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Top 10 underrated Elton John songs

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06.12.2019

This list arose from a question asked on Twitter by Ian Leslie: “What’s the best Elton John song?” He added: “There is a correct answer.” This appealed to me because I have long thought that John’s best-known numbers are a bit middle of the road, but that many of his lesser-known songs are works of genius.

1. “Empty Sky”, 1969. Title track of Elton John’s first album. Like many of his early collaborations with Bernie Taupin, it copied a style, in this case that of the Rolling Stones.

2. “Skyline Pigeon”, 1969. This was modelled on Van Morrison, but took on a life of its own. “The first song Bernie and I ever got excited........

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