Hello Eltonites, welcome to the last season of AllSongsList, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the list, with new guests. Having studied clarinet and piano in his youth, the opener is someone who has been a fan of Elton's music ever since he heard "Rocket Man" for the first time on the radio and learned the words to "Crocodile Rock" in his junior high school music class back in the fall of 1972. In high school, he remembers hearing "Island Girl" blasting out of the radio of one of his classmates in their drafting class. His name is John Kwok, a former paleobiologist and a member of the National Center for Science Education (http://www.ncse.com). He's currently working on the keyboard as a freelance writer and book doctor. He's written an unpublished near future alternate history post-cyberpunk science fiction novel set in the USA and Ireland; an excerpt was published here:
http://www.trickhouse.org/vol15/door_09_charlesalexander/charlesalexander.html (A book publicist once told him he was writing William Gibson meets the McCourts.). He intends to write a near future cyberpunk science fiction novel devoted to his life-long love of paleobiology and the music of a certain well known British pop and rock and roll musician. (Think William Gibson meets Gary Shteyngart meets Captain Fantastic.).
When I was asked by Miquel Sala to produce a Top Thirty list of Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs, I knew this would be a difficult, almost impossible, task given the extensive breadth and depth of their back catalogue; a catalogue which demonstrates why they should be viewed as the finest songwriting team of the latter half of the 20th Century, and perhaps, the early 21st Century too. The songs I have chosen, in the order ranked, tend to emphasize more their relatively recent songwriting, from the late 1980s to the present, simply because of the sophisticated artistry demonstrated by both in their melodies and lyrics. For these reasons I have presented a list of what I view as their forty one best songs, and one which omits some obvious choices and lesser known ones.