How to listen to Elton John’s Greatest Hits, in ten easy steps


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to play piano, and Elton John writes some of the most beautiful and difficult melodies I’ve encountered. My boys love to play along on the drums and I’m sure will grow up to be Elton John fans just like their parents.

I wanted to share this post with you because, while I don’t necessarily agree with all the recommended “skips” I think the commentary is fabulous and funny!

make a long story short

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1. You might want to start with Your Song, or you might not. Your Song is as much Elton John as he is pudding-basin haircuts and insane eyewear; it is the only Elton you learned to play and you sing it in your mother’s voice and Your Song is in your veins. If you do start here, it’s quite normal to slide nicely into Tiny Dancer, which you do not understand. You imagine Tinkerbell, which is an abomination.

2. What the Sam Hill is Honky Cat. Skip. You are ambivalent about Rocket Man, and this life is too short for ambivalence. Skip. Crocodile Rock sounds like it was made for a toddler’s dance party. You have often used it for this purpose. It’s not a casual listening song. Skip.

3. Ah, here we are at Daniel, which is where you start if you don’t fancy…

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