The 3 Songs To Summarize “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
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Three Key Tracks
Elton John achieved legendary status with his seventh studio album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” It was a massive success – it topped the US Billboard 200, was certified 8× Platinum by the RIAA, sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was even inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. The double LP featured several hits which eventually became staples in classic rock radio stations.
It’s John’s most accessible album and widely regarded as one of his finest works. Here are three of the best songs from this LP:
3. “Bennie And The Jets”
A groovy rock number, this was John’s tribute to glam rock. The stuttering “B-B-B-Bennie…” was actually John’s idea and longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin was impressed that it worked well especially with the futuristic vibe of the song. John didn’t think this was going to be a hit and was actually surprised when it topped the US Billboard Hot 100.
It’s catchy and has stood the test of time.
2. “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”
A hard rockin’ tune, it’s a fan favorite which is why it remains a staple in John’s live set. It’s GYBR’s first single and was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s a mix of early rock ‘n roll and glam. John has played it over a thousand times throughout his career and it’s also been covered by several artists over the years including The Who and Queen.
1. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
A musical masterpiece. It’s beautiful and relaxing – a classic through and through. It easily takes you back to simpler times. It was an even bigger hit than “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”, and just months after its release, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was certified gold by the RIAA. There are few songs of this caliber and it remains timeless. Back in 2008, Ben & Jerry’s honored John by making an ice cream flavor called “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road.”