with an album that would become his biggest selling album since 1976.
The album entitled The One also featured the title track “The One,” which we have picked for the number nine spot on our Top 10 Elton John Love songs article. Bernie Taupin delivered a set of simple yet poignant lyrics that Elton John just sent soaring with a melody and set of chord changes that sent the album to number 2 on the UK Charts and number 8 on the US Charts. The album also featured guest appearances by Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
# 8 – Harmony
“Harmony” is probably the greatest single that Elton John and his record company have never released. The song ‘Harmony” was released on the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. That album was released in June of 1973. It was Elton John’s first two record set. It also became one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever released. Between June 1973 and February 1974, four singles were released from the album. These were all incredibly successful songs such as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle In the Wind,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” and the title track “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” However, one of the album’s most popular songs was “Harmony.” Nonetheless, as it was starting to get close to the release of Elton John’s new album called Caribou the record company declined to release a fifth single.
“Harmony” is an Elton John song that has many different interpretations. At first, it seems it is about the story of an old love coming back One of the most common interpretations of the song is it’s about Elton John’s love affair with the music itself. There have been many songs written about the love of music. Barry Manilow had a huge hit single called “I Write The Songs.” Other pieces would be The Doobie Brothers‘ “Listen To The Music,” Gallery’s “I Believe In Music, and John Miles’ classic song titled “Music.”
# 7 – Blue Eyes
In the number seven position on our Elton John Love Songs list is the striking song entitled “Blue Eyes.” This is one of the only songs on the list in which the lyrics were not written by Bernie Taupin. Gary Osborne wrote the lyrics for this emotional very 80s-style song. Elton John performs this one in a deep voice that we had never really heard before. The song was released on the album entitled Jump Up! The album was released in 1982. “Blue Eyes” was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number ten. In the United Kingdom, the song hit number eight.
# 6 – We All Fall in Love Sometimes
Landing in the number six spot on our Elton John Love Songs list we present the breathtaking song “We All Fall in Love Sometimes. ” This was a song not about romantic love, but rather the love of friendship. Released on an album that was focused on telling the story behind the relationship between Bernie Taupin and Elton John, it was easy to feel the meaning behind this beautiful song. The song was released on the album entitled Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The album was released in 1975.
# 5 – Tonight
At the halfway point on our Elton John Love Songs list is the haunting song entitled “Tonight.” This was not a song about joyful love, but rather one about love gone so bad. It is filled with fighting and regret. Not all love songs are fueled by happiness, most of the best ones are filled with regret and sadness. This one will get to you. The song was issued on the album entitled Blue Moves. The album was released in 1976.
# 4 – Something About the Way You Look Tonight
At the number four spot on our Elton John Love Songs list we present the radiant song entitled “Something About the Way You Look Tonight.” Like the single “Blue Eyes,” “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” further pushed the new Elton John adult oriented lounge sound. One could easily hear a Tony Bennett or a Frank Sinatra covering this song. It had jazz standard written all over it. The song was released on the album entitled The Big Picture. The album was released in 1997. It was the second single released from the album. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” featured a guest appearance by Paul Carrack on organ.
# 3 – I Want Love
Moving along on our Elton John Love Songs list we present the alluring song entitled “I Want Love.” Not all love songs are about cherishing love, losing love, and forgetting about love. Some of the best songs about love are the ones that simply beg for love. If there ever was a song about hoping for love, searching for love, longing for love, it was Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “I Want Love.” The song was released on the album entitled Songs from the West Coast. The album was released in 2001
# 2 – Your Song
Dropping in at number two on our Elton John Love Songs list we celebrate the gorgeous song entitled “Your Song.” The song was released on the album entitled Elton John. The album was released in 1970. Many people probably do not realize that Three Dog Night had actually released Elton John’s “Your Song,” first. However, Three Dog Night never released the song as a single and kept it just as an album track. That proved to be a blessing for Elton John as Elton’s own version would prove to be the song that helped him and Bernie launch their fabulous career.
# 1 – Tiny Dancer
We close out our Elton John Love Songs list with the intoxicating song entitled “Tiny Dancer.” Elton John has written so many love songs, but this one was just extra special. I think it would be an easy argument to say that it is one of every one of his fan’s favorite Elton John songs. The song’s placement in the film Almost Famous took it to an even higher level of mass cultural love and acceptance. The song was released on the album entitled Madman Across The Water. The album was released in 1970.
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