In honor of the rocket man, I hope you don’t mind (I hope you don’t mind) that I put down in words a little listen down memory lane of five of John’s biggest (and my favorite) hits.
“Tiny Dancer” appeared on John’s “Madman Across the Water” album in 1971. The song experienced a resurgence in popularity after it was included in the 2000 movie “Almost Famous.” Subsequently, the lyrics “turning back, she just laughs” became a go-to for every college freshman’s AIM away message. (Guilty.)
‘Bennie and the Jets’
It took me a really long time (thanks, internet) to figure out that Bennie had electric boots and a mohair suit. But that never stopped me from trying to hit all the high notes.
‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’
A favorite from arguably the best Disney movie ever created, “The Lion King.” (Come at me, bro.)
‘I’m Still Standing’
I dare anyone not to start tapping their feet to this upbeat hit from John’s 1983 album, “Too Low for Zero.” Also, if you have children under the age of 6, you’ve probably seen them pretend-play the piano while watching Johnny perform this in the last scenes of “Sing.”
‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’
We couldn’t leave off the tour’s namesake. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is one of John’s most successful albums, with hits like “Candle in the Wind,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” and, of course, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”